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Loving Hands – Makeup Collab with @AndrewCoonsWriting

Last year, I created one of my favorite makeup looks to date, which was inspired by a short but achingly poignant poem by my favorite poet, Andrew Coons.

Loving hands Instagram

i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

You should check out his latest work, Sin Eater: poems of loss, love, depression, and fatherhood. I had to pace myself, there was so much emotion in those pages. Perhaps it is because my demons haunt the same shadows as his, but his work truly speaks to me.

Burned Hand sfx makeup

Burned Hands Makeup

I first have to say, I was really pleased with how this turned out, as I am right-handed and did this entirely with my non-dominant hand! It is also one of the fastest looks I have done for some time that I was still this proud of.

  1. Start by making prosthetic gelatin. You can check out my video tutorial on how to make it here, and it is made entirely with products you can get at your grocery store. Please, please be careful with this stuff though. Its a great out-of-kit special effects makeup tool, but you can really really hurt someone with it. I have given myself a very severe burn on my arm using this without being careful, and once also burned a very good friend’s face. He was wonderful and forgave me, but I felt absolutely awful. Please see the safety instructions in the tutorial. We don’t want these to be for real!!!!
  2. Using a paintbrush you don’t care is ruined, a popsicle stick, a Q-tip, really anything disposable, run the gelatin over your hands, drizzling and dragging the material to make the burn scars.
  3. Use your normal foundation (or a foundation that matches your skin tone) to color the gelatin.
  4. Use a fine brush to add color to the wounds, adding darker colors in the deeper crevasses. I used the two red colors in the Ben Nye Bruise Wheel. Gently fade the color out into the healthier skin.

Hand of stone

Hands of Stone Makeup

  1. Start by basing out your hands in grey. I used water activated Mehron Paradise Paint in grey.
  2. I used a fine brush to add just the faintest line of black water activated paint, also by Mehron, through the natural wrinkles in my hand. The lines will likely be too harsh, but you can gently dab with a tissue or a blending sponge to soften them. Keep changing the shape of your hand to find the best places. Water activated paints also can get a bit dry and crackly looking with lots of motion, so you may already see where these wrinkles are starting.
  3. Run the black paint the same way through the major wrinkles on your knuckles as well.
  4. Take a stipple sponge and stipple black paint to “shade” areas where you had added wrinkles, such as the knuckles being a bit darker, and very lightly to break up the rest of the grey.
  5. Finally, stipple white water activated paint on top to give it more color variation.

If you were going to re-create one of your favorite pieces of art (music, poetry, novel character, anything!) who/what would it be?

Hello!

Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas
  • "Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then
Turn off all the lights"
A glam interpretation of Lock from Nightmare Before Christmas! Maybe it's the devilish side of me, but Lock was alway my favorite. Do you have a favorite in the "Oogie's Boys" trio? (Yes I know Shock is a girl). #nightmarebeforechristmas #timburton #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown

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