We're continuing our SFX Tutorial Series with an easy special effects makeup look with a detailed video tutorial from Nsomniaksdream, a Canadian SFX Artist that specializes in total transformations and prosthetic use.
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For a complete list of products used, scroll to the bottom of the page for a more printer-friendly version. Let's get to the tutorial!
Step 1: Apply the Brow Blocker
Select the Out of Kit Brow Blockers that will fit you. Megan uses the Small Brow Blockers. Use a q-tip with acetone to smooth out the edges of the brow blockers, and to further blend hide the seam, use Pros-aide Cream and a Kryolan Sponge.
Step 2: Set the Brow Blockers in place
Once the Pros-Aide Cream has dried, it will turn translucent. Next, set the brow blockers in place. Nsomniaksdream uses Ben Nye Neutral Set.
Step 3: Apply additional prosthetic elements
Apply additional elements, like scars, and repeat the blending steps described in steps 1 and 2.
Step 4: Use a Sealer Fixative Spray
Lock everything in place, and prep your skin with Mehron Barrier Spray. This will help the makeup you place on top to stay on for hours. To apply the barrier spray around your eyes, spray it onto a brush and tap it onto the skin.
Step 5: Mix the base color and apply
Using Mehron Clown White Lite and cream color (we recommend Ben Nye), mix a soft aqua and apply all over using a sponge.
Step 6: Add depth and shadows using sponges and brushes
Using the Skin Illustrator Zombie Palette, an alcohol activated paint, she uses the blues and greens to add depth, texture, and dimension. Using a stiff brush, you can flick the bristles with product on it for a splattered look. Use sponges for a more concentrated application.
Step 6: Paint on the skull
Using the Mehron INtense Pro Pigment Powders Pigment Palette in Wind, paint the skull. Lighter to mid-toned shades will give you a more ghostly look versus a full-blown skeleton vibe.
Step 7: Emphasize prosthetics using the alcohol based paints
Going back into the Skin Illustrator Zombie Palette, she draws attention to the scar and creates depth and shadows using the deeper colors.
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To re-create Nsomniakdream's look, these are the products she used:
- Out of Kit Brow Blocker (Small), $34.99
- Out of Kit Healed Burn Scar 3, $19.99
- Mehron Barrier Spray Sealer, $9.95
- Kryolan Rubber Pore Sponge, $3.40
- Pros-Aide Cream Adhesive, $4.90
- Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder, $20
- Mehron Clown White Lite, $12.95
- Skin Illustrator Zombie Palette, $80
- Camera Ready Quick Blend Sponge, $6.99
- Mehron Intense Pressed Powder Pigments – WIND, $44.95
Total Cost: $238.12
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We’re accepting your videos as part of our SFX tutorial series! Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
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