Get Undead This Halloween With This Zombie Makeup Tutorial


If you want to scare all the little kids (and big kids) this Halloween, dressing up as a zombie should do the trick (or treat). But how do you go about creating this creepy look? Local influencer with the skills that pay the bills, Rushana Isaacs, is here to help. Here’s her fabulous take on zombie makeup – get your brushes and fake blood ready!

White Face Paint

If you want to look like the living dead, you need to make your skin a lot paler than it currently is. The best way to achieve this is to invest in some white, light grey or generally pasty-coloured face paint. Make sure that you choose one that is safe to use on the delicate skin on the face and will stay put all night but wash off easily at the end of it. Unless you WANT to look like a corpse forever!


If you want to have a sheer white finish just to drain a bit of colour, mix your face paint with some moisturiser so that it isn’t too pigmented.

Eyeshadow Palette

In order to create some contrasting shadows on your gaunt zombie face, you’re going to need to add some shading. An eyeshadow palette that contains a mixture of taupes, greys and browns, as well as some red-based tone for around the eye area is your best bet. So if you don’t already have one in your collection, what better time than the present to treat yo’self?


To create those poppin’ veins, wet the bristles of a thin makeup brush and use black or dark eyeshadow. This will give you more definition.

Fake Blood

The best, and most gory, part of this makeup look is most definitely the blood. And the good news is that there are tons of different fake blood varieties on the market so you don’t have to slit your own throat to get a realistic effect! We know this stuff is fun, but just remember that less is more, especially if you want your friends to talk to you ever again. Just sayin’.


Don’t wear an outfit you love if you are going to be using fake blood – this stuff has a tendency to stain clothes. Better safe than sorry!

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