Devil Makeup Tutorial
From more extreme versions like Tim Curry in Legend and Dave Grohl in The Pick of Destiny to almost-human Peter Stormare in Constantine, depictions of the devil have a VERY wide range. For our makeup look we went with a nice middle ground that captures a bit of everything. Of course we had to do VERY red skin and then we added some prosthetic horns and demonic contacts to really set the mood.
The products we use for our devil makeup tutorial make this look extremely resilient to sweat and water due to the waterproof Mel Pax paint used as the base layer.
Step 1: Prepare the skin.
For prosthetics to adhere correctly, you need to clean the skin of all oil, dirt, and makeup products.
Witch Hazel is a universal toner and skin-cleaning agent that we use to achieve this.
To use, we dampen a cotton round with witch hazel, and gently rub the surface area of the skin using circular motions.
This ensures that the surface of the skin is clean and ready for the makeup application.
Step 2: Prepare the prosthetic.
Without adhesive, place your prosthetics where you want them to ultimately be glued down.
If you want to ensure exact placement, gently apply powder around these prosthetics, and then remove them.
This will give you a light outline that will act as a guide to help you know where to adhere your prosthetic.
Step 3: Begin applying the prosthetic.
Be sure to leave a ¼ inch space around the outer edges, as we will glue down these edges in the following steps.
Next, apply glue on the surface of the skin, again leaving a ¼ inch space for the edges.
Allow the Pros-aide to dry completely – you will know it is dry when it goes from milky-white to clear.
Then take the horn prosthetic and place it firmly onto the skin where you want it to adhere. Repeat this step for horn # 2.
Step 4: Blend the prosthetic.
Next we glue down the blending edge, which is the paper-thin edge of the prosthetic.
To do this, we take a cotton swab, dip it in pros-aide, and roll it under the edge of the prosthetic, applying glue on both the skin and the underside of the prosthetic.
We then wait for it to dry, tack it down, and repeat until the entire edge is smoothly tacked down.
Step 5: Prepare the prosthetic for makeup.
Once both prosthetics are completely glued down, we use translucent powder to powder the prosthetic, focusing on the edges where the prosthetic meets the skin.
This reduces any leftover tackiness from the adhesive.
*Pro tip: If your blending edge folds over or doesn’t lay flat like you want, you can always lift it with 99% alcohol. This not only undoes the bond temporarily, allowing you to smooth down your edge, but it also reactivates the pros-aide, meaning that no additional glue will be needed!
Step 6: It’s time to paint our prosthetic!
We begin by painting a base layer on the prosthetic, using Mel Pax Paint we select Deep Mauve on the “skin” area, and Alabaster from on the “horn” area.
This first base layer of Mel Pax is applied using a makeup wedge.
Then, in order to get a more translucent wash, we mix distilled water with Deep Mauve from Mel Pax.
This allows us to control the opaqueness of the color.
Using an airbrush, we apply this product to our model’s entire face, excluding the eye area and the lips.
Step 7: Start refining the makeup.
As we apply washes of red color with our airbrush, we deepen the areas we want to contour, such as the hollows of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.
This adds contrast, and makes the makeup look less “flat” and more dynamic.
Once the Mel Pax layer is applied, powder the entire surface to allow it to set.
Step 8: Finish the makeup.
Using a metal palette and spatula, we custom mixed colors using shades of brown and black to deepen our contour, eyes, eyebrows, and facial hair.
Step 9: Veins, Horns, and Contacts
We also used this same custom mixed color to add veins and swelling to the skin around the horns.
To paint our horns, we added layers of yellow and brown crème colors to give them an “infected” look.
And finally, if your model is comfortable with wearing contacts, we finish the look with a the supernatural looking “Possessed” contacts.
Step 10: Set and Protect