Although an extensive burn makeup can be achieved with prosthetics, there is a great deal which can be done with directly applied effects materials and colour, removing the need to sculpt and make moulds.
This is great if you are doing it for a one-off such as for a low budget movie, a makeup test, building a portfolio or simply to create effective makeups without using a lot of expensive kit. This tutorial covers a simple approach to creating a burn injury using silk, gelatine and colour.
As always, getting the right reference material will always be the most important first step to creating realism. There are books on burn injuries and wound care, but try the internet for free images. Add words such as 'care of..'
, 'treatment of..'
or 'types of..'
before 'burn injury', and you will be more likely to get pictures and articles of the real thing rather than reams of makeup attempts on photo share sites such as flickr
-although there are also good images of the real thing there too!
Incidentally, if you like this kind of thing why not check out the free mini ecourse
on my site-sign up quick and easy at LearnProstheticMakeup.com!