I spent some time browsing the Halloween stores trying to figure out what to do, and more importantly, how to do it. I'm not a huge fan of latex or spirit gum as they can both cause reactions on the skin. I still kind of remember my way around liquid latex so I bought a tube of that to play with. There were a bunch of extremely expensive pre-made prosthetics, but they required spirit gum (which can be really irritating) to attach them, and I'd still have to use latex to blend them into the skin. Knowing that some poor girls were going to have to serve drinks in this stuff all night made me a little wary of going with those. I'd also have to spend upwards of $50 for something that wouldn't even look that realistic without some extra doctoring.
So as any sane person would do I turned to the internet. I found some sort of helpful DIY sites, but they lacked detail, or were much more intricate than I was going for. This didn't need to be good enough for a movie, but I wanted it to look passable for drunks in a dark bar. Unfortunately, the liquid latex from the Halloween store was garbage. I did find several websites that showed how to use plain gelatin to produce a much better effect. I can't speak to how colored (flavored) gelatin works, but the plain stuff did well for me. I think clear is better anyway since you want your skin to show through in some places (especially if it's a fresh burn). I never found instructions on a proper mixture online so I had to do some trial to get it right. I found that you get a fast drying thicker consistency using twice as much gelatin as called for. As in, the gelatin instructions said 1 packet to 1/4 cup water so I used 2 packets.
|first layer, and a good style brush to use|
|Four layers, and already kinda cool|
|Pieces picked away, and color added|
|those died up edges are what the vaseline is for|
|why I said you should keep your skin loose for this type|
|see, joke zombies are blue and grey|
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+