This week’s assignment was to create a look including bruises and grazes. I chose this look to highlight the issue of domestic violence. According to SafeIreland, domestic violence is “the physical, emotional, sexual or mental abuse of one person by another within close, intimate or family relationships. In most situations the abuser uses a range of abusive behaviours to gain and ensure power and control over the other person and these abusive actions often get worse over time.”
Step by step
I applied barrier cream to the whole face.
I the added spirit gum to the lip, nose and cheek.
I then applied wax on to these areas and smoothed them down with vaseline on my spatula.
I then powdered the wax with baby powder using a fluffy brush.
I then slit threw the wax and added colour.
I added red everywhere on the wax using a small thin art brush.
I then added dark maroon to the highest point of the wax using a small thin art brush.
Then I added blood to the inside of the slits.
I then did an old bruise on one eye.
By doing this I added yellow to the eye lid, inner eye and under eye.
I then added the smallest bit of green to the same areas using a the same fluffy brush.
I then added purple closer to the inner eye and blended lightly outward using a small fluffy brush.
I then added Vaseline to the eye using my ring finger to make it look shiney.
I then mixed red and maroon together on my decanting tray.
Then using my stipple sponge I dipped it in this colour and then lightly stroked the forehead to make a scrape.
I then desired to add bruises to the arms.
I used yellow, green and purple shades to make it look like old hand mark bruises on the arms.
Lastly I sprayed glysterine under the eyes to make it look like tears.
Hair and costume
For hair I back combed it to look messy. Costume I put a dressing gown on the model to show she doesn’t leave the house because she doesn’t want anyone to see her cuts and bruises. I also made a help me sign to show she is crying for help from domestic violence.
I enjoyed doing this look as it had a variety of grazes to do such as bruises scrapes and black eyes. From practicing I learned that the less wax the better! so I used as little as possible and thought it looked effective and real. If I was to do this look again I would maybe add in a latex scar to show a more serious side to domestic violence but other than that I was really happy with this look.
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