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Updated: Sep 20, 2020


Hello my little monster lovers out there!!!

Let's discuss MONSTER MADNESS: THE PHARAOH! The Mummy is one of my favorite series of movies, (minus the Tom Cruise version ... weak! The Brendan Frasier one is cool though!) the originals are the bench marks! This iconic makeup was only seen on Boris Karloff in the opening scene, but it was the design by which all of the other Mummy movies prior duplicate. If you already understand how to apply makeup with creme foundation and blend shadows and highlights together, THE COUNT maybe too rudimentary a class for you to take. Maybe you are already doing make up professionally? Perhaps you do photographic makeup for fashion and runway? Maybe you love doing drag on the weekends, or you've worked for your local haunted house a few seasons already? It could even be as simple as you are just used to putting on your own society makeup day in and day out, but you haven't done much with FX yet. Well this is next course in the series is an EXCELLENT place to start. Im calling it: THE PHARAOH.

Now, only you will know what your comfort level is on any of these skills, thats why I have set everything up like this so that you can pick as many or as few of the courses as you want to take.

AGAIN... Like every class in this series, many of the items you're going to need you may already have, they will be available in your own home, or collected rather easily this time of year. That was the whole point of doing this type of class via Zoom. I wanted to make it as easy as possible for folks to get what they need because, hey, it's Halloween! It's a great time of year to stock up!

As we move on to the next character/lesson, it's important to understand why the choice of this character, next after THE COUNT. As you recall, the focus of the lesson being taught in "THE COUNT" was proper application of a basic paint and powder makeup. This week in THE PHARAOH, we delve into the most favorite of FX makeup artist materials ... LIQUID LATEX! We will be combining the basic paint and powder make up with a introduction to latex and construction based makeups. The MUMMY, as created by Jack Pierce was full of spirit gum, collodion, and cotton. Were going to use some more updated materials with the same application techniques that Mr. Pierce used, along with some of the ancient supplies he used that are actually STILL on the market! (you'll see in the list below!) Our Pharaoh will have an extensive amount of latex work in it, but the overall look is relatively easy to accomplish if you listen closely in class, follow along, and most importantly PRACTICE afterwards! Remember this series builds on skills, each week the skills will get harder, so its important to practice during the week a few times even if it is just on a small scale on the back of your hand or on a paper plate or something similar, just to get the techniques down.

This really isn't about JUST monsters! (although that makes it all more fun!) It's about teaching the techniques that brought these monsters to life on the silver screen, so that when you have a character makeup to create in the future, you can think back on these skills and best determine how they can be utilized on a new or different character. To me, this was the logical direction to go in next, because by the next week in THE MONSTER'S WIFE, we will refine some of these latex constructions and learn some new construction methods to create the jawline fissures and stitching. I wanted you to have a basic experience with latex before we got to that point, creating wrinkles and the dried corpse look of THE PHARAOH, will give us just that. It's an important step so we can learn how it behaves, how to work with it, dry it, and paint it, before moving on to something more advanced like actual identifiable shapes.

This particular class, would be a GREAT place for people that need some basic FX training, that are already competent with paint and powder applications.

I will post another blog with each monsters name in the title, each day this week. Before the end of the week, you will know what you need to accumulate in your personal kit for all MONSTER MADNESS courses. Now, before we begin, here is my mini disclaimer: This is not an end all and be all list of items, this is a very suggested list of colors and other supplies that are the bare minimum of what you will need to have in front of you, IF you want to follow along and do the make up with me LIVE. If you would prefer to watch and ask questions, then collect your supplies afterwards that is completely your choice as well. Remember, you will have access to the recorded live Zoom class on my FXU website for a full YEAR after the class date. It is up to you how you learn and participate in this series. I am not endorsing or pushing any particular brand of make up, I am just showing you guys the kinds of needful things that I have in my kit, that you will need in yours eventually. As you can see, there is definitely a METHOD to this Monster MADNESS! Not only will the classes build on each others skills set, but you will also end up building a nice substantial kit out of the supplies we collect for these characters.

Now lets talk supplies for: THE PHARAOH


MUMMY FACT: In all subsequent Mummy films, the "makeup" was only used in close up shots. A rubber mask was made for wide shots.


These basic supplies you will need for a decent kit to get you through the entire series wont change (but here they are again incase you did not see the last blog entry):

  • caboodle or tackle box or something similar to house your make up supplies.

