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Our Pro FX Artist Shares How To DIY Budget Zombie for Halloween

Get the perfect undead look for fall!

Here at Metiza we’re all about DIY, and your Halloween costume should be, too! Professional FX Makeup Artist Elizabeth Fox is here to help you do just that with her zombie makeup tutorial. Don’t even sweat the budget! We have your back with most of the needed “ingredients” being right in your makeup drawer and pantry. Who knew your favorite Overnight Oats and your coffee grounds could do double duty as undead grime? Bring it on Halloween!

What you’ll need:

Budget Makeup (this should be stuff laying in their makeup bags/drawers already)

  • Foundation 1-3 shades lighter than skin tone
  • Loose powder- no color, translucent
  • 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)
  • 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

Step 1

To start, cover your face with a foundation that is 1-3 shades lighter than your natural skin tone. 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).

Step 2

Step 2

Use deep colors like purples and blacks around the eyes, adding to the skeletal effect.

Step 3

Step 3

Smudging a black gel/liquid eyeliner around the eyelid area creates the deeper, hollow effect, too.

Step 4

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Now, for the gore. Mix your jello, jam, and food coloring together and let it sit in the fridge to congeal. Apply around the mouth area and on your clothes to finish this look.

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

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