Introduction: Half Sewn Neck FX Makeup Tutorial
This tutorial explains how I create my version of a slit throat makeup application.
Supplies you will need:
- Liquid Latex
- Q-tips (to apply the latex)
- Toilet paper, tissues, or paper towels
- Fake blood
- Cotton balls and/or paint brushes
- Thick, black thread and an appropriate needle
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Step 1: Begin Building Your Layers
Before we can sew anything, we have to have something to sew, right?
First you need to figure out how you want it to look, of course, so have a plan in your head that you will follow throughout these steps.
Begin by tearing pieces of your toilet paper into rough shapes that match what you have in mind. You can also cut them, if that makes it easier. (Your pieces will probably end up being long, so tear those into smaller segments. That will make it easier to apply.)
Take your piece of toilet paper, and apply it to your neck (wherever you want it to go) with the latex. I find it easiest to apply latex with q-tips.
Continue to apply your toilet paper and latex until you have your desired shape formed. (I like to apply mine crumpled up and wrinkled, even torn sometimes. That way it gives it a nice texture when painted.)
Ready to sew? Not yet, you need to keep on layering on top of your shape until it is thick. And I mean REALLY thick. A good way to test it is to let it dry, then pinch it. if you can't feel the pinch at all- you are good to go. But remember, your latex needs to be 100% dry before you sew, and again, it needs to be thick!
Step 2: Sewing Your Neck
Okay, be careful when you do this. I am clumsy, and have been fortunate enough to not stab myself yet. So just be careful and keep the needle angled away from your neck.
Thread your needle, first of all, using a decently thick, black thread. Start in either corner of your wound, just make sure it's thick enough.
Sew in whatever pattern you like! Also, if you ever make a hole too big, or rip open the tissue, just add a little latex and let it dry.
I like to stop once I get about 3/4 of the way done, and then leave a little hanging off the end.
Step 3: Painting Your Wound
This is my favorite part of creating fake wounds, the makeup. It's really what can make or break a piece.
I prefer to use cream face paint on the majority of it (light and dark red, black, and sometimes grey), though on those smooth spots where face paint just won't cover, I use red (or sometimes a tiny bit of black) acrylic paint. Before I begin the painting, however, I like to start off with some foundation to help blend the edges in just a bit.
This part is really all up to you! It is important to experiment and develop your own techniques, however, I am going to supply a video at the end that shows me applying the paint.
To me, the best paint jobs are not quick. Now, they don't have to take hours. But you should spend however much time you need to make it look just right in your eyes. HOWEVER, don't overdo it- and DON'T be a perfectionist! Sometimes mistakes are the best things that can happen to an artist, and simplicity is what looks best.
And remember, practice makes perfect!
Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCMEGnxTB-o