How to Make Latex Zombie Prosthetics for the Mouth

Written by lauren vork
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There are as many different kinds of zombie make-up as there are people who want to dress as zombies, but a few grotesque traditions recur in the world of undead prosthetic art. One of these is the mouth prosthetic, designed to simulate the appearance of rotting chin skin and ripped flesh near the teeth. This special effect prosthetic is achieved through false dimension and the building of a rubbery overlay.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Burgundy acrylic paint
  • Liquid latex
  • Resealable plastic container
  • Paper towel
  • Skin lotion
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Toilet paper
  • Thick make-up blood
  • Black food colouring
  • Flour

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make a mixture of 1/4 cup burgundy paint and 3/4 cup liquid latex. When this dries, it will approximate the colour of the inside of a human mouth and will have the texture of rubber. Store the mixture in a resealable container and close it when not in use to preserve it.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of paper towel into a rough oval with irregular edges. The oval should be about the size of the palm of your hand.

  3. 3

    Soak the paper towel generously in the latex and paint mixture. Place it on a sheet of waxed paper and let it dry. This will usually take between a half hour and an hour.

  4. 4

    Rub the skin around your face with lotion. This will make removing the mouth prosthetic easier. If you have facial hair, shave it off or coat it generously with petroleum jelly.

  5. 5

    Dip a finger into the liquid latex and dab dots of latex onto one side of your chin and lower cheek area, next to and below the mouth. Cover the entire area with dots of latex. Space the dots about 1 inch apart from one another.

  6. 6

    Press the paper towel piece to your face, over the latex dots. This will glue it in place. Apply a little latex to your lower lip and glue the towel piece in place. This will create the effect of a torn lip and large open wound in the lower facial area.

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    Tear a square of toilet paper off the roll. Roll it up into a tight tube and dip this in the latex mixture. Wrap it around the outside edge of the paper towel piece to create a ridge. Use additional pieces of toilet paper as needed to make a ridge all the way around. This will create the illusion of a recess.

  8. 8

    Let the new latex pieces dry for 20 minutes to an hour, or until they're rubbery and have the same colour as the paper towel piece.

  9. 9

    Smear thick blood into the inside of the latex recess and into the cracks and crevices in the paper and towel and toilet paper wads.

  10. 10

    Make a mixture of 1 tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon of black food colouring. Pepper the wound area with a little of this mixture over the blood.

  11. 11

    Swish 1 teaspoon of black food colouring around in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit out. This will blacken the inside of your mouth.

Tips and warnings

  • Thick costume blood is available where stage make-up is sold, including costume and magic stores.
  • Do a patch test to check for an allergic reaction to latex 24 hours before applying large quantities to your face. Apply a small amount of liquid latex to your wrist or upper arm. If you have any reaction, do not use latex on your skin.

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