This week, for my Halloween inspired makeover, I had a lot of fun roping my husband into being my model. I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and I’m counting down the days and hours until the Season 4 premiere. I think it would be fair to say that this influenced my inspiration for this look….
In terms of the locations shown in these pictures, we happen to be very close to both a power substation, and a super creepy teddy-bear graveyard. Someone has literally strung about 20 teddy bears up on a fence, made it look like they were trying to climb the fence to escape something, and left them there to rot in the weather. Now, I guess we know what they were trying to escape – ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!
We’re heading to a Zombie themed party tonight, so it was good to have the chance to practice playing with some of my SFX makeup again in the lead-up (I shot this makeup last weekend).
Before applying the makeup, I wanted to block out the basic wounds on his face.
- Spirit Gum
- Nose & Scar Wax
- Liquid Latex
- Sculpting spatula
I started by taking approximately 1/3 of a teaspoon of nose and scar wax, and rolled it into a flattened sausage shape, long enough to wrap over both sides of his nose. I used a sponge to apply spirit gum to my husbands nose, then stuck the sausage of wax to the sticky spirit gum. I used a small spatula to smooth the edges, and carve the split into the nose wax, then I sealed the whole contraption with a layer of liquid latex.
- Liquid Latex
I began by separating a tissue into a single ply, and ripping it into sections a little larger than the size of the zombie bite. I used a sponge to apply liquid latex to an area of my husbands cheek a little larger than the area of the wound. While it was still wet (act quickly, it dries down pretty fast!) I stuck a piece of tissue to the latex, letting the edges roll in, to simulate the swollen and torn edge of the wound. I then applied another layer of latex, another layer of tissue and a final layer of latex to seal the simulated injury.
- Ben Nye Master Bruise Wheel
- Illamasqua Skin Base in White
- NYX Single Eyeshadow in Dark Gray
- Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Bulletproof
- Ben Nye Severe Exposure Wheel
- Bloody Mary Theatrical Blood
I began by using the bruise wheel and the white foundation to mix up a number of shades of foundation in sickly tones – pale green, pale blue, pale purple, and used a sponge to stipple these over my husbands face. I started by doing his whole face in a sheer wash of pale green, used pale blue on the high points of his face, and the purple around his eyes and mouth. I treated the nose wax and the edges of the zombie bite the same way as the rest of his face. I then used the deeper maroon shade around his eyes and the corners of his mouth.
I set the foundation / cream products with the dark grey eyeshadow on a large fluffy powder brush, to dull down the skin and give more of a deathly pallor. I used the black eyeshadow to contour his cheeks and temples, to give more of a gaunt, decaying look.
I filled in the centre of the zombie bite wound and the split along his nose with the deepest red shades from the severe exposure wheel. I finished the look off by dabbing theatrical blood into the zombie bite, around the corners of his mouth, and dripping some into the split nose.
Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Would you dress like a zombie for Halloween?