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Graftobian Severe Trauma Makeup Kit

This Tutorial is included with Graftobian's Severe Trauma Kit, Severe Trauma Kit Deluxe, and Special FX Trauma Pro Makeup Kit.

Before You Start: Your make-up should be applied in a clean, well lit area. Give yourself plenty of room, and arrange your materials neatly in front of you. If you are doing the make-up on yourself, make sure you have an amply sized, well lit mirror. Wear old clothes-- making up can get messy! Make-up should always be applied to clean skin, so wash your hands and face and you are ready to begin.

Time Needed: This will require 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

Please Note: If you have any known allergies to any of the listed ingredients of any of the components of this kit, do not use that component. Select a shade or item from your dealer's stock that will give you a similar effect or serve a similar purpose but does not contain the ingredient to which you react. If any of the products contained in this kit cause discomfort, remove as instructed and discontinue use.

As you are laying out your make-up as suggested above, be sure you have all of the items listed on the front label panel under "Complete Kit Contains." Use of optional suggested items will be discussed below, as will costuming tips.

Household tools Required & Optional: 
1 Popsicle Stick
Sharp Scissors
1 ea. Facial Tissue, Paper Towel & Cotton Ball

About Liquid Latex: Liquid Latex is a very versatile and interesting make-up item.  This kit makes extensive use of it and will undoubtedly inspire a variety of new ideas for its use as you practice and learn. Please remember: Keep liquid latex out of your hair and off of your good clothing. Any fiber liquid latex sticks to will be married to that latex forever! Eg. carpets, sofas, drapes, etc. Do your work with latex over a formica or other smooth, non-absorbent surface and use a protective smock or drape to protect your clothing as you work.

Figure 1: Drip a dime sized dot of Liquid Latex onto one of your latex Sponge Wedges, apply the five areas of liquid latex to the forehead as indicated. One, two or three coats as desired depending upon how thick you want the blistered skin to be. Reload the sponge wedge as needed; let the latex dry between layers. If you prefer, use the brushcap in the latex instead of using the sponge. 

Tip: use the latex sponge for large areas, the brushcap for smaller areas.

Figure 2: Pinch the latex in the center of each area and pull away from the skin just enough to create a good air pocket, just like a real blister. In order to achieve the popped blister look, tear the latex air pocket or cut with your scissors and then roll back the edges away from the center of the blister. The latex will stick to itself quite easily as you will see.

Figure 3: Using the Sponge Wedge, apply Liquid Latex to the entire left cheek area in two coats. While the second coat is still wet, cover the area with a double thickness of  tissue and tear away the remnants that aren't wet with the latex as shown.

Apply two more coats of the liquid latex over the top and along the edges of this cheek tissued area. Later we will use this area to create a nasty exit wound.

Figure 4: As in the above figure, apply two coats of Liquid Latex to the other cheek. While the second coat is still wet, take a crumpled paper towel and embed it into the wet latex. Allow the paper towel to be as crumpled as you would like to achieve your desired burned, mangled skin effect. Coat this very absorbent paper toweling with 3-4 additional coats of the liquid latex. Next, apply an area of latex to the lower lip as indicated. Take a bit of cotton ball and stick it to this lower lip area.

Figure 5: Paint latex all over the cotton below the lower lip while forming a circular pocket in the cotton that will serve as a broken boil. Apply Spirit Gum on the bridge of the nose. Create a blob of Modeling Wax and stick it to the nose on top of the tacky Spirit Gum.  Be sure the Spirit Gum is tacky by tapping it with your fingertip until you feel the gum pulling back at you.  Shape the wax area with your fingers until it is smoothed out and ready for make-up application. A bit of make-up remover on the tip of your finger helps to smooth the wax.

Tip: Coat wax with latex or with flexible wax sealer to give the wax a bit of a protective skin prior to applying make-up. Since we will be gashing this wax area later, we will go straight to the make-up step without any coating at all.
Figure 6: Using a Sponge Wedge, wipe across the surface of the Light Olive Foundation; apply the foundation to the entire face.

