Back in February, I dipped my toes into SFX make-up by getting casualty make-up training at a local hospital, where they run ATLS (Advanced Trauma & Life Support) disaster simulation in the field.
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This was a good introduction as it taught the basics and during the course you learn a lot about the staple SFX kit products and you use them in different ways to achieve different outcomes or effects. You can then move onto advanced classes in prosthetics and other areas as you feel you’re ready.
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SFX make-up is a huge area and takes a lot of dedication to hone the craft. I can make some wonderful wounds and effects, but they need to fit the brief to be fit for purpose. For example, I practised making some realistic wounds that I was really proud of. Then the tutor asked me “How did it happen?” and as I explained how the ‘incident’ happened, I could clearly see that my wound did not tally 100% with the story.
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A few months on, and many hours of practice later, my work has become so much neater and believable. I’ll be sharing more recent images on the coming months.

I can’t wait for Halloween now to get a bit of playful practice in.