31 Days of Halloween Makeup – Day 28: 5 DIY Zombie Makeup Tips

Darken the hollows of your face like this zombie from http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead

Googly craft eyes from http://www.joann.com

    • Boils & Warts:
      Use googly eyes (those eyes you get at the craft store) as the base for warts and boils. Glue them down with latex and cover with latex or Pros Aide. Smooth so that lumps blend smoothly to skin. Dry and color as desired. Try a various shades of bruise and blood reds to make the boils look irritated and infected.

Instant coffee makes great black blood

  • Black Zombie Blood:
    To make black zombie blood, take instant coffee and slowly mix in water. Use less water for thicker blood.  This blood with leave a nasty brownish/yellowish color on the skin when it runs, which can be good to give a sickly look to the skin. Be sure to have this oozing out of your mouth
  • Dead Shriveled Zombie Skin
    Create a dead skin look by applying a thin layer of latex to the face.  Then press single ply tissue into the latex. Once dry, you can apply another layer of latex.  Use a blow dryer  in between layers (Keep the drying moving or it will get too hot)
  • Sunken skull
    Apply black (or dark) makeup to the hollow areas of the face like, eye socket area, hollows of the cheeks and temples.

  • Bloodshot Eyes & Dead Lips
    Don’t forget the details like eyes and mouth. Besides black around the eyes, line the eyes with a red eyeliner and smudge for a bloodshot look.  Also, add blue, purple and/or a little black to cover the vivid life in your lips.  No self respecting zombie would be caught…uh hum… “dead” with rosy lips.

I hope this helps you have a bloody good Halloween.
I found the first few tips from the book, Reel Characters, by Randy Daudlin.
A great book of character makeups with step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.
Check him out on Facebook at Two Gruesome Publishing

Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. If you have a makeup or special fx website, I would love to hear about it.

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