How to: Living Dead Zombie Tutorial

By | October 28 2011 | 18 Comments

zombie look

We’re loving her work and this week Sara’s got a Halloween-insired tutorial for us. Not sure what to dress up as on Monday night? Sorted: Sara’s zombie is a cinch to do thanks to her step-by-step instructions below. Best of all, no actual eating of human flesh required.

Take it away, Ms Kalima (psst, check out her blog for more looks too).

zombie step 1

 I started off with a fresh clean face. The great thing about this look is that you feel super attractive once you take it off!  So embrace any flaws on you skin, any zits, scars and discolouration will only make the look better.

zombie step 2

Taking the palest foundation I own, Gosh X-Ceptional Wear in Porcelain, on my stippling brush (a torn sponge would work too, if not better) and dotted the foundation in random spots on my face concentrating mainly on the centre of the face. This is to create a dry texture in the skin, almost as though it’s flaking. Dont forget to do your neck and chest too, and then blend slightly, so it doesn’t look like foudation.

zombie how to 3

Taking a foundation much too dark for my skin, Maybelline 24hr SuperStay in 070 Cocoa, using the same method I concentrated blotches of this on the outside of my face and then blended. Repeat on neck and chest also. This will add more texture again, creating a dirty kind of look, like you crawled out of your grave.

zombie how to step 4

Next, I wanted to lighten my eyebrows out but not completely cover them so I ran a little bit of Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer #51 through them with a spoolie brush. I also applied a little to my lips with my finger.

zombie how to step 5

Taking a fine liner brush and a blue/green shadow the same colour as the veins under your skin (I used one from a random 88-palette), I created little veins on my forehead and around the cheeks and jaw. To do this, you just need to run the brush over the skin in squiggly lines with a light hand.

zombie how to step 6

Taking a really fluffy blending brush and Catrice eyeshadow in the colour Starlight Espresso, I began darkening up the inner corners and accentuate the bags under my eyes. Keep building the colour and blending it out, you don’t want this to look like eye make-up.

zombie how to step 7

I then smudged a little bit of a red lipliner (any brand will do, although a red eyeliner would be much better) just under the lower lashes to create that infected-look.

zombie how to step 8

Next to deepen and darken the shadows around the eyes I used Catrice eyeshadow in Heidi Plum (a great alternative would be something like Shadowy Lady by Mac) and repeated the apply and blend process until I was happy. I also smudged a little bit of Zero 24/7 Liner by Urban Decay on the waterline.

zombie how to step 9

I then took the same blending brush and using Starlight Espresso, created a deep contour like this, to make the face appear skeletal, and well, undead. Dont forget to blend it out carefully and to do the jawline too.
zombie how to step 10

To create dry, chapped looking lips, just pucker your lips and run Starlight Espresso over them with the blending brush. You can darken this up with Heidi Plum if you want.

zombie how to step 11

Now to create that “I just ate someone” look, I took a red lipstick (matte), Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick in #60 Lambada, on a large concealer brush and patted this along the edge of the mouth and near the nose and blended this out with my fingers.

zombie lipstick step 12

To make the red more realistic looking, I darkened it with Benefit lipstick in No Competition, applied in the same way. To add even more texture I randomly patted on Heidi Plum with my finger.

zombie how to step 13

I applied a little bit of Vaseline on the eyelids, and the “infected” part near the mouth to make it look weepy and disgusting.

zombie how to step 14

Don’t forget to shade and add veins to any skin showing , here I have contoured my collar bones and added loads of blue veins.


finished zombie look

Extra Steps:

  • use tooth enamel to stain your teeth. I have none so I used a brown pencil liner on my teeth, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessary
  • Also if you have fake blood, you could run that from the corner of the mouth and cover your hands with it etc.
  • I hope you enjoyed this, and Happy Halloween everyone!

Brushes used:

brushes used

  • Infinity Stippling Brush
  • Crown C200 Deluxe Crease Brush
  • Spoolie
  • Large Synthetic Concealer Brush
  • Crown Basics Fine Liner Brush

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18 Replies to " How to: Living Dead Zombie Tutorial"

  • Aisling says:

    Ahaha Sara this is BRILLIANT! The attention to detail is fab – especially this bit:

    “I applied a little bit of Vaseline on the eyelids, and the “infected” part near the mouth to make it look weepy and disgusting.”

  • Grá says:

    Ah this is so cool, now I’m thinking about turning my 1920’s flapper into a Zombie!

  • This is so brilliant! Grá – I dressed up as a zombie flapper last year! It’s great fun.

  • Trillian says:

    Unfortunately with cold, spots and dark circles I already look a little like the end result ;)

  • RiRi says:

    Sara, it’s amazing, you are a very good looking zombie :-)

  • Daisydaisy says:

    Gross, disgusting….brilliant job done!!!

  • LoCo says:

    wow this is amazing that is all

  • CiB says:

    I wish I was dressing up this halloween so I could try this. I love that she uses regular makeup, stuff that we all could dupe, rather than face paints etc.

  • Grace London says:

    I love that she went for proper gross flesh eating zombie, rather than slutty sexy zombie. Bloody good job done too.

    This is also what I look like with a cold, Trillian.

  • Shanna says:

    This is fantastic!!! Sara you’re so talented, this is absolutely fab. My son and his friends want to go to a Halloween parade on Monday as zombies – perfect timing, I’ll be able to follow this and make them the best zombies there!!

    Going to a Halloween Ball on Sunday night, first time dressing up in about 10 years, I was going to dress up as Black Swan but I can not get the hang of the make-up and the thoughts of a tutu… Also, kids tiaras? Surprisingly hard to find! Going as Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan instead, can.not.wait.

  • kelly says:

    i am loving all sara’s make-up tutorials! i love how simple yet effective this one is!
    keep it up, sara!

  • Helen says:

    Deadlys!! Just about to do up my sister for her work shindig as a zombie amy winehouse…this will def help :)

  • Sara says:

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! I meant to add that contact lenses woud be great with this too! I too am dying with the cold atm, hope evryone feels better soon! Xx

  • JoJo says:

    That’s it! I’m going as Zombie Daphne from Scooby-Doo. What an amazing tutorial!

  • Jeannie says:

    Amazing. Love this look and also the matter-of-fact directions.

  • jikl says:

    eughhhh! This looks absolutely HORRIBLE!

    well done!

  • Rich Smith says:

    A brilliant post! You have put so much time and effort into this and it really seems to have paid off, you look fantastic! Well not fantastic…but you know what I mean!

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