Shock (Pale)

Your first paragraph ...Shock (think sick pale skin) is a frequently requested effects for casualty simulation. It is a great way to convey that a person is ill or injured at a quick glance.  As a responded in a scenario is can be quite hard to pretend the patient is seriously ill or injured when they look perfectly healthy.


Think back to colour theory if you ever took art class.  Use complementary colours to cancel out what makes the skin look healthy.  Green will neutralize reds, pale yellow with neutralize olive and darker skin tones.

For this look you will need 

Body Paint in colours such as light green, light blue, various shades of light to dark skin tones and light greys. 

Glycerin for sweat is required

Whatcha Hazel or Rose Water

Face moisturizer 

Setting powder

Setting spray

Disposable sponges

Disposable sticks

Palette or 

Opsite for working off the back of you hand is optional


1.  Clean and moisturizer the skin

2.  Apply and blend skin tones over the face a few shades lighter then the normal. People should not look like they have a white clown face. Neutralize with shades like green and yellow.

3.  Add grey tones in the hollows of the cheeks, under the jaw line and under the eyes. 

4.  Add light green and light blue under the eyes, around the lower portion of the sides of the nose, frown/smile/ martinet lines. 

5.  Add light blue to lips and earlobes for someone who is to look very unwell or leave bare for a more subtle look. 

6.  Blend and add as needed. 

7.  Powder creams or grease paints to set.  Use setting spray for added longevity and durability. 

8.  Add glycerin as sweat if needed at the last moment. You can also use products such as volume creator from Make Up For Ever or another products you see fit. 

1.  Clean and moisturizer the skin

Always start with clean hydrated skin.  You can also add a barrier product if your model is concerned about their skin reacting to the products or staining.  

2.  Neutralize Skin Tones

Apply and blend skin tones over the face a few shades lighter then the normal. People should not look like they have a white clown face. Neutralize with shades like green and yellow.

3.  Deepen the pallor with grey

Add grey tones in the hollows of the cheeks, under the jaw line and under the eyes. 

4.  Add Green and blue

Add light green and light blue under the eyes, around the lower portion of the sides of the nose, frown/smile/ martinet lines.

5.  Determine the level of severity

Add light blue to lips and earlobes for someone who is to look very unwell or leave bare for a more subtle look. 

6.  Blend, BLEND, blend 

Blend in all those colours and add as needed.

7.  Set it or it will move

Powder you creams or grease paints to set.  This will decrease shine and stop you from needing to touch up the makeup the moment someone touches their face.  

Use setting spray for added longevity and durability. 

8.  add details like sweat

Add glycerin as sweat if needed at the last moment. You can also use products such as volume creator from Make Up For Ever or another products you see fit. 

There are several great products out there to use such as colour wheels or individual cream colours.  Make sure to use proper hygiene to keep your makeup clean.  

Read more about keeping you makeup clean .

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