Figure 7: Sponge on the Maroon Creme Foundation around the forehead blisters, around and on top of the nose wax, the broken boil and on various low lying areas of your burned / mangled cheek area. Apply Dark Purple Creme Foundation to deepen some of those low lying areas just mentioned. Apply the Thunder Grey Foundation to further deepen and shadow the low lying areas, and the under eye areas and anywhere else you wish to spread that dead, grey flesh look. 

Use your Yellow Creme Foundation to coat the highlight areas of your cheek scarring. Use your Stipple Sponge with a bit of the yellow to stipple areas of jaundice around your other wounds. Finally, use your Red Pencil to color in the insides of your forehead blisters.

Once everything is blended and looks as you wish, load Powder onto Powder Puff by sprinkling a small pile of powder onto the middle of the puff, folding the puff and rubbing the puff's sides together until the powder is substantially loaded into the velour of the puff.  Using a gentle but rapid patting motion, powder deliberately across the face, one section at a time. Reload the puff frequently to avoid excessive "offsetting" of the make-up onto your puff. When the face is fully "set" you will be able to touch the make-up without any coming off.

Figure 8: Using a sculpting tool or just a popsicle stick, score a gash in the Modeling Wax on the bridge of the nose. Paint Maroon Creme Foundation into the crack.

Figure 9: Pull the facial tissue / latex area away from the skin to create a much larger version of the little blisters you made in Figure 2. Have your powder puff ready and full of powder before you cut your exit wound open. Powder the inside shreds of the exit wound one at a time as you cut them. If you are not careful, the latex strips will fold over on themselves as you cut them and they may stick together permanently, so, powder as you cut.
Figure 10: Apply your the make-up to the exit wound, Maroon around the outside with stipplings of GreyYellow and Dark Purple. Use your Red Pencil and Maroon on the cheek inside the wound to prepare for the blood. Brush on a bit of Stage Blood  to the inside of the exit wound for that fresh gunshot effect.

Figure 11: Add Blood to the gash on the bridge of the nose. To make it look like you've lost a tooth, dry the tooth with a tissue--the drier the better. Scoop a pea sized ball of Black Tooth Wax out of its dish. Press the black wax into the tooth and smooth around the entire tooth covering that tooth completely. If any of the black gets on an adjoining tooth, scrape it off with your fingernail or a toothpick. Once the tooth looks entirely black, now you can lick the tooth and it will stay black until you scrape off the wax later.

Figure 12: Dab blood over the surface of your traumatized cheek until you feel you're sufficiently gory. While at the party, you may wish to really gross someone out by pretending to tear off your skin as shown in this figure - Yuck!

Costume & Accessory Tips: Since trauma, or gore make-up is used in so many different ways, your application will determine the suitable accessories. If you are part of a local medical trauma unit, making up victims and casualties for a training event, torn garments and old, disposable clothing will be quite common. If you're haunting a masquerade party, you could be anything from an injured GI in fatigues, to a screaming ghoul in a black robe. Consult with your local costume retailer for ideas aplenty.

Figure A: Using a Latex Sponge Wedge, wipe across the surface of the  Light Olive Foundation to load the sponge with the creme based make-up. Once properly loaded, the sponge is used to apply the foundation to the entire face, or to any part of the face that will not be receiving an application of Modeling Wax.

Coat the skin evenly but with as thin a coat as possible to even the skin tones of the face. This is your foundation, your bottom coat, upon which you will build and add nasty looking bruises, scrapes, cuts, blisters, contusions, warts, etc. Once the overall foundation is applied, use your fingertip to apply the outer circling of the black eye using the 
Dark Purple Creme Foundation, as shown. You'll find that by tapping and moving your finger along the outer ring, the bruise will take initial shape nicely.

