Zombie Makeup

To continue our theme on creating effects of zombie and horror films, we will now go to the art of makeup and turning your actors into a zombie.  The techniques presented in this video are moderately advanced, so you can try your hand at it or you can get someone with experience to do it for you.  We will have two videos for this topic:

  1. The Basics of Zombie Makeup
  2. More advanced Zombie Makeup Techniques

The first video is made to a fresher zombie kind of look with fresh looking blood and scratches.  Maybe this person was just turned into a zombie recently!

Some tips to making your face makeup look better:

  • Don’t apply the face makeup too thick or else it will look really fake.
  • It’s necessary to use multiple colors of red and layer them up to make it look more realistic.  Usually the darker color comes first, then a lighter color is added to that, finally the darkest crusty color is added.  Finally, you can add fake blood using different sized brushes and a squeeze bottle for larger splattering effects.
  • To make your hair look more stringy you can use hair oil or conditioner to give it that nasty unclean look.

The second video goes into more graphic detail and makes a zombie that’s been around for a while.


Be sure to check out the other article Gore Galore! featuring more fleshy details that can be used for making zombies: