Each year, there are plenty of Halloween outfits to choose from; a witch, a Día de Muertos skeleton, a cat.
But does anything ever truly beat a reliable, rotting zombie? It fills every quota - creepy white contact lenses, torn up old clothing, pale skin. And the beauty of it is that you can go whole hog with liquid latex and special effects wax, or you can just dig out that Rimmel eyeshadow from 2007 and do what you want.
Whether it's the former or latter you're going for this year, here are a few tutorials to get you started.
1. The one that keeps your make up intact
Favourite video I've made so far. A really quick and easy Halloween makeup look on top of the makeup I wore to work. Glued some tissue down to create texture, and patted different shades of lipstick and gel liner over the top. It honestly took less than 15 minutes - perfect for when you want to make an impact with very little time! #halloweenmakeup #halloweenvideo #zombievideo #halloweentutorial #motd #fotd #zombiemakeup #zombietutorial #firstdatemakeuplook
This one looks super easy, and requires everyday items such as tissue, eyeliner and lipstick to make.
2. The slightly more complicated one
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For this one you'll need liquid latex and spirit gum, but the effect is pretty awesome so we expect that that visit to eBay will be well worth the effort.
3. The glamorous one
Mini tutorial on the #ZombieMakeup I created in my last post. 🎃👻 This is really simple and easy to re-create! Key products: #morphebrushes 35B pro eyeshadow palette ✨ #maccosmetics nw10 studio fix fluid & Blacktrack fluidline. #halloween #halloweenmakeup #halloweentutorial #wakeupandmakeup #dressyourface #hudabeauty #slave2beauty #maccosmetics #zombietutorial #zombie #halloweenmakeupideas #morphegirl #morphepalette
A decent make up palette is all you need for this, so it's especially handy if you're already well into your beauty products.
Plus you won't look like a total mess. Win win?
4. The bite
This is the tutorial everyone seems to love so reposting it for this years Halloween 🤓 #fx #sfx #fxmakeup #sfxmakeup #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #halloweenmakeup #makeup #makeupartist #mua #muaintraining #trainingmua #fxmua #trainingfxmakeup #jensfxmakeup #specialfxmakeup #makeupeffects #makeupfxartist #makeupfx #makeupaddict #zombiebite #zombietutorial #bitetutorial #pictutorial #halloweentutorial
Sure, you've got a zombie face, but where's the proof you were actually bitten?
This appears to use some special effects wax moulded into a bite shape, filled in with some red and surrounded by red-and-blue colour for that truly infected look.
5. For zombies who contour
This is one of the tricker options, but one that won't reduce you to a hunk of rotting flesh.
If you've got a pretty comprehensive make up bag, this one's for you. Go on, be a zombie that Kim Kardashian would be proud of.
6. The burned one
Heyyy... I just figured out how to do burn makeup. Picture 1. With eyelash glue, rub it on the desired spot(s). Press kleenex tissue on top. Let it dry. Spray blood on it. Picture 2. Carefully pick it open with your finger. Then let it dry completely. 3. Dab black face paint on and gently smudge around tissue. Voila! Messy but it works.
And what if you were a zombie that happened to walk through a fire, or in the path of a flamethrower?
This hack uses some eyelash glue, tissue, fake blood and face paint. Not bad.
7. For those that CBA to buy face paint
Why use face paint and liquid latex when you can use Vaseline and old foundation?
Cosplayer SuperMaryFace's tutorial isn't as high impact as ones that use the full kit, but is perfect if you just want to get zombied-up and out of the house pronto.
8. The less-is-more one
Pollyanne uses lipstick and eyeshadow to make her skin look really raw and hollow.
This one's all about concentrating on where you put it, rather than lathering it on - though if you want to get the special effect wax out, you can do that too.
9. The more-is-more one
Fine, so you want to spend hours achieving the goriest, bloodiest, most-horrific zombie option out there, and money is no object.
Here's what to do you if you want to have lost all of your friends by the end of the evening.
10. The rotten one
For this one, YouTuber RawBeautyKristi has thought out every little detail - from making a mould of her own teeth to having the wounds look like they have vegetation growing in them.
Again, not one you can knock together in five minutes, and you'll need some proper equipment. BUT LOOK AT HER FACE.
11. The understated one
For those that just want to get home after the party and be able to wash it all off.