You will need:
Acrylic Craft Paint - red, black, white, green, and the closest color you can find to your own skin tone.
A paintbrush is helpful, but you can use the corner of a paper towel or even your finger.
Baby oil (to remove the rubber cement)
Dish washing liquid (to remove the baby oil)
Corn starch, flour, or talc
First and foremost, if you have sensitive skin, I don't advise trying this. It takes a lot of effort and scrubbing to get the rubber cement back off your skin, so if you think any of the above ingredients may break you out in hives, don't risk it. (Unless it adds to your costume, ya know, your choice) Also, if you have a lot of hair where you plan on applying this, shave it off now. Trust me, you'll thank me later.
|Yes, it looks like snot covered tissues. Yum.|
Then paint. I painted the tissue the color I found closest to my skin color, then using the same brush (no need to clean it) mixed some red and black together and laid that down the middle as 'gore'. When I was satisfied with that, I mixed some more of the flesh tone with the red and dabbed it on with my fingers to make a 'bruised' area around the wound, like it's been festering; some black vein marks would be very acceptable. Since I was going as a zombie, I mixed some green and white with my fingers and kind of smeared it around on the other areas of my arms, to give my skin a greenish tint. This whole process took about 15 minutes from start to finish. You could get much more involved with it, but if you're looking for something quick, this works really well.
The hardest part of this whole process - getting it back off. The paint is acrylic, it will wash right off with water (not rain proof, I'll warn you now!) but the rubber cement, not so much. Baby oil will dissolve the cement and it makes a lovely rubbery/oily goo. I recommend using some dish soap to remove most of the oil, then throw a handful of corn starch on it. Flour or talcum powder would work too, you just need something that will soak up the rest of the oil. Then, rub thoroughly. It should peel off pretty easily after that.
|Almost as good as waxing, you didn't need all those useless hairs anyway.|