Creating a bite mark is a good project for anyone wanting to try simple special effects make-up. Whether for Halloween, a student film, or local play; applying make-up can be a creative and rewarding pastime. This bite mark will use spirit gum, nose putty and cream make-up, all of which are available at your local costume shop. It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but if you are persistent you can get great results.
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Things you need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Spirit gum
- Cotton ball
- Nose putty
- Baby oil
- Make-up brush or sculpting tool
- Liquid make-up sealer
- Cream make-up
- Make-up sponge
- Neutral make-up powder
- Powder puff
- Stage blood (optional)
Clean the skin with rubbing alcohol.
Apply a layer of spirit gum adhesive to the location of the bite mark. Tap it with your finger, until it gets tacky.
Apply a small amount of fluffy cotton to the spirit gum. This will help the nose putty stay in place.
Pull a small wad of nose putty out of the container and smooth it onto the cotton. Applying a bit of baby oil on your fingers will keep the putty from sticking.
Rub the putty in small circles with your finger to smooth the surface. It should be as thin as possible to avoid the appearance of a lump.
Smooth the edges of the putty past the cotton and into your skin.
Use the handle of a make-up brush or a small wooden sculpting tool, to sculpt the bite mark into the putty. Consider what animal is doing the biting, and sculpt accordingly. A vampire, person, and a dog, will all leave different teeth patterns.
Smooth the putty with more baby oil after sculpting, if needed. Use a tissue to blot away any excess oil.
Paint a layer of liquid make-up sealer over the putty to protect it. Let the sealer dry completely.
Paint the insides of the bite mark with a deep red cream make-up.
Lightly mottle red and purple make-up around the bite, to give the impression of bruising. You can use a brush, sponge, or your finger to do this. Pictures of actual bruises can help you decide how you want to distribute the colour.
Powder the make-up with neutral make-up powder and a powder puff, to keep it from smearing.
Dress the wound with fake blood, if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Remove the spirit gum with rubbing alcohol.
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