Realistic Bald Cap Spfx Makeup Appliance

I need a female character with long hair to be bald for a rather long scene. I can't have her shave her head. I've seen demonstrations/tutorials on YouTube of pretty good bald cap applications, but none of them look truly realistic. Can this makeup effect be pulled off? I don't want to compromise lighting or camera angles. Thanks!

Sara Hunter

Hi Danny!

Bald caps can be very difficult but when done correctly it is very do-able. The most important part is the paint job and making sure it's done in layers. A good makeup artist knows about color theory and what needs to be done to get it right. I would recommend using a glazan bald cap, Krylon makes a good one.

With your actress having long hair it could be hard to hid it under the cap without compromising the head shape. If there is a way to work wardrobe into it to help hid the "bulk" that might help. ie collared shirt, scarf.
Best of luck with this. If you have any questions I'd be more then happy to try and answer them.


Gina Roland

Bravo, Danny & Sara! Bald caps have been a huge intimidation for me - haven't even attempted one!. Best of luck!

Robert Franklin

Hair grows back fast! Someone should just do it!

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