How to apply your new prosthetic makeup
In addition to the prosthetic you have purchased, there are a few additional materials you will
Adhesive with matching remover
Example adhesives are:
Pros-Aide , Spirit Gum, Medical Adhesive, or Liquid Latex
You’ll also need:
Rubber Mask Grease Paints, Airbrush makeup, or A makeup kit
No-color loose powder such as baby powder
Makeup sponges or brushes
Black stipple sponge or the square end cut of a fish tank
Rubbing alcohol and Which hazel
Applying the prosthetic
Make sure to clean your skin thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or an astringent.
For registration, hold the prosthetic against your skin to test the fit.
You might have to trim the edges if it overlaps into your hairline, etc. Don’t remove
too much of the tissue thin edge, you need it thin to blend into the skin. (FYI – Any time you can
tear off loose edges will make it easier to blend into your skin than with a pair of scissors)
When you have found the location to apply your prosthetic, use your baby powder and puff to dust all over the top of the prosthetic while holding it in place. When you remove your appliance you will see the powder outline from the over dusting.
This will help you glue it into the right place.
Apply the adhesive to your skin, starting in the center most point. For full faces, this is the
nose area. For smaller pieces, use your best judgment.
Then apply the prosthetic onto the glue on your skin, following the registration.
Once the center is secured in place, glue the rest of the prosthetic one section at a time.
For example, do the chin, then forehead, etc. If you need to, stretch and move
the prosthetic around to make it fit where needed, glue almost all the way to the
outline line on your face, but leave about 1/4 inch of skin unglued at the edge.
Once most of the prosthetic is glued on, go back and glue down the edges. Be careful not
to let the thin edges fold under. If this happens, use some rubbing alcohol on a
makeup brush to dissolve the glue and loosen the edge back out.
The prosthetic should be completely glued on. Now to blend the edges into the
skin. The best way to do this is dip a cotton swab into which hazel and gently apply to the edge of the appliance. This will dissolve the gelatine blending it into the skin.
After you have blended all the edges apply powder over the entire edge. This will make it easier to see if there are any edges that still need blending.
Once the prosthetic is blended, powder the entire thing and you’re ready for
Painting the prosthetic
HELPFUL TIP: Always use less makeup than you think you’ll need. You can always
add more. It’s a lot harder to remove excess than it is to apply more.
Some makeup options are PAX (Pros-Aide adhesive
mixed with acrylic paint) or airbrush makeup.
Whatever you use, start with a base coat in the skin tone you want your character to have.
Apply a thin layer of makeup to the entire face, both prosthetic and your skin. You can use
either a makeup sponge, brush, or your fingers, whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Make sure you get it into all of the fine details of the
Cover it really well with a heavy application of powder pressed firmly into the makeup using a
powder puff. Brush off any excess powder with a powder brush.
Next highlights and shadows. Highlights should be a shade or two lighter than the
skin color and shadows should be a shade or two darker. Look at any areas that light naturally casts
highlights or shadows on and emphasize them.
A neat way to add texture such as freckles or stubble, is to use a black
stipple sponge. You can buy these at most costume shops, or you could cut a square out of a fish tank
Dab the sponge into the makeup to get a small
amount, then lightly stipple the makeup onto your face. You can play with different colors for
all sorts of great texture effects.
When your makeup is finished, powder over it one last time to set. If there is excess powder that
won’t brush away, you can remove it by “wet stippling.” Just use a makeup sponge and
stipple on a little water. It will remove the powder, without effecting the makeup. You can
also stipple with KY Jelly. Just be ware it will make it shiny for a while. Which, could be a neat effect
Once you’ve finished your makeup, you can add costumes, wigs, teeth and or contact lenses to complete your character.
Removing the prosthetic
Grab a small cup or shot glass and fill it with the appropriate remover for the adhesive you
are using. Use a soft brush soaked with the remover to gently lift an edge of the
prosthetic, then slowly peel the prosthetic off of your face as you work the remover with
the brush underneath it. Go slowly, don’t pull the prosthetic off without first dissolving the adhesive or
you will pull your skin. If you’ve used liquid latex as an adhesive, you can just peel
the prosthetic off without any remover.
If you’re planning to reuse the prosthetic, lay it flat and let the adhesive remover
evaporate. You might need to powder the inside of the prosthetic
after it’s dry if there is still any stickiness left from the glue.
Make sure you remove all of the glue and makeup from your skin. You can use baby
wipes or cold cream to remove the last of the makeup and leave your skin fresh, clean
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