Special Effects Beginners Kit

Getting started in special effects makeup is relatively easy, especially during Halloween. All you need to start doing it is liquid latex, some toilet paper, and ketchup. You can easily find toilet paper in your bathroom (duh), then go to your local Halloween or party store for the liquid latex, which can range from two dollars to six. It’s pretty cheap. I’m sure you already have ketchup and if you don’t, you know where to get it.

With liquid latex and toilet paper you can create many things, it just gets messy to use at times (if you’re me) and you don’t get the smoothest edges, but that’s to be expected when beginning anyway! All you do is put some latex down on where you want your wound, or whatever you’re doing, then add a piece of toilet paper on top of it. Just do this a few times, so when you cut it open, it’ll look like a flap of skin. I don’t really know how to explain it but I’m sure you’ll know once you start doing it.

Example of the liquid latex and toilet paper technique

The ketchup is a substitute for blood. If you want blood, you’re welcome to get it. Personally though, I wouldn’t invest too much money into this if you don’t even know if you’re going to enjoy doing it. Especially when you can just use something you already own. But anyway! If you want runny blood, just use the ketchup straight out of the bottle. If you want clumpy blood, leave some ketchup out on a plate or something for a little while until it gets all gooey and stuff.

Like I said before, this is just basic stuff to get you started. Once you get the hang of doing this, you’ll probably want to get some alcohol activated color palettes, 3rd degree, or maybe you’ll even want to start making prosthetics! You probably don’t know what any of that is though, but hey, maybe I’ll teach you about it when I think you’re ready.

So remember, all you need to bug your mom for is some liquid latex, toilet paper, and ketchup. Good luck!


Published by: Kirsten Ann

Hi, I’m Kirsten. I’m kind of awkward and everything makes me feel uncomfortable. Currently, I’m a junior in high school. This page is just an assignment but hey, maybe I’ll continue it at home or something!

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