Halloween #3 Easy Sliced Finger SPFX Tutorial

I posted this sliced finger photo on Instagram last night, and received quite a pretty good response from my followers and friends. This is a very easy and simple spfx makeup to do, with products you can find easily, especially if you live in Jakarta where it’s almost impossible to find good quality spfx products! I should really look into creating my own gelatin, mold, casting etc. I really miss doing special effects makeup! This sliced finger spfx tutorial uses products that are easily available.

If you have the chance to get a better product, please do use those products. I can only find Snazaroo spfx wax here in Jakarta, and even though this is NOT a bad product to play around with, I think I miss my harder wax (i.e. kryolan/ben nye) more.

I want to give @Powdah from Instagram a shout-out, since I used his technique to create this look. This look is actually inspired by one of his works. So, a big shout-out to Marc Clancy (@powdah)! He has such an amazing body of works!

* I am accepting Halloween and spfx makeup jobs while I’m in Jakarta *

A few bloggers asked me how do I manipulate this Snazaroo wax, since they also bought it but find it hard to use. Let me share a few tricks:

  1. Use baby oil or makeup remover, but since I have a tons of sample size Shu Uemura cleansing oil, I used the Shu ones instead.
    • Rub a little on your fingers and work on it. This will help you to blend out the edges, and get rid of that stickiness.
  2. Work in small portion and add more as you go along.
    • Roll it into small sausages or balls first, then apply it in the area of your choice.
  3. For coloring, stick to water-based face paint and powder.
    • The wax really clings into your brushes, so do be mindful about it. I tried using liquid foundation to color the extra “meaty” party, but it doesn’t work that well.
    • I might try powder or cream foundation next time.
  4. Optional – you can apply a layer of latex on top of it to seal it and make it easier for coloring.
    • I did not use latex this time since I want to show you that you can do spfx without any latex. This will be a good option for those with latex allergies.
    • Keep in mind latex breaks down in water.

Keep in mind that the tips above might not work for other brands. For example, the wax that I used in makeup school can only stick to the skin if I applied spirit gum/latex. For this Snazaroo wax that’s not the case. You can most definitely stick it to any part of your body without any latex, so it’s a great alternative for those who are allergic to latex, or cannot find latex/spirit gum/pros aide in your area (just like me…). So, do NOT be surprised if the tricks above do not work for you, esp. if you are using a different brand.

Let’s get the tutorial started!

easy spfx makeup tutorialI prepped my hands by applying a little bit (like very tiny amount) of Shu Uemura cleansing oil all over my palm and finger tips.


1. I scrapped a little bit of the wax, and rolled it into a sausage shape.

2. I applied this “sausage” on the area where I want it to be. In this case, since I wanted to create an illusion of a sliced finger, I added it to the side of my finger. I wanted to make it look like the middle part of the finger slide to the right.

3. To make the “sliced” part straight, I used the edge of my spatula (you can use a lollipop stick) to flatten it. If you find the wax to be sticking to the spatula, apply a bit of the oil to the spatula.

4. I applied a bit of foundation on my finger and the wax.

5. After I’m satisfied with the way the wax looked, I used a Classic Snazaroo face paint in Red on the part where the finger is sliced.

6. For an added depth, I applied a tiny bit of black Snazaroo face paint.

7. Using Snazaroo blood cake, I smeared some blood on my finger.


Products used:

1. Snazaroo brand products

  • classic red face paint
  • classic black face paint
  • cake blood
  • special effects wax

2. Shu Uemura cleansing oil

3. Foundation

4. Brushes

  • I used a Rigger type artist brush – ones that look like eyeliner brushes.