I personally have always had an interest in Special FX make-up, I think its fun and can take a costume to the next level. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube on some specific looks that use SFX techniques like Glam&Gore who is my personal favourite. Sadly I am not an expert in this type of make-up, I can only really do face painting and general make up, so I have enlisted the help of my friend Tara, who is an amazing Special FX make-up artist, some of her stuff will be shown below.
Q: What do you think are the basics that any cosplayer should master if they want to usd Special FX in their costume?
A: Liquid latex, it's hard to get down but once you do you can do almost anything.
Q: What materials or equipment do you use to get the effects you want?
A: Paint, i use a blood red, a bright red and a black, but getting a full set of colours never hurts there is aways some need for a weird colour and brushes are super important you will need a varying range of them and also a liquid latex brush.
Q: How long does the average look take?
A: I can do a slit throat in just over an hour but that is after a lot of practice normally the first time round is a couple hours, I think the longest I've spent first time on one thing was about 3 hours or so.
Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in Special FX?
A: Get a kit set up straight away. you can find more information on special FX kit on youtube which are super helpful but even if you don't end up using all of the things with in the kit it never hurt to have face paint especially with halloween costumes .
I hope this was helpful to you, below are some of Tara's effects.