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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bloody Masquerade Part 1 - DIY Flesh Mask

Now that October is finally upon us, I figured it was time to really play with some gory gross-out makeup. I've seen a few versions of the bloody masquerade mask done several different ways, so I decided to try it out & put my own spin on it. I had a feeling this look was going to be the new "zipper face" (in other words, done to death, haha) but was surprised to find that there aren't as many tutorials of this look as I thought! That being said, I hope this mask/makeup is fun to look at & inspires some spooky costumes (& maybe a few nightmares) this season! Below, I've included some instructions (accompanied by photos) to demonstrate how to make this mask as Part 1 of my Bloody Masquerade look! Some of the steps are very straight forward & simple so I did not photograph every part of the process (if I did we'd be scrolling 'til the end of time haha).

Another cool thing about making this mask is that you can customize it to fit your needs & costume requirements. For example, rather than making it into a masquerade mask, you could simply attach it to your face with some spirit gum & add some blood, making it look like you wore someone else's face to the party! The possibilities are endless, so let's just get started!

What you'll need:
- Simple mask of your choice
*Note - I chose to use a mask made out of a flimsy "satin" material so that it would more closely resemble flesh. You can use a plastic one, but I thought it would be a bit too stiff & not as realistic!
- Liquid latex
- Nose & scar wax
- Lotion of your choice
- Foundation that matches your skin
- Makeup sponges
- Cream makeup (I used red, dark red, brown, black & grey)
- Theatrical blood
- Glue gun
- Craft feathers (or any misc. embellishments you may have laying around)
- 1 Chopstick or skewer
- Black Sharpie marker

In this photo you can see what I started with up close. This mask was the cheapest I'd seen at any shop & cost me $1.49.

1.) Alright, so the first thing you want to do after you choose your mask is coat it with a layer of liquid latex. Again, I chose to work with a very flimsy mask so I wanted to make it a bit thicker & sturdier. I chose to use this kind of mask, rather than a plastic one, because I felt that it'd look more realistic. The finished product flaps a bit like skin would. If you use plastic, you can skip this step I suppose.
My mask had some wonky eye holes. So, with a pen, I drew out a new shape for the eyes. Next, I cut out my new eye holes with some scissors. You can get creative in this step, cut the mask to make it look more jagged, whatever you want! I chose to keep it simple & stick to the original shape of the mask so that the look wouldn't lose its "masquerade" feel.
After that, it was on to the liquid latex. I applied quite a thick layer with a brush. You can use a blow dryer to speed up drying time.

2.) After my first coat of liquid latex dried, I used a makeup wedge to apply another thin coat of latex to my mask.

3.) I waited for my second layer of latex to dry before I moved on to this step. Here, I've prepared my scar wax & some hand lotion. I rubbed a bit of lotion on my hands (don't use too much or your wax will be too slippery) & scooped some wax out of the container. I rolled it into balls & flattened them. Then I began placing them on the mask. I continued to build up the wax until the whole mask was covered. Then, I applied a bit more lotion to my hands to smooth out the wax on the mask.
*Note: Using scar wax on the mask gave it a bit more weight & made the surface appear more "skin like".

4.) I applied another thin coat of liquid latex on top of the scar wax.
5.) Once the final layer of liquid latex dried, I applied a foundation that matched my skin tone to the mask with a foundation brush. You can use a sponge for this step.
6.) I powdered the mask with Ben Nye's translucent setting powder. You can also use your regular setting powder for this step.
 7.) Now, for the brows! This part is a little tricky. Make sure you WAIT until your mask is dry to do this step! Draw in some brows with cream makeup using short strokes to emulate real brow hairs. You don't want to use a brow pencil for this step because your mask will still be a bit soft. Using a pencil will essentially stab the "skin" of your mask. So, using a stiff angled brush & cream makeup works well & keeps the brows on the surface rather than digging into the "flesh" you've made.
*Note: Don't freak out if your brow game isn't on point here. You're wearing a flesh mask covered in blood, after all!
8.) I took my handy Ben Nye Zombie wheel (cream makeup) and used a dark red around the mask & eye holes.
9.) I deepened the red with black cream makeup (once again painting around the mask in various spots and the eye holes). I also added fake blood at various stages. Looks cool even when it dries!

10.) After the blood dried up a bit, I used a true red to go over certain spots to make the skin look a bit irritated.
11.) Powder the cream makeup to set it. I used a translucent powder by Ben Nye.
12.) I happened to have some old Mardi Gras masks laying around, so I cut off some of the feathers and glued them to the back of my mask with a hot glue gun. You can buy feathers at a craft store. You can also add gems or whatever else you want to your mask in this step.
13.) With a black Sharpie marker, I colored in one chopstick & attached it to my mask with hot glue.

14.) Apply blood of your choice to the mask. If you don't have gel blood, use regular costume blood & reapply it before you go out for the night.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 

Please check back for Part 2 of my Bloody Masquerade look which will feature makeup to accompany this mask!!

Joanna xo


  1. The bats! Omg so cute...I might do this for work tho. -Ezi

    1. Hahaha freakin bats!! I didn't even realize...I hope you still come on my page despite the trauma lol. And yeahhhh you'll be popular at work gorl. Hahahaha.