Fake Burned Skin




You want to scare everyone this halloween? Follow my steps and I will teach you how to create this burn-broken skin effect, perfect for wounded or zombie disguises. It´s easy and with not profesional materials.

Let´s do it!

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Step 1: Materials:

For this effect you will need:

  • Water.
  • No colored gelatin.
  • Glycerol.
  • A bowl.

For coloring:

  • A make up fluid base (Close to your skin tone.
  • Make up shadows. (Red, brown and black.)
  • Translucid powlder.(Optional.)
  • A red lip gloss.


  • A spatula.
  • Tweezers.
  • A microwave.
  • A spoon.
  • Make up brushes.

Step 2: Lets Get Started!

Let´s begin creating our new fake skin:

  1. In a bowl, put toguether: 1 part of gelatin, 2 parts of water and 1 part of glycerol. (I used one spoon of jello, two of water and 1 of glycerol, and It was enough to create the hand and the face wound.)
  2. Put the mixture 10 seconds on the microwave. CAREFULL! HOT! (You don´t want to burn your skin in a real way.)
  3. Add a bit of your make up base to give a skin colour to the mixture.

Step 3: Put It in Your Skin!

Wait until you are sure that the mixture will NOT burn your skin. Don´t worry if you wait for too long, if it dry off you can put it in the microwave again.

  1. With the spatula, put a lay of the mixture on your skin and wait untill it become solid.
  2. With the translucid powlder or skin colour eye shadow colour the new skin.
  3. Take the tweezers and pinch the fake skin to break it.

Step 4: Let´s Add Some Colour!

Use a brush and eyeshadows and the lip gloss to add color:

  1. Use dark red and black inside the holes.
  2. Use brown and black to surround the holes and to highlight the texture of the gelatin.
  3. Put the lip gloss on the wounds to add shine to the wounds.
  4. Add black shadow next to the wound for that smooky efect.

Use the same step everywhere you like!

I hope you like it and let me know if you do it!

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    12 Discussions


    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi there!

    The glycerol gives the mixture the consistency needed for make this effect. If you don´t use it will become all sticky. (Just as regular gelatine.) In theory, you can use a mixture of coconut oil and lanolin in 1/1 proportion, but I have never tried.

    You can also use other make up effects products such as liquid latex or wax.

    You can buy glycerol in drugstores and is not expensive.

    I hope this will help you ;)


    2 years ago

    If you're looking for some really good hallowe'en make up ideas, check out Silvia Quiros on Youtube, she's a professional film make -up artist who puts up loads of excellent videos explaining all the steps and what is needed. They are available in both Spanish and English.

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    2 years ago

    This is fantastic- thank you! My son is very much into the zombie apocalypse thing- this will be ideal for Halloween. :) You're awesome!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    This kind of effect looks really good for zombies! Try adding a bit of white or green eye shadow to de skin and it would look awesome.


    2 years ago

    That looks SOOOO creepy!! I have to show this to the kids.

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    2 years ago

    Cool and right on time for halloween!, I will give this a try.

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