Edward Scissorhands Makeup

Do you know where snow comes from?  You might say it’s a winter weather phenomenon but some of us know better.

There’s this artificial human-like boy with scissors for hands. And just like you’d think anyone with scissors for hands would be, Edward was adept at trimming hedges, giving haircuts and creating ice sculptures.  The latter created shavings like falling snow.  

Now you know.

From the depths of Tim Burton’s mind, we met Edward Scissorhands in 1990.  After losing the only father figure he had, his Inventor, Edward is taken in by a suburban family. And among the cookie cutter neighborhood, it was hard for a boy with scissors for hands to fit in.  However, because of his special skills people are less afraid of him.  He’s even propositioned to open up a salon with a neighbor.  But that whole situation goes sour and after a few dangerous misunderstandings, the neighborhood turns on Edward.

Audiences didn’t misunderstand Edward.  They fell in love with the character, and rightfully so.  He was an uncommonly gentle man just trying to make it in the world. And if we’re all being honest, we’ve all felt a little like Edward at least once in our lives.  

Now it’s your turn to show off your love for Edward by becoming Edward.  But unlike Edward’s inventor, you won’t run out of time putting together this look.  Just follow along with the video or scroll through the step-by-step instructions below and start practicing your Tim Burton eyes.

Edward Scissorhands Step 01

Start by blocking out the eyebrows with an Elmer’s glue stick.

Dust the glue with powder to set, then use makeup to entirely conceal the brows.

Edward Scissorhands Step 02

Add shadowy contour under the cheekbones and blend out.

Edward Scissorhands Step 02

Draw scars around face using lash glue. Use a reference photo as a guide.

Edward Scissorhands Step 04

Before the lash glue dries, use a metal spatula to add a cut down the middle of the larger scars, and selectively smooth out the edges of others.

Allow to dry completely. Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.

Edward Scissorhands Step 05

Sweep a lavender shadow on the upper lids up to the brow. Go a little higher on the inner corner to give the signature sad-eye Tim Burton look.

Blend the edges.

Use the same shadow on the lower lids.

Edward Scissorhands Step 06

Cover the lash glue with a pinkish foundation to mimic scar tissue.

Edward Scissorhands Step 06

Cover the entire face with a thin layer of  white makeup.

Using a thin brush to add red-purple shadow alongside each scar.

Add the same purple to any of the scars with a cut down the middle to add depth.

Edward Scissorhands Step 07

Add a thin layer of red-purple lipstick to the upper lip.

Add some to the inner lower lip as well and blend out so the edge is soft and undefined.

Edward Final Costume Look

Kim was right about one thing. Edward Scissorhands is immortal because fans like us keep him alive and well after all these years. If you Tim Burton-ed yourself, share a picture with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WHCdoesSFX.

Edward Scissorhands in an Instant