Most of my body art work requires some sort of props. These are often used only once or twice so they have to be cheap. Good quality masks start at around £20.00 GBP and go on up to hundreds of pounds for an original. Far too expensive to justify for a single shoot.
We're going to use readily available materials to create some nice masks.
Step 1: Materials
1 Pk cheap styrene joke shop masks
Some car repair polyurethane resin and glass tissue
Hot malt glue
Cyanoacrylate GEL super glue
Some off cuts of material (I like satin)
Artists acrylic paint and ink
Some lace edging (if you want to get really fancy)
Some two part epoxy putty.
The joke shop masks are really cheap, I paid £5.00 for 10 masks, but they are pretty poor quality and at first don't look too promising. The eye slots are all wrong and they have awful nose and mouth holes. The noses are way too small, the lips are not well formed and they are really thin and floppy.
Never mind we can cure all that!
Here's the basic mask. I've marked out better eye holes with a felt pen.
Step 2: Cut the mask
I'd advise finding and image of a mask you like and then cutting to that shape.
Here is the original and the trimmed out mask.
Also at this stage you need to decide on the final shape of the actual mask and trim to that shape too.