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Tips & Tricks

See below for step by step instructions on how to apply, colour and remove your piece.

There are also some great tutorials on You Tube.
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Step 1 :
Start with clean, dry skin and remove oils from the skin with products such as witch hazel. Make sure all your hair is away from your face. It’s best not to apply the prosthetic and make-up in your costume as you may spill make-up and adhesive on it.

Step 2 :
If your piece has any extra foam latex around the edges (flashing) gently pull  off the excess. It should tear off easily or with little effort.

Step 3 :
You're now ready to begin gluing the appliance down. You can use Spirit Gum, Pro-aide type adhesives and Silicone based adhesives. We recommend using Pro-adhesive for most situations. You will start by applying adhesive to the centre area of the back of the prosthetic, usually the nose. Also apply adhesive to your skin if you want extra hold. While the Pro-adhesive is still wet, press the prosthetic evenly and firmly onto your face. Hold in place until the adhesive dries.

Step 4 :
You can now begin to glue down the rest of the prosthetic.
The idea is to glue it down evenly in the correct position. Foam Latex is quite stretchy, allowing it to fit many facial sizes and shapes. Start with the forehead. Apply adhesive to the centre of the back of the prosthetic and press into place. Now work on the left or right cheek. Apply adhesive to the back and position the prosthetic into the correct place. Press firmly onto the skin. You will continue this process until but approx. 1/4 Inch of the edges remain. Leaving all the edge work until last will allow you to take the time on the edge work as this is important for a good blend onto the skin.

Step 5 :
Carefully glue down all the edges. Glue only approx. 1 inch at a time, so you can make sure it lays down smoothly. Be careful when applying adhesive around your eyes. Run glue under the edges all around the piece. You may need to lift it up with your fingers. You can also use long tweezers to gently grab areas of the edges to lift up in order to apply glue underneath. Remember, you do not need to use tons of glue. You only need to have enough so that both the skin and the piece are tacky.

Step 6 :
Now you need to seal the piece and blend in the edges. We use liquid latex or Pro-adhesive. Using a latex sponge, stipple glue over the entire prosthetic. This will seal the foam and prevent the oil from the make-up soaking into it. Always stipple or dab the glue / make-up when working with prosthetics as smearing or wiping will ruin the texture of the sponges. Make sure you blend your sealer material out onto the exposed skin slightly. By going over the edges repeatedly with the sealer, the edges will blend onto the skin flawlessly. Allow to dry between layers. You can use a hair dryer to speed the process.

Step 7 :
Apply loose powder to the entire surface. Both Latex & Pro-adhesive dry with a tacky surface. We recommend using translucent facial powder. Brush off any excess powder.

Step 8 :
You're now ready to apply your makeup base. Foam Latex Prosthetics require special treatment. Regular cream makeups shouldn't be used with of any latex product. We recommend using Rubber Mask Greasepaint (RMG) or Mask Cover as it is designed for this purpose. Start by deciding what base colour you want. This is your overall color you want to have. RMG can be thinned with 99% isopropyl alcohol for easier application and to create washes. Apply the RMG over the entire surface of the prosthetic and onto your skin. If your ears will show, make sure to put makeup on them too. Press the makeup sponges firmly onto the surface, making sure it gets into all the wrinkles and crevices.

Step 9 :
RMG has a great deal of Castor Oil in it and requires a great deal of powder to set it. Don't be shy with the powder here. You can never use too much powder!! Using a powder puff, press the powder onto all areas with RMG coverage. Dab the puff, Don't drag it. Once all the shiny spots of RMG are covered with powder, brush off all the excess powder. You can blot the surface of the makeup with a damp tissue to help remove stubborn powder.

Step 10 :
You are now ready for shading. Choose a color that is darker than your base colour. You can simply add a small amount of a dark colour like brown or black into your base colour. This creates a natural looking shading tone. Using a brush, apply your shading colour to all deeper areas of the face like eye sockets, temples, under cheekbones etc.

Step 11 :
You should now add any highlights you wish. A highlight color should be lighter in tone than your base color. Again, by adding a light tone like white or yellow to your base color, you'll get a good highlight color. Apply this to higher sections of the face like brows, bridge of the nose, cheekbones, etc.

Step 12 :
Powder, powder and more powder!!

Step 13 :
Finish the look with a costume to match and don’t forget the teeth!!
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