ByRobyn Moore, writer at
21 year old aspiring make up artist by day who runs her own homeless charity by night. Special effects fan, learning but getting there.
Robyn Moore

This week I'm going to try and write a quick tutorial since I tried something new, inspired by the new Beauty and the Beast film, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I'm just going to basically cover how I did it, but if you think I missed anything out feel free to comment with your questions and I'll attempt to explain a bit more in depth how it's done! Before we start, check out the first teaser trailer for the movie:

What you'll need:

  • Rose
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes and make-up sponges
  • Spirit gum
  • Nose and scar wax
  • Paints (any face paints will work but alcohol based paints work best)
  • Fake blood
  • Petroleum jelly (not essential, but it helps!)
  • Translucent powder (again, don't stress if you haven't got this)

First things first, if you're using a rose it's probably going to have thorns, pleeeease be careful and try to shave them off with the edge of the scissors before applying it to your skin, we're only planning on using fake blood here! Oh, and be careful using scissors.

Step 1: Gum, Wax, Translucent Powder, Vaseline

OK, now that important Health and Safety bit is over, dab your spirit gum onto the forearm and center of the hand. Take a small amount of wax (about the size of a large pea) and roll it into a ball, by this point your gum should have dried a little bit and gotten tacky — poke at it with your fingers to make sure. If your gum is nice and sticky, press the wax balls down onto it and smooth them down with your finger, the petroleum jelly comes in really handy here as it makes the wax nice and smooth. Also after this use translucent powder over the vaseline, it helps remove the shine.

It should hopefully look something like this...
It should hopefully look something like this...

Step 2: Paints, Sponges

Next, you want to get your paints and add a little bit of bruising tones around the lifted areas, don't worry about being too neat with this, you can use your sponges to gently spread the paints and help with blending. I'd usually start with the yellow and then work my way through the darker colors to get the bruising I want (purples, blues, etc.).

And so on...
And so on...

Step 3: Rose

After this comes the more fun part, get your rose and chop it down to size, make sure the head end isn't too long so that it will sit in your hand once the end is in the wax, and that the stalk doesn't go down too far and stab you in the bicep (not fun). Then you just stab it into the wax (not your skin) try and do it so it lifts the wax and the rose is lying flat, the point is to make it look like it's going through your arm, not growing out of it!

I love it when a plan comes together...
I love it when a plan comes together...

Step 4: Fake Blood, Brush, Sponge

Next we get to get messy with blood. Add some of the fake blood inside the holes, and use your stippling brush/sponge to dab some around the wounds themselves. Try not to get too blood-happy around the wounds, we want this to look realistic when it's finished. Also, if you want to add some blood drops to the petals I think it really adds to the effect.

And there we have it!
And there we have it!

So, there's my quick Beauty and the Beast inspired wound! I hope you liked it, let me know in the comments and if you've got any questions, feel free to ask. Here's my Instagram if you'd like to see more of my work!

Have you attempted any movie inspired SFX work?


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