Halloween is right around the corner, and I find myself without a costume once again! If you’re anything like me, each year you make a pact to have a costume put together and ready in time for Halloween… only to end up plumb out of ideas and money days before.
By now I’m an expert at last minute ideas, so I’m going to share what I used for a Halloween party last year when I found myself unprepared —Rigid Collodion.
I’ll admit, it’s a bit pricey for such a small amount of product (around $7 for 7.5 mls) but it’s so quick and easy you won’t regret it! Rigid Collodion is a special effects liquid that tightens and pulls your skin together (sounds worse than it is) to produce an indented, healed scar effect. I can’t for the life of me find a picture of the finished product last year, but it looked exactly like this (image property of beautifulyoutv)
It’s such a fun and flexible product in terms of what you can do and what you can wear it with. You can do a normal face of makeup or something more sinister; you can you colour the scar to look like any stage of the healing process. I wore my scar much like the picture above, just a flawless face of makeup and a semi-healed pink scar down the side of my face. If you search “Rigid Collodion” on google there’s an endless supply of ideas: spidery webs of old white scars, joker-style chelsea grin scars and fresh, painful-looking red scars.
The product comes in a bottle similar to nail polish with a little application brush. Warning: It smells strongly of chemicals and alcohol, never use it in an enclosed space because the fumes gave me one hell of a headache. Like nail polish remover from HELL. It should also never be used near the eyes or on any tender areas of skin, as you will remove a layer of skin when you peel the scar off!
BeautifulYouTV has an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own scar here, but here is a quick guide:
1. Using a flesh-toned or rose coloured lip liner, map out the shape of the scar you want. This will be the base colour of the scar, so use whatever colour you want for the look.
2. Take your Rigid Collodion and paint a thin layer over the scar you’ve just drawn. You will feel it as it starts to harden and pull the skin in! Wait for it to completely dry before adding another layer. Add more whever you feel is necessary, the more layer you add, the deeper the scar will be… and more likely for the edges to peel if you overdo it.
3. The scar will now look pretty shiny, so take a powder foundation and dust over it to set the rigid collodion. Then take a concealer and blend into the scar.
4. Final Step! Take a lipstick in the colour you want your final look to be, run over the length of the scar, tweak if needed and you’re done!
This can be used in conjunction with a full comstume, with some extra effects, or just on it’s own. So there you have it, an easy, last minute halloween idea!