How to Make a Zombie Face Wound




Introduction: How to Make a Zombie Face Wound

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Making a zombie-like face wound using gelatin-skin.

Items you will need:

-Gelatin-skin (a great tutorial here --> )
-Face and Nose Wax (or any sort of make-up wax will work)
-Spirit Gum
-Toilet paper (2-ply)
-Eyeshadow in bruise colors (yellow, blue, green)
-Cream make-up (red, yellow, blue)
-Face powder (or Neutral Set)
-Fake blood
-Liquid Latex (optional)

And some great music to listen to never hurts :3

Step 1: Getting Started

You always want to have a clean face before starting! Using soap and water will work, but using actual facial cleanser works a lot better!

Step 2: Wax Time

Using the face and nose wax, cover the area you're planning to make-upify. Spread the wax out thinly at the edges.

If it starts to stick to your fingers, wipe them off on a dry paper towel. Getting your fingers wet while they're covered in wax will only end in tears.

Step 3: Toilet Paper Time

Now, take that 2-ply toilet paper and separate the sheets, so you have two very thin pieces. Take on and tear it into strips, roll said strips into a ball, then stick onto the wax. We're trying to accomplish the look that it's tissue (lawl, no pun intended) that's been ruptured when the wound occured!

After you have as much as you want (seriously, go crazy), take the red cream make-up and a brush and start splotching the red onto the toilet paper.

Step 4: Still Coloring...

Once you've got the red on (and it's okay if it gets in the wax!), take your yellow cream make-up and make a few spots on the red.

Then, mix together a bit of blue and yellow to make a nice green, and add that as well.

Step 5: Gelatin-skin Time!

Remember the gelatin-skin I mentioned in the intro? Now's the time to use it!

Make a slit through the middle of the skin, first off, elsewise how will you see the tissue beneath? Don't make the slit once it's attached to your face. That's not a good idea, and you'll probably end up not needing that fake blood after all.

Using your Spirit Gum, brush it on all around where the gelatin-skin will be. Wait for it to be a bit tacky feeling before you slap the skin on.

Step 6: More Wax

Now, there are two things you can use at this step:

Liquid Latex or the wax.

Now, I used both, and that ended a bit badly, since the wax peeled up the latex. I recommend just using the wax.

What for, you ask? Well, using the wax near the edges of the skin will help you blend it into your skin better, so it doesn't look like you have fake skin on at all!

Take the wax and pull it outward, away from the gelatin-skin and onto your face, so it starts to look a bit like this.

Step 7: Adding Color

Time to bust out your cream make-up again!

Using that ghastly green color you made earlier, sponge it on with a make-up wedge. Be VERY careful around the edges where the wax is, because you might end up pressing the wax down against your skin, and you'll be able to see the edge of the gelatin-skin. We don't want that.

If it happens, however, put a bit of the green on your fingers and tap the wax to make it stand back up.

Experimentation is the best way to get the look you want.

Step 8: More Green

Make-up the rest of your face with the green, and add some nice red or brown underneath your eyes. I used some brown eyeshadow.

(If you're going for a less-long-since-dead and more recent zombie look, then use black, blue and yellow around the wound and a foundation of your skin tone to blend it.)

Step 9: Fake Blood

The most fun step!

Get your fake blood (and make sure you're wearing clothes you can get dirty) and go wild.

I poured my blood from the cap of a water bottle straight into the wound, then used a brush for around the edges and such. You can do whatever you like!

Step 10: You're Done!

It's time to go eat some brains!

(Remember to make the rest of your face more dead-looking, unlike me!)

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    18 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 10

    have you been stabed in the face

    If you don't have any face or body wax... Toothpaste will work. Sounds crazy, I know... I tried it and it works.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Liquid Latex + torn pieces of toilet paper make a good 3rd degree burn effect.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I believe oatmeal is also used to achieve a "burned flesh" effect, but I'm not sure how.

    Pull and Twist
    Pull and Twist

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not sure about how they use oatmeal, maybe mix it into the latex, etc? But another good way to do a burn is using gelatin. Mix some Knox gelatin with a little bit of water till its a goop, you don't want it runny. Then scoop it up and dab it on where you want the burn, mold it, work it however you want and then wait for it to dry. After it's dry you can seal it in latex and apply makeup as usual. I'm sure a quick Google search will get you more in depth instructions on making the gelatin itself.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    That is very realistic. *reaches for shotgun*... hehe 5*

    Pull and Twist

    If you wet your fingers before handling the wax it won't stick to you as bad. Also moist finger tips are good for smoothing out wax. Also, most gelatin make-up doesn't need the use of wax... just apply a droplet of witch hazel to the edge with a brush and then you can smoothen it out onto the skin. Also, if you don't have gelatin to make the skin, you can use liquid latex instead... lay down some wax paper... pour some liquid latex on it and tilt it till you get the coverage and thickness you want. Let it dry... after it's dry, powder it down with baby powder, finishing powder, etc... peel off of wax paper and powder the other side too. There you go, now you have a piece of latex skin to play with.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thought you went missing, glad you didn't :)

    nice I love doing zombie make up, the puffiness of it make it kinda look like the flesh underneath would be swollen and infected or even slightly torn out. do you make the gelatin skin or buy it? if you make it... how?