Intro: How to Look Like a Zombie.
For those of you partaking in a zombie crawl, going trick or treating, attending a Halloween party, or just plain feel like a zombie. All you need is some make-up, time, and BRAAAAAINS.
Step 1: Supplies
DISCLAIMER: As with any products that are to be applied to the skin, there is a possibility of an allergic reaction. I am not responsible for any such reactions to any of the items used. Do a test patch to make sure there is no itching, redness, or swelling when using these products. In the event that you do swell up to epic proportions...maybe you can go as a bloated, water-logged zombie.
Here is a list of what I used:
Ben Nye Nose & Scar Wax
Spirit Gum Remover
Clay Sculpting tool (optional)
Generic make-up cream from a Halloween store
Wolfe Brothers Theatrical Make-up (easily traded for any other red and brown make-up)
Stipple sponge thing
Shirt you don't mind destroying
Pants you don't mind destroying (optional)
Zombie Contact Lenses (optional)*
*note: I found my contact lenses ridiculously cheap compared to other
online sites here.
Step 2: Destroy Your Clothes!
Step 3: Destroy Your Face!
Don't actually destroy your face! It might seem like a good idea, but you don't really want to have that zombie look the other 364 days of the year. First of all, start with a clean, dry face and determine where you want the wounds to go. If you go around your eye like I did, take some spirit gum and line it around your eyebrow. When it gets tacky, take some of the wax and smear it over your brow, trying to make it as smooth as possible. When done, take more spirit gum and create the outline on your face of wherever the wounds will be. Again, when tacky add the wax. I find it easiest to roll the wax into little snakes between my fingers before sticking them onto my face.
Step 4: Smoothing Out the Edges
Step 5: Let's Add Some Muscle!
Using the Wolfe Brother's make-up and a paint brush, I began layering the red in different opacity to resemble what the muscles do under the skin. If you would like, you can look at a reference online as to how the muscles specifically go, I did not do this. To add a bit more depth I used very little brown. I also stippled the brown around the edges of all the wounds with the sponge.
I also used the red generic make-up cream to color the toilet paper since the Wolfe Brother's make-up would not cover it. I was not too pleased with how this came out. Perhaps some of you can master it with some experimentation!
I used the white make-up cream around the rest of my face/neck/chest and used a tiny bit of green to add some splotches on my skin (the camera didn't pick it up too well). Lastly, I used some of the black under my other eye just to create a dark circle.
Step 6: Guess I Should Have Done This Earlier!
It was at this point that I realized, "gosh, I forgot to put in the contacts!" I then spent an hour fussing to get them in (I'm not good at it) while trying to do as little damage as possible to what I had done already. I ended up having to re-touch up around my "wounded" eye as my fingers wiped some of it off.
I also touched up around my neck/chest wounds by lining the edges with liquid latex and stippling some of the brown around it to tie it in with the other wounds.
I then took a comb and teased my hair and covered it in hairspray to make it look as messy/crazy as possible. Feel free to have a Nick Nolte mug-shot on hand for inspiration
Step 7: Add Some Blood and You're Done!
I bought some fake blood from the Halloween store for most of the blood I used. It advised not to put it in your mouth (I advise the same) so I made some edible blood with Karo Light Syrup and lots of red food coloring, blue food coloring, and a bit of flour.
I hope this was clear enough, as it was my first Instructable. Any comments, criticism, or concerns, please let me know! If you try my method, post pictures as well, I would love to see!
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