This is my Makeup / FX created from scratch for the character of Angelique from the movie Hellraiser Bloodline.
I made this using stuff I had laying around at home and some supplies I collected whilst doing (or trying to do) basic special FX. I used materials such as cotton, toilet paper, latex and paint cause I also enjoy doing crafts at home to relax and I thought this would be an easier way to create something without having to invest a ton of money.
- liquid latex
- a clear glass to work on
- toilet paper
- cold porcelain
- acrylic paint in red, beige, brown and black
- clear minwax
- cotton and latex paste (equal parts of both)
- rubber elastics
- silver nailpolish
- glue stick
- flesh coloured powder
- black eyeshadow makeup
- contour palette makeup
- water activated paint for bodypainting
- fake eyelashes
- crimson lipstick
- pros aide
Step 1: Create a Bald Cap From Scratch in Case You Can´t Find One
I used a head to achieve the perfect shape, sometimes when you use a balloon the shape isn´t perfect.
I used vaseline to cover the head and avoid the latex to sticking too much, then added with a cheap sponge a thin layer of latex, let it dry and apply talc all over it till it´s completely matte, then repeat the process until you have the thickness you desire on your bald cap. By making the bald cap thicker you´ll find it´s easier to cover the natural hair color (works fantastic if you have brown or black hair or just candy coloured hair like mine).
Once is completely dry put in on your head and make sure it´s long enough to cover a little bit of your forehead and neck. Like you can see from my pic, it lacked length, so I had to put it again on the foam head and add a few inches on every side.
Step 2: Start Making the Skin and Head Shape
On a large piece of clear glass draw an oval shape with a round shape on the center using a marker.
This will lead you on the shape you have to fill using coats of latex and toilet paper. Leave to dry completely after each coat of paper and latex and make sure the end result is not too thin or too thick.
Then using the same head you used for making the bald cap, add a layer of clear film on the surface and start building a thin layer of cold porcelain. Let it dry completely and cut the desired cranium shape. The film will not come off the cold porcelain cranium you made but it will surely make it easier for you to take the cranium off the foam head.
Once you measured the desired cranium shape to your head and cut it accordingly to your reference picture, add the oval skin shape on top of the cranium (as seen on the image), then checking your reference again and using thin coats of latex attach both pieces together and cut the excess skin until you achieve the desired overall shape for the complete head piece.
Coat everything with a thin layer of talc so it looks matte and you can paint properly the surface.
Step 3: Start Painting
Using acrylics start painting the surface checking your reference picture at every step so you can achieve the closest colours and finishes.
I used watered acrylics to achieve some transparency on the skull itself and freehanded the cracks using the cracks from the material for reference.
Once I painted down the veins I added some wool on the front to make the veins and coated them with a thin layer of latex.
I preferred the skull to have a matte finish so I added minwax mixed with red oil painting for the shinny parts I desired, and added thick layers of the same mix to the parts I wanted the head to have more of a wet/drippy effect.
Once I finished adding that mix, I let it dry overnight and the next day painted again the shinny parts with just a layer of clear minwax for that extra shine.
Step 4: Make the Shoulder Pieces
Using cotton and latex I made the desired shapes for the shoulders. Then painted them with acrylic paint.
Step 5: Make the Fake Wire
Since movility is a big issue with this costume, I decided to use rubber elastics so I could move my head freely.
I coated each string of rubber elastic with silver nailpolish so they would look like wire and let it dry overnight.
Step 6: Do Your Makeup and Be Sure to Block Out Your Eyebrows
I blocked mine using glue stick and coats of flesh coloured powder. If your eyebrows are way to dark or thick you should try using a orange based concealer after your apply the first coat of glue stick. It will block the color off.
Add as many layers as you need by repeating the process.
I used water activated body paint to make the top. It will look shiny as if you wore latex. I also wore a black top to cover my boobs obviously cause I´m a prude (gotta cover them girls).
Finished off my face with dark eyeshadow, a bit of contour , fake eyelashes and crimson lips.
Step 7: Attach the Pieces to Yourself and You Are Done!
I wore the bald cap, attached the head piece to the bald cap using a special fx glue called pros aide and attached the shoulder pieces to my shoulders. To attach the fake wires to the latex pieces I made I previously punched some holes on them and just connected them with little knots.
You can paint the rest of the gory details with the same water activated fx paint.
Now you are ready to spook everyone!