When it comes to turning yourself into a zombie, there are a lot of products that work together to create and complete the transformation. In order to scare your family, friends, and acquaintences; you have to make sure your zombie look is sinister yet realistic. Luckily, it’s easy to turn yourself into a zombie without making a mess and looking faux. So, how do you turn yourself into a zombie in just 10 minutes? Lets get started!
First and foremost, you want to create your own fake blood. Creating fake blood is relatively easy. All you need is a thick dark red/brown base with a gel-like consistency. For this particular look, I used only a small amount of TwinLab’s Cher-Amino Predigested Protein. If you don’t have any, just use cherry dipping sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of red pigment (make sure it has a matte finish, I used MAC’s Basic Red pigment), 1 teaspoon of Vaseline, and 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder. Take a small spatchula and/or mixing medium and mix generously. Sit it aside.
Secondly, you want to begin creating your base. Your base will be nothing more than a primer and vaseline. In order to create an effective base, you want to prime your entire face with your foundation primer. As it sets, prepare the rest of your base. This will consist of about 1 tablespoon of Vaseline mixed with 1 teaspoon of the red pigment followed by 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder. Combine the ingredients together and mix. Sit it aside.
Third, you want to work with toilet paper. Believe it or not, the toilet paper is important when creating this particular zombie look. Take white toilet paper and start ripping it into small sections. It’s important that the toilet paper is ripped into small portions. You can also add medium portions. I wouldn’t recommend large pieces simply because they don’t look realistic. You are going to apply each one to your face. The key is making yourself look like pure horror gore.
As you continue, You want to begin applying your base. This will consist of the Vaseline mixed with the red pigment and cocoa powder. Almost immediately after, you want to apply the toilet paper. Do not cover your entire face, but only 1/2 to 3/4 of your face. For this look, I covered my forehead and some areas around my mouth.
Are you having fun yet? Ready to get horrific? Using a brush or a sponge, apply the original mixture which consists of the homemade blood. Do not worry about using too much or too little, as you can remove and build color. If you want it to set faster, the key is adding more red pigment using a separate brush and/or sponge.
Take a bright red matte lipstick and apply it to the lower waterline of your eye. Tighlining (lining both the upper and lower waterlines) is optional, however; if you want to make your eyes look even scarier, I highly recommend doing it. I actually tightlined my eyes with the lipstick for this look.
Finally, in order to channel your inner zombie, you want to take black gel liner and apply it around your eyes and lips. Also, do not hesitate to add it to other areas of the skin. I also love to add other colors such as dark green and purple, to kind of add more depth to the look. It is key to use only matte colors, as they tend to look the most natural when creating any kind of FX look, especially a zombie look. It is also important to lighten your skin using matte white pigment, which is what I used to lighten my skin. Do not be afraid to experiment as this will allow your zombie look to come to life.
Congratulations! You have turned yourself into a zombie. Not only will this take just 10 minutes of your time, but you don’t even have to use liquid latex nor food coloring to achieve this look and it’s just as long lasting. Plus, is there anything scarier? Have a great Halloween!