How to Use Rigid Collodion

How to Use Rigid Collodion

Rigid Collodion, also known as “scarring liquid,” is a chemical cosmetic that is used to create phoney scars and injuries. It’s commonly used in theatre departments, film sets, and haunted houses to give wounds a super realistic appearance, and it’s one of the industry standards for special effects makeup. Rigid Collodion, on the other hand, is serious business. Misusing Rigid Collodion can permanently damage your skin if you peel it off by hand, apply it to sensitive skin, or leave it on for too long, so only use it if you want a hyper-realistic look.

Method 1 Staying Safe

1. To avoid noxious fumes, work in a well-ventilated area. Go outside or open a few windows and turn on some fans. Rigid Collodion has a very strong odour that most people find quite unpleasant. If you inhale too much of it, it can irritate your lungs, so don’t do it in a bathroom mirror with the doors and windows closed if that was your intention.

Rigid Collodion is a tough material. If you’re getting ready for a film shoot or a performance, put on the Rigid Collodion right before you go and take it off as soon as you’re done.

Rigid Collodion cannot be left on overnight. Also, without professional supervision, do not apply Rigid Collodion to the same area for more than one day in a row.

2. Apply a small drop to your skin to test for allergic reactions. Rigid Collodion can cause allergic reactions or hypersensitivity in some people. Before you begin working on the wound, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of skin to ensure that it is safe for you to use. Unscrew the bottle’s cap and dab a little bit under your thumb or on your forearm, then wait a few minutes to make sure it doesn’t hurt.

Almost immediately after applying it, you should notice your skin tightening and drying out. When exposed to Rigid Collodion, your skin literally contracts, which is normal. It may feel strange or uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.

If the Collodion stings, burns, or itches, remove it immediately with spirit gum remover or isopropyl alcohol and thoroughly rinse the area. Seek medical attention if you have difficulty breathing or if the pain persists after the Collodion has been removed.

3. Choose a location for the wound that is not sensitive or taut. All of your cheeks, brow, arms, hands, and stomach are fair game. Avoid getting Rigid Collodion on your brows, nose, lips, or neck. You’re fine as long as there isn’t a lot of hair and the skin isn’t too tight.

Put your finger on the skin and flex your muscles or move your face if you’re unsure whether a potential location will work. It will work if you can feel the skin stretching slightly as you move.

Applying Rigid Collodion to your eyelids, mouth, or nose is dangerous.

Rigid collodion will remove any hair from your skin. It’s fine to use it near or around hair, but keep it away from your brows, hairline, and particularly hairy areas of your arms or legs.

Method 2 Designing the Wound

1. For a cut or scrape, use eyeliner to draw out the scar. For scars caused by cuts, scrapes, or incisions, use a pencil eyeliner. If you want a fresher-looking cut with a softer texture, use a liquid or felt-tip eyeliner. In a mirror, draw a sketch of your wound with the eyeliner directly on your skin. Draw an erratic, scraggly line into your skin for a messier wound, or a thin, straight line into your skin for something resembling a quick knife cut. If you want a more dynamic-looking wound, use multiple colours.

If you want a deep scar that is completely embedded in the skin, use brown or mauve.

If you want the wound to look fresh, use layers of pink and purple eyeliner.

If you want the wound to appear to be actively bleeding, use red.

The Rigid Collodion will reshape your skin. Don’t worry if the wound doesn’t look very realistic right now; it will look a lot different once the Collodion dries.

2. Colorize burns, scrapes, and dripping blood with grease paint. If you want to make a burn, bleeding wound, or infection, this is your best bet. Dip a thin paintbrush or cotton swab into a small amount of paint. Then, drag the bristles against your skin in the area where you want to apply the colour. You can use a single colour of paint to add subtle colour to the wound, or you can blend multiple colours together for a brighter, more dynamic wound.

If you prefer, you can substitute eye shadow for the grease paint. If you want a softer-looking burn, scratch, or infection, this is a great option.

Reds in various shades are ideal for bleeding or burned skin. Browns and purples are excellent bruising colours.

Wounds are rarely symmetrical or even, unless they are a cut. To create a realistic injury, use a variety of strokes in a variety of directions and don’t worry about making it look perfect.

3. For wrinkles and old scars, use the Collodion alone instead of paint or makeup. Rigid Collodion on its own will darken your skin. It will also leave your skin rough and dried out. If you want to add wrinkles or really old scars that won’t stand out too much, don’t use any makeup or paint before applying the Rigid Collodion.

