For the current show I am designing, Trojan Women, I am giving one of my characters a scar. I wanted something that could be recently fresh and had dimension, looked deep, and was most importantly easy for the actor to do himself or with limited help (large cast of 30!) once taught. So after doing some research I found a product i haven’t used before. It’s called Rigid Collodion and available online in various sizes and from different manufacturers. I am able to get it locally from most Halloween and specialty makeup supply stores. A simple Google search lists local and online suppliers. I found this video on YouTube helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatpF_jEJKs&feature=player_embedded i liked how thorough and helpful this guy was.
How to use it:
• Draw out the scar with a red lip liner, lightly etching out the shape. (the color or shade of liner you use will determine the freshness of the scar), add any other bruising or shadowing you want for desired effect.
• Apply on top of the makeup the rigid collodion and let dry (takes about 30sec to 1mn for each layer)
• Keep applying to create a deep scar (about 10 for good gashing)
• Apply translucent powder to take down the shine
• Add and shading (highlights and shadows) or bruising if needed.
• Finish with a final powdering.
After doing this (all of which took like 5 mn application and drying time, doing only 3 layers) This is what it looked like:
this product peels off easily but you can also use spirit gum remover if using applications within a run so you don’t lose fresh skin.
Thank you to my lovely intern Janelle Abbott for volunteering her face for this demo. She was lovely! (lately i’ve been trying different bruising, blood, make-up techniques on her including zip ties on her hands and hooding her, poor gal, i’m sure she’s thinking “this job just got really weird” ha ha) but I so appreciative of her willingness to partake in my demos.
up next will be bruising and blood……stay tuned.