Picture of Using Silicone-based pastes to create quick makeup FX
Sculptgel and Third Degree are both great silicone based materials which can be used directly on the skin to create three dimesional makeup effects for fun, Halloween, low budget movies or to create work for a portfolio. This instructable shows you a step by step makeup of how this great material can be used. No need for sculpting or moulding, no latex allergies and no mess!

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Two-part platinum silicone pastes may sound technical and off putting to some, but these materials are very simple to use. This article aims to show you a simple method for using Sculpt Gel.

There are similar materials such as Third Degree, which behave in the same fashion owing to the fact that it is also a two-part silicone based product. The main difference with this kind of material compared to wax is that you need to measure out equal amounts, mix them and apply them to the skin before it sets (or cures) with a working time of 4-5 minutes. You can cover larger areas by adding additional mixes, as it will bond well to itself. Unlike wax, it does not damage easily.

The only thing you need to remember is avoid contact with latex! Platinum silicones are usually very sensitive, and exposure to latex (in a dried or liquid form) can result in the silicone not curing properly. This is known as inhibition, and usually occurs on a surface someone has touched using latex gloves. As a result, if you do ever need to wear gloves make sure you use Vinyl and not latex!
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MooCow1012 years ago
Heyyy guys I love this I am totally doin this for haloween

wedgekahr6 years ago
looks like mashed potatoes
it look like mashed potato with ketchup

Nelyan jaxterg3 years ago
Guys, what on earth do you put your mashed potatoes? All of this looks to me more like snot and slime than something that was formely a potato. :D

(To the maker of this 'ible, great job, I'd try this out if only I can find sculpt gel-retailer somewhere in Europe.)
stuartbray (author)  Nelyan3 years ago

Mouldlife actually make it themselves, and are based in the UK.  They may sell to retailers (not sure - ask them I guess...they may know who they supply nearest to you).

Sculptgel: http://www.mouldlife.net/sculptgel-66-c.asp

WOW! all of your instructables for halloween makeup are so realistic! you are a ledgend, wish i coukd do stuff like this for a job and be as good as you are at it:) not being clingy just thought id tell you:)
anibioman4 years ago
this is so horrifying and amazing
stuartbray (author) 4 years ago

Skin Illustrator is a brand of alcohol activated makeup colours. There are several brands such as Reel Color and Sta Color which all use 99% isopropyl alcohol as the solvent.  They are very durable colours which appear realistic on the skin and do not smudge when dry unlike oil based makeup.

They can be thinned to washes and applied with sponge, brush or airbrush in layers to create realistic skin colours, especially on appliances or materials such as Sculptgel, where translucency needs to be maintained.

There is a little about this and other types of makeup in an article I wrote which may be of interest to you:

vegalyre4 years ago
what is "skin illustrator"?
micahdear4 years ago
Love it!!! Great job!!!
What type of fake blood was used to make this? I want to have some that looks very realistic, and I'm not sure of what would be the best one.
stuartbray (author)  xmusicxfreak82x4 years ago

I used a syrup based blood from a professional makeup store. The typical shop bought bloods for halloween are not that good. The colour and consistency needs to be right and cheaper bloods are usually a deal thinner and often stain skin and fabrics much easier.  (Non staining bloods that look great and which are not expensive are the Holy Grail qualities of fake bloods).

Also, real blood is opaque, not translucent, which is a giveaway on cheaper bloods. It depends on your budget and how good you want it to look.

I don't know where in the world you are, but in the UK, here are some good bloods:

In the States:
Cinema Secrets
Monster Club

Most fake bloods are syrup based (either corn or syrup) with food grade dyes allowing them to be safely used in the mouth although I always advise checking that to be sure...it should state it on the bottle. 

Also, a little tip is if you find the blood beads up on an oily surface (such as wax, siliocne or oil based makeup) then apply a little dish washing/washing up liquid detergent to area first.  It will reduce this effect (known as 'reticulation').

I also used a material made by 'Maekup' called 'Scab' which dries matt, dark and non flexible so it cracks and peels - just like real dried blood.  You could also use a little acrylic ink or skin illustrator the right colour to appear as dark, dried blood.  I think having larger areas of dried blood with some fresh stuff helps the overall realism.

Hope this helps

corsairgryl5 years ago
Skin-Tite is available from Smooth-on in the US, behaves the same as Scupltgel and I have worn full head silicone prosthetics for several hours, bit hot &sweaty but my skin was as smooth as just having a facial treatment
chamunks6 years ago
Just a few questions. Are there any alternatives to this company/brand if so why did you pick this one? Two: Can you peel the silicone off and re-use them if you so desired as you would if you made a mask or is this a different sort of material. I would assume that stuff doesent breath well for your skin
stuartbray (author)  chamunks6 years ago
Well, to be honest, this method IS the cheaper option to sculpting, moulding, casting and applying a prosthetic appliance, which is a couple of days work as opposed to fifteen minutes. There are a couple of versions, but I had use one and I used this one 'cos it's what I am familiar with. They are pretty similar. Skin breathing issues, well I suppose there would be, but no more than any prosthetic makeup, which has yet to be an issue for me. I have heard of anecdotal stories of gold body paint used in a James Bond intro sequence day after day, but a small area like this isn't a problem. If you wear a wetsuit and snorkel for two hours, your skin doesn't meet air either, with no ill effect. This stuff is designed for skin use, and is quite safe to use. You can peel it off if you are careful, and if you clean it with alcohol (99%) you could reapply using a silicone prosthetic adhesive, or a little more of the gel. Edges may be a little damaged, but you can add more gel to repair.
The "skin breathing" thing is a myth, as is the legend of the actress on the set of Goldfinger. You can double check on Snopes and Wikipedia.
Several other species do it but not humans :)
The two big things to worry about are toxicity and heat. If there are toxins in the makeup/mixture, well you shouldn't be applying it anyway and certainly not over the whole body. Only use safe agents.
Heat is where things can go wrong with a full body appliance. Stay hydrated, and monitor temperatures. If you can't sweat through your makeup or radiate heat away your temp will spike. The proteins in the brain can start to cook at temps as low as 45 celsius, so remember to keep cool. :)
Thanks for the reply :)
jaxterg5 years ago
were can i get sculpt gel and cheap
and wat do i use 4 da blood fake blood or shall i get my own real blood

