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 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
Please Note: If you have any known allergies to any of the listed ingredients, ex: latex allergies, 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 “This Kit Contains.” Use of optional suggested items will be discussed below, as will costuming tips.
Household Tools Required & Optional: Hair dryer, sharp scissors, several facial tissues – For Mummy
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 two things: Keep Liquid Latex out of your hair, and off of your good clothing. This warning means that virtually 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.
To Make A Mummy’s Wrinkled Face: You will be doing a series of latex and tissue applications across the face. As each section is drying, you will stretch the skin, pulling the skin perpendicular to the natural wrinkle lines of the face so as to accentuate those wrinkles. Once dried, that section will yield a very wrinkled effect. Note: Never apply latex to your hair. To aid in removal of the latex from the skin, apply a bit of aloe-based skin cream or gel to your skin prior to latex application. Apply modeling wax (not included in this kit) or petroleum jelly to the eyebrows to paste them down and to keep them from being soaked with the latex.
Figure 1: Drip a dime-sized dot of Liquid Latex onto one of your Latex Sponge Wedges, apply the latex to the cheek area as indicated. Take facial tissue, peel down to one ply, and apply over the wet latex. Tear away excess tissue. Load your sponge again and apply latex over the tissue.
Figure 2: While this area is drying, 2-3 minutes unless quickened by use of a hair dryer, stretch the skin as indicated. Once fully dry, release skin and note wrinkled texture just created. Repeat the above procedure on the other cheek, on the nose, and on and under the chin. Attempt to stretch each region as best as you can while latex dries.
Figure 3: The forehead is treated in much the same way. Just remember to paste down and protect those eyebrows with either modeling wax or petroleum jelly so you don’t have to shave off youreyebrows when the make-up comes off.
Figure 4: The latex portion is completed. Now it is time to prepare for the make-up.
Figure 5: Using a Latex Sponge Wedge, wipe across the surface of the Ghost Grey Creme Foundation to load the sponge with the creme based make-up. Once properly loaded, apply the foundation to the entire face as shown.
Coat the face evenly but with as thin a coat as possible to get your desired opacity. This is your Foundation, your bottom coat, upon which you will build the character lines, highlights and shadowing needed to create a realistic looking face. You are covering all exposed skin: ears, neck and into the hairline. You want to cover all skin that will be showing once you have finished and the costuming has been added.
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 6: In order to give depth to the Mummy’s features, apply the Thunder Grey creme liner. Using a combination of fingertip, brush and sponge, apply the thunder grey to the areas you wish to shadow or to appear more deeply inset in the face. These areas include areas of the forehead, temples, eye socket, upper nose bridge, the sides of the nose, the nasal fold lines, the mouth wrinkles, the hollows of the cheeks below the cheek bones and finally under the chin below the jaw line all as pictured.
Note: You will want to clean your brush between colors using make-up remover, brush cleaner (not included) or soap and water.
Figure 7: Now apply the Bleached Bone creme make-up to the areas you wish to be highlighted. This is done again with a wiping motion of the sponge while the subject intentionally wrinkles his features so as to create the most severe ridges upon which the Bleached Bone color will apply. An overall highlighting of all raised or bony parts of the face will help these features stand out.
Figure 8: Finally, use your brush and the Black creme make-up to deepen and darken areas such as the bottom of wrinkles, the under eye area and the inside of the lips. Use your fingertips to blend and soften these shadows before setting with powder. Once you have finished blending the make-up and your face looks just the way you like, it is time to set your make-up with Face 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. Powder the creme based make-up with a gentle but rapid patting motion working 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 off onto your finger.
Costume & Accessory Tips: The Mummy is easily costumed with long strips of muslin, sackcloth, ace bandages, burlap and the like. You may wish to add colored powders, cornmeal, all purpose flour, sawdust or any of a number of dirty, dusty items to help achieve a more authentic long-dead look. Remember to bandage and use makeup on your hands as well.
Figure A: Apply Liquid Latex, using the brush in the bottle or using one of your foam wedges as described above, to the areas of the face where you wish to have blistered or decayed looking skin. If you use two coats, allow the first one to dry completely before applying the second coat.
Figure B: Apply Ghost Grey creme foundation as your overall foundation color (see instructions for Mummy Figure 5).
Figure C: Apply your shadow color, Thunder Grey, with the edge of your sponge wedge or with your brush or fingertip to the shadow areas as indicated. These areas include the wrinkle lines of the forehead, the temples, the scowl lines at the top of the bridge of the nose, the eye sockets, the nasal fold line, the hollow of the cheeks below the cheek bones, the upper lip wrinkles the upper chin and the neck area below the chin. Use your Black creme make-up to deepen those shadow areas such as the eye sockets, the upper chin and then to coat the lips. Notice how the lips are drawn down at the edges to create a more severe scowl.
Figure D: Apply the Bleached Bone creme make-up color as your highlight color. These highlighted areas include the forehead ridges, the forehead areas above the eyebrows, the cheekbones, the chin and the raised portions of the cheek outside of the nasal fold line, all as indicated.
Figure E: Blend the creme based makeup with your sponge wedge or with your fingertips to soften the edges and create a more realistic effect. Once your make-up looks as you wish, set your make-up as described in Figure 8 of the Mummy above.
Figure F&G: 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. Have your powder puff ready and full of powder before you cut your facial lesion open. You will wish to powder the inside shreds of the lesion 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 H: Apply your Black creme make-up color to the exposed skin under the lesion using your brush. Color the dangling flesh with the shades of grey you have been using in that area of the face. To rot the teeth, dry the teeth with a tissue, the drier the better. Scoop a bit of Brown Tooth Wax out of its dish. Press the Brown Wax into the teeth covering as much of the teeth as you desire. Scrape away some of the excess wax using a toothpick or fingernail until you have achieved the look you wish, then lick the teeth and the wax will stay on the teeth until you scrape or brush the wax away.
Costume & Accessory Tips: Since a Ghoul is generally fresh from the grave, it may be amusing to dress in an old tuxedo and then cover it with some of the powder substances suggested above with the Mummy’s costuming tips. A bit of hair gel to moisten the hair and then a dusting of powder and your ghoul will be good to go.
Removal: This is most easily removed with makeup remover or Cold Cream Makeup Remover (not included). The Latex parts of your face pull off with ease as you probably already know by now. Once all make-up is carefully removed, gently wash with soap and water.
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