How to Do Hollywood Undead Masks

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How to Do Hollywood Undead Masks
An undead Hollywood quality mask can be made at home. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Few movies are scarier than those that involve the shambling undead. Hollywood created countless low- and mid-budget zombie movies including the famous George Romero "Dead' series, according to A professionally created zombie mask can cost hundreds of dollars and take hours to prepare, but a do-it-yourself version can give you all the creepiness and gore of a Hollywood movie, just on a shoestring budget. All it takes is a little time and effort to craft the perfect undead mask.

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Things you need

  • Tinfoil
  • Scissors
  • Mirror
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Tissue
  • Green and blue paint
  • Theatre make-up
  • Rubber latex

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    Cut tinfoil into strips with the scissors. Sit in front of a mirror. Place a strip on your face using the mirror as your guide. Press on the tinfoil to contour it to your face. Place a second piece next to the first. Press on the second piece to contour it to your face. Tape the two pieces together. Repeat this process for your entire face. The tinfoil acts as a barrier between the newspaper and your skin and helps protect your face.

  2. 2

    Cut the newspapers into strips. Brush the strips with glue. Place the strips over the tinfoil until they cover your entire face. Layer the newspaper strips on top of each other until you have several thick layers to create the primary shape of the mask. Follow the contours of your face with the newspaper. Make sure you have adequate breathing holes for the mouth and nose.

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    Sit with the mask on your face for several hours to let the glue dry. Take the mask off. Remove the tinfoil from inside the mask. Lay the mask on a table. Wet the tissue and place it on the mask. Accentuate features such as eyebrows and the mouth to look more fierce or horrifying. Wait for the tissue to dry.

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    Add green and bluish paint to create the overall colour for the undead monster. Add little touches using the theatre make-up and latex rubber such as sores, gashes, bite marks, scars and scabs. Place the mask on your face, and look into a mirror to make sure it fits correctly and looks good.

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