How to draw scars

Halloween is not too far away and you may think of purchasing a costume. But purchasing a realistic looking costume and makeup could be expensive. This is what many Americans do. National retail federations predicted that Americans would spend $7.4 billion on Halloween this year. To save your hard-earned money, in this article we will show how to draw scars on yourself and your friends and family won’t be able to tell who the person is behind the scars.

How to draw scars?

A fake scar can be made using three different things

  • Liquid collodion
  • Gelatin
  • Scar Wax

Making a Scar Using liquid collodion

Collect your supply

You only need two ingredients for this process. One is liquid collodion and the other is scar colored makeup. Both of these ingredients can be found in the most costume, drug, or department stores. Collodion is a flammable, syrupy solution which is highly adhesive and frequently used in medicine or special effects makeup.

Test the ingredients

Collodion can result in a severe effect on the skin. So, test a small area on your skin and observe its reaction before applying it to a large area. After collodion testing, test the color of the makeup as well. Try a small amount on the location you intend to use it. Your natural skin color may try to change the makeup color. But you should try to make it less authentic.

Clean the area where you intend to draw a scar

Your body needs to be clean for makeup bonds better to your skin. Clean the portion of skin with a baby wipe, or mild soap and warm water. Let it dry completely before applying your collodion.

Draw scar pattern

Use an eyebrow pencil and mirror to scar drawing patterns on your face. While making a pattern, you can consider hash-mark patterns, jagged lines, or menacing X shaped scars for your look

Apply the liquid collodion in layers

While collodion will dry out, it will draw your skin together and provide the appearance of a scar. For a more noticeable effect, use multiple application. Also, allow each application to dry before adding another layer of collodion.

Add color to makeup

Depending on your complexion, the color you use to dye your prosthetic scar tissue will vary greatly. Apply makeup either over the top or underneath your collodion scar. Underneath application of makeup requires putting on the makeup before your liquid collodion. Sometimes it is necessary to let the makeup dry completely before applying collodion.

Remove your scar

Before attempting to remove the scar, take a baby wipe and remove any makeup from your prosthetic scar. Then it will make the process easier to peel off the false scar with your fingers. If you still face difficulty removing your scar tissue, use a prosthetic makeup remover, for example, super solve or isopropyl Myristate.

Making a scar with Gelatin

Gather necessary items

Gelatin is a financially savvy and simple to utilize parts and on the off chance that it is connected effectively, it can give the presence of scars, wounds, or consumes to your skin. To make gelatin scar, collect below things:

Gelatin applicator (popsicle stick/makeup spatula)

  • Glycerin
  • Gelatin (or ready-made gelatin)
  • Hot water
  • Makeup (scar color)
  • Mixing cup

Make a plan for drawing scars

Determine the area on your body where you want to draw your new lines of a scar. Gelatin is easy to remove the substance. It can easily be removed without pain from the area that has hair. The important thing here is

For more artistic scar patterns, using eyebrow pencil can be very helpful.

You might consider wide ranges of the pattern, for example, hash-mark patterns, jagged lines, or menacing x shaped scars for your look.

Prepare your canvas or body part

Whether this is your face or your arm, first clean it and dry it before applying your fake scar. Clean the skin surface with a baby wipe. If that is not available, mild soap and warm water will do the job.

Prepare your gelatin

take a mixing cup and mix 1-part gelatin to 1 part hot water. The problem with a combination like this is gelatin can get dried out and shrink, leaving you at risk for losing your prosthetic scar. Many makeup artists recommend that adding some glycerin can prevent your scar from drying too fast.

  • Add ¼ teaspoon glycerin to your 1:1 gelatin/hot water mixture
  • Stir the gelatin mixture thoroughly to prevent bubbles form in the mixture and spoil the effect
  • Quickly move the gelatin mixture since gelatin solidifies rapidly.

Heat up the gelatin mixture

In your mixing cup, add enough water to surround and heat your gelatin to a piping-hot temperature. Gelatin purchase from shop comes in a bottle which you need to heat to liquefy. When it turns to liquid and cool to a safe temperature, it is ready to apply to your body. It is a good idea to test gelatin heated gelatin on a safe part of your body, for example, your hand or forearm, before applying a large quantity of it to your body.

