Scare up some Halloween fun with this super simple DIY Halloween Costume idea! This DIY zombie makeup tutorial will show you how to transform anyone into a zombie in minutes!
With Halloween right around the corner, spooky adventures and treats will soon be on the agenda. If you’re trying to do Halloween on a budget this year, you may be looking for costume ideas that you can do yourself without spending a ton of cash.
This DIY zombie makeup tutorial is perfect for anyone looking to have a great Halloween costume on a budget! In fact, you very likely have everything you need to create it, in your bathroom right now.
What Supplies Does This Zombie Makeup Tutorial Use?
Believe it or not, this DIY zombie makeup uses regular makeup, toilet paper and school glue. That’s it! That’s what makes it so great for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend.
If you want to add blood to your zombie – and what is a zombie without blood – you can either buy Halloween blood or you can make THIS DIY costume blood recipe. It’s non-toxic and made with food products so you know it’s 100% safe.
How Long Does This Zombie Makeup Last?
While I’m not sure exactly how long it will last, I can tell you that my own daughter has worn this makeup for at least eight hours. It will depend on a few factors including the quality of the makeup you use and how often you touch your face.
Whether your zombie makeup lasts two hours or ten, you’ll be glad you followed this tutorial. I have tried to make it as simple as possible to follow since I don’t have pics.
At the end of the “recipe card” below, I have included two final photos. These are both my daughter – although several years apart – using the same tutorial.
Ultimately, the final look is up to you. The photo taken when she was seven shows a full coverage face and is what the tutorial steps will give you. The photo taken when she was fourteen was more minimal and all she wanted done.
If you have trouble following along with my written tutorial, HERE is a great zombie makeup video tutorial although the method is much different than the one I am sharing here.
DIY Zombie Makeup Tutorial
- Wash and Dry Your Face and apply a thin layer of primer with your fingers.Blurring Primer
- Using the eyeshadows, begin to layer color on your face. Start with a base of grey then move to add greens and purples. Blend well after each layer until you achieve a skin tone that looks rather undead and you are happy with.Grey Eyeshadow, Green Eyeshadow, Purple Eyeshadow
- Next, to create the eye looks, line the waterline lightly with black or grey eyeliner. Directly under the bottom lashes, use a Q-tip to apply a layer of red lipstick or red cream blush. Be careful not to get product in your eye.Red Lipstick, Red Cream Blush, Black Eyeliner
- Below the reddened eye, create a more defined bruised look by applying grey eyeshadow heavily followed by purple. Blend well making sure not to smudge the red you applied previously.Grey Eyeshadow, Purple Eyeshadow
- Decide where you want your flesh wounds to be on your face. In this spot, lay a somewhat thick and oddly shaped layer of glue. Immediately after you apply the glue, rip and apply toilet paper to the wound. Do not worry too much about it being the exact size or shape. You will fix any issues in the next step.Elmer's School Glue, Toilet Paper
- Allow the glue to dry just enough to become tacky but still workable. If the toilet paper is too large, rip it to fit whatever shape you would like your wound to be. You may add additional layers of "skin" to create the look of a ripped open wound or a deeper wound by following the same steps.Elmer's School Glue, Toilet Paper
- Once your wounds are in place, carefully use a toothpick to rough them up a bit. Slide the toilet paper or rip open small holes in the wound to give each one texture. Allow the glue and toilet paper to dry for at least 20-minutes before moving on.Toilet Paper
- Once the wounds have dried, use a face brush or beauty blender to color the toilet paper the same as your skin tone. This may take several coats since you need to take your time so you don't disturb the wound. Work in layers until you achieve a coverage that does not allow the white toilet paper to show through.Toilet Paper, Liquid foundation
- To create depth to the wound, use a brush to apply a layer of lipstick followed by grey and purple eyeshadow directly on top of the wound. To create bruising around the edge of the wound, thickly layer the eyeshadow the same as you did under the eyes.Grey Eyeshadow, Red Lipstick, Green Eyeshadow
- Set your face with setting powder or spray.Setting powder or spray
- Dip a washcloth into Halloween blood and bite down onto it. This will create the illusion of "feasting" and give the teeth a bloody appearance. Allow the Halloween blood to dry and off you go!Non-Toxic Halloween Blood