How to Make a Bite Mark for a Halloween Wolf

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An essential part of the lore associated with werewolves is the first bite, or the bite that turns the victim into a werewolf. By adding this bite your Halloween costume, you will add a dose of added realism and gruesome horror, especially with a realistic-looking makeup job. Create your own fake wolf bite wound by altering a natural human bite mark to make it look more wolfish.

Things You'll Need

  • Makeup effects wax
  • Makeup sponge
  • Theatrical grease paint
  • Fake blood
  • Translucent makeup powder
  • Flour
  • Black food coloring
  • Pull a teaspoon of makeup wax from the package. Roll it into a ball between flattened palms.

  • Flatten the wax into an elliptical disc about 1/8th inch thick. If the wax sticks to your fingers while you work with it, moisten your fingertips with cold water.

  • Press the wax onto your skin in the spot where you want the bite mark. Neither skin nor wax should be wet when you do this; blow on it to dry it if your fingers are still moist.

  • Let the wax disc cool for one minute to firm it up a little.

  • Open your mouth and press your open teeth into the wax to make a bite impression of both your upper and lower teeth. Do this with wet teeth and lips to prevent them from sticking to the wax.

  • Insert the toothpick into the impression of your top and bottom incisors in the wound, (i.e., four teeth marks in total.) Wiggle and dig the toothpick around to deepen each of these holes, creating the illusion of a bite mark made from a werewolf's mouth.

  • Coat the bite with stage makeup using the square end of a makeup sponge. Use a color that matches your skin tone and apply with a gentle blotting motion to work the makeup into the cracks and crevices in the wax.

  • Apply a coat of translucent powder to the makeup and wax using a powder puff or powder brush; this will help hold the makeup in place.

  • Fill the recesses in the bite with fake blood using the toothpick. Add as much fake blood to the wound area as you like.

  • Mix a solution of 1 tbsp. flour, 1/2 tbsp. water and three drops of black food coloring. Dab a small amount of this into the fake wax wound to imitate the appearance of scabbing. Let the paste dry for five minutes for full effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to create a bite mark on an area of your body which you can't reach with your own mouth, use a pair of inexpensive Halloween fangs to make the impression.

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References

  • "Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics;" Todd Debreceni; 2008
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