How to Do Easy Zombie Makeup

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If you're a fan of movies and TV shows featuring vacant-eyed, flesh-eating zombies, like "The Walking Dead," "Zombieland" or "28 Days Later," then this is the perfect Halloween DIY zombie makeup tutorial for you. With a few sickly shades of face paint, several dark eye shadows, and various makeup brushes for blending, you can easily create a party-ready look that will strike fear into the hearts of the living.

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Things You'll Need

  • Primer

  • Foundation (in a lighter shade than you normally use)

  • Beauty blender

  • Purple cream eyeshadow

  • Dark brown eyeshadow

  • Eyeshadow brush

  • Blending brush

  • Flat eyeshadow brush

  • Yellow face paint

  • Green face paint

  • Grey face paint

  • Flat-top brush

  • Red eyeliner pencil

  • Purple eyeshadow

  • Black eyeshadow

Primer for Easy Zombie Makeup

Apply primer to your face and eyelids.

Apply the Foundation

Use a beauty blender to apply a light shade of foundation to your face. Don't smooth it out and leave it a bit splotchy — you are going for an undead look with your zombie makeup, after all. Be sure to apply foundation to your neck and over your lips as well.

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Purple For Your Eyelids

Apply a dark shade of purple cream eye shadow to both your upper and lower eyelids.

Add Brown Eye Shadow

Apply dark brown eye shadow to the crease of your eyelid to create a sunken effect.

Add Some Eye Bags

Apply dark brown shadow along your under-eye area and drag it down toward the apple of your cheek with a blush and blend. This zombie makeup will accentuate your under eye bags and add to that sunken eye look.

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Use a flat brush to apply more dark brown shadow along your under-eye area and around your nostrils.

Yellow Face Paint

Use a beauty blender to dab yellow face paint onto the middle of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, under your nose, the middle of your chin and along your cheekbones.

Tip

Rather than using a beauty blender, you can cut the edges of a beauty sponge to create a more uneven application method.

Green Zombie Face Paint

Use a beauty blender to apply green paint to your forehead, around your mouth and along your jawline.

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Create Sunken Cheeks

Apply grey face paint to your cheeks to create a hollow, sunken effect. Dab the paint on with a beauty sponge (or beauty blender) and blend with a flat-top brush.

Darken Your Eye Areas

Use dark brown eye shadow to darken the eye area. Applying it to your lower eyelids, along your under-eye areas and in the creases of your eyelids.

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Make Bloodshot Eyes

Line your lower waterline with a red eyeliner pencil for that bloodshot look.

Make Your Eyes Darker

Blend purple eye shadow on your upper and lower eyelids to further darken the eye area.

Make Zombie Lips

Apply dark brown eye shadow to the center of your lips and layer black eye shadow over the very center of your lips.

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Deepen Lip Creases

Mix together medium and dark brown shadows and apply to the corners of your mouth. Then blend with a beauty blender.

Go Forth and Eat Brains

Now you're ready to wreak havoc on the living.

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