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. 

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.

Busting eyeballs Special Effects makeup

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This look is definitely very eye-catching! I had really enjoyed making my loose eyeball in one of the looks I did a couple months ago, and I had a craving to do more. This is kind of like the upgraded version of that one. Somehow in my deranged, disturbing mind I came up with the idea of having a bunch of eyeballs protruding from my eye area.

To make the eyeballs, I sculpted them using cotton balls and rolling them in liquid latex. I made about 20 different eyeballs, varying in different sizes. Once they dried, I painted on a thin wash of a yellowish brown colour to give a more realistic effect, and then added the details.

I covered my real eye with a cotton pad, which is my favourite method since one usually covers the entire eye and eyebrow. I stippled liquid latex over it carefully and added some tissue around and over the cotton pad to blend it into the skin. With more latex soaked tissue, I built a “wall” around the area of my eye I just covered to create the hole for my new eyeballs. I stuck them all in individually with liqud latex and added small pieces of thinned out cotton balls around them to hold them all there.

Once the prosthetic part was done, I painted the whole thing with red, brown and black water activated paints and drowned myself in blood. I made sure to not completely cover the eyes in blood so the details wouldn’t get lost.

I love creating these eyeballs. I want to explore making different body parts in the future, like fingers or maybe organs. I also think it would look super cool to do this on both eyes, although I’d have to do that on a model considering it’s very difficult to maneuver around with one eye covered, let alone two.

Beat up blistered face Special Effects makeup

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This was something somewhat different for me since my gore looks usually are more “creative”, as in non typical injuries that would only happen in a movie or a really severe accident.

It was meant to be a burnt/blistered face at first, but ended up in more of a bruised, swollen, beat up injury. I think this turned out very realistic and I am proud of the finished look.

To make this beautiful creation, I used FX gelatin to build up the swolen-ness of the face. I used it over the mouth and nose as well which I really think sold the look. I picked at the gelatin to create little holes and dents that I later painted in and filled with coagulated blood.

Colourful pop art inspired zombie Body Paint

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This was my first attempt at body painting. Although this was originally inspired by a youtube tutorial, I switched it up a bit and did my own twist on this look. I used water activated body paints for the first time with this and learnt that similar to traditional painting, the more water used dilutes the colour pigmentation and less gives a richer payoff of colour.

Half-burnt skeleton Special Effects makeup

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This is meant to be a contrast of beauty and gore, as both sides of my face show. I used a lot of shading in the deeper parts of the gore side to add more dimension and pop to the look so it could look somewhat three dimensional in a 2d photo. I think doing this gave me a better understanding on contrasting shadows therefore helping me to enhance my craft. For this I used cotton balls saturated in liquid latex to create the bone structure and depth in my face. I used fake nails dipped in blood for the teeth. I painted it all with alcohol activated and water paints because they’re both very liquidous and seep into the cotton.

Popped out eyeball Special Effects makeup

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This look was inspired by a video tutorial I found online and followed. It was the first time I’d tried the “covering your eye” method and although I completely lost any depth perception I previously had and walked into a few walls, the final result definitely payed off. I learnt a few new techniques such as how to properly anchor things with a bit of weight onto my face so they stick and don’t fall off, as well as completely covering my eye safely. To create the eye, I sculpted several cotton balls with liquid latex and adhered a cotton pad over my eye to cover it.

Exploded face Special Effects makeup

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I did this SFX makeup look inspired from something I saw on a television show and was absolutely fascinated by. The look is meant to replicate an exploded face, and although it looks more like a burn, I’m still very glad on how it turned out. For this, I used cotton balls and latex as well as gelatin to create a multi-dimensional and structured look.