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About and How to Use Ben Nye's Nose and Scar Wax

In Witte Artistry’s most recent video, Maggot Infested Wound Makeup Tutorial, Kim used the Ben Nye product called nose and scar wax to make this effect. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch it here to see this product in action: http://bit.ly/WitteArt_Maggots

About the Product:

Nose and Scar wax, by Ben Nye, is a type of skin safe modeling wax that can be easily sculpted with tools or your fingers. The product can be ordered through the Ben Nye catalogue or purchased on a Ben Nye distributor’s websites. The product comes in three colors of skin tones: fair, light brown, and brown in a durable reusable plastic or glass container. It also is available in four sizes: 1oz, 2.5oz, 8oz, 16oz.

This product is intended to be used to create small fx makeup effects. The most common uses for this product are altering nose shape in theater productions, creating small scars, warts, or small fake wounds. The material is pliable, but rigid enough to hold its form when shaped making it very easy to use.

One important thing to note about this product is that it will always stay pliable. Although this allows a never ending “workable time”, it makes the makeup effect you have created susceptible to damage or warping. Therefore, do not use nose and scar in areas that will be bumped or on skin that will bend a lot (ideal placements for wax are on the forehead, cheekbones, and nose).  Another important thing to note is that this product is not “breathable” meaning it will not allow air to reach your skin or let sweat escape the product. Therefore if the effect you wish to create will be worn in hot climates or during exercise, then nose and scar wax will not be the best fit for your needs.

YOU CAN GET THE PRODUCT HERE: http://amzn.to/2kyCEQz

How to Apply this Product:

Apply a skin safe adhesive onto the area for the wax. This is an optional step because the wax is naturally sticky, but it will lengthen the time the wax will stay attached. Kim uses a skin safe medical grade adhesive called Pros-Aide in this tutorial. There are other skin safe adhesive options such as spirit gum or liquid latex, that all have their pros and cons. BEFORE USING THE ADHESIVE, make sure you do a test on a small area of skin to see if you have an allergic reaction to the product. To test the product, apply the adhesive to the underside of your wrist and leave it on there for 6-8 hours. If you feel any burning, itching, or discomfort remove it immediately and do not use this product on your skin. These are all signs of an allergic reaction. If none of these issues occur, then the product is safe for your particular skin. Also, make sure you purchase the adhesive remover with the adhesive. This is the only safe way to ensure the product’s removal.

Once the adhesive is dry, you can place nose and scar wax onto the area with sculpting tools or your fingers. If you mold the wax with your fingers you will need some sort of lubricant to keep it from sticking to your hands. Kim uses lotion but liquid makeup remover works as well.

Once the effect is sculpted, smooth out the edges of the wax to taper into the skin. This makes the effect look more real and it becomes harder to detect the edges of the wax. Then with a stipple sponge, sometimes called a corrugated fiber sponge, tap over the smooth wax to add a little bit of skin texture.

How to Color/Seal/Finish this Product:

Since wax is water resistant, all water activated paint will not stick to its surface. Instead use a grease, creme, or alcohol based makeup paint. Alcohol based makeup will created the most translucent realistic effect.

Once the effect has been painted and sculpted, lightly dust it with a translucent powder. This will remove some of the waxy shine giving it a more realistic look.

Then add slime or blood to the wound and you’re good to go!


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