Introduction: Zombie Makeup

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easy diy zombie makeup.

i wanted to thank everyone for the comments and even more for posting photos of your finished makeup projects.  its so cool to come back to this site every year and see what people have done with an idea i just came up with one day. 


Step 1: Materials

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1. liquid latex
2. bruise wheel or one of those package deals with a couple colors.
3. toilet paper (1ply)
4? creepy music to get you in the mood >:]

Step 2: Step 1

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dab latex lightly over selected area. you dont want to put to much or else it might clump. this is just a thin layer so the toilet paper sticks to the skin. its up to you to decide how much of an area your going to work on.

Step 3: Step 2

now before the latex drys youll want to put a sheet of toilet paper over it. for a more realistic effect tear the edges off. gently dab the toilet paper on top of the latex. dont worry about the toilet paper wrinkling a bit it sometimes actually looks better that way. repeat step 1and 2 if you plan on making a gaping wound.


[latex over the eye]
only dab latex around the eye ie (above eyebrow, cheek, temple, side of nose). before it drys put 2 sheets of toilet paper over it so that only the edges of the paper are stuck down. this prevents the latex getting in your eye. after it drys off gently dab on some latex over my eye with a sponge or some sort of makeup applier. the 2 plys of paper should keep the latex from seeping through. just be careful.  if your kind of weird about having one eye closed for a long period of time be careful and poke a hole through the latex.  small enough to where you can see.  put some black makeup on your finger and gently dab around your eyelid to keep the illusuion that you have no eyeball.

[torn mouth effect]
follow the instructions up top but cover your whole mouth. once it drys just open your mouth. its that easy.

Step 4: Step 3

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once the latex is dry you can go to town with your makeup. its really all up to you on how disgustingly gorey you want to look. if your making a wound youll need some fake blood from the costume shop or a batch you made yourself. i say more blood the better. now go out and eat brains!

Step 5: Examples

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wannabefamous (author)2015-09-17

can you breath or see out of it

akhan40 (author)2011-10-31


agerbrandt1 (author)2011-10-29

Just an FYI that you mind find handy so you don't pull out all the hair on your face:
Take a glue stick... like the kind you use in grade school. Cover any hair that latex will be near (for instance, this year, I'm going to be a gunshot zombie, so my eye is all F-d up - lots of latex involved) - eyebrows especially will be spared and makes taking off the latex far easier. Easy, cheap, effective. Love your make-up work, btw. :)

corsi (author)2009-10-21

so about how much time will this take because i only have 3 hours to get ready for a party. also about how much liquid latex will this take. i might need to get more. love the thing you do

zombiecore (author)corsi2009-10-21

should only take about 20 or 30 minutes.  you dont need that much latex since your just dabbing it on.

mcneilre (author)zombiecore2011-10-16

im going to do this for Halloween and am buying Ben Nye latex, do you know how much i should get?? Please HELP!!! LOVVEEE this effect!!!

mcneilre (author)2011-10-16

I LOVE this effect and am thinking of doing this for Halloween but dont know what size latex to buy, any help??

cleage001 (author)2010-10-23

Your ears are more like frightening than the makeup.

mg0930mg (author)cleage0012011-03-13

You don't like stretching?

cassinabox (author)2010-11-23

I also carried a bottle of karo blood around with me and spat it out on myself occasionally.
Many people were grossed out and some good friends couldn't look at me directly for more than a second :)

Thanks for the awesome tutorial, here are some pictures of my outcome :

killjoyangel (author)2010-11-06

I too just wanted to say thanks for this awesome tutorial, I've added pics of what I did with it.... I had to do a dead school girl for the haunted house I was working, and my main halloween costume was to be a half burnt wtich...its the same make up on the same night and it looked great as the night progressed. my friends took a narly picture of me peeling it off but I don't have it handy to show off lol. But I just want to say... Thank you! once more.

magmum132 (author)2010-11-01

Great tutorial keep up the good work

70629 (author)2010-10-26

where can you buy liquid latex

lightisfading (author)706292010-10-29

Ebay is usually cheapest, however you can get it in craft shops - it's used for making moulds of things. It'll come in a bottle and is white.

xXDJ_MKXx (author)2010-10-28

nice gauge
wat size r u @

bitch hunter (author)2009-10-03

if it gets on your eyebrow or other facial hair, will the latex pull it out upon removal???

infection (author)bitch hunter2009-11-02

It does a little.. I ended up latexing over an entire eyebrow this halloween and when I peeled it off, it yanked out maybe 6 hairs.

iamchrismoran (author)infection2010-10-28

would it ruin the process to put a lubricant on hair to prevent the sticking? what lubricant would work? I would imagine if you could just cover the hair (beard, 'stach, sideburns, etc) with lubricant but the immediate surrounding area was normal, then there would be a base to build on... no?

infection (author)iamchrismoran2010-10-28

It wouldn't ruin it, no. Not as long as you still had some clean, dry skin around the entire area to stick your edges to. But say.. along a sideburn, that might be a little difficult.. anywhere around the edge of your face might not be possible. Beards, eyebrows and mustaches would be much easier, though, I think. More room to get around the lubed up areas. (I would use petroleum jelly or chapstick, something like that.)

