Glynn McKay | Special Effects Makeup | Problood

Glynn McKay Special Effects Makeup

For over 30 years Glynn McKay SFX products have been used by professional makeup artists in theatre, film, television and casualty simulation and have become popular with makeup colleges and students.

All products are handmade in the UK in small batches using non-toxic ingredients and food quality dyes. We are fully compliant with UK and EU legislation for the supply of Cosmetic Products and Safety Data Sheets are available on request. None of our products are tested on animals and our bloods and Bruise Gel ranges are completely vegan-friendly, as are almost all our other products. Our SFX makeup leaves no permanent mark on skin and clothing/costumes and washes away with soap and water or a regular machine-wash detergent.

Our range can be used as stand-alone products or in combination to simulate injury and/or disease… perfect for your first aid training or Halloween makeup needs too!

fake bloodproblood

Problood® is a 100% realistic and non-staining blood for injury simulation. Available in two shades and various consistencies.

congealed blood effect

Our Congealed Blood is a highly realistic gloop of dark blood for older injuries and blood blisters, among other speedy effects. Popular as a Halloween blood.

bruise makeupbruise gel

A range of colours in a gel base used to achieve a bruising effect from initial injury through all stages of healing. Can also be used to create other skin discoloration effects.

burn makeup effectspecial effects makeup

The Glynn McKay range is completed with Blister Gel, Blood PasteBurn Gel, Pustule Filler, Wound Filler, Protar and Prowax.

Problood® and Glynn McKay SFX have been supplied to, among others:

Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, Edinburgh International Festival, Glyndebourne Productions, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh

TelevisionMidsomer Murders, Casualty, Holby City, Torchwood, The Ten Commandments, Sharpe, Taggart, Snowdrop

FilmFury, Mutant Chronicles, Outlaw, Hannibal Rising, Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander, The Batman, No Way Up, Mickey 17

Amateur Theatre: Let the Right One In for Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for Manx Operatic Society

The marketing campaign for the ‘Serial Cleaners’ video game launch

St John Ambulance Supplies and SULSAR (Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue) for first aid training use

Problood® and Bruise Gel by Glynn McKay are our most popular products and have been used on film, in regular British TV medical dramas and widely on stage. Our fake blood is also available in a thick version, especially good for costumes and props, and a thinner pumping blood for spurting effects. Problood is safe to be held in the mouth.

The transparent nature and subtle colouring of the Bruise Gel allows shading to be built up if required and is a favourite with makeup artists worldwide. The bruise effect range is complimented with recently added colours in Raw and Oil: a raw skin effect or for sunburn and to portray oil on the skin … and all without pain!


As the ordinary or otherwise use(s) of products is outside the control of Glynn McKay Associates, no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to the effect(s) of such use(s), (including damage or injury), or the results obtained. Glynn McKay Associates expressly disclaims responsibility as to the ordinary or otherwise use(s). The products contained within this website are represented in as true a manner as photographic process will allow. Images contained within the website are for illustrative purposes only.

Problood® and Glynn McKay | Special Effects Makeup