Silicone Prosthetic Transfer Appliances: Age Makeup - Part 2 - (Free Chapter)


Learn to run, apply and finish a silicone prosthetic transfer age makeup with award-winning Makeup FX artist Neill Gorton (Doctor Who, The Wolfman, Saving Private Ryan). In PART TWO of his 2-Part webcourse series, Gorton takes you through the final steps for aging an actor using a convincing combination of silicone transfer appliances, stretch and stipple techniques, and subtle hair coloring.


  • Running the silicone transfer appliances
  • Demolding and makeup application
  • Creating wrinkles with stretch and stipple
  • Aging with hair color
  • Camera test & appliance removal

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  • I can't remember if he said this in part one or not but i was wondering what would be more price efficient to make the mold out of if you were making a bunch of them? I just made my first flat mold and I feel like I used so much silicone I barely have any left to run the appliance. I love the silicone mold I just don't know if I could afford it all of the time. Thanks in advance for any tips! :) 
  • One option would be to use a urethane rubber for the mold.  

    For example:

    You could also try a tin-cure silicone (less expensive than platinum-cure silicones) to make the molds.

    You would not want to use a tin-cure silicone for the actual prosthetic though.  Stick with platinum silicones for that.

    The challenge is for many of these materials you would lose the translucency.  Though you could try Mold-Max 27T (which is a shore 27A in firmness tin-cure silicone) and add a bit of hardener to make it rigid enough for a mold.  

    For most of the materials above you are looking at an average price of around $25 for a 2lb kit.  They don't start to drop much in cost until you are buying gallons.


  • Thank you so much! 
  • Hi. I want to make a set of fake silicone lips that will essentially cover my own.
    Can you give me any suggestions re the best way to attach them and to take them off.

    Many thanks
  • Hi David,

    For that I would recommend using a silicone adhesive like Telesis 5.  Though that adhesive may be harder to find as it has been discontinued.  An alternative that most makeup artists I know (including myself) have switched over to is Mouldlife's "Snappy G" adhesive.

    As you are planning on working around the mouth, I would also suggest using some zinc powder on the skin to help keep things dry and adhering well.

    That said, any prosthetic that goes around the mouth will need some touchups and tending to throughout the day, and the person in the makeup will need to be cautious when eating and drinking.

  • Thanks Chris.
    I'll be making some casts of my lips this weekend.  What I want to try and do is to embed some  IR Leds into the prosthesis and using this
    Try and pick up the Leds.
    If I have 8 leds and then 4 on and then off with the others turned on - I can plot the 8 positions and hopefully the shape of my mouth whilst speaking. :)

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