Tutorial for a Makeup Bite Mark

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Tutorial for a Makeup Bite Mark
Consider the shape of the teeth that are doing the biting. (teeth image by JASON WINTER from Fotolia.com)

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)

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  1. 1

    Clean the skin with rubbing alcohol.

  2. 2

    Apply a layer of spirit gum adhesive to the location of the bite mark. Tap it with your finger, until it gets tacky.

  3. 3

    Apply a small amount of fluffy cotton to the spirit gum. This will help the nose putty stay in place.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Smooth the edges of the putty past the cotton and into your skin.

  7. 7

    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.

  8. 8

    Smooth the putty with more baby oil after sculpting, if needed. Use a tissue to blot away any excess oil.

  9. 9

    Paint a layer of liquid make-up sealer over the putty to protect it. Let the sealer dry completely.

  10. 10

    Paint the insides of the bite mark with a deep red cream make-up.

  11. 11

    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.

  12. 12

    Powder the make-up with neutral make-up powder and a powder puff, to keep it from smearing.

  13. 13

    Dress the wound with fake blood, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the spirit gum with rubbing alcohol.

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