How to Make Your Own Scar Putty

Use scar putty to create the appearance of scars and open wounds.
Use scar putty to create the appearance of scars and open wounds. (Image: Julymi/iStock/Getty Images)

If you want to create theater-worthy scars or a large, crooked nose for your costume, scar putty is a must. Make scar putty at home with wax, face powder, petroleum jelly and few around-the-house items.

Things You'll Need

  • Foundation powder
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Microcrystalline wax
  • Bees' wax
  • Hot plate
  • Small pot
  • Knife
  • Stirring spoon

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Set the hot plate to medium heat. Cut off a small amount of the microcrystalline wax. Keep in mind that you will want to use equal parts wax and petroleum jelly for the recipe.

Place both the wax and the petroleum jelly into the small pot. Heat on the hot plate until melted. Stir continuously.

Pour in a small amount of foundation powder. Use a shade that matches your own skin tone. Stir until the powder is well mixed into the putty. You may also want to scoop a small amount of the mixture into a bowl and add the foundation powder to it. This makes mixing the powder into the wax easier. Simply pour the colored mixture back into the small pot when it is well-blended.

Allow the scar putty to cool. As it cools, the mixture should turn a pale opaque color, yet remain soft and malleable. If it fails to become opaque or is sticky, heat it up again and add more wax. If the putty becomes hard when it cools, you need to heat it up and add more petroleum jelly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bees' wax is an acceptable alternative to microcrystalline wax. Keep the 1:1 ratio the same as in the recipe.
  • Do not touch the surface of the hot plate while it is in use.
  • Do not attempt to use hot wax on your skin.
  • Keep the handle of the small pointed away from yourself and away from the edge of the table.


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