Depending on how gory your Halloween costume is (think: the leading ladies of True Blood and The Vampire Diaries), you might need a quick recipe for fake blood. It may not be the prettiest beauty topic around, but this is one DIY recipe that will come in handy this month. Read on to get our tried-and-true recipe for fake blood and our day-after removal tips, too.
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or chocolate syrup)
- Red food coloring
- Warm water
The basis of your faux-blood recipe is corn syrup, which gives it that sticky, thick texture. You can dilute the syrup with warm water to get the exact consistency you want. To make sure the fake blood is opaque, add the cornstarch. Now, for the coloring. For a more natural look, stir in cocoa powder, tempering it with red food coloring. If you want the look of coagulated blood, add gelatin for a thicker texture. Ew.
Now that you've got your recipe, discover what you need to know to apply (and remove) the blood when you keep reading