Costume Makeup – Homemade Prosthetic Part 3 Bullet Wound

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Makeup artist Emily Bodak demonstrates how to apply homemade prosthetic liquid latex to make a bullet wound.

    Emily Bodak

    Hi, I'm Emily! Costume and character makeup are awesome, you can become your most favourite things! Don't hold back, imagination is where it's at!

    Emily: This is Emily with Masters Costumes and I am showing you how to create a prosthetic wound. What we have done so far is we have put layers of latex and we have put castor sealer down which aided in the makeup application.

    Right now, what we have is a bruised appearance, so there is always going to be some trauma here and how much trauma that it is, is really up to you. We are going to show you how to start really manipulating this to create whatever wound is consistent with your character. We are doing a scurvy pirate so I am thinking a bullet hole would be really good for this one.

    The bruise effect centers pretty much right here and you do want to observe, where the edges of your prosthetic are, you dont want to obliterate that edge. Having the edges sealed is pretty important to the effectiveness of the prosthetic piece. So, once you decide about how wide its going to be, go ahead and take a pin and make sure that the model is prepared for the fact that you are going to actually be picking at this very lightly, until you are able to lift it just enough in the center to begin to rip. So, this really should not take too much. I was not very, I didnt spread it out very smooth, the actual tissue and latex, so we have got a couple of ridges to work with and as you can see as I pick at that its going to start the pull off. So, you want to go ahead and make yourself a little hole. Now if we were doing a straight across, then we would start to rip it in that way. Its going to want to rip over the place. So, just use your pin for a very controlled lift and rip type of technique. Once again, you want to leave a pretty generous amount of the latex, still stuck to the skin around the edges especially and then once you have a pretty decent interpretation of the kind of wound you are going to achieve, if you want to have those extra flaps of skin, which is really good for a puncture wound or some type of rip in the skin thats fine. Since I really do want to accentuate the inside of the wound, this is a bullet hole, I am going to use some scissors to cut away a little bit of that extra skin. Avoid making too straighter line, I like to kind of maintain the jaggedness of it, just dont be super careful when you are cutting it. Be careful but not careful we definitely dont want to lobotomize anybody.

    What we have achieved is the pretty narrowly looking hole and I can see Jays actual skin there underneath. I can even stick my finger in there. At this point, if you wanted to add any type of protruding object, some type of prosthetic such as this that can be glued down, I have even used a pencil where I have sanded down, I have broken it in half and sanded it down, just leaving the eraser, and then use spirit gum to attach that to the head, little bit of latex and it really looks like you just got stabbed in the head with the pencil. Since, we are not going to do anything like that we are going to focus on creating the interior of the wound.

    Once again I am going to pull out my bruise wheel and the colors that we are going to focusing on is this really deep gory red color. This is cream based makeup, once again but we are not going to end up setting this particular portion with powder because its going to go on the inside and I am going to put blood over it.

    So, just go into the inside where his actual skin is showing and just paint all up inside that piece with the red and then take the flaps and paint the underside part of those flaps red as well. That underside part is just like clean latex is what that is.

    You just want to get that red stuff all around. Now, because of this is the bullet hole theres obviously been some fire involved, so we are going to go ahead and get this really deep purple color and thats going to kind of create the effect of having singed skin, all around that bullet hole and always dab a little bit just to give, just to blend it, blending always makes it little bit more real.

    All of these colors are consistent, all of the colors in this wheel are going to give you a really, really good palate of gore colors. All of these really do blend together, we could stop there if you wanted to but the main effect that you want to achieve is trauma and how you can have trauma without blood.

    I just go ahead and use the same brush, this is the stage blood and this particular kind of blood, we have lot of different kinds of blood. This is all awfully safe for almost any type of application.

    And you just want to take that blood and put it all up inside the wound. Now, it is not necessary to use powder afterwards, you dont want to get a layer of powder on here. You just want it to look wet and gory. And if you want to put little around thats fine, and you can also create some effects by going back. We are at stipple sponge but instead of using makeup, we are actually going to use blood. Pour a little of blood on there and just touch it to the wound. And you have got kind of blood squatter. Another effect that you can create with the blood and the stipple sponge is the scrape, like if you have any scratch yourself, so you get in on there, touch it and drag it.

    Alright, that is how you create a wound and the best part about this wound is once you are done using it, you can find the edge and just peel that right up and this is going to come off in a single sheet, if you are careful when you pull that off. So long as you made it two to four layers thick, that will peel off in a single sheet and you are actually going to end up with what is equivalent to the kind of prosthetic that you would buy pre-made, only now, its to whatever specifications your character needs. You would go ahead and wash this off with soap and water, if you are going to store it and then put it in castor sealer, the castor oil that we used earlier to make the make up go on is also wonderful for preserving your piece. Pull it out again next year and just apply it as though it was a pre made prosthetic.