Just in time for Halloween, a doable Do-It-Yourself into a terrifying zombie. (Zombie Makeup Tutorial)
When is a DIY project truly DIY project? Answer, when you can actually “do it yourself.” I have tried countless DIY projects from food recipes to household crafts and they typically run over budget or well outside the capability of the novice. Well, I found the perfectly scary Halloween DIY project designed by Greg Nicotera, the brilliant make-up designer from AMC’s The Walking Dead and fellow special effects artist Andy Schoneberg.
I was searching online for last-minute Halloween costume ideas when I was thrilled to find a zombie make-up video produced by the Emmy Award winning designers that create hundreds of terrifying zombies for The Walking Dead. I read the instructions, watched the video and compiled the shopping list required to paint your face a ghastly undead hue. While buying the on line and my local beauty store I decided to test the simplicity and accuracy of the instructions by videoing myself (without rehearsals) following the step-by-step instructions.
I was pleasantly surprised that the how-to guide left nothing out and was simple to follow. I particularly like that the instructions weren’t so constraining that you couldn’t personalize the make-up to divulge your inner most zombie. After lying out all the times it took no longer to finish my zombie make-up than it takes to carve a big pumpkin. The shopping list looked lengthy at first glance, but most households will already have many of the items required. The blac wig was my addition. (One of the perks of being an editorial hairstylist is having a closet full of wigs). You can get the same unkempt effect whether you are using your own hair or a wig. All you do is apply conditioner directly to your hair.
- Liquid Latex
- Uncooked Oatmeal
- Food Coloring
- Black cosmetic sponge
- Toilet Paper
- Hair dryer
- Face Powder
- Base makeup
- Mineral Oil
- Corn Syrup
- Popsicle Sticks
- Makeup Sponges
My love of all things zombie originated when grooming Norman Reedus for various photo shoots, red carpet events and Comicon for his hit TV show The Walking Dead. For those of you that don’t watch, Norman plays the crossbow wielding, good ol’boy Daryl Dixon, who is The Walking Dead’s foremost zombie killer.
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Music courtesy of Jamie N Commons-Lead Me Home (The Walking Dead Soundtrack)”,
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