Gunshot to the Head FX

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Gunshot Special FX

This week’s tutorial is back to the basics using Special FX. This gunshot wound effect is a great place to start when you are looking to add special effects to your portfolio. A simple, yet effective effect, that with a little practice, you’ll be able to do this in about 5 minutes.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Mehron Spirit Gum
  2. Graftobian Molding Wax
  3. Mehron Setting Powder
  4. Kryolan 6 color burn and injury wheel
  5. Mehron Stage Blood
  6.  Vaseline
  7. Q-tip
  8. Makeup Brush

The application:

Gunshot Special FX

Apply Mehron Spirit Gum to the forehead and let it set to a tacky consistency. While you wait, add Vaseline to your fingers and grab a quarter sized ball of Graftobian Molding Wax. Work the wax until you get a smooth consistency, then apply onto the Spirit Gum.
Gunshot Special FXBegin smoothing the edges of the wax so it appears to be seamless. Use Vaseline as needed to keep your fingers from sticking to the wax.

On a side note, this is also a great way to create a boil. You could easily add pus and be done at this point. And now, we shall continue with our gunshot tutorial.

Gunshot Special FX

Using a makeup brush, generously apply Mehron Setting Powder to the entire area.

Gunshot Special FX

Apply Vaseline to your q-tip and use it to push into the center of the wax to create the bullet hole.

Gunshot Special FX

Using the other end of the q-tip, apply black from your Kryolan bruise and injury wheel to the center of the gunshot wound.

Gunshot Special FX

Continue using your Kryolan bruise and injury wheel and q-tip and add red and pink to the inside and edges of the gunshot.

Gunshot Special FX

Finally, add a nice drip of Mehron Stage Blood to the center of the wound and let it drip down the face.


Gunshot Special FX

Easy peasy effect that you can use for anything from Halloween and Fairs to Comic Cons or even just working on your special FX skills. Don’t be intimidated by special effects, you’ll find they can be a whole lot of fun! I sure love it :)

Share your version with us on Facebook. Let us know if there’s anything special you would like to see from us in future tutorials and demos.

Until then… live, love, paint!

Stacey Perry is the owner of and primary face painter for Peekaboo Faces located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Stacey also blogs for

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