For this blog I thought I'd try something different. I was feeling bored of same type of zipper face I've done before. So I imagined aliens are walking amongst us, zipping into their human suits each day to avoid detection. Follow these steps to become an alien too!
Mehron Spirit Gum
Kryolan Flesh Tone Grease Paint
Mehron Translucent Setting Powder
(or sub a Bald Cap Kit with all you need)
20-20 inch Zipper, trim the edges with scissors
Mehron Powder Puff
Mehron Liquid Latex
Old brush/ cotton buds
Diamond FX Black
Loew-Cornell Number 5 Round Brush
Diamond FX Grey (in Diamond Monster Palette)
Superstar Eco Sponge
Mehron Burnt Maroon (in Mehron Bruise ProColoRing)
1/2 inch Flat Brush
Eliza Griffith Black Powder
Number 0 Fine Brush
Mehron Stipple Sponge
Mehron Blood Gel
Loew-Cornell Number 6 Round Brush
Wedge Make-up Sponge
I began by putting on a bald cap, I fixed it with spirit gum and blended the edges using 90% acetone. This is not a quick or easy step, there are a lot of videos of how to do this, I recommend watching them beforehand.
To prepare the cap for painting, I used a make up sponge to apply a flesh tone grease paint all over the bald cap and then fixed it with translucent power.
Next I used spirit gum to fix the zipper to the bald cap on each side, down my face and onto my chest. I tried to position the zip in a way so my face appeared more oval, to start to get a more alien face shape.
Latex and spirit gum can be messy, I'd recommend using an old brush or cotton buds as they are disposable.
I added a layer of liquid latex, covered with tissue and repeat. I started by covering the edges of the zipper so it was secured further and then worked outward (I wanted there to be enough latex to pull it back later).
While the latex dried, I painted alien shape eyes using a number 5 round brush and Diamond FX black.
Once the latex was dry, I pulled it away from my skin on my face and chest and then sponged grey paint to my face and inside the zipper on my chest.
Next I wanted to make the latex skin look sore and also blend into my skin. So I used a number 5 brush with burnt maroon from my bruise ring. As you can see, I also painted inside the area I pulled back.
I used a black powder and a 1/2 flat brush to shade and mark out the alien face.
I painted more detail using black Diamond FX and a number 0 brush and added white highlights, using a number 6 round brush.
To make the skin look extra gorey , I used a stipple sponge with vermilion crimson blood.
I hope you found this blog helpful, you can see more of my work on Instagram carolines_face_painting.
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