  • stainless steel pallet

  • stainless steel pallet knife

  • Sea Breeze astringent (oily skin)

  • Moisturizer (dry skin)

  • facial tissue

  • cotton balls

  • makeup wedges

  • powder puff

  • translucent setting powder

  • hand sanitizer

  • 70% alcohol

  • 91% alcohol

  • body drape (to cover clothing of model or actor)

  • hair clips

  • Setting spray like liquiset

  • cleansing creme

  • some basic brush shapes (get assorted sizes)

    • flat brush

    • round brush

    • wedge or angled brush

    • duster brush

    • kabuki or foundation brush

All those items above, will most likely be used every single week. Below are the specific colors and types of makeup that I will be using to create "THE PHARAOH". I do, obviously, have my own preferences, but you can work with whatever brand you prefer. This series will be working with cream foundation colors specifically since that is the most widely used type of make up available. We want everyone to be able to do these classes even if they choose a simple over the counter drug store brand cosmetic. However, I would HIGHLY suggest that if you are serious about wanting to get into makeup or cosplay that you buy a professional theatrical brand. There are several you could choose from that make these types of "monster" colors such as: Ben Nye, Mehron, Kryolan, and Graftobian, just to name a few. I will also post links to some of my favorite places to purchase makeup, and supplies. Again, I am not endorsing any one place. These are suppliers I have used in years past, and they have always been very good to work with and have had what I need when I need it. Worth noting: the only specificity that I will insist on for the classes is what TYPE of make up to buy and what color, NOT the brand. For instance, with this classes, please do not bring a cake or liquid foundation to the class meeting, since we are specifically discussing creams, I will not have time during the class to go over other materials that are not specific to what I have listed ( but we can always discuss things at the end of the class, time permitting). Below, I will list the specific product I will have on hand the day of the class. You can use these images to find different brands with the same types of colors if you choose, or you can hunt down these specific products from the supplier links. Again, buy whichever brand you can find the right colors/types of, over brand, as they are all very much a personal preference as to which brand. I hope that makes sense? Ok here we go:

Specific products Rj will use in class for "THE PHARAOH" look:

  • Foundation - Ben Nye, P-17 Purple Death Creme Foundation ( Or any purple so dark its a bizarre shade of brown, perfect for what we will be doing with it.)

  • Main Highlight - Ben Nye, P-14 Sallow Green Creme Foundation (a very sick looking yellowish green, not the same as the Frankenstein green, a little more yellow)

  • Main Shadow - Ben Nye, CL-25 Steel Grey (Ben Nye, Vampire Character Palette we used this color in the last class and if you still have that palette you should be good to go, or any very dark grey will work)

  • Black Makeup Pencil -Any will do

  • Brown Makeup Pencil - Ditto

  • SPIRIT GUM - Any brand will work. I know, everyone hates it, but it is still easiest to clean up. For what we are doing with it, you will thank me later. We will be using this for every class moving forward, so buy a medium sized bottle.

  • Vaseline

  • Ben Nye BOND OFF, or baby oil.

  • ROLLED COTTON - This is exactly what you want to buy. We will be using this in every class after this one.

  • BLACK LAGOON Liquid latex Any brand you like will work. This is my preference and if you can grab it quickly, do so, its really the best I've used, hands down, not to mention affordable. (We will be using this for each class after this in one way or another so I would get a large size if you are signed up for all of the courses.) If you are allergic to latex there are alternatives! Contact me personally or leave a comment below in the blog post.

  • Dark Brown loose powder I will be using Ben Nye Plains Dust, but something like this or fullers earth works just fine

  • Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque This may be available at your local Walgreens, check.

  • Black loose powder - I will be using a Graftobian product "black soot" but this will work as well we wont use much of it.


MUMMY FACT: Boris Karloff only played the titular character but once. In subsequent movies it was none other than the WOLFMAN himself, Lon Chaney Jr.


Additional supplies you MAY want to procure, I mean ... what's a mummy with out some bandages:

  • Muslin or an old cotton sheet, torn into strips for under wrappings.

  • Tea bags or Coffee grounds.

  • Acrylic nails

  • Friendly Plastic

As an added bonus in this class: Rj is going to show you how to age and prep your bandages ahead of time early in the week prior, so make sure you get some gauze and some muslin and lets make a really kick ass mummy! Also, you can also make some simple teeth from Friendly Plastic Beads, pulling from what you learned LAST week in THE COUNT, making some simple fangs... if you would want to incorporate those "loose teeth" into your own personal Mummy design, make a few ahead of time ;) but regardless, it's your choice, and not mandatory.

Alright folks, there it is, a materials list for the second MONSTER MADNESS course! As you can see much of the supplies are easy to come by at a drug store, the rest are readily available this time of year at spirit or costume shops. Grab some materials and let's GO FOR IT! Hope to see you in the class!

Happy Haunting!


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