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Moulage Recipe – Gunshot Wound

December 5th, 2012 by Guest Communications

Bullet entry wound, close range 

Time: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Beginner



Modeling wax

Make-up wheel, red

Make-up wheel, burgundy

Make-up wheel, black

Caramel coloring, thinned

Blood gel

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Two paint brushes, small




Using the modeling wax, create a small, approximately 1″ x 1″ inch circular pattern to the skin of victim- 1/8 of an inch thick or approximately the size and depth of a nickel.   Using your thumb or index finger begin blending the wax outward, around the perimeter of the wax to create a feathered edge that blends into the natural skin while maintaining the 1/8 thickness in the center.


Using your fingertip, press firmly in the center of the wax, creating an indention.  Using the end of a toothpick, remove any wax remnants from the center of the imprint, creating a cleanly defined entry point.


Using the latex, lightly brush the surface of the bullet entry point and surrounding area to set the wax and create a seal.


Using a paint brush that has been dipped in red then burgundy make-up, create wound depth by carefully filling the bullet entry hole, depositing the color and creating a slight alternating color intensity.  Using a toothpick that has been dipped in the black make-up, place a small, approximately 1/8 inch dot in the center of the entry hole, on top of the red make-up.



Using a paintbrush that has been dipped in thinned caramel, lightly coat the inside perimeter of the bullet entry hole, along the edges.



Using a small paint brush that has been dipped in red make-up, create Ecchymosis by lightly applying the make-up to the surface of the latex, around the bullet entry point, using a gentle blotting motion.  Alternate the intensity of color placed on the latex by the amount of pressure applied to the applicator.  (Note: latex absorbs more color then natural skin.)


Using a paintbrush that has been dipped in blood gel, lightly coat the interior surface of the bullet entry hole, taking care to not smear the black dot centered in the wound.  Place a drop of blood gel inside the bullet entry wound, squeezing out enough product to create a “pool” at the entry point.  Position patient to create blood flow as appropriate to gravity.


Quick Fix: Use professional black make-up to simulate a bullet entry hole on the victim.  Using a cotton swab that has been dipped in black make-up, apply a small, approximately 1/4 inch circle to the skin of victim.  Carefully place a drop of red moulage gel on the surface, squeezing out enough gel to create a “flow.”

911 Call:

Toms Tap Room, woman screaming in the background.  Report of multiple shots fired; fight between group of men.  24 year old male on ground.

15222 Bend Street, nearest cross street, Myers Pass Ave.   Ontario police and fire responding. 0045 hrs.


On Scene:

Dress victim in a pretreated bullet entry shirt.  To create shirt: Using scissors, create a small hole in the abdomen of a light colored shirt, above the belt line.  Using a large paint brush that has been dipped in moulage blood (fresh) — liberally apply blood mixture to the front, side, and abdomen of shirt.   Create gunshot residue around the entry hole by applying a small amount of soot powder with a paint brush.

Using a make-up sponge, apply white makeup to the face of victim, blending well.  Create beads of sweat on the skin by applying a light mist of premade sweat mixture to the forehead, chin and upper lip of patient.  Position the victim, flat on their back.  Using congealed blood mixture, create a small pool under the back and side of the patient, near the wound site.  (In areas with stain risks: Create a hard barrier by applying wax paper to ground surface prior to applying congealed blood.)  Apply fresh bruising, superficial abrasions, bloody noses and bruised knuckles on several “friends” of the victim to create a fight scene.


Use in Conjunction With:

Abrasions, superficial

Blood, congealed

Blood, fresh

Bruise, fresh


Helpful Hint:

Have a patient with latex allergies?  Use clear moulage gel in place of latex to set the wound and create a seal.


Cleanup and Storage:

Using a soft clean cloth or make-up remover towelette, wipe away the make-up and sweat from the skin of the victim.  Allow congealed blood to set before storing with barrier in refrigerator for future use.  Treated garments can be stored together in a sealed freezer bag in your moulage box for future use.


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Recipe are referenced from Emergency Moulage- Making Your Simulations Come Alive.

Author: Bobbie Merica

Publisher: FA Davis, 2011

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