For Halloween 2015, it is all about zombies with “The Walking Dead,” “Z-Nation” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” favorites among many TV viewers. All this infatuation with zombies makes zombie costumes a popular choice this year. Forget the costumes you buy in the store, the only way to look like an authentic zombie is to do it yourself!
DIY Halloween zombie makeup right out of your kitchen cabinets will not only save you money and a trip to the mall, but it looks better than most of the professional zombie Halloween makeup on the market. From cracked and mangled skin to the blood oozing from gaping wounds, you can make this in a matter of minutes with the stuff you have stored in your kitchen cabinets and makeup kit.
As JCP News suggests on October 27, that most folks have old clothes laying around that you can rip up and stain with coffee or tea and once you’ve made your own blood, if you want some extra gore, you can also add blood splatter to your attire. Without further ado, open those kitchen cabinets and get going on your zombie creation.
Flour is amazing for creating everything from cracking skin to hair that looks like it has been buried for years. By just adding water until the flour is the consistency of gravy, you have your face makeup foundation.
After you’ve applied this mixture all over your face and it dries the flour cracks looking like dead skin and the color is perfect for that old dead skin of a zombie. Flour mixed with water to the consistency of mashed potatoes gives you the material needed to form a wound, a scar or just some lumps and bumps for your dead skin.
Zombies aren’t traditionally clean, so you can smudge some honest to goodness dirt on your skin and clothes for that added look of just crawling out of the grave. Use black eyeliner, eyebrow pencil or black eye-shadow to make dark circles under your eyes for that gaunt dead look, as seen on Bustle! Once you’ve whipped up the fake blood below, don’t forget to add this around your mouth for that authentic zombie look!
If the flour isn’t drying fast enough for you once it is applied, you can use a hair dryer to blow it dry. Flour and water in the consistency a thick gravy applied to your hair gives you a dead styling gel! Saturate your hair and blow dry into a hairy mess and your zombie hair is born.
If you want some extra gray in your hair, top off with dry flour by applying it like a powder to your coiffure. You can use the flour and water mixture on your arms, neck and everywhere your skin will be exposed for that overall zombie look.
Now how about some blood, you can’t be a zombie without a bit of blood oozing, splashed or dripping from your costume. This is as simple as adding some red food coloring to the same flour and water mixture you made for your face and skin makeup. Drip, splatter or dab however much you desire for your costume.
For blood that looks almost too real, mix 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and 4 drops of red food coloring then add in on teaspoon of cocoa mix. If you need more blood, you can just double up on the recipe.
For adding pieces of flesh to your costume, use this cornstarch mixture to mold areas on your face, neck or arms of this rubbery flesh. Mix 2 tablespoons of corn starch with 4 teaspoons of water. Then add 2 drops of red food coloring and ¼ teaspoon of cocoa mix. Mix this until it forms a clay-like consistency. You may need to knead this like you would dough for bread for a few minutes, but it’s worth the effort!
Licorice gum works well for blocking out teeth because it turns black after you’ve chewed it a bit. This works well if you want your zombie-look to have some missing teeth!