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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
1. Snazaroo brand products
- classic red face paint
- classic black face paint
- cake blood
- special effects wax
2. Shu Uemura cleansing oil
- I used a Rigger type artist brush – ones that look like eyeliner brushes.