Making Realistic Scars

Thursday, 14 July 2011, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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This post is for anyone who wishes to cosplay one of those “tough” or “dangerous” characters – who make it a habit to pick a fight and leave with battle scars. Realistic-looking scars can authenticate any cosplay. Granted, they do not draw the crowds as much as someone plastered in fake blood; these scars are intended to be much more subtle. The theatrical community often relies upon “scarring liquid” to create realistic looking scars (also known as rigid collodion).

If you’re interested in making open wounds, we recommend you watch this video tutorial on how to use Dragon Skin.

It is important for you to wash your face before applying any type of makeup. Collodion can be applied directly onto the skin for best results, but we recommend applying neutral foundation and/or scar-coloring before applying collodion. If you use creme makeup underneath the scar, it will provide subtle hues and give the appearance of depth. (Scars are typically shades of red, brown, and yellow.) When you are ready to administer the rigid collodion, apply the liquid in the same size and shape as the scar you wish to create. As the liquid dries, it will pull and wrinkle your skin, creating a hard, glossy, and puckered appearance. This process will take only a few minutes. For a more dramatic effect, continue to apply the collodion in layers, allowing each layer to dry completely. Also try dusting with skin-colored character powder between layers to create a fleshy appearance.

Collodion can be peeled off the skin; however, if you prefer, Bond Off! or acetone will easily remove it. (Note: If you leave the collodion on your skin overnight, you may have an indentation that will fade within a few days.)

Remember to dab a small amount on the inside of your arm to test for allergies. May cause redness, drying, or irritation. Do not apply near the eyes.

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