Makeup Test #3 – SCARS!!!

I recently got a certain something special in the mail from Amazon, and was very eager to test it out! We’ve been talking about one of our characters having a scar on their face, so I’ve been researching how to do realistic, but simple scars. Whilst doing said research, I came across this product called “Ridgid Collodion”. I watched a couple of tutorials on youtube about using it, and sure enough, it looked to be the product for me!

Here’s some reference pictures I looked at to give me something more than my imagination to go by.

And here is one of the tutorials I watched to learn about how to use it.

So, now it’s my turn! Forgive the quality of the upcoming pictures- I took them with my iPhone in my poorly lit bedroom. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Picture 1: Me, on a bad hair day, with clean skin.

Picture 2: I put on a base- a tiny bit of foundation mixed with moisturizer so that it was really translucent, a little bit of concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on a couple red spots, a hint of a really light eyeshadow to make my eyelids look less puffy and a really light brown powder lining my eyelash line to give my eyes the slightest bit of definition. A dusting of a very light peach blush and a little bit of mascara completed the base. I was going for a non-made-up look – this is called “no-makeup makeup”- ย and I think I succeeded. ๐Ÿ™‚

The rest of the pics: I put a little bit of “dirt” around on my face, just like I did with Lizzy and Annie in previous posts, then I began the scarring process.


When I first opened the little bottle of scarring liquid, my first thought was, “WHEW! This stuff smells like the dickens!” And it does! It’s very important not to get it near the eyes, and I was tearing up a little bit just being downwind from the smell when I was working on the scar above my eye.

I tried two different kinds of scars. One with a red base, and one with a white base. Guess which one is which. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the one on my cheek, I used a red lip liner pencil to draw the line of the scar, then covered it with at least 15-20 coats of the ridgid collodion. Each layer made my skin tighten and depress more and more. It’s really hard to tell from these pictures, but I really had quite a divot in my skin!

For the white-based scar over and under my eye, I used a line of really light foundation, but I accidentally made it too wide to start with. Also, I wasn’t really ready to sacrifice my eyebrow at this point in time for the scar to go all the way through, like it would if it were a real healed wound, so the look of a continued scar over my eye socket just didn’t really pull itself off.

Needless to say, the red one turned out way better, and I will definitely go with a red base, should we use a big scar like this in our film.

I then coerced a couple of siblings to take some photos of me with our dSLR, which is one of the cameras we will be shooting with. I think the scar translated wonderfully!


For those of you who have not met me in person… here is a little introduction into the many faces of me. ^^ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Only kidding! I’m only crazy… half of the time.

Things I learned:

OH MAN. Does this stuff smell. You get used to it after a while, but that first whiff is enough to bring tears to the eyes.

It takes quite a long time to do a large scar. I spent a good hour layering and waiting for it to dry. The bigger and deeper the scar, the longer it takes.

Since the ridgid collodian becomes about the consistency of a toenail when it’s dried, it’s a good idea to not put it in a part of the face that moves a lot (like your smile line, which is right where I put mine ๐Ÿ˜› ). Eventually, it’s going to separate from the skin around the edges, and the more movement of your face, the faster it will separate.

In another tutorial I watched, which was rather long-winded and lengthy, I learned that it’s not a good idea to create a scar, peel it off, and make the same scar again the day after. The reason for this being: when you peel the dried collodian off, it takes a bunch of dead skin cells with it, which is fine. BUT, if you apply it too soon after, when you peel it off again, you are ripping off skin cells that your face actually needs. Doing it too often can lead to some weird things like a dry patch, discoloration, or a more permanent slight scarring look than you intended. This is going to be interesting using it in a movie. I shall have to plan carefully.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I anxiously await the arrival of comment notifications, so donโ€™t be shy.ย ;)ย Until next week!ย Ciao!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.


About Rachel Poling

Rachel Poling is a serial hobbyist and one of those sopranos who can sing really high notes and likes sparkly jewelry. She enjoys researching, mulling, doodling, and implementing costume, makeup, and hair ideas. She also enjoys working on film scores, doing color correction, and generally having a toe dipped in anything pre-production. She has yet to act in any films, but she hopes to play an evil queen someday. View all posts by Rachel Poling

4 responses to “Makeup Test #3 – SCARS!!!

  • MattM

    WHAT kind of movie are y’all MAKING?!!!!! Every blog post just seems to get more and more violent! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL just kidding, it looks great–I think an eye patch/eye piece/goggle/something cool would have worked, that way you don’t actually have to make a scar going all the way down the eye, like you said. You could just have a scar from the top ending at the eyebrow and another below that ended just below the eye piece. For me, I imagined some kind of night vision eye glass thingy going there so that de shmelly shtuff not need shtink up de eye itshelf :).

  • Michelle G

    WHOAH! That stuff is AWESOME! Nice work, Rachel!

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