Easy Zombie Makeup Tips

Written by marisa swanson
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Zombies are one of the most grotesque monsters in film and Halloween lore. They eat human flesh and because they're brain-dead aren't reaching for their napkin to wipe their mouth clean afterward. According to countless zombie films, they're living dead, which means they're decaying as they look for their victims. Follow some simple make-up tips to give credit to their gory reputation.


The first thing you want to do is create the look of rotting skin, a zombie isn't pretty and he's deteriorating all the time. Do this by mixing up a batch of oatmeal and spreading it wet on areas of your face with a tongue depressor. As the oatmeal dries it will give a bumpy appearance to skin. Mix in some flesh toned foundation with a packet of gelatin and half of a cup of water. Let the gelatin set and then cut it into cubes. Put it in a plastic cup and microwave at 10-second intervals. It's very important you don't let boil, it will ruin the texture. Once it's melted, apply it to your skin with your tongue depressor.

Complexion Color

Zombies are dead, which means they need to have the opposite of a healthy glow. Use foundation make-up a couple shades lighter than your "zombie's" skin tone to achieve the look. Apply it with a basic make-up sponge over the texture you created with gelatin and oatmeal.

Shadow and Blood Accents

Give your zombie the appearance of not having slept by using grey and black eye shadow all around his eyes. Apply it with a flat shadow brush and don't be afraid to mix colours together. Use a clean shadow brush to apply blood, especially around the mouth and textured areas of his face. Make blood by using red food colouring and corn syrup.


A zombie's hair is less than clean and definitely not done in any particular style. You have the option of teasing and frizzing out longer hair, or to go with the dirty, greasy look, simply squeeze out a generous amount of hair conditioner and run it through all of your zombie's hair thoroughly.

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