How to Make Fake Tongues

Updated February 21, 2017

The tongue is one of the most important sensory organs in the body, as it helps you determine the taste and temperature of foods and beverages you consume. If you are interested in making a fake tongue for Halloween or to simply freak out your friends and family, you must have several special effects make-up products and a little patience.

Pour ½ cup of flesh-coloured liquid latex into a plastic bowl.

Dip four or five large cotton balls into the liquid latex, and with your fingers shape the cotton balls into the shape of a tongue. Make sure all the cotton balls are coated with the latex.

Remove the now-soaked cotton balls from latex, and place them on a glass tray. Do not place the cotton balls onto a paper plate or any other surface, as the latex may bond with the surface, which will make it difficult to remove once it has dried.

Add details to the latex tongue using a toothpick and a stipple sponge while the latex is still wet. Draw a line down the middle of the tongue and press a stipple sponge into the top portion of the tongue to create a realistic texture.

Insert a Popsicle stick into the back end of the tongue if you're going to place the fake tongue in your mouth. (If the tongue will not be placed in a mouth, you do not need to insert the Popsicle stick.)

Allow the latex to dry for 45 minutes. Monitor the drying process. If the details you added are fading, redo them, but work quickly to prevent the latex from pulling away from the cotton balls. Paint the dried latex with a castor sealer for make-up application.

Cover the tongue with a light-coloured matt foundation. You may use any foundation, but make sure the foundation is lighter than the colour of a tongue.

Cover the foundation with a thin layer of castor sealer to prepare the tongue surface for further make-up.

Paint the fake tongue using a cream flesh-coloured make-up. Apply the make-up using an angled brush to ensure the entire tongue is covered. If you are unsure of the colours to use, use the colour of your own tongue as a guideline.

Spray the tongue with a make-up sealer, such as Ben Nye Final Seal. This ensures the make-up does not smudge while handling.


You may use modelling wax instead of latex. If you decide to use wax, you do not need cotton balls. Mold the wax into the shape of a tongue, and then continue by sealing the wax with castor sealer. Expedite the drying process by pointing a blow dryer at the latex tongue, and turn on low.


If you are allergic to latex, wear protective gloves when handling to prevent a reaction.

Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup liquid latex
  • 4 to 5 large cotton balls
  • Glass tray
  • Toothpick
  • Stipple sponge
  • Popsicle stick
  • Castor sealer
  • Matt foundation
  • Flesh-coloured cream make-up
  • Angled make-up brush
  • Make-up sealer spray
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Jonathan McLelland has been a professional writer since 2005. He has worked as a story writer and editor for the international sitcom, “Completing Kaden,” as well as a proposal writer for various production companies. McLelland studied communication and theater at St. Louis Community College.