Zombie mania still seems to be around, so I'm sharing some zombie makeup tips from previous Halloween costumes. My husband and I have started the next season of The Walking Dead on Netflix, and it brought back memories of my favorite costume for the boys.
Doing Zombie Makeup
They knew they wanted to be zombies for a little while, so I was able to find some cheap face paint at Target. I got white, green, and black tubes of face paint. The red was fake blood. They had zombie makeup kits pre-assembled, but it was cheaper and you got more by getting your own materials.
- I started by covering the face in white paint with a makeup sponge. Since their hair was hanging in their faces, I had them use one of my headbands to hold it back.
- Next, I used black face paint around their eyes. It doesn't have to be precise, because it all ends up blending together in the end.
- Then, I used this tutorial from Under Construction to add some zombie flesh. Basically, you apply a glue stick to the spot, spread toilet paper over it (if it's two ply, separate them), and then paint over it with your face paint. I used red first and then went back over it with some black, because the red was too bright.
- To add detail to the flesh spots, I used my black eyeliner to trace over where it had wrinkled up.
- I added red around the mouth, down the neck, and onto their shirts.
- After that, it was a matter of blending the green over the rest of the face until I was happy with the results.
This was Jackson's finished look.
Brady is below. I had to add two pictures of him, because he's such a goof, and I couldn't narrow it down to just one 🙂 He was my second attempt, so I think the coloring came out better. I have to tell you, I had a blast doing their makeup!!
To keep costs low, I didn't buy any costumes. I figured "real" zombies had on their regular clothes when they turned, and the boys did, too.
I picked out some junky clothes for both of the boys so that it didn't matter if they got messed up.
Brady's shirt already had a rip in it, so we added a few more. He had on a long-sleeved shirt underneath to stay warm. Since we're in Alabama, that's about all you need. You can always layer accordingly.
I learned later that the red would not come out of Jackson's sweatshirt. I didn't think it would, but I was hoping.
Money Saving Tips
I saved the face paint. It has been used multiple times since we bought it for this costume. The boys have had dress-up opportunities at school, and it was nice to know that we already had the paint. The biggest one was Dr. Seuss day, and Brady wanted to be the Grinch. That was another fun one!
This year, my boys want to be a devil and vampire. Sometimes, I have no idea where they come up with their ideas!! What do your kids want to be for Halloween this year?