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Hi all,

The purpose of this instructable is to demonstrate extensive burn makeup using latex layering and make-up techniques with products that are reasonably cheap and easily attainable.  There are four types of burn that can be re-created using the following process which are chemical, solar, electrical and thermal which is the one I have chosen to demonstrate in this instructable.

Burn effects can be achieved by using gelatine mixtures that you can see in my other instructables
( ) and ( ) , layering on various materials, just makeup 3D effects and with ready made of self sculpted prosthetics which can be directly applied and removed to be re-used.

This make-up effectis a reasonably low cost application. The entire cost was approximately 2 Euros (when you have your initial resources already and not including the contact lenses).

As you are using latex you must check that you are not allergic to rubber latex as you will be using it extensively around the edges of the bald cap and over the entire face but still do all the usual tests with the materials to check for allergies prior to application.

The whole process takes about an 2.5 hours not including the initial set-up and clear up processes...but you can watch it in 2.5 minutes if you would like to here...

If you like the video and want to see more please 'LIKE' it and SUBSCRIBE' on YouTube and it would be much appreciated.

The most important part of any prosthetic is to ensure you have thin edges for effective blending to the skin therefore make sure you don't rush ahead and start applying colour too early or the seams will show through, especially as you will be using a shiny look with the wet blood.

Enjoy !

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The Animator (author) 11 months ago

Hi all,

Hope you have enjoyed the instructables so far and thank you to all the lovely people who are following me ....

Please check out my YouTube page and 'LIKE' the videos and 'SUBSCRIBE' to see more videos and pics....


Steven Harris FX (The Animator)


CustardInc2 months ago

So I didn't have any fake blood to hand... nor did I think out my costume before hand so excuse the checked shirt.

About 3 hours in I realised I wouldn't have have time to do all that much, so I didn't do the neck or top/sides of my head beyond my ears... I had to improvise. I promise I'll do better next time!

Thanks for the really good guide :)

The Animator (author) 11 months ago

Hi all,

Hope you enjoy this took ages to put together. I have entered it into the Makerlympics contest ...

so if you have found it helpful Please 'VOTE' for me...many thanks....Steven (The Animator)

The Animator (author) 11 months ago

Slight amendment with some extra detail has been added to this instruct able to keep the budget down and some good alternative make-up solution.

Hope it helps



chicopluma11 months ago

so realistic

thanks for sharing

The Animator (author)  chicopluma11 months ago

Thanks chicopluma...give it a try or if your not to confident to make - up your face start smaller on the hand or arm, it's the same process ;)

Oh man, this is so ridiculously awesome. Both the makeup and the Instructable! I learned a lot. Crushed charcoal sounds like a much better way to get 3D burnt grit than stipling little peaks of black gel makeup. (only made that mistake once, very early on. It looked great, like the flesh was still burning and melting, but it was a smudgy mess in no time. Live and learn!

Thanks for sharing your skills and experience with us!
The Animator (author)  counterillusion11 months ago

No problem counter illusion,

Made a few mistakes myself. I'm looking at lots of different ways to make cheap, easy to make prosthetics and makeup with everyday household products so i'll make up some instructables with my findings.

Glad you picked up a tip or two.

Cheers mate


nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Very nice! With a little tweaking, this would make for a great Freddy Krueger costume (at least part of one). ;)
The Animator (author)  nerfrocketeer11 months ago

Thanks nerfrocketeer ;_

pbarbalena11 months ago
way cool... excellent work
The Animator (author)  pbarbalena11 months ago

Thanks pbarbalena.......give it a try on a smaller area first then go for the whole face..... after you have applied the latex it's just a case of picking away at it until you are happy then sticking on some make-up. If you want it realistic then that is the bit that takes time. :)

Kiteman11 months ago

That is just... gross!

Wrll done!

The Animator (author)  Kiteman11 months ago

Cheers Kiteman....going to be doing lots of smaller wound style ibles using lots of cheap materials .. the grosser the

KemikalzAreFun11 months ago
Nicely done man! Keep up the great work! ^_^
The Animator (author)  KemikalzAreFun11 months ago

Cheers mate...up at 2am last night peeling latex out my