Halloween is one of my most favourite times of year, I love to dress up & make myself over and if its something a little scary then all the better! I have really fond memories of Halloween as a child, my mum always went all out for us, she’d make our costumes herself and do our makeup so we’d have that extra scary edge! I’m like my mum in that way, I love getting creative, making costumes and pushing boundaries with my makeup skills. If you read my post on my obsession with makeup you’ll know that for a long while makeup and prosthetics have been something I’ve really wanted to do career wise, SFX makeup has always intrigued me – It looks so real and gory! More recently I’ve been teaching myself more and more in this area so, I wanted to share with you a really easy SFX halloween tutorial thats bound to be a show stopper at any halloween event, it’ll definitely have everyone talking!!
What you’ll need –
Skin Coloured Makeup
Red & Black Cream Makeup
To start you’ll want to make up your face, I just went for a natural everyday makeup look so that the Glasgow smile really stood out. Now you can begin the steps to creating this gruesome look!
Using an old makeup brush dip into your liquid latex and apply a coat from the corner of your lips outwards towards your ear – you can take this as far out as you like, I did mine just a little further out than where my eyes sit. Once you have applied the first coat the liquid latex will dry clear. Add a second coat and wait for it to dry.
Next using your tissue, cut a few long triangular pieces that mimic the shape of the liquid latex you just applied, these don’t have to be precise but you also don’t want them to look too big and bulky! Apply another layer of liquid latex onto of the dried layers you did in the previous step, and apply one layer of tissue to the area before it dries. Stick the tissue down with – yep you guessed it – more liquid latex and repeat to the other side. This step needs to be repeated twice more to get a good layering of tissue. When applying one of the layers bring the tissue further in so that its covering the edges of your lips.
Once the tissue and liquid latex is dry, apply skin coloured makeup over the entire area. I used a darker concealer than my usual pale under eye concealer and then applied my normal skin coloured foundation. The tissued area will look wrinkled but should blend into the skin well.
Now its time to get the scissors out! I recommend using nail scissors since you don’t want to cut half your face off!! Using the end of a thin makeup brush get underneath the tissue from the corners of your lips and gently push to loosen the middle of the stuck down tissue from your face – Do this step gently, you don’t want to loosen the whole area as the rest of the tissue still needs to stick onto your face. This step makes room for the nail scissors to get in and do their job safely! Now cut the tissue from the corners of your mouth, outwards to create the smile. Once you have cut a line on each side of the mouth, begin cutting more away so that it looks jagged and there is a clear gap from top to bottom.
Now the fun really starts!! Using your red and black cream makeup mix the two together to create a deeper, darker shade of red and colour in the gap of the Glasgow smile. Get right into the creases of skin and tissue on the inner side of the smile to make it look more realistic saturating it in colour.
Once you’re happy with the colour you can begin adding blood!! Using a makeup brush I added blood straight over the top of the cream makeup. You’ll then want to make it look realistic by smudging blood around the area and using a stipple sponge dab blood around the area so that the skin looks irritated and freshly cut!! Squeeze a bit of blood into the cut area so that it looks as though its oozing with thick blood. You can even add blood to the inside of your mouth so that it appears more realistic and allow droplets of blood fall down from the scar.
And thats it, you’ve successfully created your very own SFX Glasgow smile!! If you try this look I’d love to know how you found it!
Now go get your scare on this Halloween!