SFX Burns Halloween Makeup Tutorial

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 –




Fake Blood

Plastic cup

Makeup Powder

Red Cream Makeup

Plastic Spatular/Knife

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!



  1. Marie October 27, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Wow this looks so real! Thanks for this tutorial. I’ll try to do this tomorrow 😉

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 27, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you!!! Oh awesome, if you do let me know how you get on!!

  2. Charli October 27, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Oh wow this is amazing! You look so awesome.
    C x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 27, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Ahhh thank you!!! I loved doing this look!

  3. Joanna Bayford October 27, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Wow it looks amazing and very realistic, it doesn’t look hard to do either.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 28, 2017 / 9:02 am

      I know!! When I learned how to do it I couldn’t believe how easy it was!

  4. Bread // Queer Little Family October 27, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Oh very cool and very gross. I’m not sure I have the finite touch for this kind of thing but I love it.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 28, 2017 / 9:02 am

      No harm in trying right? haha

  5. Katrina October 27, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Wow that looks super real I bought a kit last year but was nervous to use it- maybe this year eh

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 28, 2017 / 9:03 am

      Oh awesome, you should definitely give it a try!

  6. Lilinha October 28, 2017 / 6:22 am

    Such a wonderful Halloween look. I have never thought about using gelatine before but it looks so real and very effective!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 28, 2017 / 9:04 am

      I know its a really fab way of doing some SFX looks!! Its easy to work with too!

  7. Kara Guppy October 28, 2017 / 9:32 am

    My friend does make-up for the TV and it always astounds me by how realistic these effects are

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk October 28, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Oh thats so awesome!! I’d love to get into that!

  8. kirsty October 28, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    You’re make up skills are incredible it looks completely real and freaky!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Awwww thank you!! I definitely don’t give myself enough credit sometimes!

  9. Sarah Bailey October 28, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    What an awesome tutorial it really is amazing the sort of looks you can do using SFX makeup.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Its totally mind blowing isn’t it!?

  10. Elizabeth October 29, 2017 / 10:58 am

    That is absolutely and utterly disgustingly, fantastically realistic! You’re so talented!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Hahaha I really love that description!! Thank so much!

  11. five little doves October 29, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Wow what a fab effect! I am useless at this kind of thing, the kids wanted their faces painted and I’m afraid I failed big time!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Hahaha honestly there was a time I too would have said that but it all comes with practise!

  12. Angela Milnes October 30, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Omg. It really looks real! Glad that you share this tutorial perfect for our Halloween Party

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Awwh thank you haha I’m glad it looks so realistic!

  13. Rhian Westbury October 30, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Great Halloween hack, the makeup is great. I’d never thought about using gelatine or anything like that x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 1, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Yeah its a really great thing to use for it because it feels so real!

  14. Amy Deverson November 6, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Wow it doesn’t look fake at all! Love it – great effort 🙂

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk November 7, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Aww thank you!!1 I was pretty proud of this to be honest!

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