How to Do Makeup to Look Like Frankenstein


The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation is one of the first horror novels, written by Mary Shelley in the early nineteenth century. The monster in the story is created out of bits of corpses, and given life, and name, by Victor--to disastrous ends. In typical depictions of Frankenstein's monster (also called Frankenstein) he is shown with green, dead-looking skin, many scars, and dark, grotesque features.

Things You'll Need

  • Face paints
  • Makeup brushes
  • Makeup sponges
  • Apply a green base to the entire face, ears and neck with a makeup sponge. The green should be a dirty, olive green, rather than a bright, fresh green--the effect you're after is of decaying skin.

  • Take black face paint, and paint on thick brows, that almost meet in the center. Shade a small amount of black into the green in a bowed line across the forehead, to achieve the overhanging brow look, made famous by the classic Herman Munster portrayal of Frankenstein.

  • Apply a thin shade of black paint under the eyes with a makeup sponge. Dab the sponge under the eyes to blend the green and black, creating a very tired-looking, dark circled eye.

  • Shade black onto the eyelid, concentrated close to the lash line, then fading as it gets to the brow bone.

  • Shade in a touch of black paint on either side of the nose, to give it a broad look, and two lines from the edge of the nostril to the corner of the mouth, to give the stern-mouthed look that Frankenstein is famous for.

  • Mix a little bit black into some red paint, and paint the lips in this color.

  • Paint on various scars using the red-black color, adding some extra spots of red to look like blood. Fred Gwynne, who played the Frankenstein character Herman Munster in the classic TV series "The Munsters" typically had a single large scar down the right side of his forehead, and of course you can add a fake bolt through the neck if you're going for the full Munster-style Frankenstein look.

  • Use black paint along the hairline to paint on the jagged-cut forehead that Frankenstein has. Try and make the forehead look as broad as you can, because Frankenstein's head was patched together rather haphazardly by Dr. Victor, resulting in a bulbous forehead.

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