How to Do Zombie Hair & Makeup

Zombies are popular characters for Halloween and horror movies. They are the living dead. Some of the scariest films depict hordes of zombies taking over the world. Your make-up will determine the scare factor of your zombies. Turn yourself, a friend or a troupe of actors into the walking dead by applying a mixture of powder, make-up and ratty hair. All it takes are a few items you can purchase at your local toy store and supermarket to become part of the creepy underworld.

Apply talcum powder all over your face and neck. Spread the powder evenly with your fingers.

Brush on dark purple or blue eye shadow under your eyes. This will give your eyes a sunken appearance. Slowly use your fingers to apply the eye shadow above and below your nose. If you are a woman, apply black eyeliner as well.

Press a few scar stickers to your forehead, cheeks and neck. Scar stickers are realistic scar prosthetics that stick to your skin. You can purchase scar stickers at your local toy store or magic shop. Use a purple eyeliner pen to draw thin, short lines in purple around the scars and the rest of your face and neck to suggest veins.

Drizzle fake blood on your face to create a gory blood effect. Pour a can of cranberry sauce in a bowl. Scoop up a generous amount of cranberry sauce with your fingers. Carefully spread the sauce around your mouth, chin and neck. Apply some sauce on your forehead and around the corners of your eyes and let the sauce drip down your cheeks.

Twist hair wax into your hair and mess it up with your fingers to get that messy zombie hairstyle. If you have black hair, apply talcum powder as well to make it look dusty and grey.


Wear old ripped clothes and apply cranberry sauce all over them to complete your zombie look. Also apply cranberry sauce to your arms and legs.

Things You'll Need

  • Talcum powder
  • Purple eye shadow
  • black eyeliner (optional)
  • Scar stickers
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Bowl
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Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.