If you’re not sure whether to add colour or not, test the Rigid Collodion on an inconspicuous part of your body with and without colour.

Method 3 Applying the Collodion

1. Using the built-in applicator, apply Collodion to the wound. Unscrew the cap of your Rigid Collodion and pull it out to gain access to the application brush located beneath the cap. If the brush isn’t already loaded, dip it into the Collodion. Then, gradually brush Collodion over the scar you drew or painted. Begin anywhere on the wound and cover each brushstroke 2-3 times before moving on to the next section.

There is no way to remove a portion of the Rigid Collodion without destroying the rest of your work, so proceed with caution.

As soon as you apply the Rigid Collodion, you will notice your skin tightening and drying out.

If you don’t want to use the applicator that came with the bottle, you can use a thin paintbrush.

2. Continue to apply the Collodion until the wound is completely covered. Reload your brush whenever you notice it drying out on your skin. Work your way around the scar or wound, covering each section 2-3 times. If you’re covering a larger area of skin for a burn or scrape, work in horizontal or vertical strips to completely cover the area.

As the Collodion dries, it pulls your skin inward, literally shrinking it. This will leave a small indentation in your skin that should resemble a scar.

Once the Rigid Collodion is dry, the direction of your brush strokes has no effect on the appearance of the skin. You’ll get the look you want as long as you cover every part of the skin you want to look injured.

3. Wait 2-3 minutes for the first layer to dry before inspecting it. Allow the Rigid Collodion to dry for a few minutes. It dries quickly, but give it at least 2-3 minutes to be sure. Then, look in the mirror and inspect the skin to see how your wound appears. If you’re happy with it, that’s fantastic! You’re all done.

When it dries, the indentation in your skin is locked in place, and you won’t be able to stretch or move it. Don’t be alarmed if it feels strange at first; you’ll get used to it.

The deeper the wound appears, the more layers you add. Stop after one application if you want something lighter or less noticeable.

4. For a more robust texture, apply additional layers to the wound. If you want the skin to appear more damaged, repeat the process by applying a second layer of Rigid Collodion to your skin. Brush the Collodion liquid over the wound in the same manner as before. Wait another 2-3 minutes before examining your skin again. If you still want the wound to be visible, add more layers as needed.

Typically, 2-3 layers will give you a striking appearance. In most cases, this will be sufficient.

Some people apply up to 8-10 layers for extremely visible and eye-catching wounds.

5. To soften the shine of the Collodion, apply a light powder foundation. Choose a powder foundation that is a shade lighter than your natural skin tone. Load your foundation onto a clean makeup brush or cotton pad and dab it over the area where you applied the Rigid Collodion. This will remove some of the lustre from the Collodion and make the wound appear more realistic.

If you don’t want to mute your colours at all, use translucent powder instead of foundation.

If you want, you can apply coloured grease paint or makeup to the wound.

Most makeup artists, however, do not do this. Adding paint or makeup on top will brighten your colours, but it will look less realistic. If you want to go for a campy, over-the-top look, this could be a good option.

Method 4 Removing the Rigid Collodion

1. Wipe the Collodion clean with spirit gum remover. Spirit gum is a skin-safe adhesive used by makeup artists to secure prosthetics. Spirit gum remover, which is commonly used to remove spirit gum, is also the best option for removing Rigid Collodion. Pour a dollop onto a cotton ball or pad and wipe the area with soft, repetitive strokes. When the Collodion has become flaky and soft, gently peel it away from your skin.

Spirit gum remover can be purchased online or at a costume shop.

Without using spirit gum remover, you can slowly peel the Collodion off with your fingers, but this will remove a thin layer of skin cells. It will remove the Collodion, but it may irritate or harm your skin. You’re better off not doing this unless you’re in a hurry or need to get it off quickly.

2. If you prefer, you can remove the Collodion with isopropyl alcohol. If you don’t have spirit gum remover, a bottle of isopropyl alcohol will suffice. Anything 99 percent or higher will suffice. Pour some alcohol onto a cotton pad and rub it over your skin to break up the Collodion. Peel off the pieces with your fingers once it has broken apart.

Isopropyl alcohol can irritate and dry out your skin, so if possible, use a spirit gum remover.

3. Wash the Collodion to remove any makeup or residue. After you’ve removed the Collodion, wash your skin with soap and water to remove any makeup or residue. The Collodion should remove most of the makeup, but this washing should remove any stubborn colour. If soap and water aren’t cutting it, try a cleanser or makeup wipe.

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