3 Simple SFX Looks

Friday, 16 October 2015

One thematic tie to all the looks. Blood, and lots of it.

Whether you're a beginner or advanced, easy looks like these are always a hoot to do. I did three quick SFX looks this week. Rips, shots, and slashes using gelatine, scar wax and liquid latex each. Three products you'll find in any special effects arsenal. I decided perhaps to show my favourite, all you can do in under an hour.

So here are three fun and almost effortless SFX looks for you to try!

No, this is not art imitating life. It is not based on my exasperation and wishes to have my sister shut up for once. Of course not.

The tongue is made from gelatine and filled her mouth with blood. Gelatine is one of the three prominent products of SFX, made from gelatine and glycerine which is easy to make. Well, if you can actually find glycerine. It took months to find vegetable glycerine.

A tutorial on how to make this gelatine tongue is up on Mykie’s channel here! Her tutorial shows how easy it is to make a fake tongue. I followed the instructions using Play-Doh to make the mould. While I held it in my hand, you can just stick it in a fork like she did. Or you know, do tongue things with it. Let your creativity run with this prop. Don’t worry, I won’t judge.

I pulled the trigger but you just can’t die.

Scar wax is a great material to use, with many disadvantages. While I do enjoy using it, it’s hard to blend and removes easily. In short, scar wax isn’t for long term wear nor is it re-usable like gelatine or liquid latex. While they create prosthetics, scar wax is a one-time use product that you have to practice often to use properly.

For a basic bullet wound, you need a little bit of scar wax, lotion and blood. I would go into the details but there’s a tutorial here on Hey Bash! I teach you how to make a fake bullet wound with scar wax through a pictorial.

Everyone involved in SFX has done a slit throat. Everyone

One of the most basic SFX makeup done, using just liquid latex and tissue. Liquid latex is an SFX beginner’s dream. You can create, apply and strengthen almost any prosthetics. The benefits are endless. But. (This is a huge butt) Once liquid latex on your clothes, you might as well throw it out. You will never remove it, as Faiz found out the hard way. 

There are a lot of variations to this look. Slit throat, sewn throat, detached throat and so on the throats rip.  You will find them with a quick google search in a minute. I an only tell you how much fun it is to slice throats.  

With every photo I post, I ask myself why I didn’t use actual models. Oh right, because I would have to pay them. So thank you to my sister, brother and cousin for helping me out. Quick to agree to have their tongue ripped out, or throat slit or brains exploded.

The reason why I used models for this post is because I’m giving my face a break. A tip when applying prosthetics. Try to space out the days you apply it to once a week. If you apply prosthetics regularly, your skin will dry out. A lesson I learned and won't ever forget.

Anyway, which one is for favourite SFX look? I’d love to know! 


  1. Omg! The tongue one looks so real! You are so talented Bash! SFX makeup is really hard to do!


  2. the tongue one has to be the best one! Your sis is such an actress! haha gotta love when family helps out, eh?!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. That tongue!! OMG this is talent! I honestly couldn't look through them all cos the sight of blood gets to me but I was wowed with the first 2. You are truly having fun with this.

  4. Cool! These are perfect for halloween :)

    - Joyce | http://www.bitsofjoyce.com/

  5. Incredible and definitely scary in a good way. Well done. <3
    Caribbean Foodie

  6. The slash is creepy yet clever! You can definitely fool someone with that! It looks too genuine!

    - Naqibah | http://www.naqibahshares.blogspot.com

  7. Amazing !!!!!

    The Cutielicious

  8. THE TONGUE ONE OH MY GOLLY GOSH IT IS SO COOL. And I'm so jealous of your SFX skills. I want. Although I'd end up playing so many tricks on friends and family...

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  9. OMG these are so freaking BRILLIANT! I've never attempted anything like this but I'm hoping my little sister and little brother will agree to be my models for Halloween, I think it'd be easier to maybe practice on them first lol! I like the slit throat best, but the other two are just as awesome. Thanks for sharing this, Bash, have a lovely weekend :) x

    ♥.•*¨ Amanda Says ¨*•.♥

  10. Oh my gosh, these are creepy at the same time funny! lol Good job on creating these looks! perfect for Halloween!

     Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  11. These are so cool. Wow, you are really are a really talented makeup artist!

    - Liz Lizo

  12. Omg these are so believable! I'm creeped out and in awe at the same time :P It looks like it was so much fun to photograph! :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  13. These are really cool. I quite like the tongue one, it's quite creepy and I've not seen that done before.


  14. You're so good at this, love it.

  15. Very impressive! Halloween must be an extra fun time of the year for SFX artists like yourself!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  16. You are so talented!!

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  17. This is just so awesome! Perfect for the upcoming holiday!


  18. That slit throat one wooowza that looks incredibly real, very gory! You really do have such an impressive talent for this Bash and damn it's so believable!!!


  19. You're too good at this! This is absolutely amazing!
    You definitely need to get a job in the movie industry!


  20. These are so so cool! I love the special effects tongue x
    Eleanor Frances // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  21. that neck one looks CRAZY good!

    Hannah x hannatalks

  22. these are so cool!! they make me so excited for halloween!!! it's like my favorite holiday(: do you go all out with these for halloween? that'd be awesome to see like your amazing makeup skills with a full on costume


  23. Oh my gosh the tongue!!! Your skills are above the roof, you are incredibly talented.

    - Tricia Willa | Eccentric Earthling

  24. The tongue one scared me because it looks so real!


  25. Haha that first series with your sister is hilarious, her expressions are amazing! I wish I had your talent with makeup, Halloween would be amazing for showing up to class in dried blood and scaring everyone.

    About models - I think you may find that a lot of aspiring models are willing to work for prints/exposure, and they don't need to be paid! I've had some luck with Craiglist, a website that's sort of like the classifieds.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  26. Dear lord, you have such talent Bash! They are perfectly terrifying and so in season for Halloween. I'm going to stick with the less scary looks this year .... Horror is not my thing by any means haha.

    With Love, Fatema | creativeinthearts.blogspot.co.uk

  27. These are so cool!! :D OMG! I love the ripped out tongue one the most just because it's so gory and looks so real! Haha I know what you mean about the using your siblings. I mean that's what they're for right? haha


  28. Wow! Great looks! I love the throat rip one but the tongue one looks great aswell :)

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