Skip to main content

How to Do Zombie Makeup

Get that _Dawn of the Dead_ look at home with one quick trip to the local costume shop.


  • Step 1: Prepare face Prepare your face for the latex by washing the skin, shaving if necessary, and moisturizing.
  • Step 2: Apply latex Apply a thin layer of liquid latex all over the face. For realistic looking wrinkles, stuff both your cheeks with cotton balls when applying the latex and keep them in until it's dry -- about 15 minutes.
  • TIP: Speed up drying by using a blow dryer on a low speed, low heat setting.
  • Step 3: Add a layer Take a single square of toilet tissue and rip it all around the edges. Put one on each cheek. Rip one in half lengthwise and put it on the forehead. Then apply another layer of liquid latex.
  • Step 4: Create wounds Create a wound by using a toothpick to score a line in the the latex before it's completely set. Let dry for a few minutes, and then use a toothpick to open up the gash even more, creating a jagged line and curled up edges.
  • Step 5: Apply white makeup Apply the white cream makeup all over your face.
  • TIP: Apply green greasepaint lightly with a stipple sponge over the white makeup for a sickly tinge.
  • Step 6: Add gore Add gore with brown greasepaint on a stipple sponge around the wounds. Then stipple on a layer or purple and red greasepaint and put fake blood gel inside the gash.
  • Step 7: Finish Add black greasepaint under the eyes for a sunken look. Use the brown, red, and purple greasepaint to add more bruises, as desired. Finish with some fake blood gel oozing from your hairline where your brains have been eaten away.
  • FACT: The concept of zombies comes from the voodoo religion. The word in Haitian Creole means "spirit of the dead."

You Will Need

  • Liquid latex
  • Cotton balls
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpick
  • White cream makeup
  • Stipple sponge
  • Red
  • purple
  • brown
  • and black greasepaint
  • Fake blood gel
  • Hair dryer (optional)
  • Green greasepaint (optional)

Popular Categories