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
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Things you need
- Prosthetic wax (sometimes called "nose and scar wax")
- Spirit gum
- Foundation make-up
Make sure that the skin where you want to apply the scar is clean, dry and free from hair.
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.
Apply spirit gum to the underside of the wax and to the skin. Most spirit gum bottles contain a small brush for this purpose.
Press the scar gently against the skin and hold it in place until the spirit gum dries.
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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