How to Make a Fake Scar With Wax

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A realistic-looking fake scar needs to be raised slightly from the skin, whether you're creating a flesh-toned old scar or a fresh bloody one. Scar wax is commonly used alone or in conjunction with liquid latex to make realistic special effects scars for theater, movies and Halloween costumes. Using scar wax takes some practice, so start with a small scar on the back of your hand before attempting a facial or large scar. Scar wax, spirit gum and liquid latex can be purchased at costume and party stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial astringent
  • Scar wax
  • Spirit gum
  • Small plastic spatula
  • Toothpick
  • Liquid latex (optional)
  • Flesh-colored makeup (optional)
  • Bruise wheel makeup (optional)
  • Gel blood (optional)
  • Stipple sponge (optional)
  • Clean the area to be scarred with astringent and allow it to dry. Wash your hands.

  • Scoop a small amount of scar wax from the pot with a small plastic spatula and apply it to the palm of your hand.

  • Roll the scar wax between your palms to make a small rope of wax the length of the scar.

  • Brush a thin layer of spirit gum on the area to be scarred.

  • Place the wax rope over the spirit gum. Using the edge of the plastic spatula, pull the sides of the rope down to the skin so that it looks like a long, raised bump on the skin.

  • Cut a line down the center of the scar wax with the tip of a toothpick and shape as desired.

  • Brush liquid latex around the edge of the wax to seal the wax to the skin and give it a seamless look. Allow the latex to dry completely.

  • Apply makeup over the wax, if desired. Sponge on flesh-colored makeup or use a bruise makeup wheel to add a "black and blue" look to the skin.

  • Stipple bruise gel blood around the scar, if desired. For a fresh cut look, apply gel blood to the scar line.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use scar wax in the shade closest to your skin color.
  • Remove the fake scar with cold cream and a moist towel.

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