Hi all,

The purpose of this instructable is to give you an insight into how to colour and accessorise a basic one piece full face latex mask.

There are many different techniques to colour masks and prosthetics using a large variety of flexible paint and airbrushing, however they can often be very expensive and hard to obtain therefore I have tried and tested lots of different types of flexible paint that will cover your latex mask well and hope this Instructable gives you an insight into a simple,cheap and effective lightweight full face mask that can be re-used and painted.

See my prosthetic ears Instructable to see the flexible paint mix...

This mask is a reasonably low cost application as you can re-use most of the materials and indeed the mask if you are careful upon removal.

The entire cost of the mask completed was approximately 4 Euros (when you have your initial resources already).

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 mask and around the eyes, mouth and cheeks still do all the usual tests with the materials to check for allergies prior to application as you can see in the next step.

The whole process to apply and colour the mask takes about 2 hours not including the initial set-up and clear up processes.

Hope you find it useful and enjoy yourselves trying it out.

To see a full time-lapse of the application process then check out the video below...

Time-lapse of entire colour and application

Step 1: Preparation and Allergy Testing

Allergy testing

With all the products used in these instructables there is potential for allergic reactions. Certain common things may be unlikely, but paints, latex and other fx supplies have the potential to cause reactions. Large numbers of people are allergic to latex, and you do not want to find this out after you have just painted it all over your face.

The most common way to test products for allergies is to place a small amount (a few mm across) on the inside of your arm. This skin is very sensitive, and is also not visible normally, so not so much a concern if you do get a rash or staining.

You can do multiple 'dots' for your different products, and it is sensible to do this a day in advance so you can be sure there is no problem.


To ensure a smooth makeup application, it is sensible to exfoliate your skin first to remove the layer of dead skin on top, which will ensure that any prosthetics you apply will stay in place as long as you want them.

After exfoliating it is a good idea to moisturise. This is not only good for your skin, but should also help the smooth application of the makeup, and provide a slight barrier to prevent any staining that you might get from, e.g. fake blood.

When applying prosthetics to skin, or anywhere you will be putting liquid latex, you will most likely want to shave any hair (certainly on arms and legs) as it is extremely painful to pull these off when they are attached to hair. When applying Gelatine prosthetics they are easily washed off with warm soapy water.
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