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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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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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