1) I began with an all over dusting of Starblend white powder. The powder covers quickly and is easier to get even than face paint. You can use any light powder or foundation, or sponge on white face paint instead. Just please don’t use craft paint or anything that is not made specifically for the face. If you have time, add a little green, mustard yellow and purple to the background, for truly decomposed looking skin.
2) Paint dark grey around the eyes, where the screw will be (if your zombie died of a head bolt like mine did), on the nose in a messy upside down heart shape; and in the hollows of the checks. You can go pretty dark around the eyes. Black or dark brown eye shadow works well for this step and is easier to blend than cake face paint make up.
3) Load a thinner round brush, size 3 to 6, with black. I love Wolfe Brother’s black because it covers so well. Paint circles around the eyes, and add eyebrow worry lines. Outline the bolt and add some cracks on the forehead and cheeks. Outline the nose. I used a q-tip to paint black on the mouth. Add teeth lines if you want a skull look. You can use an eyebrow pencil instead of a brush if that’s easier for you. A little red under the eyes adds a nice touch.
4) Add fresh “blood” with red face paint. Make your coagulated blood darker by adding some black to red. I’m grossing myself out here! Use stage blood for dimension and more realism. A little goes a long way. I used Mehron brand coagulated blood on both of these zombie’s mouths, very shiny and sticky. Zombies are notoriously messy eaters, so make drips of fake blood all over the lower lip down to the chin. Voila! They’re ready to hunt for fresh brains.
Enjoy! – Auntie Stacey