Since the beginning of cinema, horror makeup has been there to help make horror makeup realistic. With the rise of colour film, colourful techniques and tricks have enhanced the makeup effect to transform people into characters or monsters that are so realistic, you would have nightmares. The common element used when adding to horror elements is blood, using tactics to provide scare factors and building wounds and scars.

Horror Makeup Special Effect School

Horror makeup consists of more than just using face makeup to create a look. At Special Effects School, make-up artists are taught to work with other elements to achieve the desired look. This includes making handmade wigs and dentures, moulding prosthetics by using foam latex which is better suited than putting the character in a mask. Using prosthetics gives the actor more range when it comes to moving their faces, unlike full marks which don’t allow for the freedom of facial expressions.

In the olden days of cinema, make-up artists used heavy black and white body and face paint to create the effect of shadows and to show off the eerily ghost or demonic characters we have come to love and know in Horror films. There are five basic types of horror makeup used in films. This includes cuts and wounds, fake blood, creating burns and creating an exposed bone. Modern horror makeup has currently incorporated the practice called lifecasting. This process is using silicone to make a mould of the actor’s face. Once the silicone dries, plaster strips are placed on top of the silicone to make a hard cast. However, with the advancement of modern technology, using CGI and visual effects can be combined with makeup to create the desired horror effects.

Fake Blood Recipe

Fake blood is seen throughout all horror movies and is a staple in horror makeup. It is a toxic recipe so you cannot eat it and should be careful of how you apply it. The ingredients for the fake blood are; 1 (qt) Clear Corn Syrup, 1 (tsp) Methylparaben, 2 (oz) powered red food colour, 5 tsp powdered yellow food colour, 2 oz kodak photo- flo (this is toxic) and 2 oz water. You need to mix the methylparaben with some of the corn syrup in a large bowl. Then pour in the red and yellow food colouring. Finally, mix in the water. You can also adjust the colour by adding more colouring.