Mad Like Alyce

Top 5 Zombie Makeup Tools

I’ve been doing Zombie looks for awhile now, and a lot of my friends were surprised I didn’t include them in my 31 Days of Halloween last year!

My Zombie Evolution

My personal Zombie has evolved over the years as I have tried different products, techniques, and even themes! Each time has grown a little bit gorier and I have refined some of my top products and tips to pulling off your own awesome zombie look.

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My first Zombie… Used the stippling technique but overall not too gruesome.

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My first full-scale themed zombie… using a real wedding dress! Went for the “shotgun bride” concept here and used bullet hole prosthetics. Getting more gory, but this was just my first year.

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I’ve graduated to the gory zombie! This look was created using tissue paper and liquid latex.

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One of my favorites! This was done for Zombie Walk in the twin cities (zombie prom queen), and a very successful application of the gel prosthetic. 

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Top 5 Zombie Makeup Tools

1. Homemade Gel Prosthetic

My number 1 go-to tool is homemade prosthetic gel (used in the last pic above). This is not the prosthetic you see in terms of a completely finished look you glue on and paint, but an actual gel you make, apply while warm, and allow to cool on your face. It moves with you, is gentle on your skin, and since it is make of glycerin, it actually hydrates your skin instead of drying out and irritating your skin which you often get applications such as spirit gum or liquid latex. It is also super easy to remove!

Here is a full scale tutorial on how to make it!

All you need is:

  • Glycerin (found in the pharmacy section of most stores)
  • Gelatin (found in the baking aisle)
  • Water

As it states in the video, mix in equal parts (I use 2 Tbs of each) and microwave in 20 second intervals (about 2-3 times).

CAUTION: This stuff is SERIOUSLY HOT!!! Please be patient and allow it to cool before applying to yourself or someone else, you CAN get very badly burned if you don’t wait for it to start to cool and congeal. Plus, you really don’t want it super runny in the first place.

Don’t worry about the bowl and spoon you use to mix it with. Allow the gel to cool completely, and it peels out in a perfect piece. You can also save hardened gel to use in future applications, such as cutting chunks or creating a much larger gash.

2. Flesh tone makeup: Dead Flesh by Wookie.

This is by far the best flesh tone makeup I have found. It goes beyond just using a white cream based makeup… it removes all hint of life from your flesh while still giving you the appearance you were once among the living.

It does come in a fairly small container, but you would be surprised just how far this will go. You can easily get at least two full face applications per jar, and be able to do  full face, neck, shoulders and arms with a jar, and still have a bit left over for next time. Apply this with a cosmetic sponge for best results.

3. Bruising palette

You don’t have to spend a ton to get a fantastic makeup palette of bruise colors… my favorite so far was from Walmart! This is what takes your basic “white out” zombie to the decomposing dead. Make sure that it has a full range of colors, including:

  • deep purple
  • a mottled, pea-green
  • a deep yellow, think goldenrod or mustard
  • black
  • red

4. Stippling sponge

This applicator tool takes your look to a whole new level by giving you the mottled, starting to decompose look and making it look effortless… because it really is. This tool is so easy to use and makes your zombie look far more professional.

5. Variety of Brushes

Once you get going, you will realize how quickly you get your brushes dirty, and it is incredibly frustrating having your colors mix when you don’t want them to, or having to continually clean a brush off (especially with grease based face paints). You don’t have to spurge on expensive makeup brushes… a nice “painters pack” with a variety of different brush sizes and shapes goes a long way and is fairly affordable.

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  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.
  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.
  • Theres nothing quite like painting yourself completely white to make you realize how yellow your teeth are getting. Time to cut back on the coffee! JK, that might actually kill me. #tissuetestfail #needsomewhitestrips #cresttotherescue #notanad #butyoucanpaymeanyway?
  • I sometimes can take well over 200 photos of various looks, just to make sure I get the right one... i don't pretend to be a photographer! Even with so many photos, I will often only post maybe 3-4, which makes me a little sad since I spend so much time on some of these! So here are a few more of my "Migraine" Twenty One Pilots inspired look. I managed to get quite a few shots of this look before adding the tears for the completed migraine look, and I really do love how it looks without any color.

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