How to do a dead person's makeup for Halloween

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How to do a dead person's makeup for Halloween
Spill fake blood on face if desired. (Getty Thinkstock)

Zombie, vampire, ghost -- there are many variations of the "dead person" Halloween costume. Whatever type of ghoul you decide to go as, whether it be a dead cheerleader or undead construction worker, the basic face make-up for a dead person remains the same: a deathly pale with greyish, sunken-in cheeks and eyes. Avoid stark white make-up with black around the eyes as this is considered an amateur version of dead person make-up, according to The Nightmare Factory.

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Things you need

  • Off white creme make-up
  • Gray creme make-up
  • Gel blood
  • Make-up sponges

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  1. 1

    Blend pale, off-white creme make-up all over the face. Use make-up with bluish undertones to help achieve that deathly look.

  2. 2

    Apply grey creme make-up around the eyes, under the cheekbones and at the temples to create that sunken-in look. Blend well.

  3. 3

    Use blood gel make-up for any bloody accents you would like to add. Blood gel is thicker than blood make-up used for the stage, so it doesn't drip and creates a three-dimensional wound effect. Use it to create gashes on the cheeks and forehead or dab some around the corners of the mouth.

Tips and warnings

  • Add glitter to the creme make-up to achieve a vampire look reminiscent of the vampires from the "Twilight" book and movie series. Also try using individual fang costume pieces on the canines.
  • Use gory adhesive pieces to create a zombie look.
  • Test all make-up on the hand first to check for allergies. Wait a half hour and if no rash appears, the make-up is safe to use.

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