Help I need dirt!

12 posts
12 July 2011
amyuk09
Make Up Artist
amyuk09
Hi Everyone, I'm in a bit of a pinch, I am filming a scene on thursday that requires the actor to look dirty/grubby (he's digging around in caves) Anyway does anyone have any tips of what I can use to make him look dirty? I know that dirt make-up is available and would be best but as this is for Thursday I don't have time to order online and to get it in time and I can't find anywhere near me that sells it (North East). I have used mascara mixed with foundation before but I wasn't totally happy with the result. Any help would be appreciated Thanks
Posted 12 July 2011
put dirt all over his face it looks better if its real best would be compost and rub it into the skin.

Posted 12 July 2011
flashman
Photographer
flashman
Why not use the real thing. If you were closer I have 3 tons of fine topsoil waiting to be rehomed. you could have had a bucket of that. If you have the fine/soft sandy/peaty soil in the area use that. Make sure you pick the stones etc out first but it makes a good dusting. Mix it with water if you want the smeared look. That what us southerners use
Posted 12 July 2011
Try Charcoal...

Posted 12 July 2011
Apparently its in short supply since the News Of The World closedcheeky
Posted 12 July 2011
Iconic
Photographer
Iconic
Truedefinition

Try Charcoal...


crushed charcoal and Vaseline is what they used in terminator and other films makes them look sweaty and dirty
Posted 12 July 2011
SimonFairclough
Photographer
SimonFairclough
When I worked in the film industry it was not allowed to just smear soil dug from the ground on to the subjects face. http://parasitology.com/worms/index.html I would suggest the charcoal and Vaseline as above. also fullers earth from chemists and you can use the remains of the coals from a BBQ mix any of these with Vaseline.
Posted 12 July 2011
BobH
Photographer
BobH
Try chocolate sauce, Marmite, Gravy browning. Black treacle, Ther are others of course
Posted 12 July 2011
amyuk09
Make Up Artist
amyuk09
Thanks guys, I will probably try the charcoal and vaseline. Don't think an actor would be too happy if I started smearing actual dirt on him Thanks for your replies
Posted 12 July 2011
Siras
Photographer
Siras
Burnt cork - as used by commandos everywhere - yes, really. This was one of the original methods used for camouflaging faces and should work well for the "dirty" look you're after.

Get bottle - doesn't work quite so well with screw-tops or those with plastic "corks". Remove cork. Drink contents. Set light to end of cork - wait until nicely charred. Blow out flame and apply - you may need to wet the cork at this stage. Simple.
Posted 12 July 2011
Edited by Siras 12 July 2011
rod_m99
Photographer
rod_m99
SimonFairclough
When I worked in the film industry it was not allowed to just smear soil dug from the ground on to the subjects face. http://parasitology.com/worms/index.html I would suggest the charcoal and Vaseline as above. also fullers earth from chemists and you can use the remains of the coals from a BBQ mix any of these with Vaseline.
+1 (at least!)
Posted 12 July 2011
lashestolockes
Make Up Artist
lashestolockes
Glycerine, sort peaty compost and charcoal these are all the ingredients for dirtying down. XXX

Posted 19 Oct 2011
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