Note: If you are putting make-up on someone else, always approach the eye area gently and with warning. Never just stab away with your sponge, brush, or other implement. Have your subject close his eyes when coloring the upper lid and below the brows. Have him open his eyes and look up when you are coloring the areas just below the eye, including the lower eyelid.
Figure B: Using your Brush or fingertip, it is now time to paint in your Maroon Creme Foundation. Apply the maroon inside the outer ring as indicated in the picture. Use a bit more Deep Purple Creme Foundation to create a deeper, darker pocket near the corner of the eye as well.
Figure C: Using your Stipple Sponge, stipple (with an up and down patting motion) some of the Yellow Creme Foundation into the eye bruise as shown. This gives the jaundiced look to the bruise.
Figure D: Apply Spirit Gum with the brush in the cap, to the three areas where you will be creating injuries/bruises with your Modeling Wax. Tap the spirit gum on the forehead with your fingertip until it is very tacky. Press a blob of modeling wax down into the gummed area and spread across the forehead so that you have a 1 inch high band, 3 inches wide and about 1/4 inch thick at its thickest points. Repeat this application procedure for the broken nose and canker sore. Shape the wax with a popsicle stick or with a special sculpting tool if you have one as shown in Figures 4 & 10.  
Figure E: Once your modeling wax has taken its approximate shape, use your Powder Puff, loaded with Powder and pat the waxed areas to prepare for make-up application.

Tip: If you have some liquid latex or flexible wax sealer, you can paint or stipple a thin coat of the latex or several coats of the wax sealer over the wax to give it a durable skin prior to applying make-up.
Figure F: Using a Latex Sponge Wedge, apply Yellow Creme Foundation around the various areas of the face as shown or wherever you'd like to have a jaundiced look.
Figure G: Lightly apply the Dark Purple as shadowing in the nasal folds, alongside the broken nose, in the under bag of the left eye, a bit on the low spot(s) of the forehead, on the temples and in the hollows of the cheek below the cheekbone. Blend these areas so the coloration is not stark.
Figure H: Use fingertip or Sponge to apply the Maroon to the forehead waxed area and to the lower lip wax area as shown.
Figure I: If your overall trauma creme make-up is blended and looks as you wish, it is now time to powder. Load Powder onto Powder Puff by sprinkling a small pile of powder onto the middle of the puff, folding the puff and rubbing the puff's sides together until the powder is substantially loaded into the velour of the puff. Using a gentle but rapid patting motion, work powder deliberately across the face, one section at a time. Reload the puff frequently to avoid excessive "offsetting" of the make-up onto your puff. When the face is fully "set" you will be able to touch the make-up without it coming it off.
Figure J: Using your sculpting tool, popsicle stick or even a household butter knife, score a gash in the forehead wax. In a similar fashion but with a considerably shorter stroke, create a hole on the canker soar wax on the lip.
Figure K: Using the Brush, paint the Dark Purple deep into the wounds and paint the Maroon closer to the wound opening. This two tone effect will accentuate the depth of the wounds, even after the application of the blood.
Figure L: Take a pencil, or other lightweight object of impalement, and break it to roughly 2.5 inches of length. Carefully insert it into the wax deep enough so that it holds even when you move about. Using your Stage Blood, apply blood as shown or as desired.

Tip: Remember, Stage Blood stains most fabrics so either be careful or use old clothes.

Removal: Our makeup is most easily removed with make-up remover or Cold Cream Makeup Remover. The spirit gum is best removed with Spirit Gum Remover (included). Latex pulls off with ease. Once all make-up is carefully removed, gently wash with soap and water.

Disclaimer: Graftobian Theatrical sells all products in good faith for professional use, but can assume no responsibility for the deliberate misuse of cosmetics and/or other products. In other words, please read and follow all instructions carefully to avoid problems or injury!

Other Graftobian Products: Graftobian is a manufacturer of all sorts of make-up. From novelty soap-based Face Painting Make-up called Disguise Stix®, to our Graftobian® Colored & Glitter Premium Hair Sprays and Gels, to our complete line of Professional Graftobian Theatrical Make-Up and Accessories, Graftobian has it all! Ask your dealer about the other fine Graftobian products they carry in their store.

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