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How to Unzip your Face for Halloween

Updated on October 7, 2015
The unzipped face
The unzipped face

How to Create a Scary Unzipped Zipper Face for Halloween

The unzipped face is disgusting, but in the most perfect way. It's no wonder that it's now a popular Halloween costume. I really liked this look and when I stumbled across some tutorial videos on YouTube, I discovered that it was incredibly easy to create.

In this article, you'll find information and videos on how to create the horrifying look of "the zipper face," including supplies and some interesting variations.

Be warned: This makeup is pretty scary and probably not suitable for little kids. That said, it is an awesome look for Halloween.

What You Need to Create the Unzipped Zipper Face

The supplies you need to create this look are readily available at Halloween or costume shops, while some other items can be found at CVS or Walgreens, variety stores, or discount shops.

Supplies:

Liquid latex - Clear latex is used to affix the zipper to your face, though some versions also used colored liquid latex to make the skin look bloody and raw. If you want to do it this way, you'll need a dark red latex and a more flesh-colored latex.

Zipper - The length of the zipper will depend on how far down you want the zipper to go. Get one that matches the color of your skin or be prepared to paint it or use makeup to cover it up.

Fake blood - Depending on how you decide to create the raw fleshy look, you'll need either just the wet kind of fake blood or the dry kind as well.

Face makeup - You'll certainly want some makeup to make the zipper blend in with your skin. To do this, you'll need a combination of concealer and liquid foundation. Powder is good to help your makeup set, but it's not absolutely necessary.

Eye makeup - Depending on the look you're going for, you might want some red, gray, or black eye makeup (including eye shadow and eye liner) to make your eyes look extra spooky.

Black makeup - You'll need some dark black cream makeup to add accents and depth to your red gooey face.

Brushes - To apply the latex and some of the makeup, you'll want to use brushes that you keep either specifically for applying costume makeup, or ones that you don't mind throwing away. For the other makeup, regular brushes will do.

Tissue - Some people use tissue to create fake skin that helps hide the zipper.

Unique Invisible Zipper 22 Inch -Natural
Unique Invisible Zipper 22 Inch -Natural

It's worth buying two or three of these, so you'll have a spare in case something goes wrong.

It doesn't have to be flesh coloured, but it will look better. Otherwise, you might want to consider painting it a flesh color.

Make sure you get a long one that you can cut to the right length, since you don't want it to be too short.

 

Creating the Zipper Face: Putting the Zipper On

The most important part of the zipper face is obviously the zipper! Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to put it on your face.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get the look right so you're not rushing right before you go out.

Putting the zipper on:

  • To attach the zipper to your face, unzip it partway so that there is about one or two inches with the two sides together that will be affixed to your forehead. The sides of the zipper part just between your eyebrows to go across your cheeks.
  • Some people like to trim the part of the zipper that will be on their forehead to make it as narrow as possible, but it's up to you.
  • You can experiment in the mirror to see exactly where you'd like to put the zipper and then mark it with some makeup (which will be covered up later).
  • To affix the zipper, put down a layer of liquid latex or spirit gum along the path where you want the zipper to go. Also, apply some liquid latex to the backside of the zipper and let it dry for a second or two until it gets less liquid and more sticky, then press it down.
  • Use the latex to blend the edge of the zipper with your face as well, making sure the side of the zipper with the teeth on it is sticking up a little bit.
  • Cover up the zipper edge with concealer, liquid or liquid-to-powder foundation, or both. The key is to make the edge of the zipper match your skin tone as closely as possible.
  • One YouTube tutorial video uses tissue paper to create face skin. To do this, apply a layer of liquid latex on the zipper edge (not the side with the teeth), and then put down some tissue paper. Let it dry a bit, then apply another layer. Let it dry for about 15 minutes before proceeding to the next step and covering it up with face makeup.

Graftobian Liquid Latex Clear 2 oz
Graftobian Liquid Latex Clear 2 oz

This latex is really easy to use. The bigger the bottle, the more you can use. The more you use, the more effective you can make your unzippered face. Just be sure to let each layer dry properly before applying more!

 

Creating the Zipper Face: Getting it Gory

The second most important part of the zipper face look is making sure the unzipped part looks nice and disgusting. There are several ways to do that, which I'll outline below.

