So! In case you missed Zombie Day, or have heard about it and wish you could have been there, I've drawn up a quick tutorial on how to turn yourself into a zombie. I'm using my own face and hands as a tutorial, so please forgive the zombie selfie photos.
First, the supplies:
To apply a glamorous undead look, first mix up some makeup. Using mostly white, with dabs of green and black, make a lovely disgusting color. I found that it looked more realistic if the makeup was somewhat mottled, so try to not mix it all the way, and give it a marbleized look.
Give yourself a nice, even coating of a pale, sickly color, anywhere you would like to apply makeup - face, hands, knees if they stick through the holes in your jeans, whatever. Try to get at least part of your neck, or else the makeup will look just like a mask.
|Yes, this is me. Don't I look excited?!|
Next, add a bit more green and black to your makeup to make a darker color, and dab it around your eyes, to make them look sunken in. Solid colors and absolute shapes aren't necessary - no realistic zombie would have a perfect circle of black around their eyes.
|Same photo as above, I know.|
The first thing you do - ALWAYS - is a test patch. Put a little bit of latex on your hand or somewhere else that's easy to wash off, and make sure that you're not itching or burning. If it dries and you are uncomfortable, DO NOT USE THE LATEX! You might be allergic! Even if you've never been allergic to latex before, it is always a good idea to test any new product to see how it makes you feel, just in case. If you can't use latex, you can follow the rest of the directions using school glue; it won't be exactly the same, but it'll be similar.
Once you've tested, it's time to get started! First, pick where you would like the wound to be.
Add a layer of liquid latex to your hand (or wherever), and then add some toilet paper to the top of it. You can scrunch it up or lay it relatively flat (as I did here). Put more latex on top of the toilet paper, until the whole thing is wet, and make sure it's evenly stuck to you on all sides.
|The red is fake blood. Fake, I swear!|
Paint it like you painted your face. Don't forget fingers!
You can drip or sponge on blood, as well.
|Eeew! It's a fresh bite!|
Here's how one of my teens did with her hand. It looks so gross - I love it!
A few notes on liquid latex:
1 - Always do a test patch before you apply! I know we said that, but it's worth re-stating.
2 - It smells really bad. Fair warning.
3 - You can use this anywhere on your body, but be careful that you don't get it into your hair. If you do get it caught in your hair, it should dissolve or loosen up with oil - baby oil, olive oil, and peanut butter all work really well, much like they do with bubble gum. It takes a little while, but this does work! (I gave myself a head wound on Halloween, and ended up using the peanut butter method on my hairline and my eyebrow. I smelled delicious.)
4 - You can use things besides toilet paper for texture. Coffee grounds make excellent scabs, and crushed cereal gives you a flaky, falling-apart look. Experiment and have fun!
This was a great party. We watched two movies, ate Jell-o brains, and did our makeup. I've also done parties with themes such as Doctor Who, Firefly, and fairies, and I have a few more planned for the future. None of them are quite as disgusting as Zombie Day, though.