Anyway, here's how I wound up zombified:
- Tutorial from costume shop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5NpkUfUXNM
- Tutorial from AMC Walking Dead special effects team: http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/inside-the-walking-dead-zombie-make-up-tips-for-halloween
- Behind the scenes - Warm Bodies makeup : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjzHp8v67KM
- Michelle Phan Warm Bodies "R" makeup tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8BcNxuRjwohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3AEzZVT3V0
- Matted hair: use conditioner and dry shampoo powder in hair to get it greasy/gross looking
- Gross lips/teeth: use theatrical makeup to make teeth look rotted
- Distressing clothing: burn holes, make clothes look dirty and worn, rip/shred it
- BLOOD: zombie blood is gross and dark, because they're dead. So anything oozing out of you should look like that. But if you just fed on a human, the blood on your mouth and hands and splattered on you is probably nice and bright red. Fake blood looks fake.
- Veins on temples/neck
- Reddish purple around eyes
- Creepy eyes: use contact lenses. You can try to get out of it, but this is essential for a realistic zombie look. White, yellow, whatever, you'll want to get them.
Mehron's Zombie Premium Makeup Kit
A little spendy, yes. But worth it. It includes instructions, a bruise/abrasion FX wheel (cream colors in black, brick red, mustard, olive green and navy), zombie skin base (grey green), color set powder, Tooth FX paint in Nicotine, 3D gel x2, sponges, makeup remover, powder puff, and Q-tips. The grey/green zombie flesh skin color is a little too dark in my opinion--I had to lighten it up with some MAC cream color.
I know you really shouldn't wear colored contacts that you bought off the internet... but since it was JUST for the race, I decided to do it anyway. These did irritate my eyes a little bit (I wore them on top of my prescription contacts... SHHH don't tell my eye doctor!!!). And they did blur my peripheral vision a bit, so I didn't pop them in until I arrived at the race, and then I took them out once it was done.
Step by Step...
I shredded up some old clothes with scissors and rubbed some MAC cream color in a dirt brown shade onto them.
I warmed up the 3D effects gel in a bowl of warm water and started applying it to my face, neck and chest with my fingers.
I threw on some fake blood. Both kinds were the consistency of corn syrup and didn't really DRY, they just kind of got stickier. The color was great--nice and dark, but I tried splattering it onto myself using a brush and that didn't work very well. Also, the blood didn't seem to quite stick to my skin and the 3D gel stuff--probably because I forgot to put on the setting powder!
Next time I do zombie makeup, I'll use setting powder, add more black around my lips, darken around my eyes a little more, make my skin more mottled/textured, and do bigger and more elaborate skin effects. I do think that the 3D gel and/or the cream color made me break out a little, so next time I'll make sure to be a little more generous with the makeup remover afterwards!!!