As much as I love my glam­our makeup, SFX will always have a spe­cial place in my heart. There’s some­thing excit­ing about pulling out all your spe­cial effects mate­ri­als and trans­form­ing your­self into some­thing entirely new! Now as far as zom­bie makeup goes, this isn’t espe­cially dar­ing or out there, but it’s very wear­able (after all, not every­one wants to waltz into a party cov­ered in fake blood and gore.)

Minus all the gore and rot­ted flesh, this look is more ‘dead body’ than ‘flesh eat­ing mon­ster’ but if you’re like me and lack­ing in your SFX­makeup kit, this is super easy to do and can be done with the every­day makeup you already have!

zombie makeup

First off, you need to start with a really pale base. Ide­ally you could use white cos­tume makeup mixed with some con­cealer or foun­da­tion, but in win­ter I’m as pale as can be so I just used my Revlon Col­orstay Foun­da­tion in 002 Buff. If you’re like me and have a rosy face you can go ahead and lay down some green cor­rec­tor first, you’re meant to look dead so go all out!

Don’t worry too much about cov­er­ing blem­ishes, in this case the worse your skin looks the bet­ter the ‘dead’ effect will be.

Next, take a dark red lip­stick (or dark red stage makeup if you have it) and we’ll get to work on the contouring.

If you’re lucky and have nice del­i­cate bones this will be really easy — just find where you’re nat­u­rally shaded and apply lip­stick there. Unfor­tu­nately I’m not one of those peo­ple and have to strain and twist and turn to find my col­lar­bones and ribs etc. — but with a lit­tle patience I got it all mapped out!

Smear the lip­stick straight from the bul­let around your ribs, col­lar­bones, cheek­bones, ten­dons, side of the nose and fore­head, any­where you want to look hol­low! Pay spe­cial atten­tion to under your eyes and around you eye socket. It doesn’t have to be per­fect, you’ll be able to blend it all out after­wards. The aim is to look really skinny and bony. You can also extend this to your hands and arms if nec­es­sary. Blend with your fin­gers to achieve a bruised shad­owy look.

Once you have your bruised red base down go over the lip­stick with a dark brown eye­shadow. For extra depth you can use a lit­tle black where nec­es­sary. You can also dust over the pro­trud­ing areas with a pale yel­low pow­der or high­lighter to make them stand out.

Now for the fin­ish­ing touches! With a liner brush, draw some snakey-looking veins on your face and neck using the red lip­stick. Add some ‘cracks’ to your lips to look red and sore, and then deepen any lines with some black gel liner… voila!

You should be look­ing some­thing like this:

zombie makeup

After that the rest is up to you — more con­tour­ing? More veins? Some fake blood or torn skin if you have the tools? Tweak and fid­dle until you look just the way you want. I stopped here because I was in a rush but feel free to elaborate!

And there you have a wear­able dead zom­bie look!

If you have any ques­tions about the method or prod­ucts I use, leave a com­ment below — let me know what you think!

Maklina Makeup