How to Draw Cuts on the Body for Halloween

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How to Draw Cuts on the Body for Halloween
Spot test the paint to ensure application will not result in an allergic reaction. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Draw cuts on the body as part of a Halloween costume, for a theatrical production or as a practical joke. Rather than just dumping some red body paint on your skin, give your fake cut a more realistic appearance by blending other colours with the red. This gives the appearance of bruised flesh, which often occurs with cuts and scrapes. Fake cuts work for a variety of costumes, real and ghoulish alike.

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Things you need

  • Soap and water
  • Small paint or make-up brush
  • Blue-purple body paint or blue pen
  • Red body paint

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  1. 1

    Wash the skin where you want the fake cut, making sure there won't be any contact with your clothes or other costume pieces. It is important to wash the skin because this removes natural oils, which cause the make-up to slide all the earlier.

  2. 2

    Use dark blue/purple body paint or blue pen to create the outline of your cut. Remember to make some of the outline jagged as well as long and narrow to resemble a real cut.

  3. 3

    Apply red body paint over the blue/purple outline and blend. Fill in the fake cut with red paint. Smear the drawing as needed to give the appearance of newly wounded flesh.

Tips and warnings

  • Use fake blood in lieu of red body paint if desired.
  • Use adhesive to attach faux flesh pieces around your fake cut to give the appearance of a gaping wound.
  • Add petroleum jelly to the fake cut to make it 3D.

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