Introduction: Walking Dead Style Zombie Make-up How To
I have recently had a number of requests from my eBay customers to upload my Zombie make-up tutorials on to Instructables soooo here it is!...
Step 1: Step 1/ Eyes and Hair
Sallie is wearing the traditional white zombie contacts and we put loads of conditioner in her hair to give her that "I've been dead for a week so my hairs a bit greasy" look...
Step 2: Step 2/ Appliances
We applied some gelatin cheek bones, nose ridge and bite wounds with latex, blended the edges in with gelatin blender and then sealed everything with another layer of latex. See how to do this in next steps...
All the appliances used in this guide can be purchased from Etsy & my eBay shop ->
Step 3: Step 2.1/ Preparing the Appliances
Carefully peel the paper off the appliance (the edges are very thin so go slow) and place it over the area so you can see the rough size...
If you are applying them on yourself and you want a neck or face bite I've found it's a lot easier if you colour the bite first before you stick it on your skin (just skip ahead to Step 2.7/ Painting the appliance then come back when your done)...
Step 4: Step 2.2/ Latex
Some people are allergic to latex, if you are unsure do a quick test by dabbing a small area on the inside of your arm before continuing...
Start by sponging latex over the area you want the appliance to be and on the back of the appliance too...
Step 5: Step 2.3/ Stick It On
Carefully stick the appliance into place. Make sure none of the edges fold over when you do so.
Step 6: Step 2.4/ Smooth Down the Edges
Smooth down the edges and then leave it to dry for a few minutes until it goes clear.
Try to resist the urge to use a hair dryer, you might melt the gelatin.
Step 7: Step 2.5/ Blender
Dip a baby bud in the blender and (working outwards) gently go around the edges of the gelatin appliance blending them into the surrounding skin. Heating up the blender slightly by placing the bottle in a cup of hot water (not boiling obviously) will make it work better.
You may find the edges go white at this point. Just leave it to dry for a few minutes until they go clear again.
Step 8: Step 2.6/ Seal
Seal over everything by sponging over another layer of latex.
If you are intending to wear them for a long time I would sponge over a couple of layers to ensure it is completely sealed.
Step 9: Step 2.7/ Painting the Appliance
Paint the inside of the bite with red make-up first, add a little black to give it some depth. Then (carefully) dab a bit of latex over the painted area to seal it again.
After it's dry if you want to get rid of the shine dust over it with a little baby powder.
Step 10: Step 2.8/ Gel Blood
If you are doing the full Walking Dead Zombie make-up hold off on the blood until the end, if not then it's time to get gory!
Add a generous amount of gel blood to the inside of the wound and smear it around and using a sponge, paper towel or just your fingers until it's good and gory.
FYI The gel blood I supply in my kits is not edible and will taste pretty bad if you get it in or too close to your mouth. If you need an edible version of the gel blood just get in touch and I'll sort some out for you.
Step 11: Step 3/ Make-up
I'm using basic Snazaroo face paints in this guide but feel free to splash out on proper grease paints if you want. I start with a creamy white base colour, brown shading in the eye sockets and then gave her skin that purple mottled look using a thin brush with a small amount of make-up on it making squiggly lines all over the face.
Although it's not shown (cos we forgot to photograph it) we covered Sallies eyebrows with tissue paper and latex before we applied the make-up. If you're going to do this make sure you apply vaseline to the eyebrows first or it will be difficult to get off again.
Step 12: Step 4/ Stippling
With a cut down brush we flicked layers of watered down white, grey and brown make-up over the whole face to give the skin a bit more depth.
Step 13: Step 5/ Details
We then went in with more brown and purple around the hair line, eyes, nose and lips. Try not to over do it though you're going for more of a bruised look.
Step 14: Sep 6/ Gore
After colouring the bites with red and black make-up and sealing with a layer of latex we added a little gel blood and stippled that around the surrounding skin.
Step 15: Step 7/ Finishing Touches
Spray over with hair spray to fix the make-up, add little more blood here and there and some Vaseline on the raised parts of the face and on the lips to highlight them and your ready to go get yourself a bite to eat!?
If you want a more dead looking mouth mix up some dark brown food colouring and swill it round your mouth for a minute or two (mixing it with a little juice first will make it taste a bit better)....Sallie bottled out of that bit so her mouth is not as stained as I would have liked ;-)
...when you've finished your zombie fun wash everything off with soap and water. A wash cloth or face wipe will help to get the appliances off.