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So I have this Spirit store liquid latex. It's a huge bottle, and I never cracked it open (I bought it last year). I grabbed an old paint brush and attempted to give myself no-mouth syndrome, but the latex behaved awfully. On the plus side, it dries fast, but that's not always a good thing. It dried way too fast, and caused it to gunk up in thick strokes. I'd hoped for smooth layers, however, this is not the end of the world! I kept going, and eventually realized this shitty latex is PERFECT for making sinewy zombie under-skin flesh. I'll have to do this intentionally sometime.

When it'd been built up proficiently, I decided it needed teeth, so I took my too-thick fake nails and cut them into shape. I had to scratch the underside to get the latex to stick, but they're on there now.

The mistake is in the teeth. Since I was going for no-mouth, I built it up around the natural curves the lips make, which made the teeth on the contour not really work well. Oh well.

I cut a hole between the teeth when I was ready to take it off, just to see (fail). Powdered the back, and now I've got a prosthetic for future use! The no-mouth look would have also become something that'd go well with this prosthetic, but I need to find the right latex for the job.


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May. 22nd, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
You are sickly talented. I wish I could do what you do!
May. 23rd, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You can totally do what I do! Give it a shot! This all came from building on a mistake. Gore is probably the easiest thing in the world to do, because the messier, the better ;)
May. 23rd, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
Looks good, despite the latex issues!

Speaking of latex, I was thinking of dressing as Marceline from Adventure Time for Halloween, which would require grey/green skin. Would you recommend latex over body paint for extensive coverage? I'm worried that paint will come off too easily.

Sorry, I think I just accidentally posted this twice, but the first time it came up as anonymous. Bloody Livejournal!
May. 23rd, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
Nooooooo... latex is very unforgiving and hurts like ten-thousand bees to remove from anywhere with body hair. You want to get some creme makeup (I recommend Bill Nye, but it can be pricey - most creme makeups are fine, though the ones specifically labeled non-smudge tend to flake some).

First, use makeup wedge sponges.
Start with a light coat of makeup primer, and then dab your colour into your skin (you can streak it around your face, then dab to get rid of streak marks, for a faster application). Just don't cake it on thick, and make sure you're nice and cool while you're applying it. Not a lot is needed, but still make sure you coat completely.

The key to having it not smudge is setting powder - transparent, not translucent. Powder the crap out of your face when you're done painting it, with dabs. Then use a makeup brush to circle around lightly to get off any excess powder.

There's also sealing spray, but I don't have experience with that yet. This tutorial is pretty good (and uses sealer). It's for a Homestuck character, but is totally tweakable: [link]
May. 27th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that is extremely useful!
Jun. 1st, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see it in the autumn :)
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