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Zombie Makeup Tutorial: Missing Jaw

DIY zombie makeup tutorial

I’ve noticed that as Zombie culture has become more popular over the past few years that there are some really amazing looks out there. What disappoints me slightly is that with many of the REALLY REALLY good ones, they use pre-made prosthetics, which can be pricey and you have to plan ahead to order the good ones.

While it doesn’t always have the same “off the set of the walking dead” look, you can pull off quite a terrifying and legitimately gory look using basic items you can find around your own home and at most Halloween prop stores. To see some of my favorite products, check out my Top 5 Zombie Makeup Tools!


Zombie Makeup Tutorial: Missing Jaw

Instructions on how to make your own Prosthetic Gel can be found here.

NOTE: Video currently undergoing edits since the artists record companies apparently didn’t like being background to a zombie tutorial. :….( I’ll hopefully have these up and running again soon.

Other Zombie Makeup Tips

A couple of considerations for this particular look. When making your “zombie teeth,” you will want to first paint the inside of the fake nails with flesh colored liquid latex to give them a yellowed look. Even with that, the first thing Damir said about my pictures was that “I had good hygiene for a zombie.” HA! If I re-did this look, I would consider bringing the makeup a little bit further down onto the teeth to make it look a touch more decayed.

Think outside your face

I also recommend getting enough makeup to cover your arms. Since I had planned on wearing the over-shirt, I had just slathered a touch of white creme makeup on my arms, but it quickly rubbed off by the time I took the shirt off. Although I am quite pale, you can very clearly see the life in my arms in contrast to the deadened pallor of my face.

Zombie Hygiene

In addition to my “clean” zombie teeth, one thing that bothered me about this zombie was just how white the shirt looks. Admittedly, I was a bit rushed the weekend I shot these, and after the fact, wished I had taken more time to really filth it up a little, you know, proper zombie hygiene. As a predator that has been lurching aimlessly through the elements with its only concern finding the next meal, they likely would not have kept the shirt in such pristine white condition. I would recommend getting some mud smears, and perhaps even using some of the creme makeup to add a bit of muck, just to take the look that little bit further.

Looking for more Zombie Costume Tips? Check out some of my top recommendations for anyone looking to do a zombie this Halloween!




Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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