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
Blend pale, off-white creme make-up all over the face. Use make-up with bluish undertones to help achieve that deathly look.
Apply grey creme make-up around the eyes, under the cheekbones and at the temples to create that sunken-in look. Blend well.
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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