Special Effects Makeup Sneak Peek: Scratch Lesson - QC Makeup Academy

Step 1

To create a “scratch” look using special effects makeup, take an angled brush like an eyeliner brush and coat with a cream-based red SFX makeup. Don’t add any alcohol to thin the makeup.

Step 2

Ensure that the brush is nicely coated and then proceed to test it on your hand to remove some of the product. The makeup shouldn’t be coming off in globs.

Step 3

Once you’ve tested on yourself, draw individual lines on the model’s skin using the thin brush. The number of lines will vary based on the effect you want to create.

Step 4

Red on its own isn’t enough to create the depth that makes scratches look realistic. Add black to achieve depth. Black takes the scratch from simply being a red line on the skin to making it appear to be in the skin.

Step 5

Using another very tight and fine brush, don’t add alcohol and test the product on your hand. Then, fill in the scratch. Begin about ¼ of the way into the red line you drew and stop about ¼ of the way to the end of the red line. (The red should extend beyond the black).

Step 6

Finally, take thin, unmixed blood onto another thin brush and test on your hand. Come in over top of the black (ONLY over top of black, do not cover the initial red line).


Obviously, practice makes perfect, so go ahead and try a scratch out for yourself.

Update: The Special FX Course is now LIVE! Check out the course outline today!

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Amanda says:

    How much will this course cost and if you are already doing a course do you get a discount??

    • Erin says:

      Hey Amanda!
      The course will cost between $1000 and $1300 USD. Current students receive a 50% on all subsequent courses they enroll for.

      I hope this helps!

  • Lucy says:

    I am currently a student and am waiting with baited breath to take this course! This is what I’ve always wanted to do…special effects! Can’t wait!

  • Kirsty says:

    I really really want to do this SFX course when will it be available?? Also how much in £

    • Erin says:

      Hi Kirsty!
      Thanks for your comment. The price for the SFX course will be between £800 – £900. We’re aiming to launch at the end of October or early November!

      I hope this helps!

  • Terri says:

    I can’t wait for the SFX course. It will be so much fun!

  • Emily says:

    I am so excited for this course. How much longer till it’s available? How much would the course be in Australia?

    • Erin says:

      We’re glad you are excited! The course will be approximately $1,448 in Australia. We are aiming to launch on Wednesday!! Stay tuned.

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