Theater Effects: Lacerations




This is the first in a series of hollywood makeup tutorials that will teach you how to make bloody gashes.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials...

you will need each of the following, all of which are available at halloween or party stores.

Flesh Latex
Blood Gel
4- color makeup Paq
Stipple Sponge
Cotton Swabs

Step 2: Smear on Some Latex

As the tite states, this step is quite simple. Using a cotton swab, smear on a somewhat thin, yet generous layer of latex in the general size and shape of the desired wound.

Step 3: Score the Latex

Using a toothpick, make a rut in the latex to mark where the gash will open.

Step 4: Open the Gash

Using a toothpick, poke the now air-dried latex layer at the open cut to curl up the sides a little.

Allow to further air-dry

Step 5: Apply Bruise

Using the stipple sponge, apply a few random speck of Purple makeup around the Laceration. Then, use a cotton swab to rub it into a bruise. NOTE: Use the purple sparingly. It goes a long way!

Step 6: Add Irritated/Torn/Inflamed Flesh

Using a different corner of the stipple sponge (we dont want to mix colors!) use the red makeup to add small skit marks immediatley next to the opening of the cut. Then, using quick skitting motions, drag the sponge across the very top of the curled latex, giving it the torn and inflamed appearance.

Step 7: Add Dying Skin

Now that you have inflames the flesh, you need the kill the very tips of the skin. Using yet another unsoiled corner of the stipple sponge, highlight the tips of the little peaks of torn flesh, giving the appearnce of dead/dying flesh.

Step 8: Road Rash

what caused the Laceration? For this one, it was assumed to be a flying metal part of some sort. So use black makeup (and your ever-trusty stipple sponge) to add skit marks of black where the gresy metal tore through your skin. (pleasant thoughts!)

Step 9: Re-Curl

curl the edges again, peeling up the fles and giving the blood gel a nice gap to seep into.

Step 10: YAY Blood Gel!

Using a toothpics, smear a thin layer of bood gel into every nook and cranny of the laceration. (be sure to get under all the flaps of flesh!) Then, with the cotton swab, plop and smear oh-so-generous dollops of blood gel to fill the nasty gash.

Step 11: Congratulations!

you now have a washable laceraction on the place of your choosing. Go scare the crap out of your friends.

watch for the next instructable: Gunshot Wounds!!

(sorry about the fuzzines on the picture, but it enhances the realism.)

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    82 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 4

    about how long do you let the latex dry before it becomes tacky enough to move like that, yet not completely dry?


    9 years ago on Step 11

     OMG that looks like it hurts. very nice


    Reply 12 years ago

    for dumb people read on instead of using the latex you could use: super glue/hard plastic solder straight off the iron melted plastic paint tipex for a completely fake wound.. toilet paper a plaster


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Elmer's/Craft glue, it simple it's cheap and it's workable. It is not as reusable, but hey it's a good sub.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    that's relative to the thickness of the layer you are using. The thinner the layer the quicker the dry time.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Tacky glue works realy good, even though I think its a little more pricy

    Something that might be cool to do is get a plain white t-shirt (or any other t-shirt really) and tear a gash in the center of the chest then have a friend do the gash on your chest and drip some blood down the front of the shirt.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is an EXTREMELY realistic fake wound. Last night me and some friends were running a hayride and walking the kids house to house. well, i wasn't paying much attention and i stepped into a water meter hole, fell backwards, and had to get 5 stitches in my ankle. I swear, this looks EXACTLY like my wound. Great work

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Instructable; it looks really good. You might try an infected wound next, after the gunshot.

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