How to Make Scars for Halloween

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How to Make Scars for Halloween
Frightening scar make-up can help put the finishing touch on a costume. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Scars add a finishing touch to a wide variety of Halloween costumes. Whether you're putting stitches across the forehead of Frankenstein's monster or adding a simple scar to the cheek of a 1930s gangster, proper scar make-up is simple and effective, putting your costume a cut above the rest. In a pinch, you can simply draw a scar on with make-up, but three-dimensional scars are easy to make with items you can purchase at any costume or party supply store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Prosthetic wax (sometimes called "nose and scar wax")
  • Spirit gum
  • Foundation make-up

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  1. 1

    Make sure that the skin where you want to apply the scar is clean, dry and free from hair.

  2. 2

    Take a section of wax and roll it into a strip slightly larger than you want your scar to be. Flatten it out on the sides so that a flat base will be coming into contact with the skin.

  3. 3

    Apply spirit gum to the underside of the wax and to the skin. Most spirit gum bottles contain a small brush for this purpose.

  4. 4

    Press the scar gently against the skin and hold it in place until the spirit gum dries.

  5. 5

    Apply make-up to the area around the scar to blend it in with the skin.

Tips and warnings

  • For an especially grisly scar, dig a shallow groove in the centre of the scar. You can fill this groove with fake blood and apply more to the face once the scar is applied.

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