Basic Zombie Makeup Guide For Halloween (2018)

Hey makeup lovers!, lets do something weird this coming Halloween with these Zombie Makeup tips. At a minimum, a zombie needs pale skin, sunken eyes, and darkened or bloody lips. You can do some or all of this with regular makeup you might have at home. Alternatively, you can pick up a zombie makeup kit that has most everything you need. You’ll also want to do something with your hair. There’s a whole other article for that  from Look Like A Zombie.


Here are some of the supplies you might need for a basic zombie look:
  • White face paint (or other pale foundation)
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Fake blood or gray/black lipstick
If you have a little money to spend, also consider picking up these:

  • Zombie/Halloween face paint (or other high-quality face paint)
  • Liquid latex
  • Fake scabs and/or other prosthetics
Woman with elaborate zombie makeup wearing some sort of military or police costume
In addition to your face, also apply makeup to your neck and any other parts of the body where skin is showing.


There are lots of tips and techniques to applying zombie makeup, but here’s the process in a nutshell:

  • Wash your face. If necessary, shave any facial hair that might complicate makeup application.
  • Apply liquid latex and any prosthetics you want to use.
  • Apply the face paint or other foundation to give yourself a corpse-like complexion.
  • Darken your eyes and check bones to give yourself a gaunt look.
  • Apply fake blood or lipstick to your mouth.
  • Apply fake blood to any wounds you have.

That should give you a basic understanding of what you need to do. However, there are a whole host of ways you can build on these basic steps to create a zombie that’s scarier, more realistic, and just plain better.

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Adding Texture

If you want your zombie’s skin to look rotten and weathered, you can’t go wrong with liquid latex (that is, unless you’re allergic to it). You can apply it to stretched out skin to create some gnarly imperfections. Or you can layer it with tissue paper, then puncture the surface to create nasty fake gouges on your face.

There are lots of other techniques for getting authentic-looking zombie skin, many of which use household items. Not all of the stuff you read on the internet is necessarily safe (there’s an understatement). Bottom line, be careful about what you put on your face.


A cheap prosthetic or two can have a big impact on your costume.

While the quality varies from product to product, store-bought prosthetics add an extra level of realism to your zombie persona. Prosthetics are latex based, and come in all sorts of varieties, such as:

  • Open wounds
  • Scars
  • Facial deformities

Zombie prosthetics are completely optional, but can really raise the gore factor (provided they’re high quality and properly applied). Consider adding a strategically placed prosthetic or two to your costume.
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Other Enhancements

Honestly, there are too many possibilities for zombie effects to outline in one article. However, there are three more that are definitely worth mentioning:

Contact lenses. 
They’re not cheap or all that easy to use, but creepy contact lenses provide a perfect finishing touch to a zombie costume. You can find them at a variety of places online.

Tooth Makeup.
Zombies aren’t big on brushing, so if you really want to be authentic, you can stain your teeth with a homemade concoction or store-bought tooth makeup. Fake chompers are another possibility, provided you don’t have to wear them for hours at a time.

If you really want to stand out, get creative by incorporating a prop into your zombie’s appearance – a screwdriver through the eye, fork in the neck, you name it.

5 Awesome Zombie Makeup Tutorials

If you want detailed instructions on zombie makeup techniques, you can find loads of video tutorials online. Here are five of the best.

1. Basic Zombie Makeup Tutorial

These steps should be easy to follow for anyone who’s accustomed to using standard makeup.

2. Walking Dead Tips

Makeup artists from The Walking Dead offer tips for amateurs, including the latex skin-stretching technique mentioned earlier.

3. Using a Makeup Kit

This tutorial shows how to use a makeup kit that includes face paint and a prosthetic.

4. Neck Wound Tutorial

An example of what you can do with liquid latex and tissue paper.

5. Ripped Mouth Time-lapse

This one is not for beginners – or the squeamish.

So, are you inspired to go out and create your own horrifying zombie effects now? If you enjoyed this article, share with your zombie-loving friends or leave a message below!