Upgrade From “Budget” to Our “Basic” Zombie Look from Pro FX Artist Lizzy Fox

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Professional FX Makeup Artist Elizabeth Fox is here to help you do your Zombie look from Budget to Basic to Beyonce Level. Check out this “Basic” where you only need a couple “extras” beyond your own on hand makeup drawer standards. Halloween never looked so undead. Let’s do this!

What you’ll need:

Basic Zombie Makeup (this should be stuff laying in their makeup bags/drawers already), with some added goodies

  • Ben Nye Effects Gel. Other brands recommended are Mehron 3-D Effects Gel.
  • Foundation 1-3 shades lighter than skin tone
  • Loose powder- no color, translucent
  • Contour: Brand Used:  Ben Nye Death Wheel and Bruise Wheel, Joe Blasco. Other brands:  Mehron, Kryolan
  • Black eyeliner pencil
  • Different shades of purple and grey and green eyeshadows
  • Black cream makeup, like a gel eyeliner (if not available, a black eyeshadow works fine)
  • MyBlood, Ben Nye Thick Blood
  • A few brushes- one to do the contour, an eyeshadow brush, a smaller brush for details and decay areas and one to apply loose powder

From your kitchen:

  • Flour and oats, mixed together (grind the oats up a bit)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Mayonnaise (or coconut oil, a mashed banana, anything to make the hair look greasy)
  • Red Jello
  • Red jam (preferably strawberry, it has nice chunky bits)
  • Food coloring (to make the jello mix more deep red)
  • Used coffee grounds (makes great dirt!)
 Step 1: Gelatin & Foundation

Step 1

We’re going to add to our Budget Zombie Steps this time. To start, apply “rotting skin” using gelatin. We used Ben Nye Effects Gel. Other brands recommended are Mehron 3-D Effects Gel. Wait for the gelatin to dry, then cover your face with a foundation that is 1-3 shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

Step 2 Decay & Contour

Add the “skeletal” effect by contouring your cheekbones and nose with the darker shades of makeup you have on hand (to make your face look hollow).

Use deep colors like purples and blacks around the eyes, adding to the skeletal effect. Get into that contour with the color cream wheels. We used Ben Nye Death Wheel and Bruise Wheel by Joe Blasco

Step 3 Line & Smudge

Smudging a black gel/liquid eyeliner around the eyelid area creates the deeper, hollow effect, too. Definitely went for some more drama this time around.

Step 4 Bruise & Highlight

Going over the areas you already contoured, take darker and lighter shades of eyeshadow/powder to enhance and set the contour, while highlighting the pale areas you haven’t touched yet. Applying highlighter on the lips takes away any color that remained, really solidifying the “dead” look.

Step 5 Hair Grime

Step 5

Like our Budget version, you’ll want to get the messy hair action on. Take the ingredients you found in your kitchen and add them to your hair and clothes to make you look like you just came back from the dead— dirt and all! The mayonaise/coconut oil helps make your hair greasy, while other products will make it easier to tease/frizz.

Step 6 Gore & Blood

Now, for the gore. Apply the blood, but make sure not to have it be “pretty”! Use thick blood, as it won’t run and stays in the gelatin the best. We used MyBlood and Ben Nye Thick Blood


Want more DIY Halloween looks? Check out Metiza contributor Nicole Renard’s easy makeup looks here!