Costume Makeup – Creating an Open Wound

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional makeup artist Roger Riggle shows how to form an open wound using molding wax and costume makeup.

    Roger Riggle

    Roger Bennett Riggle has been a licensed, professional make up artist for over 20 years. He began at Kinetic Artistry, a theatrical supply house in Takoma Park, MD. During his 10 years there, Roger managed the make up department -7 different lines; sales, consultation and artistry.

    Roger has hosted numerous Washington, D.C instructional seminars for area artists; everything from beauty and photography make up to Halloween transformations and special effects make up techniques. Roger worked for over 10 years as the make up artist for Tom Radcliffe, a leader in headshot photography at the Point of View Studio also in Takoma Park, MD. Roger applied the photographic make up to thousands of actors, sports celebrities, musicians and opera singers.

    Roger specializes in Halloween make-overs and the transforming of personalities for diverse, special events. In addition, Roger has created special make up effects for disaster simulation used in the training of nurses, doctors and EMS personnel. His credits include triage exercises at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, for the Secret Service, and for the UHUHS military training facility. Roger has also designed for numerous theatrical productions which entails researching and articulating the authenticity of period styles.

    Roger has a degree in drama from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and, since 1978, has choreographed, directed and produced numerous operas and musical theatre productions. For eight years, Roger was the Associate Producer of TheatreFest, theatre-in-residence program, at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. Roger has worked with many celebrities including: Leslie Uggams, Susan Lucci, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Zimmer, Pattie LuPone and Betty Buckley. Roger has directed operas at the annual Amalfi Music Festival in Italy . He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Roger is the make up consultant for Parlights, Inc. in Frederick, MD, a leading theatrical supply house for the greater Washington/Baltimore areas.

    Hello again, I am Roger Bennett Riggle, I am a professional licensed makeup artist, and this is our model today, Vanessa Strickland. As you can see in the prior video, we had already done the bruise effect on her face, and were going to leave that on, because were going to continue with makeup tips for fantasy, specifically for Halloween. What were going to add to this makeup effect of the bruise is were going today to be creating a wound. Were going to create the wound out of molding wax, which is something that we use quite a bit in theatre and also for fantasy and for special effects work. So, were going to start now with the products that we need to create this effect, and its a few more products than we've used before, but that's okay. Again, we will be using the cotton pad and the astringent to wipe down the face. This is especially important in this makeup, because we want a clean surface for the adhesive and the molding wax to adhere to. Then again, were going to be using colors for the wound very similar to the colors that we used for the bruise effect. This time with an open wound we will get more bloody and more red, of course where the cut is in the wound, but the surrounding surfaces we will implement the use of the Bruise Wheel.

    Also, to first color the wound so that it really blends in and matches the skin tone, were going to be using a skin tone foundation. Now, you can see on these palettes, there's quite an array of colors to choose from. You can usually go and choose from these palettes in a theatrical supply store, or you can contact us at our company, Faces by R & R. This is a Special Effects Palette and this is a Foundation Palette, but you only need one color of foundation, and you want it to pretty much match your skin tone, that's important, so that you help to disguise the wound.

    To apply the cream foundation onto the face, you will need to use a non-latex sponge. Now, you can get sponges in latex, but a lot of people are allergic to latex, so most makeup artists just use non-latex sponges so that we know that there's absolutely no problem and allergic reaction. This is the molding wax. You pull it out with a dull kitchen knife or a makeup palette knife, and I will show you that in just a moment. The unique thing about these waxes is that they do come in two colors. So, if you are a Caucasian person, of course you would want to use the lighter color, and if you have darker skin, they do make it in a darker color, and that helps to disguise the wax on your face. So, the preliminary blending is kind of done for you ahead of time. We are going to use a makeup remover. This is Blue Mist makeup remover, most any makeup remover will do, or you can simply use baby oil, any kind of lubricant on your fingers that helps to keep the molding wax from sticking to you while youre working with it. Were also going to use an adhesive called Spirit Gum. This is almost like a natural Tree Resin, and it creates a very sticky substance that we can use to hold on the molding wax to the skin. To remove it, there's a special remover called Spirit Gum Remover, and it's made to be very, very mild and lubricant on your face, and dissolves the Spirit Gum away once we are finished. We also want to use cotton, just a plain cotton ball will do. What were going to go ahead and do with this is that we need the cotton fibers, so we will pull this apart like this and expose the fibers. The adhesive and the fibers help to hold on the molding wax quite well, so that gives you an extra hold so you can go all night long with your wound on. To pull out the molding wax, like I said, you can use just a dull kitchen knife. Make sure it's dull, make sure its not sharp, you dont want to cut yourself, or you can use a makeup palette knife. If youre into makeup artistry, it's always good to invest in a palette knife, because you can really use them for so many things; even blending colors together. You can pull out one, two or three of these colors, and put it on a little palette and make your own color for something that you want to create. Then a white pencil. Once we have molded the wound and the scar effect, we will hold it up to the face, and were going to outline the wound in a white pencil so that we know exactly where to put the adhesive.

    Lastly, as we discussed when we did the bruise, we will be using a setting powder. This is Ben Nyes Neutral Set Powder and a powder puff, and I will be showing you how to apply that as well. Dont forget that Neutral Set Powder, as we discussed in the previous video, looks light, but it really is made to put on bright colors. So, it really has no color to the powder itself. So, now that we've gone through all the products that we need to accomplish this, let's get started on a wound to scare someone at the front door for Halloween.