Yes, it will pull the hair out though it won't pull it out completely like wax does. It does not feel good pulling it off the peach fuzz either, but it is a moderately easy procedure!

ostomesto (author)2010-10-05

i am a 12 year old kid and plan on doing this for halloween. but i dont get step 3. it says to dab the toilet paper on. does that mean just stick it to the latex. or dab at it like your trying to get some off. i dont get what you mean. please help and make a more detailed instructions for step 3 and the rest because i have never used latex before.

RoxRoxy11721 (author)ostomesto2010-10-27

dab means to lightly push the toilet paper on the latex not fully press it :)

ostomesto (author)RoxRoxy117212010-10-27

k thanks, i already tried it out and it works great, very freaky. i am going to destroy my schools costume contest :)

lukas_goossens (author)2010-10-13

can you use the latex mask a second time after pulling it off ?

ya use spirit gum. it might not look as good as it did before but itll work.

Jimpiedepimpie (author)2010-01-17


You sound like an unmotivated zombie...

zombiecore (author)2010-10-02

Halloween is coming up soon so Im looking forward to seeing some more photos of what youve done to yourselves with my tutorial. EAT BRAINS!

mracarpenter (author)2009-11-01

I used this method to build up skin around the fake stake. It worked very well. I used an injury stack for the scabbing and base. I added some fake blood to give it the wet bleeding look. Scared a lot of people that night.

Thanks for the awesome instructable!

zombiecore (author)mracarpenter2010-10-02

rad! \m/

IT LOOKS SO REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

soeinegaudi (author)mracarpenter2010-05-26

impressive photos...

mary candy (author)2010-10-02


knexfan100 (author)2009-10-17

before i buy that liquid latex, how does it come off??????

chibiwind (author)knexfan1002009-10-18

I'm in Australia can someone tell me where i can buy some liquid latex from.

~Aeronous~ (author)chibiwind2010-09-24

Most costume shops and good magic shops sell them.

chibiwind (author)~Aeronous~2010-09-26

thanks, this is much appreciated

finfan7 (author)chibiwind2009-10-22

I got mine from a hardware store and again from a arts and crafts store.  In either place it will be listed as mold builder because it can be used to make highly accurate small scale molds.

zombiecore (author)chibiwind2009-10-20

you usually can get some at any costume shop.   if not order it online.

rambertron (author)chibiwind2009-10-19


zombiecore (author)knexfan1002009-10-20

you just peel it off.  be careful not to get it in your hair.

benjam (author)2010-09-03

Liquid latex is the only way. I have tried wax skin whis works really well but only if the effect is temporary. Only Latex will last an evening. Really well one on your makeup!!

fabrivassa (author)2009-11-02

Thanks for the hints, I found your tutorial really useful.
This is what I looked like
Maybe it’s not perfect, but people kept staring at me

benjam (author)fabrivassa2010-09-03

Not bad at all :)

mumblessinclair (author)2010-08-07

this tutorial is awesome. i submitted the photo of me dressed like a zombie to so I can try and win a cool zombie shirt

sabaku no gaara (author)2010-03-17

its awesome

lolitavontorch (author)2009-12-18

great makeup tutorial...i'll be using this in the near future...amazing!

bonsaiemu (author)2009-10-29

ok i need details do i just lay a piece of toilet paper over the wet latex or do you rip it into lilttle pieces and dab pinches of the little pieces on the wet latex i recomend a video of you doing a test patch on the back of your hand
btw awsome method looks less like zombe and more like horrible burn

deexannihilate (author)bonsaiemu2009-11-07

You can do it either way. Professionally, they put layers of torn toilet paper overlapped because it makes better texture and a more realistic peel.

infection (author)2009-11-02

I can't begin to thank you enough for the toilet paper idea.. was excellent.  I tore a few holes to give the blood somewhere to puddle up and get goopy.  I actually made a little boy at Waffle House cry.

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