Halloween Face Paint Ideas: Zombie

Join the walking dead for a night of Halloween fun! For a finishing touch, tease the hair up, using a fine-tooth comb and plenty of hairspray.

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Start With These Basic Supplies:

  1. Water-activated makeup works best. Mehron Prisma BlendSet, $13; rickysnyc.com
  2. Add details with brushes like these. Essential eye set, $8 for 5 brushes; ecotools.com
  3. Use a sponge to cover the face with makeup. Cosmetic wedges, DG Body, $2 for 28; at dollargeneral.com. ($5 OFF a $25 pretax purchase, code: Text ALLYOU to 34898. Expires: 12/31/14)
  4. Remove makeup easily with wipes. Simple cleansing facial wipes, $6 for 25; walmart.com

You'll Also Need:

  • Spray bottle with water
  • Water-activated makeup in gray, red, white, black and maroon
  • Makeup sponges
  • Round brush
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Fan makeup brush


1. Before using each color of makeup, spritz it with water. Using a sponge and gray makeup, cover entire face except for area around eyes. Using a sponge and red makeup, fill in area around eyes.

2. Using a round brush, highlight lips, eyebrows, bridge of nose and sides of eyes in white. Using a round brush and maroon makeup, paint a line under each cheekbone to add depth and "wrinkles" at outer edges of eyes, and contour jawline with a stroke on each side.

3. Using an eyeliner brush and black makeup, paint a border around eye area, covering outer half of eyebrow. Repeat for each eye. To make nose, use an eyeliner brush and black makeup to draw a U-shaped line, then fill in.

4. Using an eyeliner brush and maroon makeup, paint vertical wrinkles coming up from lip line. Paint wrinkles under eyes, on forehead and chin. To make skin look dry, use a fan makeup brush (or toothbrush) and brown makeup and apply to upper lip in an upward, sweeping motion. Repeat this technique on the cheeks and eyes to create a light crosshatch. Using black makeup and an eyeliner brush, make short, light, sweeping strokes on lips and add a short line in middle of chin to create a cleft. Using white makeup and an eyeliner brush, gently sweep across the lips.