Navigating the world of special effects makeup can be intimidating and overwhelming for newbies. If you’re itching to create bloody, bruised characters but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place (or blog, that is) to learn about SFX makeup for beginners.

We asked makeup artists to weigh in on the best SFX makeup for beginners and narrowed it down to these five makeup must-have products to get you started on the right foot.

Continue reading to learn more about the professional-grade products highly recommended by pros and start building an SFX makeup kit beginners will love. One, two, three, GO-re!



SFX makeup is makeup used to create characters with special effects, like aging, injuries, deformities, and supernatural features. SFX makeup is perfect for creating characters for cosplay, Halloween, TV, and the stage.

Artists use prosthetics, liquid latex, wigs, and more to create anything from ghastly ghouls and glam witches to darling butterflies and creepy clowns. Learn what SFX makeup supplies are considered makeup must-haves when creating a makeup kit SFX beginners will be able to utilize like a pro.



Ready to begin your journey into the world of SFX makeup? Stock up on these stage makeup basics, and you’ll be well on your way to creating characters like a pro in no time. 

1) Mehron CreamBlend Sticks

2) Ben Nye Liquid Latex

3) Ben Nye SFX Blood

4) Mehron Pro Color Ring - Bruise

5) Pros-Aide Adhesive




Available in 58 shade varieties, the Mehron CreamBlend Sticks are a necessary staple in any SFX makeup kit – beginner and pro alike. These performance creams by Mehron are high-quality and full-coverage for the face or body. The formula’s smooth, supple texture is easy to blend and stays put all day with minimal (if any at all) touchups required.

Choose from natural skin tone colors or vibrant and bold shades to create whatever character you envision, from a watercolor painting makeup look to a frightening zombie - for just $11.95 per stick.


BEN NYE Liquid LATEX is an SFX staple

Another recommendation from our trusty makeup artist customers is Ben Nye’s Liquid Latex. This SFX makeup for beginners is considered a holy grail makeup must-have for any SFX makeup kit. This multi-purpose product works well to seal modeling wax or to create aging, blister, and wound effects directly on the skin.

Commonly referred to as “slip rubber,” liquid latex is frequently used to mold prosthetic appliances. We have a wide array of latex options perfect for any pro or beginner makeup kit.


Beginner’s Best SFX BLOOD by Ben Nye

Most SFX makeup beginners can’t wait to try their hand at a bloody, gore look. There are dozens of blood SFX products on the market, which makes narrowing down the options a bit overwhelming. We asked the pros which product they would recommend as the best SFX makeup for beginners, and Ben Nye’s Fresh Scab topped the list.

A makeup artist favorite, this jelly-like product is perfect for creating natural-looking scabs, blood clots, and more. The corn syrup-based formula is infused with a peppermint flavor for pleasant use in and around the mouth, and it easily washes from most fabrics and surfaces. As with any blood SFX products, we recommend spot-testing before each use. 

Ben Nye offers a variety of other blood-related products you can try as your beginner makeup kit continues to grow. 



The affordable, extremely handy Pro Color Ring Bruise from Mehron is the perfect SFX makeup for beginners because it includes every shade you need to create fresh and healing bruise looks. A must-have in any SFX beginner makeup kit, the wheel-shaped compact includes green, yellow, light brown, dark brown, and black shades that easily smudge and blend to create realistic face bruise makeup.

The long-lasting formula won’t fade or melt away even after hours of wear. Try creating your own face bruise looks with this makeup and see for yourself why Camera Ready customers consistently rate it 5-out-of-5 stars.

PROS-AIDE ® ADHESIVE FOr all Your SFX Makeup Needs

This medical-grade, water-based skin adhesive keeps prosthetic applications and other makeup components intact for long periods of time. An industry standard, “The Original” Pros-Aide ® formula is non-toxic and safe to use on all skin types, including sensitive areas. The product is also highly water-resistant to withstand even the harshest conditions on set.

Pros-Aide includes a variety of other makeup supplies that spawn off the original formula, such as a cream-based variety and a “no-tack” option, which creates less residual stick. Use the Pros-Aide ® Remover to safely remove your SFX makeup creations.


Tag @camerareadycosmetics and @camerareadySFX in your special effects makeup creations for a chance to be reposted on our Instagram. What other SFX makeup for beginners would you include on this product list? Let us know in the comments below!




Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by makeup artist Mary Erickson. An industry veteran for more than 30 years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and only chooses makeup supplies that she would use on set.

If you don’t find the product or makeup supplies you’re looking for on our site, that’s because we have something better. Just ask us!

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