Special effects transformation: Mystique

Here it is, the BIG one!!

I planned this one for months, made sure I had everything I needed and knew exactly what I was going to do. I finally did it, and I am extremely happy with the results. This look was done in August, but I decided to save it for Halloween.


For this look I wore a leather legging ( I still had one from a dance performance about 3 years ago) and I bought a strapless top from H&M earlier this summer, so this way I did not have to wear a bikini or even less. I do not feel comfortable with that, especially not when putting it online.

Other things I used were:

– gel (used my brother’s)

– red face paint (or just red coloured gel if you happen to have any)

– yellow/hazel coloured contacts

– liquid latex

– spirit gum (+ remover!!)

– blue face paint

– black eyeshadow

– yellow eyeshadow or eyeliner

– blue lipgloss

Basically, this wasn’t even very difficult to do, it was just time consuming..

I made pieces of latex in advance using clay. Mind you, there were many many pieces.. I consider the face pieces as the most important, and then some on the arms and shoulders, but I did a lot of the scales while simply using a brush and some liquid latex.

So what I did:

Start of with covering your eyebrows. Use a gluestick to flatten them and wait for the glue to dry.

Then you can go ahead with attaching the scales to your skin. I applied some spirit gum on the pieces, wait for it to become sticky and put them were you want them. You do have to glue and stick them one by one though. This was my first time using spirit gum to attach latex pieces, and I thought it was easy to work with, it works quite fast actually, only because of my quantity of work it took a very look time. The pieces that are really visible in the photos (face, shoulders, belly) took me about 1,5 hours.

Then I used an old brush for the liquid latex and just dotted that along my arms and along my taille, I also made some on my feet and waited for that to dry.

Then I combed my hair back, put loads of gel in it and made a low ponytail. I do suggest doing your hair before you start on the latex part, because I found it harder to move my shoulders while I had prosthetics on them..

Then I cleaned my hands, made sure there was no more glue or whatever on my fingertips, and then I put in my contacts.

After that I started painting everything blue. This blue paint that I got is so much better to work with than my old one.. Seriously, it applies nice and even, no weird problems while applying.. Though my white is from the same brand and it’s always acting up…

I used a red facepaint to make my hair redder. First, I thought it wasn’t necessary because my natural colour is red. That’s why I added the paint as if they were highlights or something. I went over the blond hairs that I got from the sun these weeks.

I used the darkest blue lipstick from my BHcosmetics 66 lip palette to add some darker colour with a sparkly shine to the lips. I went for a yellow eyeshadow on the waterline and a black eyeshadow over the entire eyelid, both were from my BHcosmetics 120 eyeshadow palette 2nd edition. Make sure to blend the black eyeshadow with the blue paint, it should look like a contoured effect, not too harsh.


Basically, that’s all, it really isn’t so hard but it takes a few hours.. In total I think I worked for about 4 hours. Then I took the pictures, no process pictures sorry.. And then the biggest challenge came up: I had to clean up.

Cleaning my makeup is usually no big deal. I simply get the prosthetics off, and take a shower.

These were like a million prosthetics, because of the brush latex scales, so first I got all of those. Then I figured I’d go take a shower, so I did. But then my paint didn’t come off. At all. Normally, when I use waterbased paint, it comes off while taking a shower. Not this one. So I washed it with soap. That hardly worked! It came off, but then my skin was still a faded blue-ish colour… So when I rubbed my skin very harshly with a brush (you know, for like, oil on your hands) it finally worked, but this is not pleasant. If someone has experience with this, or has some tip for me to make this easier, please do tell me!

The stupid part of course, is that the paint that was in my hair actually flowed out as soon as it got touched by water.. So, on one hand, I love this paint, on the other part, I hate it.

After all the blue was pretty much gone, I still had the glue on my face and shoulders. I used the spirit gum remover, but that stuff smells horrible! If you use this, please be careful around the eyes and lips and be very gentle with it!

When my family came home, they still thought it smelled bad in the entire house, that would be the remover stuff.. But there was no other way I was going to get the glue off of my skin, so I don’t really like this stuff. Maybe I should stick to using latex as a glue for prosthetics.

Something else I did for the first time: the gluestick method to cover brows. I am so happy that this exists. It’s perfect! I thought it was pretty scary, but it works (:

So, this was quite an adventure for me, there were some bad things but also definitely some good things. I just love the way the look turned out. I also love the fact that I went all the way including the clothes, this was like a half Marvel version.

If you happen to have any tips on the paint or spirit gum, please do tell me about it, I’d love to try another approach with a different character. Requests are welcome as well (:




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