You can create authentic-looking scars by using unflavored powdered gelatin.
Mix about one teaspoon of gelatin with one teaspoon of hot water.
Stir until gooey and apply to the body quickly to prevent hardening.
Try to make the scar as irregular as possible.
To make a bloody scar, add some red food coloring, and touch up with face powder when dry.
Find a makeup book that describes what was done in the movie Little Big Man to age the title character, played by Dustin Hoffman.
For example, foggy contact lenses were used to make the actor's eyes lose their bright, youthful appearance.
What changes occur on a person's face as he or she ages from 20 years old to 80 years old?
Movie-makeup artists do more than just work on monster faces.
They are often responsible for making actors appear as though they have just been through a horrible accident.
Experiment with making fake blood by using a variety of household items like catsup, powdered-drink mixes, and cornstarch.
One recipe combines one ounce of red food coloring with one pint of clear corn syrup.
To this, add one or two teaspoons of yellow food coloring and about an ounce of water.
Poll your friends on who their favorite movie monsters are.
What aspects oftheir makeup made them particularly scary, gross, gruesome, or funny?
Collect still photos or videotapes of movie monsters and assemble a "rogues gallery".
What techniques did the makeup artists use to create their creatures?