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Digging Up Zombie Make-Up Tutorials on YouTube

by Alane Jewel on October 25, 2012

Zombie make up You’ve got the pumpkins carved, house decorated and candy bought, but find yourself still struggling for that costume? Halloween is less than a week away, and its crunch time for those last minute ideas. If you’ve scratched dressing up like pop culture personalities like Gaga, Snookie, Honey Boo Boo or her Mama June, or dropping more than $60 at the Halloween store for an unoriginal off-the-rack get-up, why not channel a little Martha Stewart and lean towards a traditional, homemade idea? Shock your friends and family and go undead this year as a realistic zombie.

We’ve come a long way from just throwing a white bed sheet over ourselves and saying “Boo.” Horror make-up is big business. Shows like Face Off, a competition/elimination series, on SYFY showcase the world of special-effects make-up artists, unlimited imagination and amazing transformations through face paint techniques.

Not an artist? Not a problem.You can find millions of Halloween make-up videos online to perfect your zombie make-up techniques for Halloween.


Zombies are freakin’ hot in pop culture right now. With TV shows like The Walking Dead becoming more and more popular (and active fan base that’s busy “talking dead” on the second screen), it’s no wonder many folks have zombies on their “braaaaaains.”

Plus, it’s easy to transform yourself with little out of pocket costs. We’ve all got access to thrift stores or our own old clothes to tear, soil and zombie-fy. Plus, consider the endless cryptic creativity you could swipe across your face with less than $10 worth of face paint.

If you do a Google search for “zombie make-up tutorials” you will land about 4,700,000 results, that’s a huge cemetery plot of gruesomeness to dig through. You could then filter your search for just videos and end up buried sifting through only two million finds, mostly YouTube videos.


Know what you are looking for: a torn face, rotted flesh, exposed teeth, ripped throat bullet holes? Think about who your zombie was and how they died to give you inspiration.

A good tutorial will be under 15 minutes and present you with an easy step-by-step application of make-up from start to finish. Look for videos that share a list of materials including specific colors of face paint, make-up brushes or sponges and other items like liquid latex, Elmer’s glue, and, of course, fake blood to create a terrific mangled-up corpse face.

If you are aiming to drag some dead weight leg this year, YouTube is the place to help you embrace your inner zombie. We have tracked down the best zombie makeup tutorials on YouTube to take your costume to the next level.

Zombie Make-Up Tutorial

This video turorial is for those who want to start with something more basic and not too time consuming. Note: You can turn off the sound of this video by clicking on the speaker in the video player.

The Walking Dead: Zombie Make-Up Tips

This video from the Walking Dead TV show shares professional techniques and is geared to whose with a at a mid-skill level.

Halloween Make-Up 5: Zombie FX (special effects)

A more ambitious zombie creator might attempt this longer video detailing how to get that startling torn flesh around the mouth with exposed teeth.


If you want to do a video search for your own “Halloween make-up videos” narrow your search and start with “zombie makeup.” Add more detail to the keyword description with phrases like “zombie makeup tutorial.” Finally, try “zombie make-up tutorial easy” or add “…difficult” and filter by duration of the video, long or short, to get a couple hundred.

When you find great tutorials on YouTube, take a moment to like, comment and share the video with your social network. Rate the content, picture quality and subscribe to the user’s video channel. It helps keep good quality videos identifiable from all the rest floating around out there.

You can also save great online tutorials to your video library. Download a free version of RealPlayer downloader by clicking the orange button in the top right corner of this page. When watching a video online you’ll see the “Download This Video” button appear at the top right corner of the video player. Click that button, and the RealPlayer downloader will download the video to your computer and store it in the RealPlayer library.

Whether you are going to a Halloween party, zombie crawl or just looking to scare the bejesus out of trick-or-treaters who show up at your door, you’ve now got the creepy tools at your disposal to enjoy a “night of the living dead.”

Do you have a great homemade Halloween costume idea that a video helped you create? Have you used tutorials on YouTube before to learn new tricks to perfect your Halloween make-up? We want to read all about it in the comments below. Be sure to tell us what you’re going to be for Halloween.

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