Zombie Makeup Tutorial

A zombie is the perfect way to encompass serious Halloween vibes, it can be as scary or as gross as you want it to be. You could be a recently-turned zombie, or a full-blown, rotting face zombie. It’s all up to you! We went full-blown, face rotting zombie.

Turn some heads, and probably a few stomachs, with this fun + freaky zombie tutorial!

What you’ll need:

  • Latex
  • Halloween makeup
  • Fake blood
  • Oatmeal
  • Tissue
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Brushes (the ones that come with your makeup kit)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • A stick or toothpicks to tear the latex


Here’s our beautiful model before. (I promise she’s excited to get zombified ;))


Creating a zombie is just like building a house. Well, kinda. What I mean is, you have to start with a foundation. For this look, we used three layers of latex and oatmeal.

  1. Apply your first layer over your entire face and blow dry. Make a scrunchy face while drying to get the desired lines and wrinkles.
  2. Apply your second layer of latex, focusing on the areas you want to rip/tear to give the look of rotting flesh. Apply a few strips of tissue paper/toilet paper with jagged edges to look like skin is peeling back. I did this on her cheek.  Blow dry with a scrunchy face.
  3. Mix in dry oatmeal with the remaining latex and apply to any areas you want to look infected. I applied right above her right eyebrow.

Foundation Oatmeal

Now that your foundation is complete, it’s time to create the tears in your “flesh”. To do this, grab a toothpick, or the end of one of your makeup brushes, and begin tearing the latex. CAUTION: Be careful to not scratch your skin.

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Now comes the fun part! First you need to decide on a back story for your zombie look to decide what type of coloring the skin will have. A fresh zombie will have more flesh tones and blood, a really infected zombie will be green and yellow, sunken in cheeks will be gray or black. It all depends on wounds and decomposition of the skin. We went for a greenish-purple zombie. First, we mixed a tealish green with a normal green to get the color below. Once you have a color you want, apply your first coat. Now, go in with any accent colors to give dimension. We chose purple.

Once you’re pleased with the color, add blood! I started on the sores above her eyebrow and worked my way to the massive tear on her cheek, applying blood where I wanted. You’ll want to fill in the deep areas (like the tear on her cheek) with black and layer in the deep reds.

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Once your makeup is how you want it, make your hair greasy and gross and you’re a flesh-eating zombie!