How to Make Fake Deep Cuts

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How to Make Fake Deep Cuts
Make a convincing wound with liquid latex. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A convincingly-made fake, deep cut adds authenticity to a crash-victim or zombie costume. With liquid latex and some stage blood, you can turn a few stomachs with a proper laceration. Liquid latex is composed of water, ammonia and rubber, and dries to a solid form on skin. With a little bit of cotton and tissue to build up the swelling around the wound, you can create an impressive fake, deep cut. Most costume shops sell liquid latex.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Liquid latex
  • Cotton swab
  • Cotton balls
  • Cream make-up
  • Theatrical blood

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  1. 1

    Paint the liquid latex onto your skin with a cotton swab. Make it the size you would like your fake, deep cut to be.

  2. 2

    Pull small tufts of cotton about the size of a small pea from the cotton balls. Elongate the cotton and flatten it out. Press the cotton on the wet latex, forming a long mountain with the edges blended down into your skin.

  3. 3

    Use a cotton swab to paint a layer of liquid latex onto the pieces of cotton. Add more cotton and an additional layer of latex if you want the wound to appear larger and deeper. Finish with a final layer of latex.

  4. 4

    Use a toothpick to slice a cut into the middle of the mountain. This opens up the fake skin and makes a fake wound.

  5. 5

    Cover your fake wound with a cream make-up that matches your skin colour. Paint theatrical blood in the middle of your fake wound, and paint some exiting the wound onto your skin.

Tips and warnings

  • Jagged edged cuts are more realistic looking.

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