Scare for a Cure SFX Makeup Class

Date night amongst total geeks is always fun, in the last few months we went to see The World’s End at the Alamo Drafthouse, had Pizza and Try New Games From PAX Prime night, and we started watching Face Off and Heroes of Cosplay while planning Halloween deco. So, naturally, when our friends over at Scare for a Cure, a local fully interactive haunted house for charity, hosted a makeup effects class for a fundraiser, we were all over it for several reasons: 1) why would anyone turn up an opportunity to learn SFX makeup? 2) one of the instructors was on Face Off season 4. 3) did I mention that Scare for a Cure is awesome-the concept of the money going to charity, the volunteers are awesome, the fact that if you buy a red ticket it’s full contact is awesome, and in general everything about Scare is just awesome. Period.

Anyway, at the event we learned how to mix up blood in a variety of viscocities, splatter technique, and even which tintings for the blood work best for live action vs. photograph vs. video vs. HD video. Being able to mix blood is always a good skill to have and the techniques used were different from the ones we used in our play production last fall.

Blood Making 101

We also got to use two different latex techniques, one for making old looking skin (or when roughed up zombified skin) and also one for making burns. Our results came out rather well. I was impressed with several of the wounds I saw. The technique for the old skin may come in handy for an upcoming show I am working with, so that’s an added bonus. Also notice how different the techniques were that we used for the burns, mine looked rather hardcore and blistery, and his looked like the Necronomicon.

Old Skin at Top, Zombified at Bottom Phase 1 Old Skin Up Top, Zombified Skin at Bottom Phase 2 Old Skin Up Top, Zombified Below Phase 3 My Burn Phase 1 My Scarring Phase 1 My Burn Post Phase 1 Paint His Burn Post Phase 1 Paint Finished Necronomicon Burn
We also learned airbrush technique and got lots of airbrush tips (what airbrushes are worth buying, same with compressors) and had a wicked zombie body painting demo. Since we didn’t airbrush on ourselves, I felt strange taking pics of that part, there was also a lot of great info from the airbrush artist I was paying serious attention to.

Then we learned how to make a bald cap, proper technique to create one, proper technique to put one on, and the like. It was useful in that in the show I’m doing now they kinda want to do a bald cap. We’ll see if we actually get to see this idea into action or not.

Finally, we marveled at how much cool stuff we got to do and how much we had actually gotten for a mere $25.00 for the class. They floated the idea of doing a basic molding and casting class, which I would also totally be in for, so here’s to hoping that happens.

The Amazing Amount of Stuff $25 Gets YouIf you’re in the Austin area and would like to volunteer with Scare for a Cure, simply email

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