I had been ready to try a million different face paint makeups and really learn how to blend, use different brushes, and get a good grasp of colours. Then I saw a Chelsea Smile makeup tutorial...then I watched five more.
Then I needed a whole new set of supplies, because I absolutely had to try this look out on myself!
I didn’t have any sculpting wax but I had seen that some SFX makeup artists have used eyelash glue and tissue paper so I figured I could probably give that a shot. I noticed a few people still used liquid latex in their videos so I made a trip to Party City and picked up some fake blood and a bottle of liquid latex.
I rushed home with my supplies, excitedly ripped open the packaging, and was perplexed to see that my liquid latex was one solid, bottle shaped clump. Not kidding, I actually had to study this substance for a few minutes to be sure that no, I don’t think liquid latex is supposed to be a solid mass. I settled for using just eyelash glue and tossed the not-so-liquid latex aside (bummer!).
I drew some scar lines across my cheeks with a pink lipliner pencil and then covered these lines with eyelash glue. I stuck thin strips of tissue paper to the glue and scrunched them up a little to give them an uneven, ragged look. I kept trying to move them around to get them just right but that eyelash glue was drying fast so I had to just let them be.
I dabbed my tissue wounds with some liquid foundation and patted with a sponge until they looked as blended to my face as possible. I pulled at the tissue with tweezers in a few spots to give the slashes a more torn up appearance.
At this point I realized my Snazaroo kit had no red paint and I panicked for a few seconds. I had to paint these gashes with red and I really didn’t want to try the cotton candy pink paint that came with my set. I decided to paint some black into the wounds for depth and then hope my fake blood would do the rest.
I dipped a paint brush into the blood and went over the black paint to give the wounds a bloody hue. This wasn’t near enough gore so I poured some of the blood on the Snazaroo sponge that came in my kit and lightly dabbed around the wounds to give it a messier and more traumatic appearance. Some of this fake blood needed to flow as well so I loaded up a paint brush and let some blood drip down from out of the wound.
I probably could have added even more blood and poured it straight from the bottle to let it ooze out of my sliced face but I didn’t want to lose too much of the work that I had done under a river of blood. This was my first time playing with fake blood so it was hard but I put the bottle of blood down and just let my wounds be.
If I could change anything, I would have liked the gashes to be a little more raised and to appear to be actually cut into my face. I didn’t get that effect as much as I would have liked with the tissue paper but I’m going to try this again once I get some sculpting wax and see if I can improve the look.
If You Want to Try This Chelsea Smile Makeup
If you want to try giving yourself a Chelsea Smile using this SFX makeup technique...
Here's the Chelsea Smile makeup tutorial I watched:
*This one is specifically how to create this makeup effect without latex.
PRODUCTS I USED:
Snazaroo Facpainting Kit
Fake Stage Blood from Party City
PRODUCTS I'D USE NEXT TIME:
I think I would like to try this makeup again and next time I'd like to try using Snazaroo Special effects wax. I would like to build the wounds up a lot more thickly and be able realistically blend the sliced area into my skin.
I would also like to try using some Mehron coagulated blood gel inside of the wound to give the blood a deeper, more gruesome color and texture.