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Zombie Costume and Makeup Ideas

Updated on February 26, 2014

Create Your Zombie Look

Zombies are at the pinnacle of their popularity. Movies like 'Night of the Living Dead' have seen renewed popularity. Local zombie walks and crawls are springing up in communities everywhere. The presence of the walking dead can be seen in pubs and on the streets on Halloween. As the owner of Niagara Ghost Walks, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and turn my ghost walks into zombie walks on Halloween weekend. Like myself, many of my zombie volunteers were newbies and needed a crash course in how to prepare. Once the transformation was complete, everyone fell into their zombie role quite naturally. What a wildly fun and memorable evening! This is definitely going to be an anticipated annual event and next year, I want to be even scarier looking. Getting in costume and makeup for the zombie walk was half the fun.

Whether you want to join a local zombie walk, dress up for Halloween or host a zombie party, you will need to perfect your zombie look and persona. There's lots of room for creativity with these zombie makeup and costume ideas.

Photo by James Yu Photography via Flickr

Zombie Makeup Ideas

Zombie makeup should help you look dead and scary. You will want to find a concealer with a green or blue hue. This can be mixed with the lightest concealer you can find. Don't forget to lighten your lips as well.

Eyes should be dark. Use black or combinations of grey, dark brown or dark purple to create the sunken in look of the walking dead. Darken eyes top and bottom and accentuate with a dark liner.

I made the mistake of somehow getting the makeup in my eyes, which became irritating half way through my ghost walk. This could have probably been avoided, had I used a cotton swab to apply the eye makeup. I used my fingers.

Hollywood Makeup Center
Hollywood Makeup Center

Theatrical makeup for great Zombie looks. This kit has more than a few colors and looks like it would be great fun to perfect your zombie look.

 

Niagara Ghost Walks Hits The Streets - Zombified and Ready For Fun

The evening's agenda was to treat the Halloween guests to an extra treat by recruiting a group of novice zombies to pop out behind every corner during the walk. Once costumed and made up, they took to it like they had been dead all their lives! The best part of the evening for me was that I also had no idea where they were all hiding so was able to experience the shock and thrill as my ghost walkers did.

Zombie Scars

No Zombie makeup job would be complete without the zombie scars that make the whole look scary and add some interesting conversation pieces to your zombie creations.

If you are feeling creative, you can add your own scars with scar putty, fake blood and some dark makeup for effect. If you would rather, there are many unique zombie scar kits available.

Rubie's Reel F/X Chomped Bite Wound Kit, Red, One Size
Rubie's Reel F/X Chomped Bite Wound Kit, Red, One Size

People will be wondering how you got this horrific zombie wound.

 

My friend "M" says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can't smile, because your lips have rotted off.

— Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Zombie Hair Ideas

The messier your zombie hair, the better. Tease it up and spray it in place with a strong hold hairspray. If you've always wanted to add those cool streaks to your hair, now's a great time to try them. Or spray in a wash out grey hair colour. Every zombie needs to have the worst hair day ever.

If you don't want to mess with your own hair, zombie wigs come in many different looks.

California Costumes Rocked Out Zombie Wig, Black/White, One Size
California Costumes Rocked Out Zombie Wig, Black/White, One Size

Add some flare to your zombie hair with black curls and a grey stripe down the middle.

 
Zombie Queen Wig Costume Accessory
Zombie Queen Wig Costume Accessory

The ultimate washed out death hair

 

Niagara Ghost Walk's First Annual Zombie Walk - A Fun and Creepy Tradition In The Making

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I can't wait until this year's Niagara Ghost Walks Halloween Stroll.I got off a bit easy on the makeup, as I was technically the ghost guide.We captured this one at the haunted old jail.Our volunteer team had tons of fun with makeup to create some great zombie faces.My boyfriend and son even got into the action.This creepy couple opted for masks, which will serve them well in future zombie walks.  I think it's a great option as well.Volunteers scaring our tour as they wandered the haunted streets of Niagara Falls.Our youngest zombie walker.Niagara Ghost Guide, Trish,  heading out to meet her ghost walkers.
I can't wait until this year's Niagara Ghost Walks Halloween Stroll.
I can't wait until this year's Niagara Ghost Walks Halloween Stroll.
I got off a bit easy on the makeup, as I was technically the ghost guide.
I got off a bit easy on the makeup, as I was technically the ghost guide.
We captured this one at the haunted old jail.
We captured this one at the haunted old jail.
Our volunteer team had tons of fun with makeup to create some great zombie faces.
Our volunteer team had tons of fun with makeup to create some great zombie faces.
My boyfriend and son even got into the action.
My boyfriend and son even got into the action.
This creepy couple opted for masks, which will serve them well in future zombie walks.  I think it's a great option as well.
This creepy couple opted for masks, which will serve them well in future zombie walks. I think it's a great option as well.
Volunteers scaring our tour as they wandered the haunted streets of Niagara Falls.
Volunteers scaring our tour as they wandered the haunted streets of Niagara Falls.
Our youngest zombie walker.
Our youngest zombie walker.
Niagara Ghost Guide, Trish,  heading out to meet her ghost walkers.
Niagara Ghost Guide, Trish, heading out to meet her ghost walkers.

The Walk of the Undead

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Zombie Costume Ideas

Zombie costumes are only limited by your imagination. Any ripped up or shredded outfit would do other than that, the costume is a personal choice. You can be a zombie construction worker, cheerleader, nurse or cop. As long as your threads are roughed up, you'll fit right in.

Woman's Zombie Housewife Costume, Black/White, One Size
Woman's Zombie Housewife Costume, Black/White, One Size

For a prim zombie , this is a great domestic look with a little flare.

 

Zombie Costume Accessories

The right accessories can elevate your zombie costume to fantastic.

Forum Novelties Biohazard Zombie Tattoos Adult Accessory
Forum Novelties Biohazard Zombie Tattoos Adult Accessory

Easy to apply tattoos add gruesome effects to the skin for little cost.

 
Fun World Zombie Bloody Brain Headpiece
Fun World Zombie Bloody Brain Headpiece

Expose your brains with this headpiece. This is great for guys or gals with short hair.

 

The Zombie Walk in Action

This is a great zombie walk with lots of realistic looking zombies. For zombie makeup and costume ideas, check this out. You will find lots of inspiration. Check out the walk as well for some ideas as to the zombie gait. Zombies are clumsy and move slowly, with arms outstretched and heads hanging limply.

This is one awesome zombie walk!

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      Mobley5 

      5 years ago

      Fabulous lens!

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      LaidBackGuy 

      5 years ago

      Love this lens! Great ideas.

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