Version one: Latex, latex, latex

  • On the inside of the zipper face (and neck as well if you choose) apply a layer of red liquid latex. Let it dry for a bit, and then rub and peel some of it (not all of it!) to create some texture.
  • Add the second layer of liquid latex, preferably a more fleshy color (like pink), so that the inside of the face isn't overwhelmingly red.
  • Use black makeup to accentuate features like your mouth, nose, and chin, so these aren't lost in the bloody gore. Also apply black makeup directly underneath the zipper to create the illusion of depth.
  • The last step is applying liquid fake blood over everything to complete the final effect.

Version two: Fake blood, fake blood, fake blood

  • Instead of liquid latex, apply a dry fake blood to the inner area of the zipper face and neck.
  • Add black cream color in some spots to create depth.
  • Last, add liquid blood over your face and neck.

Version three: Makeup, makeup, makeup

In the video tutorial on how to create an unzipped eye look, the presenter uses an extensive line of MAC products which he outlines in full.

Mehron Coagulated Blood Gel Professional Costume Makeup - 1 Ounce
Mehron Coagulated Blood Gel Professional Costume Makeup - 1 Ounce

This is a highly rated fake blood that will go well when put over makeup, other fake blood, or latex.

 

Version One: Creating a Zipper Face for Halloween

This version uses latex in the unzipped area in addition to some fake blood.

How to Create an Unzipped Eye Look with Makeup

The presenter of this video uses MAC products to do most of his makeup, though you could take the concept and apply the methodology of the two other videos to get the same effect without the expense (if you don't already have an extensive makeup selection).

Version Two: Creating a Zipper Face for Halloween

This version uses tissue to create a fake skin look as well as two kinds of fake blood instead of latex for the unzipped area.

Version Two: Creating A Zipper Face for Halloween

Two Interesting Variations: Unzipped Eyes and Unzipped Mouth

How to Create an Unzipped Mouth Look

To get this spooky look, this YouTube tutorial uses scar wax and liquid black paint in addition to the other supplies listed at the top of the article.

What do you think of the Unzipped Zipper Face look

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      Marc 3 years ago from Edinburgh

      @Judy Filarecki: Haha...hopefully there won't be any Unzipped Faces until next Halloween :) Thanks for stopping by x

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thank goodness I didn't see this before last night or I would have been afraid to open the door to the trick or treaters. LOL

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      Marc 3 years ago from Edinburgh

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Yikes indeed! Lol! So, are you unzipping your face this Halloween?

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      Yikes!!

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      @Melissa Miotke: Thanks Melissa...the ZIpped up Zipper face certainly makes heads turn (inside out, quite often lol)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very gross idea. I love it!

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      @TopFiveBestDeals: Thanks TopFive! Happy Halloween to you too! Don't forget to unzip your face though! :)

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      TopFiveBestDeals 4 years ago

      CRAZY lens! Wow happy halloween! Yikes... thumbs up!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am squeamish and thanks for the warning. These are really scary.

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      @julieannbrady: Haha...thanks very much Julie. The Zipper face all unzipped is DEFINITELY a look to behold - and a scary one at that!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Holy Crap! ... and Gadzooks, my dear. You scared the bejeebers out of me with that zipper face. Now that is one scary idea! BOOyah.

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      @neotony: Haha - awww Neotony, it's OK, the unzipped face isn't real...but is very effective for a scary costume idea. I'm going to unzip my face again soon :)

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      neotony 4 years ago

      i should've heeded your warning. i'm scared lol!

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      @queenofduvetcover: Haha...I know! The unzipped is pretty disgusting, but an absolutely fantastic costume idea for Halloween!

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      queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

      OMG, looks so real!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      @aquarian_insight: Unzipping a face is freaky, for sure! Thanks for the blessing :)

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Your lens actually freaked me out! I had to whizz past the images. Yes, I know, you did warn me! A fabulous idea and lens. *blessed*

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      gross...

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      bestkidstoys 5 years ago

      My son is thinking this is a awesome idea for Halloween. The things they come up with!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      @marigoldina: I thought exactly the same thing. I'm so going to do it though, the trickery with the make up (which looks so simple) is so effective! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      That is pretty awesome. I don't know what I'd do if I saw someone with a zipper face on the street!