Monday, 7 October 2013

Special Effects Starter Kit

With Halloween coming up and my Intro To TV course less than a week away at The Academy Of Make Up(here), I decided payday was the perfect time to finally get some special effects make up.

After a bit of searching I found goldiestarlings video WHAT THE KIT?!(here), went on Amazon and searched for each item that I was interested in buying. I then found this starter kit(here) containing Ben Nye and Mehron items, so I figured it would be better to start with, so I can try everything. I bought the rigid collodion(here) and castor sealer(here) separately and I think I will add 3rd Degree later when I get the hang of liquid latex. 

Here is a quick run down of the products and their uses. The rigid collodian came first so I got a bit excited and opened the packaging before thinking to take a picture, but I'm sure you can forgive me!

The Starter Kit

The starter kit came with a how to booklet with three looks, which is really useful and a nice surprise!
Spirit Gum and Spirit Gum Remover 30ml
Spirit Gum is an adhesive used to stick things to your face. As mentioned in goldiestarlings video it can also be used to cover eyebrows. I'm interested to play with this and find out how strong it is, so I might have to find a way to incorporate it into my Halloween look!

Liquid Latex 30ml
Probably the most important part of my kit, liquid latex is used to create wounds, burns etc. It's a lot like paper mâché in the way that you build it up with cotton balls or tissue to create a textured effect. I'm presuming this one dries clear like glue but to be honest I have no idea!

Barrier Spray 30ml
This can be used on sensitive skin before applying products to help prevent a reaction, or used after powdered make up to set and help it last longer. It can also be used before make up to prevent sweating. It's quite strong so not for everyday use, but I think it will come in handy for face and body painting!

Bruise Wheel
Kind of self explanatory, this is a wheel with colours that can be blended onto the skin to create a bruised effect. I think this is a probably the second most important product as scars and wounds have a lot of bruising around them.

Modelling Wax 1oz
This is a soft wax than can be moulded and rolled out to create scars and wounds, Apparently it is quite hard to use, but I think the effect will be realistic once I master the technique.

Stage Blood 30ml
No wound is complete without a little bit of blood! Other than that, I don't really know what else to say about this.

Setting Powder 6oz
Again, quite a self explanatory product. It sets make up and products to help them mattify and last longer.

Free Sponge 
I can get a whole pack of sponges for £1 from Savers or Primark, but a free sponge is always welcome! 

Rigid Collodion

For some reason, this amazes me. It's a clear liquid that dries and constricts the skin inwards, creating the appearance of a scar when coloured. As I said I opened it and did try a little bit on my skin, which was exciting to watch. It does definitely need colour on top to make it noticeable, so hopefully I will learn how to use it properly at my course! 

Castor Sealer

Castor Sealer can be applied on top of liquid latex and other wound making products, so that any make up applied on top sticks to it, as make up adheres to pores. 

I've decided to refrain from playing with any of these until after the course, as the pots are quite small and I'm pretty messy when I learn new things. I'm really excited to get scars and blood on for Halloween, so hopefully I can practise and get a How To post up before then!



  1. This looks really good! I always mean to try to get my hands on some special effects make-up but I've never gotten around to it yet, but I might have to take a look because £48.50 isn't too bad a price for it :)

    S xo.

    1. I was the same, I've been looking for half a year but never bought anything! Yeah its pretty good, I figured it would be better to buy a kit with a smaller size of everything so I can figure out what I prefer and what I'll use most!

      Hannah x


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