Dripping face inspired SFX makeup

I recently found an artist, Chet Zar, who has completely inspired me with my own artistry! He does a mix of painting, film animation, sculpture and special effects like I do. His work is very dark and makes you think, which is what my goal is while doing my art.

One of my favourite’s that I found was this crazy one, so I decided to recreate it in my own way –

This took me about 2 1/2 hours to do, which was noticeably longer than my makeup looks usually take. I figure it’s because I really took my time to build up a different facial structure and used more than one medium.

I started with moulding layers of rolled out cotton balls with liquid latex to create the alien-esque face shape I wanted. My goal was to have the bloody mouth melting straight down from the nose.

Once many layers of cotton upon latex were applied, I pulled the cheeks upwards to give the face a lifting illusion and made a few gaps and holes in the face.

I then adhered about 4 pieces of long rolled out cotton to my chin and upper neck (dipped in liquid latex) to give the dripping mouth a thicker base. For the lovely mouth, I made a mix of gelatin, glycerin and water and dripped it down my neck using those pieces of cotton as a foundation for the cotton. I layered and layered the gelatin mixture until I had the amount of desired drips. I also added some gelatin to the browbone, to make it look like it’s slightly dripping over the eye.

To paint I used a mixture of water and alcohol activated paints, and lightly stippled browns, greens and reds in the parts which I wanted to sink in more, and used a very sheer coat of white on the high points of the face. I painted the hollows of the eyes black and took it down to make it look like something dark had seeped from the eye down the face. For the mouth area, I used brown and red paints as well as coagulated blood.

I was pleasantly surprised as to how this came out! I think it would’ve been really cool to use a bald cap and cover the entire head like in the original Chet Zar painting, so maybe I’ll try that someday. 

Inspired avant-garde face chart makeup look

This is my first attempt at recreating a face chart created by another artist, this one being by @milk1422 on Instagram.

I have been stuck in a creative rut for a while now, and I find these face charts make it a lot easier to create something unique and creative quickly!

I am quite pleased as to how this turned out. It doesn’t look identical to the original chart, as I did my own similar interpretation with the lines and colour story used in the original one. I think this looks really cool and I would definitely like to do more of these inspired looks in the future.

Peeling skin patches Special Effects makeup

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This creation is gruesome yet still has meaning behind it. My initial plan for this was to have pieces of skin peeling off, each one safety pinned together with the blood and meat under the skin being exposed underneath. The statement behind this is that we are all the same underneath our skin, no matter what our looks, race, opinions, style may be.

To do this, I poured about 5 layers of liquid latex on a plate, letting each one dry before applying the next one. Once done I peeled it off and cut the latex piece into smaller “skin flaps” to fit the areas of my face I wanted to cover. I covered them with a foundation that matches my skin tone to make it look like my actual skin. I put liquid latex and thinned out pieces of cotton balls on the spots of my face where the skin flaps wouldn’t be, and picked at it once dried to add texture to my new exposed flesh. I painted with it a thin wash of red and black paints and then proceeded to adhere the latex pieces on with more liquid latex. I took the safety pins and attached each skin flap together (and stabbed my real skin while doing it) to add more of an impact on the effect. I took a stipple sponge and added thick stage blood to the areas around each safety pin and the edges of the latex pieces. I finally took liquid blood and sprayed it on the uncovered areas of my real face and neck.

I am quite pleased with how this turned out. I do definitely think that this makes a statement, although if I’m not sure if it’s very easy to pick up on what it means right away by simply looking at the photo. I might redo a different version of this one sometime in the future, and try different techniques to sell the concept a bit more.

My first experience at drag makeup – Inspired by Trixie Mattel

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This was my very first attempt at doing drag makeup. I’ve been fascinated with drag queens and culture for about 5 years now, so I thought it’d be a good idea to finally try it out myself. I took inspiration from my favorite drag queens, Trixie Mattel. Her style is like a very exaggerated barbie mixed with a glamorous clown, and I love it. It’s very different to “traditional drag makeup” which I seem to be more attracted to versus the regular “beauty pageant” queens. I find it more creative and interesting to look at, and I feel as if I can identify with that quirky and ridiculous style of drag better with my personal aesthetic and personality.

After collecting a few reference photos and watching many tutorials on YouTube, I started the look by covering up my very thick and dark natural eyebrows. I had tried once or twice before to block out my brows, and it had been a hellish experience if I recall correctly. To do this, you brush out your brow hairs flat and comb through small layers of glue (from a glue stick), powder them once dried with translucent face powder and repeat the process until the brows are completely flattened and ready to be painted over. I guess practice does make perfect since I think I did a very good job on this part. It’s really important to do this in drag makeup because it erases your eyebrows and allows you to create new, exaggerated “feminine” ones higher up on your face. Since the average drag queen is a biological male, their eyebrows are usually much more different than a female’s so this is a crucial step.

I then proceeded to cover up the eyebrows with a thick full coverage foundation that matches my skin to make them disappear even more, and I dragged it down to the rest of my face and neck. Next, I contoured and highlighted. This is what truly makes or breaks a drag queen because it completely reshapes the facial structure. I studied my reference photo and tried to replicate how Trixie Mattel’s contour and highlight was placed. The cheeks are very rounded and sculpted so I used a cool toned brown cream paint to carve them out. To highlight, I applied a light cream color to the high points of my new cheeks. The nose is very delicate and small, so I painted on two very close lines on each side of the nose with one in the middle using my highlight shade. Once finished, I knew I had to powder the entire face since I was finished using the creme/liquid products. If you don’t do this, you risk smudging or wiping off all the work you’ve done on your face previously. Powders also do not blend on cremes unless the creme has already been evenly coated in a powder product of some sort. The technique is known by makeup artists worldwide as “Paint and Powder”. To finish off the face I applied a heaping load of Trixie’s signature hot pink barbie-esque blush all over the cheek area. This really brought the look together and made it more recognizable.

Next, I went on to doing the eyes. A lot of drag queens paint the crease of the eye over the eyebrow to create a higher set eye which kind of gives an “eye lift” effect. I knew I wanted to do a blue eyeshadow look, so I drew a rough outline of my new eye shape and slowly blended in the blue shades. I put a thick white line on my bottom lash line to make the waterline of my eye seem bigger. After blending away, I added a humongous amount of liquid liner to create the signature winged eyeliner which completely covered my natural eyelid. I stacked on about 4 sets of false lashes on each eye, although next time I think I would use more lashes, as well as bigger ones which I didn’t have at the time of doing this.

Once I had my new eyes down, I drew on my eyebrows. These didn’t turn out how I wanted them to be, but I’m sure that with practice I can master it. The eyebrows weren’t meant to be the focal point of this look, so I didn’t worry too much about them anyways. I completely overdrew my lips to make myself look like I’d had 43 lip injections in the past week, and I was done!

This was really fun to do and a great learning experience for me. I definitely want to try drag makeup many times again. I have many ideas of other drag looks I would like to recreate, and once I start to really get the hang of it I’d like to maybe even create my own drag style.