Drop Dead Gorgeous: Zombie Glam Makeup In Time For Halloween

Published on September 14, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

I love Halloween and all of the spooky treats that go with it, and one of my FAVORITE events is NoVAC’s annual ZombieFest – and not just because I’ll be there with the Lovely Dozen Bellydancers!  For more info on that event, check out the announcement HERE! From new incarnations like AMC’s The Walking Dead to old B&W classics like Night of the Living Dead and Plan 9 From Outer Space, zombies are creepy and exciting – and in the scheme of horror movie monsters, are much more plausible than giant radioactive lizards or sparkly teenagers with a taste for AB negative.  Zombie Walks, Proms, and Musical Festivals have been going strong the last few years, and so I wanted to do a post for those of you who want some ideas for how to dress for NoVAC’s Zombie Prom, or just want to celebrate your inner undead brain-eater!

First, remember that zombies don’t always have to be super gory.  Just because you’re dead, doesn’t mean you can’t be drop dead gorgeous!   YouTube makeup maven Michelle Phan has a great tutorial for bringing out your inner glam ghoul – Barbie!  She starts with the regular Barbie look and then zombifies it – so start with the glam base, and make it as subtle or as gory as you want.  Remember, a little can go a long way!

For those of you who aren’t all that into zombies but still want to be part of the fun (or just want to stand out from the crowd in something unexpected), Michelle also has a great tutorial to help you look like a sugar skull from the Mexican Day of the Dead!

For those who are more adventurous, or just love unadulterated gore, there are lots of tutorials out there showing how to do some pretty outrageous effects. I’m including a couple of them here to help you get your creative juices flowing. I wear enough makeup as it is without worrying about latex appliances and the like, but if you put some work in, you can create some pretty fantastic Hollywood-esque effects, right off the set of World War Z.

The first video is a little long (just under 20 minutes) but the makeup tutorial part is only the first 12 minutes or so, the rest is just footage of her ripping pieces off or a flat picture of the look. It’s actually kind of a fun textured look without the extreme gore of some of the other looks I’ll post. Perfect if you like your ghoul without the gore, or if you don’t want to mess with a ton of stage blood.

When most people think of zombies, the first thing that comes to mind is: BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINS!  Because of this, a lot of zombie makeup looks focus on the mouth – all of that skull-cracking and brain-chomping can really mess up the skin around your pearly whites.  Actually, brain eating is a rather recent development in zombie lore.  In voodoo traditions, zombies were thought to be people who had been enslaved by a witch doctor and kept in a trance like state, forced to obey the person who had enslaved them.  Even the genesis of the modern zombie horror obsession, Night of the Living Dead, features zombies who want to kill the living without necessarily eating them, and when they do they seem to enjoy all of the squishy insides equally.  But regardless of whether you like your zombies with a hankering for human flesh or not, a great mouth wound can really make your zombie look.  I’ve included the following two tutorials to give you examples of how you can zombify your piehole. (Both of these videos feature kits inspired by The Walking Dead that were available through Party City last year.  I imagine they are still available, and there may even be new kits available for this year – check them out in your local Halloween store or online!)

Most zombies just shamble around, looking for a bite to eat (or maybe falling in love, if the zombie romance Warm Bodies is to be believed), but some undead take on the living and live to tell about it.  Or at least moan about it, with their weird non-verbal groaning sounds.  The following tutorial features impalements that could make a fun addition to a zombie look.  You fought the law, and this time the law was lunch! (This is a movie FX tutorial, and they do have a safety warning at the beginning.  As always, be safe when working with special effects products as they can sometimes be a little extreme.  And if you harm yourself, don’t say I didn’t tell you so!)

These videos should give you a great start to picking your zombie makeup look for ZombieFest 2013 at the Town House Hotel on October 5, for your upcoming Halloween party, or just for funsies, sitting around watching reruns of The Walking Dead.  Whether you’re one of the DIY undead or use latex appliances from your local Halloween shop, you can create a fabulous zombie look!

Now Go Forth And Get Painted!


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