How to Create Zombie Bite Marks

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Create zombie bite marks to make finishing touches for your zombie costume. Zombies are often made when other zombies attack a living human being and bite them. The bites are infected by a zombie virus and this causes the person to quickly turn into a zombie. Zombie bite marks can be made at home with Halloween make-up, scar wax and liquid latex. Make your own zombie bite marks as gruesome and bloody as you like before shambling over to your next zombie themed Halloween party.

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Things you need

  • Dark purple make-up
  • Small tipped make-up applicator
  • Blood red make-up
  • Spirit gum
  • Cotton balls
  • Cold cream
  • Scar wax
  • Liquid latex
  • Castor oil
  • Skin-tone foundation

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  1. 1

    Choose where you are going to place the bite mark such as on your neck, face or arm. Draw an outline of a 5-inch diameter circle on your skin with the red make-up and small tipped make-up applicator.

  2. 2

    Fill in the circle with red and then make dark purple streaks in a series of lines. Make three or four top lines and three or four smaller bottom lines that meet in the centre of the wound to simulate a gouge ripped out of your flesh by someone's teeth. It should look like the grooves made in an apple when you bite a chunk out of it.

  3. 3

    Apply an even layer of spirit gum 1 inch over the diameter of the circle. Apply the spirit gum 1 inch out around the circle of red and purple make-up. Wait five minutes for it to dry. Press a cotton ball onto the gum and pull it up slowly to leave some of the cotton ball fuzz behind. Touch the cotton ball to the entire spirit gummed area. Add another two layers of spirit gum and cotton ball fuzz; wait five minutes between applications for the gum to dry. The built-up layers of cotton serve as the base for the remaining flesh around the wound, which makes the bite look sunken in.

  4. 4

    Dab your fingers into cold cream and rub it onto your hands. Work the scar wax with your hands to warm and soften it. Pull off small sections of the scar wax and roll them up into thin, long strings that are 1/4 inch by 2 inches. Press the strings onto your skin where the edges of the spirit gum are located at the outside of the red wound. Smooth the wax down and blend it into your arm with your fingers. Slowly build up the thickness of the wax from 1/16 inch at the outer edge to 1/4 inch thick closest around the wound as you cover the spirit gum and cotton ball fuzz layers. When you reach the edge of the spirit gum and cotton ball layer, make peaks and ragged edges with the wax to make the skin appear to be ripped off violently.

  5. 5

    Apply a layer of liquid latex onto the scar wax and 1/4 inch onto the surrounding skin. Wait 10 minutes for the latex to dry. Apply two more layers of latex, waiting 10 minutes between each application. Apply a thin layer of liquid latex over the red area of the wound and wait for it to dry. Place castor oil onto a cotton ball and wipe off the excess liquid latex.

  6. 6

    Apply the skin-tone foundation onto the latex area around the red part of the wound. Apply the skin-tone foundation to the liquid latex on your skin that surrounds the wound. Make a 1-inch border around this area on your skin with the foundation to make it blend it as much as possible so that it looks like a real wound. Add dark purple to the skin-tone foundation near the bottom edge or sides of the wound, about 1/8 inch away from the latex covered wax "skin ridge" of the wound to make the skin look bruised from blood leaking under it.

  7. 7

    Add fake blood gel to the wound area as thick as you can and use a make-up applicator to push the blood into the crevices and folds of the wound to make it look like a fresh bite.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use 1 tbsp hot water, 1/4 tsp glycerine and 1 tbsp of gelatin instead of the cotton ball/spirit gum layer and scar wax to build up the skin around the wound.
  • Add more texture to the wound by adding breadcrumbs, oatmeal or crushed cornflakes to the liquid latex before covering it with the final layer of make-up.
  • Use liquid latex in a well-ventilated area.

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