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Simple Terminator Makeup Tutorial


Simple Terminator Makeup

This tutorial will show how to create simple Terminator style battle damage makeup which can be used for film or Halloween...or whatever you decide. Thank you again Scott for being my model. Lets get started...


This is what I use to create this effect. I listed the brands of makeup but you can use whatever brand you prefer.

  1. Ben Nye creme makeup foundation and highlight/shadow, which ever is the best match for your model.
  2. Fake blood
  3. Ben Nye liquid latex
  4. Ben Nye thick blood gel
  5. Spirit gum and spirit gum remover
  6. Silver foil gift wrap tissue cut into the shapes of the wounds
  7. Makeup sponges: normal makeup sponge, makeup sponge torn at the end, and sea sponge
  8. Makeup Brush
  9. Ben Nye setting powder and applicators (whichever is easiest for you)

This makeup process works best if you have the whole look planned out. You can find pictures online or you create your own. It is important to decide how your terminator became damaged in the first place. If he/she was in an explosion then there would be some burned skin as well. You can see my other hub for how to create that effect. If he/she was injured in a fight then the wounds would have to reflect that. This makeup is for a terminator that has been thrown from a moving vehicle. 

Start with a clean face (and shaven if a male). Make sure you and your model/actor are wearing clothes you don't mind ruining or something to protect your clothes since liquid latex does not come out and the blood may stain.


Start by using the spirit gum and using it to apply the foil bits to the face. You only need to apply these where the bone is close to the skin so avoid the cheeks and temples and stick around the jawbone, cheekbone and forehead.

Terminator skull for reference

Terminator skull for reference

Apply the liquid latex around the edges of the foil and blend outwards. Allow to dry. 


Once dry, use a toothpick or similar tool to scrape the latex on the foil itself to the outside edges to create a cleaner edge.


Repeat this step one or two more times to achieve the desired thickness and depth of the wounds.


Once dry apply the foundation makeup to the entire face and the latex. Highlight and shadow the face like normal. Apply shadow around the eyes to give a more menacing look. Apply shadow with the sea sponge or the torn makeup sponge around the wounds to create a damaged skin look.

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Clean the makeup off the foil using a q-tip with a little bit of makeup remover then apply the setting powder to the entire face to keep the makeup from smearing.

Next apply the blood gel around the edges of the wounds with the makeup brush. add more scrapes and scratches around the wounds with the blood gel and with the fake blood. You don't have to worry about adding bruising or a lot of dripping blood since the Terminators do not have a lot of blood flowing through their veins.


Now you have your own personal Terminator to protect you from the killing machines sent back in time by Skynet to eliminate you as a threat :)


Feel free to contact me if you have any other question or suggestions. Good luck and have fun with this and feel free to share your results :)

This video may help with your ideas :)

Reference and Supplies


Arash on November 11, 2010:

Great job man. I'm currently in the process of building a replica of the Mini gun, and also doing research on the terminator makeup. Thanks for this tutorial.

italianizeyoursel on September 18, 2010:

Wow, that looks great! I'm really impressed. Looks somewhat easier than I thought it would be.

skybender on June 09, 2010:

whooaa... Cool!! first time seeing this, i thought it was just a photo manipulation... but it was a makeup...

You are a great artist...

Andria on May 31, 2010:

Brilliant! Well done and very creative! Great tutorial for those looking for special effects ideas - rated up :)

Deya Writes on May 31, 2010:

Whoa! This is sick! AWESOME!

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