How to Make Soot for Halloween


If you plan on dressing as somebody covered in soot for Halloween, such as a chimney sweep, a firefighter, a soldier or a burn victim, you'll need to look sooty. However, most face paint or dark eye makeup won't resemble the dark gray, grainy texture of soot. Charred cork will.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle cork(s)
  • Small tongs
  • Tray
  • Long-tipped lighter
  • Grip the cork with the tongs over the tray. The tray will catch any falling ashes -- and the cork, if you accidentally drop it.

  • Burn one end of the cork with the lighter until it is charred. Set the cork on the tray to let it cool.

  • Rub the charred cork in the places where you want soot. The soot will rub off the cork onto your skin.

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