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.

How-to:

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.

Halloween #2 Jack-O-Lantern Makeup

Are you ready for Halloween?! I sure am! So, for the second installment of my Halloween series, I decided to do a Jack-O-Lantern makeup tutorial. WHY you ask? Well, that’s because Jack-O-Lantern aka pumpkin carving is very popular in Canada during Halloween month. My sister and I actually love carving pumpkins! We love the scary face ones!

JUST FYI – I am accepting Halloween makeup jobs! If you need a makeup artist to do your scary makeup, I’m available! Contact me through email jilly@kireimakeup.com, or line – KireiMakeup!

Anyways, for this tutorial, you need:

1. Orange face paint (water or cream) – I mixed red and yellow cream face paint to create the orange base. I used a local Indonesian brand called PAC.

2. Black water based face paint – you can use cream too if you prefer cream product, or even an eyeliner.  I used Snazaroo.

3. Eyeshadow – matte black, matte orange, matte yellow for highlight and contour.

4. Brushes – I used mostly synthetic artist brushes.

  • For large area, I used an angled brush (similar to MAC 263 but slightly bigger).
  • For details like the lines and contouring, I used the Rigger type (similar to MAC 209, but with longer bristles)
  • For highlight I used a blending brush, like MAC 217

5. Contacts (optional) – you don’t have to use contacts, or you can use a brighter one than mine. I could only find this honey colored ones from Fresh Kon, since it’s pretty hard to find specialty contact lenses here in Jakarta.

halloween tutorial

How-to:

1. I applied an orange cream-based face paint all over my face using a wedged sponge. Lightly stippled it all over my face, neck, and ears for an even coverage.

2. I outlined where I want the mouth, nose, eyes, wrinkles to be using black water-based face paint.

halloween makeup tutorial

3. I filled in the areas on step no. 2 with black face paint.

4. Then, using an eyeliner brush and a matte black eyeshadow, I lightly create lines all over the face to create the crease of the pumpkin. I also created some cracks near the mouth area.

pumpkin king makeup tutorial

5. Using a small blending brush, I blend out the edges of the lines. I also carefully added some shading on the areas where I want it to look like it’s receding.

6. On top of those black shadows, I applied a matte Orange eyeshadow (I used the orange from Sleek Makeup Ultra Mattes V1 palette).

7. In the area where I want it to pop out a bit more (to mimick the shape of pumpkin), I applied a matte Yellow eyeshadow (from Sleek makeup Ultra Mattes v1 palette) with a blending brush. I put it in the middle of the “squares” on my forehead, above the eyebrows, on my cheeks area. I really want to make these areas to poof out a bit more.

creepy jack-o-lantern face paint

Voila! You are done! Looks pretty cool in black and white, but looking more like a scary clown. I love how the orange/yellow contour/highlight really helps with the whole pumpkin look!