some friends and i are shooting a short comedy film next weekend. in one scene, a character gets his face burned with hot coffee. so later he should have burn marks on his face. does anyone know how to simulate burn marks on skin using makeup? thanks.
A burn with skin dammage can be simulated in several ways.
Old school, use facial tissue and corn syurp. Paint the area with a thin wash of syrup (say about a 1/2 teasoon if your only covering a cheek or forehead) then gently apply one ply of the tissue, using tweezers. Pat the tissue into place; the syrup will hold and dry with the tissue. As it dries, using your fingers, press the tissue into scar ridges. This all cleans up with warm water and soap - if you don't like the look, wash it off and go again.
Liquid latex is a more permanent solution; it will stay up longer and depending on the action, hold up for more takes. Apply with a brush over the area and if necessary, cover with makeup when dry - sometimes the color of the latex looks pretty close to dead or scarred skin sometimes it's too white.
There are dozens of tutorials on-line, look in the area of "halloween makeup". Many "halloween" effects companies (haunted house props and make-up) sell simple makeup kits for that type of effect, most with detail instructions included.
Remember to take photos of the subject, before and after, plus any detail photos - if you have to re-create/re-shoot, you'll have a reference for continuity purposes.
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