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Hi there!

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!...
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Step 1: Step 1/ Eyes and hair

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Can someone recommend an economical make up kit? I am working on a short film and this is great, but I have no idea where to get a make up kit to go with it...

Lizziefrog1 year ago
Love this instructable. Is there something you can use instead of the latex to make the appliances and to glue them on?
Hey Lizziefrog, you could use Pros-Aide. It's a skin adhesive (medical grade) that I tend to use when applying prosthetics. It's expensive, but a jar keeps for a good long while if you're careful to recap the jar nice and tight. Google it or go to‎

- BigBadVoodooMama (Wife of Gaz)
bisaacs21 year ago
attention all zombeeites out there on instructables, this is the best make up instruct i have seen on this site. if anyone wants to make one of these instruct follow his style. great job.
abunyan1 year ago
Ho Hey! I am dressing up as zombie surgeon and instead of buying all the stuff separately I was wondering if you have a pack?
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Allyss2 years ago
Wow...! This make-up is amazing and I am definitely going to try it out! I have a quick question though. I am from the states but living in Germany and I have NO idea where to find contacts for Halloween this year. Do you have any suggestions of a good (and relatively cheap) place on the internet or otherwise?

Thanks a bunch! I look forward to creating some zombies.
81zombie (author)  Allyss2 years ago
If you need any cheek bone appliances I still have some available from my eBay shop ->

As for cheap coloured contact lenses, Amazon seems to be the best place to go otherwise just google 'white contact lenses' and you'll find what you need ;-)
Allyss 81zombie2 years ago
Hello again,

I realize I am doing this incredibly last minute however, do you by chance still have any of the full kits (as shown above) with cheek bones appliances, bites, blood and stuff? I saw them on ebay and etsy last week but now I am unsure. If so, I will order immediately! :)

Thanks again,
Chase_Ash2 years ago
This is amazing, after taking a theatrical makeup class I now have a huge interest and respect for the time/effort put in to well done zombie makeup. Or any makeup for that matter! Love your work!
81zombie (author)  Chase_Ash2 years ago
Thank you very much! You can see more of my stuff on my facebook page ->
CaseFace52 years ago
I can only hope my make-up this year looks as realistic as this!
81zombie (author)  CaseFace52 years ago
Thanks dude! The best advise I can give you is practice a couple of times before the big day ;-)
Trust me I plan on it lol :)
hgarmorer2 years ago
Very cool and not to "over the top". Looks great.
mdeakin2 years ago
Lol cool two Q's for you are the bites reusable? And do you "profit" more on etsy rather then eBay taking all the money
81zombie (author)  mdeakin2 years ago
If you seal them with 3 or 4 layers of latex and are careful when you remove them they could be reapplied.....and yes eBays fees are ridiculously higher than Etsy.
mdeakin2 years ago
Your my new fave seller on ebay
81zombie (author)  mdeakin2 years ago
Yay! I am awesome!
Thanks for your support ;-)
ynze2 years ago
Horrible! Great project!

81zombie (author)  ynze2 years ago
Wow - so gross. Fantastic job. :D
81zombie (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Cheers! :-D
That is really creepy! I think the bite on the cheek is what really gets me!
81zombie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
HeHee! More coming soon ;-)
Oh, I do love a good Zombie makeup job...fantastic!!
81zombie (author)  Seeing Things2 years ago
Thanks! I've got a few more in the pipe line so watch this space ;-)