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Special effects makeup involves blending several colors together to achieve shadows, crevices in the skin and texture. Make someone look like a zombie with help from an experienced special effects makeup artist in this free video on stage makeup.

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Hello. My name is Keegan Hitchcock from Body Art By Keegan, and we're here in Fort Lauderdale at One Model Place Studios. In this clip, I'm going to show you some makeup and special effects tips. I've already got our model looking kind of ghoulish, like a zombie or something. We're going to intensify that a little bit. So, we've got his cheeks hollowed out. We've got his eyes darkened. There's a little red in there. We're going to make his skin look like it's kind of rotting a little bit. So we're going to take our stipple sponge here. Remember, that's the porous sponge. It's got lots of holes in it, because that's going to give us kind of a broken up kind of look. We want it to look that way. I'm dabbing it in a couple of different colors. We're going to dab it in the green and the yellow and the purple so we get a little mixture of it. And just kind of dot it on there. Kind of break it up a little bit. It's going to look like he;s bruised, like his skin is not normal. He's undead. He's a ghoul. So now we've messed with his makeup. Let's get a little more into the special effects. We're going to do some open wounds. We're going to start with our dark red here. Just kind of tap it on with our brush. Give us a nice base. It's going to be red all around this wound here. And do another one here. This is going to real messy. Don't have to have a perfect shape there; just darker in the center, and the edges gets lighter and lighter. Tap with your finger to blend it into the surrounding colors there. We're going to go in with our black for some intensity and deepening of this wound here. Again, not perfect, just a little color in the center there. Tap it out to blend. And now for the real gruesome effect, we will take our blood paste. Now, this is not runny. This is going to stick on there and be really kind of gross. Dab it right onto that black. Give it a nice wet, oozing kind of a look. Now that we have our paste on there, it's a little bit chunky; looks like there may be little pieces of the flesh on it. I'm going to take the regular stage blood, and we're going to take just a little bit on our brush. Dab it on right in the center of one of these wounds. And this kind will drip, if we want it to. So we're just going to let it. Put a little extra on there so it kind of starts dripping. There we go. And those are our special effects open wounds. Thank you for watching. This is Keegan Hitchcock.

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