The uses of Gelatin in Special Effects Makeup

By Lisa Johnson

There are many ways to use household items to create special effects, such as using chocolate syrup to make fake blood. In today’s blog we are going to talk about using regular gelatin to make “meaty” looking skin.

You need to know that it doesn’t mean you can take a box of jello and smear it across the skin! It has to be a certain type of gelatin. The most popular is Knox Unflavored Gelatin.

You only need a few items for this effect!

Enjoy these different “meaty” skin looks created by current Clary Sage students!

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Supplies: Packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin, Water, Spatula, Sponges, Bruise or Trauma Wheel, Stage Blood or Thick Blood Step One – Mix the gelatin with warm water to a semi-lumpy consistency with a spatula. Step Two – Spread the lumpy gelatin onto the skin. You must work quickly because the gelatin will set up quickly. Step Three – Apply color with a sponge, using your bruise or trauma wheel. Choose colors that work for the look you are trying to achieve. Step Four – If your look calls for blood then apply your homemade blood mixture to get the desired look.