SFX Glasgow Smile Halloween Makeup Tutorial

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 –


Fake Blood

Liquid Latex

Nail Scissors

Stipple sponge

Makeup brushes

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!



  1. Milly Youngman October 19, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This is awesome! Definitely a pretty terrifying look for Halloween!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Thank you!! I’m so happy with it!! And it’s gret that’s I can share it with people!

  2. Isabel October 19, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Oh wow, that really is frighteningly realistic, you’re really good at that! I kind of wish I had a Halloween party to go to now!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 19, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Hahaha I know right?? So glad you think it looks realistic thank you for the lovely comment!!

  3. Elinor October 19, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    That looks so effective! What a fab look for a Halloween party.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you!! Its a fave!

  4. Stephanie Merry October 20, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Oh wow, this looks amazing and so realistic! I wish I had a Halloween party to go to x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Awwww I’d probably just do it even if I wasn’t going out haha!!

  5. MELANIE EDJOURIAN October 20, 2017 / 11:19 am

    OMG that’s fantastic!!!! I wonder if I can try and recreate that it would look great at a Halloween party. You really should do that as a career I think you’d do an amazing job.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Awwww thank you!! I’d love to I need to learn a lot more though!

  6. Ami Rose October 20, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this so much! It looks so realistic. I definitely couldn’t make it look as good as you have though.

    Ami xxx

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Awwww so kind thank you!!! Its really easy I promise!

  7. Claire October 20, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Holy, you scared me with that first photo! Lol, nice job. I find it interesting people doing Halloween makeup on their own!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Hahaha glad I’m giving off a bit of spook this halloween!!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Yes yes yes please do Jessica!! Its so easy! I love halloween a bit too much haha!

  8. Lindy October 22, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Wow, this looks great and terrifying! I like the fact it’s simple but still looks great. I will definitely be giving this a try!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Thats exactly it, so simple and so effective!!

  9. Anosa October 23, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Oh my goodness this is so impressive, I am loving it. I don’t do Halloween at all but this is so lovely

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 26, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you!!! I love halloween and the kids love it too I think its even better when kids are involved!

  10. Wynne October 30, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Whoa girl, you really have a knack in makeup. It looks so realistic that I had to do a double take haha I would love to be able to do makeup half as good as you are someday haha

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Awwww thats so kind thank you!!! You’ll definitely be able to do makeup like this, just keep working at it and it will come!

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