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October 25, 2013

Zombie makeup tips

Get your look on for the Zombie Prom with these makeup tips from AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Shopping list

Most of these items can be found at your local pharmacy, beauty supply, grocery store or Halloween specialty shop:

• Liquid latex

• Uncooked oatmeal (instant or regular)

• Gelatin

• Liquid food coloring

• Black cosmetic sponge

• Facial tissue

• Hair dryer

• Face powder

• Pale base makeup/foundation

• Mineral oil

• Dark powder/eye shadow (green, dark grey or black)

• Corn syrup

• Tongue depressor or Popsicle stick

• Makeup sponge

• Inexpensive paint brush


Step 1: Hair prep — Gather your supplies and make sure the area is protected from splatter. “Zombify” hair with lots of conditioner.

Step 2: Texture skin — Apply liquid latex to stretch and stipple the skin, dry with a handheld hair dryer and apply powder.

Step 3: Create rough and rotting skin — Create the look of rotted skin by applying uncooked oatmeal (instant or regular) over a layer of liquid latex. Smooth edges with a tongue depressor. Apply face powder and dry with a handheld hair dryer.

Step 4: Create flesh wounds — Mix one pack of gelatin with 1/3 cup of water (or a bit less), let it firm, then cut into cubes. You need to liquify the cubes by placing in the microwave for intervals of 10 seconds only. It’s critical that the cubes do not boil. If they do, start with a new pack of gelatin. Add liquid food coloring or light liquid makeup and apply mixture to the bony areas of the face. The gelatin will turn into the consistency of rubber, which allows you to work the material in as it sets with a tongue depressor. Pull at the gelatin to create the rough edges of wounds. Use a black sponge around the edges for more texture.

Step 5: Create torn flesh — Paint a layer of liquid latex on the area you wish to infect and press a small ragged-edged piece of facial tissue on top. Add more liquid latex over the tissue and wrinkle the edges up to create the look of eaten flesh. Blow it dry with a hair dryer, but be very careful not to melt the gelatin.

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