Realistic Vampire Bite




In this instructable I will be showing you how to create a realistic looking vampire bite or puncture wound.

Step 1: Supplies

If you have followed any of my previous tutorials you will have most of the supplies you need already on hand.

  • Nose and Scar Wax
  • Spirit Gum & Remover
  • Liquid Latex
  • Castor Seal
  • Basic Make-Up
  • Various Brushes
  • Setting Powder
  • Stage Blood

During the Halloween season most of the items are relatively easy to find, so I recommend stocking up on material now. Otherwise you will have to either order the supplies online or go to your local costume store. I like to use Costume&Display since they're willing to put in special orders for what I need.

Step 2: Building the Bite: Part 1

Now that we have all our supplies it is time to start building the vampire bite. I have decided to focus on the classic double puncture, although due to time constraints I will only be making one puncture wound.

For starters we're going to want to begin by applying a bit of spirit gum to the application area.

In the example I used my forearm since it was easiest to photograph. You do not need a lot just a dot slightly smaller then a dime. You'll want to do this twice, one for each puncture spaced accordingly.

Let the spirit gum dry and become tacky. You can speed up the process by using a blow-dryer or lightly tapping at it with your finger. When it has dried some and become tacky you're ready to whip out the Nose and Scar Wax which will be sold under different names depending on the brand.

You don't need a lot, all we're going to use is a small ball. Now the wax is going to be very sticky and will want to stick to your hands. Dipping your fingers in water will eliminate this problem and help you smooth out the wax.

You'll want to take the small ball of wax and press it down onto the spirit gum that you applied earlier. Repeat the process for the second puncture wound. Once the wax has been put into place, use a wet finger to smooth the edges and blend them into the skin. With a little work you can completely get rid of the seam for a flawless transition between skin and wax.

Step 3: Building the Bite: Part 2

Now comes the sculpting. Take whatever sculpting device you like to use, in the example I used the end of a small brush and a tiny screwdriver, and poke into the center of the wax to make a puncture. If you used the end of a brush like I did it'll come out in a perfect circle which doesn't look like a realistic bite mark. So I used the tiny screwdriver to add some jagged edges and more detail to it.

As you can see it already looks pretty good. If you wanted, you could skip the rest of the steps and just fill the wound with stage blood and be ready to go. But of course I want my puncture to be a little sturdier so I'm going to seal it in with some Liquid Latex.

I only applied one thin coat making sure to get some into the puncture and on the top. Then I used a piece of orange hydro sponge to stipple the latex on where the wax meets the skin. This will help it blend into the skin more believably once it's dried.

Wait for the latex to dry, you can speed up the process by using a blow-dryer on it. Once that is complete you will need to set using some kind of setting powder. I used commercial setting powder but baby powder works just as well.

Now that the puncture has been applied and set, you're ready to move on to the make-up application.

Step 4: Make-Up Application

Before I start to apply make-up to the wound I use a small brush to cover any visible latex with a little bit of Castor Seal. Latex tends to burn through make-up and dull the colors making it look very unrealistic.

Now it's time to apply the make-up. I started by using a tattoo color wheel from Mehron that has 5 different skin colored shades on it.

I like to transfer the shades I want to use to a painting palette so I can mix them and come up with the color that matches my skin the best.

Once you've matched your skin tone you can start applying the make-up to your wound. I used a small brush to apply the make-up and then a larger clean brush to blend in the edges. I also added some purple to the surrounding area to give the impression of trauma. Then I set it with some setting powder.

Now that the outside of the wound is complete it's time to start reddening the interior of the puncture. For this I used a black and red that comes in most basic make-up stacks.

I used a small brush to apply a very tiny bit of black to the sides of the puncture and then followed that by filling the wound with the red make-up.

The end result is pretty good and speaks for itself.

Step 5: The Final Touches

Now what's a good vampire bite without some blood dripping from it??

I like to use stage blood to fill in my wounds... some people prefer gel blood or homemade stage blood. Either one works, it's all really up to your personal taste and budget.

The overall effect turned out pretty good. Of course my application has only one puncture wound and a real vampire bite would have two. But that's, "ok" because you can just repeat the process for the second one.

Using the same techniques and with a little bit more wax you could make a full on bite or any kind of puncture style wound you want.

I hope you enjoyed this instructable and have learned some valuable information from it..

Don't forget to leave comments and show off what you've accomplished using the Instructable.



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    If like me you can't affordthe expensive theatrical equipment make your home made liquid latex using equal parts of glycerine (bought from the pharmacy section of any supermarket) gelatine powder (bought from the baking section of any supermarket) and water. Mix te ingredients and microwave for 20 seconds. Allow to cool for a few minutes ten brush on like liquid latex. Instead of scar wax use glue stick. Make up is ideal to colour the final effects in.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I did my own variation based on this, as I do with all FX makeup that I do. Thank you so much for the fantastic basic idea!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Ekk! They look super realistic, a little too realistic for me, hahaha, good job.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Looks good, looks very convincing!

    Just one thing... the use word "realistic"... this implies that vampires are real... do you know something I don't?...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Just an idea, but would using liquid latex as a base make it so the wound could be peeled off and used again later? On that note, for self-aplication could we make it on our arm and then apply it to our neck to make life easier?

    I'll probably try this anyway but some input would be cool


    7 years ago on Step 5

    I tried this on my cousin's neck, it looked real! Thanks for the great instructable!

    hey u can use rolld tissue instead of the wax. We use it in theatre class and it works pretty wel
    use it to raise up the wound

    There is a couple things you can do... instead of using wax, you can use just latex by putting a dab of latex in the spot you want for the wound {1}, waiting for it to dry a bit... then poking at the middle and pushing it to the sides {2}. Repeat till you got a sufficient height {3}. Alternatively you can use some toilet paper. Take a real small piece of toilet paper and roll it into a tube {4}. Then apply some latex to the area you want the wound to be in {5}. Make a circle with the tube and press it into the latex (which is being used as an adhesive at the moment) and cover it with more latex to seal it in {6}. The bracketed numbers correspond to the steps in the images.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Regarding fake blood, I've used the recipe in "If Chins Could Kill" which is the standard Karo/Corn syrup plus a bit of creamer a drop of blue coloring red etc and have never had a problem w/staining but I haven't used it on white clothing. I've also heard/read that using detergent as a component helps prevent staining

    Mr. Brownie

    10 years ago on Introduction

    You, know, if you put two on your lower back, you could be controlled by aliens on X- Files


    10 years ago on Introduction

    wow... thats awsum.. the most reaslistic "wound" i have ever seen oO