Sunday, 18 September 2016

The SFX Series - Bruises

Special Effects Make Up is my dream career, one day I hope to working on a Hollywood set creating the next big Horror Movie (I dream big!). However, SFX is something I don't really get to cover in my blog. I did a few posts here and then when my blog was a bit on the smaller side where I had less than half the stats I do now but other than that, I don't blog about this as much as I'd like. But over the next 6 weeks I have 6 SFX posts planned to share with you with the running up to Halloween. I'm starting with the basics and then will get into the more tricky scarier side of things. Please, If you have any ideas of SFX posts you'd like me to share, just let me know!

So, here is the first post of The SFX Series!!


Bruise wheel's are commonly used in Theatre & Film to create realistic bruises for fight scenes or other scenarios. 
They are cream based colours so don't need any water or alcohol to activate the colour.

Before bruises can be recreated, Make Up artists must first understand the concept of natural bruising. Bruises are mild cases of internal bruising that appear due to weight or damage added to the skin. Bruises are like snowflakes in the fact that no two are ever the same, someone's skin and the age of the bruise impacts the bruise appearance. For example, newer fresh bruises are more pigmented due to the blood being fresher and darker.


To create newer bruises, the purple shade is dabbed to the attacked area on a sponge in random motions as bruises are never perfectly round or shaped. Following this, the same step should be taken with a red and topped with a deeper purple. To finish the look, a wipe can be taken around the edges just to ensure there are no rounded edges.

On the other hand, older bruises have a more yellow/green/brown colour to them due to the blood loosing the oxygen and not being as pigmented to the newer bruise because the blood vessels are no longer being refreshed causing the blood to loose its pigmentation.

Creating older looking bruises is basically the same technique as the newer bruises, the difference being the colours that are applied. Starting with a light shade of green and dabbing this on to the skin, then going in with a darker green and then a black making sure to blend the colours and finishing with a baby wipe to sort of the natural looking shape as before.

Another method of bruise wheel is to create black eyes which is also the same application but using more blues and purples around the eye for a more realistic look. You can also add a scar to the outside of the bruise to show impact ( I will cover the basics of wounds & scars next week!)

You can grab Bruise Wheels off any Theatrical Make Up Webstore but also Amazon & Ebay do them at great prices. However, you can also use other products such as lipsticks, cream eyeshadows, anything that has a cream base!

What are your Halloween plans this year?

Lily xo


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  1. I love this a lot! Please do loads more because I find this really interesting

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    2. I'll be posting every Sunday for the next 6 weeks with different SFX techniques!! X

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  2. This is IDEAL for Halloween :) You did a good job, I couldn't get it to look as realistic and even. Or uneven in this case ahah

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  3. I absolutely loved this! Can't wait to see more!

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  4. I did a small one hour course on theatre make-up like this and I find it so amazing! It's unreal how "real" this bruise looks! Great post lovely. X

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  5. I loved this and can't wait for the rest of the series! I also found the info about bruises super interesting, just shows you have to know more than what something looks like to make it realistic!

    Pandora xo
    http://curiouslilpandora.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes it's so important to know the factors! X

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  6. This is SO awesome! I've never seen a a post like it and it such a great idea, safe to say I've bookmarked this ready for Halloween as this is perfect x

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  7. This is amazing! I love doing this sort of thing, but I'm not very good aha! These look so real it's incredible, keep it up lovely! x

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    1. It's just practice, you'll get the hang of it! X

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  8. This looks amazing, and so realistic. You are so talented! I wish I had the talent to do something like this!

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    1. Thank you!! You should give it a try!! X

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