Introduction and Supplies Checklist

Welcome to the IMA Special FX Online Course. We will introduce you to the basic trauma looks you'll need to do makeup on set such as TV and Film Work. It is expected for all Makeup Artists to be able to create basic wounds. We will cover Bruises, Cuts and Burns. This is also great resume building if you'd like to work on projects centered around Halloween or Cosplay and special conventions.


  • Upload a headshot or picture of yourself into the comments section of this module to introduce yourself to your instructor. This picture may be used for marketing purposes so make sure it's one that you like!

To make this course accessible to everyone, we recommend an affordable Special FX Kit as well as regular makeup options.

Graftobian Severe Trauma Kit - Deluxe 

Here is a list of all the items you may use:

  • Cream Makeup Wheel - Yellow, Red, Blue, Green and Purple or any eyeshadows, blushes, pencils or lipsticks in these shades
  • Stippling Sponge/Sea Sponges/Makeup Wedge Sponges
  • Liquid Latex or Pros Aide 
  • Modeling Wax and Flexible Wax Sealer
  • Setting Powder and Makeup Puff
  • Synthetic Makeup Brushes or Craft Brushes
  • Red Lip Pencil
  • Spirit Gum Adhesive
  • Spirit Gum Remover
  • Blood Gel, Blood Paste, Liquid Stage Blood
  • Isopropyl Alcohol 90%-99%
  • Stainless Steel Metal Spatula and Palette
  • Cleaning Supplies: Wipes, Makeup Remover, Paper Towel

*Here’s a recipe to make blood from common pantry ingredients:


  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 5 drops blue food coloring
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


In a small bowl, whisk together the corn syrup and water. Add the red, blue, and green food colorings and whisk until well combined. Whisk in the corn starch and let the liquid sit for 10 minutes to thicken.

We also recommend that you do your medical research in creating realistic trauma wounds.

Medical Reference Websites: and 

Intro to Special FX Makeup.pdf