Halloween is truly my favorite holiday. I love to dress up, play around with makeup and my newest obsession is creating special effect prosthetics.
A little background on me. Ever since watching the first Lord of the Rings movie and then watching the behind the scenes of it, I started to dream of becoming a professional makeup artist for movies, more so, a special effects makeup artist. It also made me want to become a stunt double too. I just love the thought of being able to truly turn someone into a chameleon. One morning you're a run of the mill human and within a few hours you're an Orc chasing down Frodo and Sam.
I did not pursue the special effects career (nor did I become a stunt double.) Instead I went to college for Event Management because I wanted to have the "full college experience"... going to a school with a football team and what not (Go Knights!) I don't regret my decision as I do have a great job and SO many amazing college memories and friends.
Since graduating college the days of "dressing up" aka wearing the bare minimum for Halloween are now over and the art of special effect makeup has now resurfaced.
I learned how to create liquid latex prosthetics from the very talented Ellinor Rosander & Macs Moser via their YouTube Channel! They have a great tutorial for simple prosthetics that you can make in a large batch so that you do not waste any latex.
To get started you need liquid latex and flour for your ingredients. You will also need a surface to create your prosthetics on. I used parchment cooking paper as I figured the liquid latex, once dry, would come off with ease. You will also need a translucent powder.
So that's it! 4 Simple items:
1) Liquid Latex
2) All Purpose Flour
3) Parchement Paper
4) Translucent Powder
Pour the liquid latex into a bowl. I suggest using a glass bowl as it is easy to clean.
Slowly mix in all purpose flour to make a paste like consistency.
Use a small spatula, spoon, knife... whatever utensil of your choice to scoop out the liquid latex and flour paste onto parchment paper. Begin to configure the paste into wounds in every shape and size. It can be difficult to maneuver at times but with practice you will get more comfortable with it.
Note: After creating the shape of the wounds you desire, leave a layer of latex around all of the edges of the wound. This will help when applying the wound.
Leave over night to dry or use a hair dryer to speed of the process
Dust the dried prosthetics with flour or translucent powder all over. Then find the edge to your prosthetics and slowly begin to peel off of the parchment paper. When peeling make sure to brush the flour or powder under the prosthetic so that nothing sticks together! It turns into quite a mess if the edges stick together. Just imagine you are a paleontologist excavating a dino bone (I also wanted to be a paleontologist when I was growing up.) Be gentle and careful and take your time! Dust it one final time with powder.
Admire your creations! Congrats you have created your special effects prosthetics! When you are ready to apply , use your regular liquid latex, paint it on the area you want to apply the prosthetic and then press on the prosthetic on top. Again it can take some practice to get it down pact.
Be on the look out for an upcoming tutorial on how to decorate your prosthetics once you have attached it.
Ever wanted a tattoo but are a little nervous as to if you will like the design later on in life or are unsure of where exactly you want something to go FOREVER (said in Spongebob voice.)?
Well have no fear! Temporary eyeliner tattoos are here!!
I was super bored a few days ago at home and was browsing Youtube looking for a tutorial on how to draw bee's and honeycombs for a makeup project that I am working on (more to come on that later.) Anyways I somehow stumbled upon all these videos of people drawing temporary tattoos on them using eyeliner! I immediately ran to my makeup drawer and pulled out all of my old liquid eyeliner that I don't use. I then went to my Pinterest board of tattoo ideas and went to town!
I seriously suggest trying this out if you are in between a few designs or placement areas. I was probably having a little too much fun with this but I honestly can't remember the last time I sat down to actually draw something! It has to be back in art class in high school, or really any other class in high school (I wasn't a very good student, head in the clouds and doodles as notes.)
I also suggest when looking at tattoo ideas remember you are just looking for IDEAS. Always try out some kind of personal spin on a tattoo you may see on the internet and love. It will bring so much joy to you knowing you either designed the entire thing or part of it. I have a few tattoos and they are all pulled from things I saw on the internet. Either I copied the script but used a quote that hit home to me or I saw a geometric design I loved and added another design from somewhere else on top of it. I like to think I aided in designing the final product but let's be honest... I just joined two already created images together. There is nothing wrong with that and I do not regret a single tattoo I have. I just didn't realize how much joy I would get out of doodling on my skin with eyeliner & black eyeshadow. I have now taken a million images of what I drew and will one day take it to a tattoo artist cough, cough Aaron from Rise Above Tattoo to have him recreate it forever.
So when starting this mini art projection, I again referenced Pinterest. I started with a bare arm. No moisturizers, nothing. Then I took a deep breath and dove right in! It was semi liberating and I did mess up a few times and of course I wish some lines were straighter but that's the beauty of it, it's not permanent. Once I doodled and liked what I had. I then took an eye-shadow brush and created some shading with black eye-shadow.
So on to real tattoo talk. I make sure if I get a new tattoo idea in my head I sit on it for months. I know that I am constantly changing and developing into my own being and I want to make sure the things I permanently place on my body are not impulse tattoos. Again this is why I suggest tattoos with eyeliner first. Let your creativity flow and see what comes of it. Also if you're balling on a budget... eyeliner is a lot cheaper than tattoos.
The tattoos I currently have, I placed them in specific areas because I wanted to hide them from my parents. When in reality, I would have placed them elsewhere if I had the courage at the time to stand up to the way I enjoy expressing myself. Well lessons learned and my parents have seen some of them and they didn't disown me. SHOCKER, just kidding I def hyped it all up in my head. I knew they wouldn't I just didn't want to disappoint them. Now I am in a bit of different mind set. I still of course never truly want to disappoint my parents but I've grown and learned that this is just a flesh wound (literally and figuratively) to them. This was not the end of the world to them and not that surprising as they figured I would come home from college with a full sleeve anyways. No idea where they every got that idea from. :)
Some people think that getting a boob job enhances your look where as tattoos take away from your look. I am in the mindset of what ever floats your boat. Because your body is not my body and my body is not your body and we all owe it to ourselves to express ourselves however we deem fit for OUR SELF. YOU DO YOU BOO BOO.
Hi, I'm Rachel, CoolGirlConclusion, honestly, whatever you want to call me (as long as it is nice.) CoolGirlConclusion is my way of life. I believe in expressing yourself and putting good vibes out into the world. I believe that all creatures on this planet are earthlings and that we are all here to love and do some creating. These posts are the random thoughts & passion points in my life. Welcome to my head and my (non-animal tested & ethically responsible) obsessions.
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