Its officially the start of Halloween party weekend!!!! Wether you like to go all out or simply just play it safe, Halloween in my opinion has to involve some aspect of gore, and believe it or not it can be super easy!! If you missed my last tutorial on how to get the goriest, realistic Glasgow Smile be sure to catch up, its a showstopper! I’ve been teaching myself more and more SFX skills especially with Halloween fast approaching and although I’m still a beginner I really wanted to share this simple burns tutorial with you all. Its quick, easy and looks so realistic, so wether you’ll be turning up as a Zombie from the Walking Dead or a Plastic from Mean Girls, give yourself some edge with a bit of gore this Halloween!
What you’ll need –
Red Cream Makeup
Skin Coloured Makeup
Okay first things first, get everything you need and set up your work space – you’ll have to make a gelatine mix that sets quite fast so having your area prepped will help you! Before starting my burn I first did my makeup, its really all down to your personal preference if you want to create your burns on a blank canvas or not.
Once you’re ready to begin you can start making the gelatine mix. I found a recipe perfect for SFX burns on YouTube – 1 part gelatine powder, 1 part glycerine, 2 parts water. Add the 3 together in a plastic cup and microwave in short bursts of 10 seconds (this part smells like death so if you hate bad smells it could make you gag a little). Be careful not to boil the gelatine otherwise you can’t use it!! Once the gelatine has dissolved begin stirring th mix to cool it down. You don’t want to actually burn your skin so I’d recommend waiting until the mix is warm. You’ll need to speed up for this next step!
Now start to apply the gelatine to the area you want your burns using a plastic spatular or knife. You’ll start to notice that the mixture is setting on application which means you need to work fast to get the desired effect. Gelatine is perfect for a melted look and its easily buildable so that you can create layers where needed! Don’t worry about being neat it actually needs to be messy and a little clumpy in areas to look real!
Once you’re happy with your gelatine application you can begin blending it into your skin using your skin coloured makeup. I applied a layer of foundation and then topped it off with a little powder to get rid of any shine that might make the burn look unrealistic.
Next, using your red cream makeup apply this into the deepest parts of the burn, focus on any holes and deep crevices. Taking a makeup brush lightly blend out some of the red you just applied over other areas of the burn but make sure to build up a darker red in the deeper areas. You can even apply little specks of black here and there to give it a charred look!
Now you can add your fake blood!! Again focus on the deeper parts of the burn, go heavier on the blood around any holes. Your burn is now complete!!
This burn will take you around 5-10 minutes and with minimal steps its so easy to do!! Whats great about using gelatine is that taking it off is painless so it’s great for the kids too! Gelatine also sticks to the skin really well and has a soft feel to it making your scars appear realistic.
Get creative this halloween and definitley gross your friends out!