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31 Aug 2008 - 23:315666
Scar help?
Okay well I wanna do the Joker cosplay (from of course The Dark Knight) and I wanna make some scars but I really don't know how. I've watched some tutorial videos on youtube and some people have been using stuff called 'Rigid Collodion' which sort of pulls the skin abit and gives you 3D scars (don't think you can get it in England though). I didn't know though whether I should try making latex scars though or get some of that fake skin from a costume shop. I'm quite confused on what to do. Which is the best? I'd love to know So far my make-up tests for the Joker have gone well (well I think they have... I've only done 2 lol)

01 Sep 2008 - 18:125674
scars are tricky. however, they are do-able.

the "easiest" (and most readily available) option is probably thickened latex (you usually have to buy latex and thickener seperate, be carefull what you buy tho). if i was sculpting a scar, i'd probably make it on a piece of glass so the underside is smooth. there's no need to wory about adding colourant to it, you'd simply put makeup over the top of the scar, foundation creme, compact powder etc or stage makeup for a discoloured face.

tomps is a good latex/latex thickener supplier in the UK.



you can also sculpt onto you skin, but remember to totally clean shave the area, and apply vaseline or you WILL scream when trying to remove the appliance!

good luck!


Last edited by xaerael (01 Sep 2008 - 18:13)
03 Sep 2008 - 11:025700
As Above Liquid Latex is good, But we didn't use thickener.

We didn't make a base to our scars, we did however spend a long time building them up by layering, which in the end looked very good X3

When you use liquid latex, check you don't have an allergy to it, and be careful if applying around your eyes, also you will find it had a very strong odour, (ammonia?) and in fact (according to my friend) wearing contacts stops it from stinging the eyes lol

Enjoy X3

19 Sep 2008 - 22:016336
I was shown how to do this by one of the guys who does SFX on Doctor Who. The way they make scars in TV shows is usually using a combination of wax, sealant, latex, spirit gum glue and cream face paint (such as Snazaroo).

All this stuff can be bought from a theatrical make-up shop (I bought mine from Screen face in London) or online. It's expensive, but lasts a long time. You'd need to test it on your skin to make sure you're not sensitive to the products, too.

You start by generously painting the spirit gum glue onto your skin. Wait a couple of minutes until it becomes sticky, then start building up the scar shape using the wax.

When you're happy with the shape, seal it with the wax sealant, then paint over in latex, making sure to blend it neatly with your skin. Finish it off by painting over it with cream make-up, adding the coloured details in face paint. This method can also be used to make fake skin growths or flesh wounds for horror films etc.

Another method - a friend of mine wanted to make a scar on her cheek so she just stuck the skin together with clear nail varnish to make an indent. It looked very gruesome and effective, but I don't think it would work with the Joker's scars, never mind the fact that it's probably not good for your skin...

If you decide to use this method, I suggest asking the people in the shop more questions as they can probably give better advice than I can.

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24 Sep 2008 - 10:326385
I found that liquid latex, then maybe put over the top of loo roll works really well XD.

The reason for this is that the texture in the tissue gives it a more skin like feel than just using lax/wax, which can make it look too smooth, and therefore not as realistic. It depends really how long you have to put on the makeup- also latex smells bad, so you have to have a strong will!

- Tab

Last edited by Uber-Nerd (25 Sep 2008 - 00:21)
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