Nose putty and I didn’t get along very well. Because of that, I’ve always been a prosthetics girl through and through.
See, when I was a little girl I bought some nose putty to try and make scars.
But I was disappointed.
The nose putty only came in a Caucasian flesh tone.
And since I couldn’t get my hands on much makeup (I was only about 9 years old), I had to use what I had.
Needless to say none of my cheapo cream makeups worked on the nose putty. I just gave up on nose putty altogether.
Since then I’ve seen brands come out with nose putty for ALL skin tones. Fantastic!!!
I recently purchased Ben Nye nose putty in a dark brown flesh tone.
It doesn’t match my skin exactly, but it was much better than the nose putty I got as a kid.
What is nose putty?
It’s a moldable wax that sticks to your face using spirit gum (or other) adhesive. It’s used to create 3D makeup effects for wounds and scars.
Morticians use nose putty (or mortician’s wax) to fill in and cover wounds on the deceased.
You can readily order nose putty online. It’s inexpensive and in some cases can be reusable.
How to Make Nose Putty
Yup, you can make the stuff, which is pretty much a big deal.
- Wax (see note)
- Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)
- Flesh toned or translucent face powder
- Small glass bowl or can that can withstand heat
Note: About The Wax
I’ve read bee’s wax works well in nose putty, but microcrystalline wax is most commonly used.
Neither are very expensive. On Amazon Beeswax costs about $6 for 5 oz.
Amazon also sells Microcrystalline Wax. 4.4 oz is about $6.
That means you can make TONS of the stuff for less than $15! Les than that if you already have some of the ingredients.
Here’s what you need to do.
- Add a small amount of water to a pan and heat.
- Add some wax to a can or glass bowl and place it in the hot pan and water.
- The heat from the water will begin to melt the wax.
- Add an equal amount of vaseline. You can use cold cream here as well, or a combination of both.
- Add the face powder so that the wax becomes less sticky. If your powder is tinted, add enough to change the color to the desired hue.
- If the nose putty isn’t firm enough just add more wax. Add more Vaseline for the opposite effect.
There isn”t an exact science to making nose putty. You just have to try it out until you get the product that you want.
In the long run, you end up saving a lot of money doing this yourself!
For another recipe for making your own nose putty click here.
Know of any great uses for nose putty? Recipes? Anything? Tell us in the comments!
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