stuartbray (author)  jaxterg5 years ago
http://www.mouldlife.net/sculptgel-66-c.asp is the direct link for the UK site, and in the US they can be contacted at Tel 949 923 9583 or 949 923 9551. They are in California somewhere but I don't know where or the area dial code. email is http://info@mouldlife.com

I'm not sure if there is a 'cheap' sculptgel-This method IS the cheaper option to sculpting, moulding, casting and applying a prosthetic appliance, which is a couple of days work as opposed to fifteen minutes.

It is what it is and unlike mass produced items that everyone uses, there is not so much of a cheap option.  I guess the alternative is stick with scar or morticians wax instead.

Professional makeup stores are the place to get fake blood-it will probably be cheaper than buying all the ingredients and making it.
You can also go to Monster Club.com and they handle it but it's not cheap.  Should last a long time though.
For diy fake blood use Karo syrup (corn syrup) and food coloring. Add colroing to syrup until you reach the desired color. :)
You can also use plain old Hershey's chocolate syrup with red food color.  Then you can lick your lips and really gross people out..LOL
stuartbray (author)  jaxterg5 years ago
This instructable on fake blood may sort you out: http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Cook-Edible-Fake-Blood-for-mouth-wounds%2c-etc./

I have to say, once you've bought all that and spent time doing it, a $5 bottle of blood may just be easier-although that's not what Instructables is about I know.
d1ndian5 years ago
hi nice tutorial

by the way where to find material in canada
mskk5 years ago
Hi if you want this stuff go to www.smooth-on.com, it has everything you need.

Skrunge5 years ago
Thank you for a great Instructible. I would love to give it a go, however I am based in upcountry North Thailand and I would need to source items from local hardware stores or equivalent. Can you recommend any alternatives to the professional silicones and make-ups you use.
For example, is there any way to use something like silicone sealant, as used in Aquariums etc?
stuartbray (author)  Skrunge5 years ago

I would not use silicone sealant from a hardware stores. This is not suitable for skin contact at all. You would need to use gelatine or something instead, or maybe just morticians wax.

Mouldlife will ship to pretty much anywhere in the world.  Hardware stores carry a lot of tools and kit that can substitute makeup store equivalents such as tool boxes for makeup boxes, sponges and large brushes etc, but there are few safe skin-use materials which have substitutes.

Kind regards
astrong06 years ago
i can't find the sculpt gel any where all i got when i googled it was porno advertisements
stuartbray (author)  astrong06 years ago
http://www.mouldlife.net/sculptgel-66-c.asp is the direct link for the UK site, and in the US they can be contacted at Tel 949 923 9583 or 949 923 9551. They are in California somewhere but I don't know where or the area dial code. email is http://info@mouldlife.com.
kick a$$ !thanks!!
Thank you for that Instructable, which is, I must say more real than reality itself ! I pulled a nasty prank at school, the day before the summer holiday. I came with a gruesome make-up that made my face look like I had been badly bitten by some wild animal. I put on a hood so as to hide my face and force the teachers to ask me to uncover. It had a tremendous impact ! Thank you again !
watergeorg6 years ago
Very real-looking! There is another, easier way. The only thing you need is a chain saw and guts!....
hondo21606 years ago
You can also get a material called 'Skin Tite' from Bentley in the UK. You can contact them at 011 44 1562 515121 http://www.smooth-on.com/index.php?cPath=1193
stuartbray (author)  hondo21606 years ago
That's what I love about this...I'd never heard of this, so thanks! I'm sure it behaves the same. It comes clear, so you need to buy and mix your pigment in seperately, but I will try some and check it out!
Mariselam6 years ago
Great work! I was just wondering where I could purchase the sculpting gel? and if i cant get that same kind what would be the best substitute?
stuartbray (author)  Mariselam6 years ago
In the UK and US, a company called Mouldlife make and sell it (http://www.mouldlife.net/sculptgel-66-c.asp). Professional makeup stores sell it too. Its about £40 for the kit of all three components.
Krell Metal6 years ago
Just looked this up and it is quit expensive - $20 for two ozs. I would love to try this stuff out but for now I'll have to stick with the old morticians wax.
stuartbray (author)  Krell Metal6 years ago
I agree, compared to wax it is more expensive. It is a professional material, so costs a little more. Two ounces will make a lot of scars like this though. The downside of wax is that it is hard to use on soft skin areas like under eyes, necks or lips. Also, as you no doubt know, wax can easily be dented and damaged, whereas this material has a memory, stretching and bouncing back like skin. But for fun and photos, you can certainly do some great stuff with wax-I always keep some in my kit!
Bardouv6 years ago
The first picture almost made me throw up. Well done. You should feel very proud!
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