Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Zombie

zombie makeup tutorial

I, like many (if not most, judging by the popularity of the show) am obsessed with The Walking Dead. Watching the show is one of the few times that I actually wish I didn’t live alone because I often go to bed with my mind still reeling, and, of course, any time I hear a crack in the wall or a noise in the bathroom I’m all “where’s my giant knife?!” But I digress, because right now I’m ALL ABOUT THIS ZOMBIE LOOK that I created with M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Caroline Hernandez.

This “walker” face is actually very easy and you can do it mostly with makeup that you already own! Here’s how to get the zombie look…


Use a foundation that’s a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. The goal is to look SICK, or at the very least, extremely pale. No rosy cheeks allowed.


Use a black gel eyeliner as eyeshadow and you want to blend it right away so it doesn’t dry before you have a chance to even it out. We used M∙A∙C Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack.


Apply light brown and black eyeshadow around your eyes for a sunken-in zombie look. Follow with a red blush under your eyes (and directly under your eyebrow) so that they look extremely blood shot. We used M∙A∙C Cosmetics Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet (so good).


Next up, line your water line with a red pencil to fully enforce the whole blood shot eye look. We used M∙A∙C Cosmetics Chromographic Pencil in Basic Red. Use a black eyeliner to loosely draw the “veins” around your eyes- don’t overthink it! Finish with black mascara.


Contour your cheeks with a dirt-colored eyeshadow to make your cheeks look hallow and also kinda dirty (hence, zombies are dirty).


The lips! My favorite part of this look. We started by applying the same black gel liner (the one you used on your eyes) to the center of your lips. Apply with your fingers so it’s a little smudgey. Follow by applying a red lipstick (also with your fingers) that has no shine. Dab the red on your lips and a little around your lips so it looks like dry blood. We used M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo.


Then apply a VERY glossy, blood red lip gloss that has a LOT of pigment. We used M∙A∙C Cosmetics Vamplify Lipgloss in Peer Pressure and it looked AMAZING.  We also dripped some underneath my eyes for some bloody tears.


Last step: use the same dirt-colored eyeshadow to make your arms and neck look zombie-level dirty. We just loosely dipped our fingertips into the eyeshadow pot and applied it where it made sense.



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Photos by Azusa Takano

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