The Walking Dead – A Halloween Makeover

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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….

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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!

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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.

Broken Nose:

  • 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.

Zombie Bite:

  • Liquid Latex
  • Tissue

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?

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