Often mistakenly called 'Special Makeup Effects', out-of-kit effects are used for small scale, everyday effects that are created quickly on location by a fully-trained production makeup artist. These effects typically do not require any advance work, like molding or sculpting. They can include bruising, black eyes, dirt, sweat, tears, cuts, scrapes, burns, scars, tattoos, broken noses, bullet holes, split lips and of course, blood application. Most of these effects do not take very much time to apply and can look deceptively simple. However, when created as part of a complete makeup, hair, and wardrobe design, they contribute enormously to the story through the final look of a character. And now with the advent of High-Definition, it is vital that these 'out-of-kit' skills be taught with the subtlety necessary for the effects to still remain realistic with vastly improved picture quality.
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