Apply gelatin mixture

Using a gelatin applicator, move the gelatin to your outlines that you made in the earlier of the process. Keep in mind that since gelatin will not be malleable for long, you need to apply it to your scar fast. If you are planning to create a scarring effect over a large portion of your body, you need to prepare gelatin in several batches. When you notice that your gelatin is in the final stage of setting, you can gently tap it to create a puckered effect.

Stain your scar to scare

When your gelatin is fully set, add some makeup to your scar to make it more authentic. Foundation or concealer is ideal for blending the edges of the false scar, but a slash of something more grisly can make your scar look like a fresh wound.

Seal your make up, if needed

If you plan to keep the costume for an extended period of time, you cannot keep your hand off yourself, apply setting spray on the costume to keep your makeup on your gelatin. A smudge caused by an accidental rubbing will make your look less realistic.

Remove when finished

If gelatin is applied directly to the skin you can remove it easily by peeling it off. But if it is held tightly, it can be loosened with warm water and mild soap.

Making a Scar Using Scar Wax

Gather the necessary items: many professionals including theater companies use a special kind of wax, which is known as nose wax or scar wax, to make the impression of a cut or wound when needed. Collect below items from any costume shops or online costume supply providers:

  • Makeup (scar color)
  • Nose wax/scar wax
  • Spirit gum
  • Spirit gum remover
  • Wax applicator (Popsicle stick, palette knife, etc.)

Clean your face

Presence of any oil, dirt or grime on your face will result in an imperfect bond of wax to your face. To prevent your scar wax from peeling off or coming loose easily, clean your face with mild soap and water.

Check for allergies

Make sure that wax you will use do not cause any allergic reaction to your skin. The simple way to test it apply a small amount on your body before applying your scar.

Avoid scarring areas that move

apply scar on the part of the face that remains relatively stationary for example nose, chin, cheekbones, and forehead because scar remains intact in this area. But apply scar on body parts that move often cause stress on the costume and it does not look pristine.

Apply adhesive

If you want to secure your costume, use a little spirit gum to the back of your scar to keep it in place. Take a small amount of wax initially. Scar wax comes in thick, similar to putty. It is sold in tubes.

It can be squeezed to dispense. You can use an applicator to scoop wax from the tube. Since wax is quite sticky it is a good practice to cover your applicator or fingers with a little mineral oil to make the applying process more efficient. Vaseline will also do the trick to keep the wax from sticking to your fingers.

Warm the wax

At room temperature, a wax is stiff and inflexible. Make it more malleable and simpler to shape by manipulating it with your hands and in this way warming it all the while. You need to the process until the wax is soft, but not to that extent that the wax loses its ability to hold shape.

Create a rough dimension

When your wax is ready to use, form it into the shape of scar you want to get. A long, thin scar can be made by rolling a scar into the shape of thick thread. You can use a precision tool to build your wax-line with texture and depth.

Blend your scar for flourish

Use liquid foundation to fill in seams between your wax and face. It is necessary because you need to blend your new disfigurement with its surrounding skin to make it more believable.

Remove the wax

apply spirit gum or another adhesive solvent to the area around your scar and let it sit for a short time. When your scar starts to lose, peel it from your face. Clean any remaining with warm water and mild soap or a baby wipe.

Different Scar costumes

There are so many scar costumes that you can buy online. Below we have mentioned a few stunning face costumes that may terrify you. But, anyway, we do not want to scare you at all. It is just for example.

 Scary flesh wound

flesh wound

This fake skin makeup will create an impression of a scary flesh wound. This costume is a great alternative for those people who are allergic to latex.

Gory wounds

gory wound skin make up

When your friends see you in this costume, he will try to take you to a doctor office immediately. It is a realistic looking fake gory wound.

Burnt face

Burnt face

Turn up in the upcoming Halloween party with this burnt face costume. This is a half face make up prosthetic. You can add some extra blood to create a real gory look.

Self-stitched up

self stitchd up

Add the finishing touch to your gory Halloween fancy dress costume with this realistic looking fake self-stitched up scar.


You can create a simple special effect by drawing facial scars that are great for horror costumes, film or stages or for attending a Halloween party. Besides many scars used in film industry involve attaching prosthetic pieces to the skin. These definitely provide super realism for gory effects, but you can achieve the same effect by using simple drawing techniques and materials what we describe above. Furthermore, buying readymade costume is costly. So, why you spend money when you can make a scar costume yourself.


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