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.
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.