Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Research: Special effects.

For our thriller opening we would like to add special effects on our character such as bruises, scars and cuts, so i have researched a tutorial on how to execute this successfully. The tutorial shows how to create a dramatic and swollen bruise on the woman's face, making it look real and believable. We would like these to look as real as possible using the best make-up, otherwise it could look tacky and unrealistic.

The easiest type of scars to create with ordinary make-up are small or slight scars that look like they have healed over a bit. There are a few things you can do to give it more of a realistic appearance than just drawing a line with an eyeliner pencil. First of all, you will want to use color to create depth. If you have a scar (or know someone with one that you can see) you will notice that they look slightly raised and are usually lighter than the natural skin tone. Draw it on with a white make-up pencil or using white cream and a thin paint brush. Then, select a deep red blush or brownish eyeshadow (nothing sparkly or shimmering- something matted). Around the edges of the white line, use an eyeshadow brush or a cotton swab to deepen the color. Simply blend into the skin as you move outward and away from the scar.   

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