Liquid Latex or Scar Wax? We put it to the test!

08/10/2018
by Gabby Pendrey

Liquid Latex or Scar Wax? We put it to the test!

Using Paint Glow's Fake Blood, Liquid Latex and Scar Wax...Do's and Dont's!

**Please be aware that this blog may contain images that some may find unpleasant, so this will require a trigger warning! If blood/cuts/gore isn't your thing, then please disregard this blog and indulge in one of our many others! **

Halloween is fast approaching and we need to look the part! Whether you've suffered a few wounds or you're going full blown ZOMBIE, we're going to try and help you out with what's best for you! We asked one of our KC crew members to test our these products and let us know her thoughts!

For those of you who aren't familiar with SFX makeup and all it's gory, (see what I did there?) then stay tuned! We may have just what you need... At first, I tested Paint Glow's Scar Wax - as many of you know SFX makeup can get rather messy, and this is definitely one to cause little mess.

How I did it...

Though this product comes in a stick form, you use it the same as any other! Just break off a chunk, roll it into a ball (or preferred method, this works best for me) and shape the wax on to the skin to form what will become a realistic (but fake) version of your own. Please make sure your hands are clean! Rolling the wax will pick up any bits of dust or fluff and cause it to become a little less sticky! There's no real science to sticking this down, just make sure the surface of your skin is clean and free of anything that may prevent the wax from sticking down. Press this into your skin and sculpt it until it starts to blend. Make sure the centre of the wax is thicker than the outer parts, as this is where you will be creating your fake cut! For me, the wax was becoming a little tacky so needed some time to dry, this isn't a problem unless you're in a hurry! You will need a bit of patience for this product, as you want it to look as realistic as possible. I tested the wax cut on my wrist, for reasons none other than it being very flat and smooth, the back of my hand was already full and I couldn't quite see well enough to do this on my forehead! Be aware that you will only want to use scar wax in places where no real physical movement will take place, the wax will separate. Flat surfaces such as the back of your hand, wrist, forehead or chest are usually your best bet! Using something with a relatively sharp edge, I created a cut straight down the centre of the wax to give it a 3D effect. Both sides of the wax were now separate and my skin underneath was clearly visible. This is where the magic happens! So as said previously, you want to make sure the wax is smooth as possible so if you wanted, you could cover this with a foundation/paint that matches your skin well enough so you aren't able to tell much difference. Unfortunately, I had none to hand at this point, but I demonstrated with the nearest concealer to show the effect. After that, you can basically go wild AF with filing where the cut has been outlined, with fake blood, eyeshadow and anything else you have to create that super realistic "blood look"

My thoughts...

I won't lie, it takes a little practise, but for those who are familiar, you will know scar wax is a work of art and can be quite tricky to beginners! BUT, practise makes perfect and the end result is definitely worth the work. The Wax is clear which is both an advantage and disadvantage depending on who you are, if you are one for face paint/ foundation then this should be a breeze! All you'll need to do is cover the wax to blend with your skin. If not, you may need to invest in a light foundation or face paint to make this look super realistic. As mentioned above, I wouldn't recommend this for a part of your body that is constantly moving (finger, knee, neck) as the wax can easily separate and well... you don't want that. Ideally, the wax should stay put in places such as the forehead, wrist, back of hand or chest :) With a bit of setting spray/hairspray, your fake but totally-realistic looking cut should stay put!

On to the Liquid Latex!

Well! Wasn't this a whole load of FUN (and mess, but we'll just forget about it)! Honestly, it was great getting creative and seeing what could be achieved. Though a bit of a nuisance (as all liquid latex is) this one actually performed great, if not better than a few (a lot more pricey) brands I've used! It dries relatively quickly, so just be sure to have your materials to go straight on as soon as the liquid latex has been applied! For mine, I applied the product with a beauty-blender-like sponge as I wanted to cover a large area. I then used tissue paper (straight and single pieces) to stick on top of the latex to create a skin-like texture. Depending on how big you want the wound, you may want to layer this a few times to get a deeper cut (sorry for the gruesomeness). Right, now listen up! There are a few ways to do this, I normally stick with layering the tissue and then piercing the material to create a slit in the middle, however, this is not the only way, you can also just layer single lines of tissue paper (or preferred material) around an area of skin to create more of a zombie-fleshy-vibe. To do this, just place the single strips into a circle shape and layer to create 3D effects. Then, once dried, blend the tissue using a skin colour foundation/face paint. For a flesh-like effect, layer very small pieces of tissue inside the circle area and paint/cover with a mixture of face paint (red&black), fake blood and eyeshadow for bruising effects! This isn't the method I used, but looks awesome none-the-less! Back to my method. I layered single strips of tissue thick enough to pierce through (I used scissors, so if you use this do be careful as you will be very close to your skin! Alternatively, you can also use a pencil or anything with a relatively sharp end) and left that to dry. When using this method, be wary that if you layer too much, the tissue can dry clumpy and give you less of a realistic effect, especially when adding foundation over the top, try to keep your tissue-thin and your layers-smooth to avoid this. Once dried and you have a visible layer of skin where your wound is, you can start the fun! Bigger clumps of blood have a better effect as this appears a lot darker and a lot more realistic. A little tip I like to use- blood drips look more significant when placed at the end of a wound, try adding a clump of fake blood to the end of the cut and let that drip naturally. After creating a rather convincing injury to my forehead, I also added some dabs of a purple/red eyeshadow to create the appearance of bruising! Again, I can't lie, the mouth was a struggle! Through no fault of the products, just because this was a first attempt and had to master the art of breathing! I did the same here as I did with my forehead, layering pieces of tissue and making a slit in the middle. This is a bit more tricky to create this look with just these products alone, I also used a dark red lipstick, some black and burgundy eyeshadow and a LOT of fake blood! Just like the previous wounds, I covered this with my foundation and dotted with some dark red/purple eyeshadow for bruising! Voila...

My thoughts...

Honestly... I was so impressed! For such a good price I was happier than I have been with some products I've used in the past! It came off easily and wasn't moving around, the product was also buildable and easy to use! It's so hard to find a product that is good for more extravagant looks but is also beginner friendly, as I'm sure anyone who is just starting out with SFX will find this not only easy to use but happy to hear it's something that doesn't break that bank, too!
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