How to Apply Zombie Makeup

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The trick to applying zombie makeup is to use purple, green, yellow and brown makeup in splotches to look like bruises and decaying skin. Create a believable zombie face with a demonstration by a certified stage makeup artist in this free video on Halloween makeup.

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Hi, my name is Mattie Sproul. I'm a Licensed Cosmetologist and I'm also a Certified in Theatrical and Halloween Makeup and today we're going to demonstrate zombie makeup. You will need a palette, face paint, makeup sponges, compact or eyeshadow and lipstick. And what I like to do first is make sure the hair is pulled back out of one's face. And then I like to put my paint that I've gotten at any Halloween costume store on a clean palette. I'm going to take my little makeup brush and what I'm going to do is I'm going to get some makeup and I'm going to go over just a few areas of her face to make them whiter, to make they're look dead. So what I like to do is just smudge them on underneath here eyes. Now what I'm going to do is take some brown makeup, put it on my semi-clean palette. With this brown you can make bruising and it's really easy to make bruises. We'll do one on her cheek; actually we'll do one on her eye. So bruises the colors are usually purple, green, yellow, brown; depending on what stage of the bruise. But right now we're just going to make her eye look bruised. So now we want to take some green; we just need a little. You can mix this in with the brown; but we'll make her get like, that will give her a fat lip. "So I'm going to go around like that here." So I'm going to do is, I have a purple compact; you can use any kind of purple, you can use purple pink, you can use purple shadowing. We're just going to use the purple eyeshadow 'cause it's easy to blend in and we want to put it, just tap it right where the blow probably took place. I'm going to take a little bit of the red and I'm going to put blood on her; on her face. And I'm going to take a clean brush; a thin brush. I'm going to get just a little bit of paint on it and I'm going to draw some blood on her; on her eye, she got sucker punched. And to finish off this look, you can put cotton in your mouth to make the swell look swollen. You can have tattered clothing or you could put a wig on and that's your Halloween costume for zombie makeup.

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