Easy Halloween Makeup Tutorial: How to Make Fake Scars and Cuts

Thursday October 27, 2011 by Alexandra C.

Don't get freaked out by the picture- we swear, it's all just makeup! 

Did you leave your Halloween costume 'til the last minute this year? Did you get a last minute party invite and have nothing to wear? We've got you covered! This gruesome scar technique is the perfect idea for the Halloween procrastinator! We were inspired by this eerie 'Creepy Doll' tutorial but you could also use this technique for a Batman 'The Joker' inspired halloween look too! Or why not try a few on your arms or face then add some tattered and stained clothes for a perfect zombie getup! 

What you'll need:

- Fake Blood 
- 'Fake Skin'- usually has a putty or wax consistency 
Tip! We found both these items at the dollar store, however in a pinch you can try making your own fake skin- here's the recipe and your own fake blood- check out this tutorial
- 2 Foundations, one lighter, one darker shade (can be liquid or cream) 
- Loose Powder (pressed powder works as well, not as good though) 
- Paint Brush
- Large Blush or Powder Brush
- Plastic Knife
- Staples or Fishing Wire 

Let's get started!

Step 1- Take some of the fake skin and roll into a ball or long cylinder shape, place onto the desired spot for your scar tissue. 

Step 2- Smooth down the edges to adhere to the skin. You can also press down or raise the fake skin if you wish.

Step 3- Cover the entire fake scar in the lighter shade of foundation. Blend into scar and surrounding skin area. 

Step 4- Over top of this, cover the scar in the darker shade of foundation to even out the skin tone and to make the wound really pop! We used a mousse foundation for this step- if you have a liquid or cream, it will work just as well! 

Step 5- Set the scar with your loose powder. Cover the entire area with powder. 

Step 6- 'Split open' the wound with the straight edge of a plastic knife. We chose to cut right down the middle. To make the scar appear more realistic, be sure to press down the edges and flick them slightly outwards to open up the cut.

Step 7- Taking some of the fake blood on your paint brush, paint the inside of the cut in red, letting it drip and bleed over the sides. If you want to add some dried or blood stains around your wound, this will add to the effect. 

Step 9- For super gross stitches, we put in some metal staples across the gash. You could also place fishing wire knots around the edges or fishing wire strands. 

And you're finished- ready to rock n' roll and terrify your neighbours! Happy Haunting! 

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on Jul 24, 2013  xhiao1994  9,753 said:

did this before.

tip: you can add rice piece to the blood as maggots.

sorry if im commenting on old post. i feel like re-reading the blog

on Jun 05, 2013  NewTress Virgin Hair said:

That is so grossly creative. I love it.

on Oct 29, 2011  Jennifly7  311 said:

Horrifically amazing!

on Oct 27, 2011  shiorim  982 said:

so gross!

on Oct 27, 2011  AlexJC  50 said:

After we did this tutorial I sent pictures of my cuts to my mother and told her I was in a horrible accident.

She never replied back.

@Takoda- It's all Mandy's handiwork!

on Oct 27, 2011  Makeup Guru Emily  1,073 said:

Wow that's really convincing!! Good job :P

on Oct 27, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

Eww! That looks so good! I mean, disgusting.

on Oct 27, 2011  Mandy  50 said:

I was surprised at how easy it is to achieve a fairly realistic wound. You can also get the ingredients from the dollar store!

on Oct 27, 2011  takoda  26,770 said:

That looks great Alex, you're pretty good at that.

on Oct 27, 2011  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

Gross! Well done, ladies. Well done.

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