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We do a lot of DIY costuming for Halloween here. I usually sew my kids’ costumes, or I put them together from things around the house. Makeup for their costumes is no exception. I like to use things around the house from regular makeup to kitchen products. And, then when we’re through, I like to be to easily clean it all off with a Neutrogena Cleansing Towelette.
For every day makeup and for Halloween makeup, I think it’s very important to use makeup remover wipes. My teenage daughter started wearing makeup about two years ago, and I’ve stressed the importance to her about removing makeup.
My kids have enjoyed being zombies on Halloweens in the past, but my son wanted to do it again this year. So, here are a few things I use from the kitchen to make him a zombie.
One really easy thing is to create scabby wounds with oatmeal mixed and school glue. Mix a tablespoon of each together, and then smear on somewhere like a cheek or forehead. Try to stay away from something like the mouth where the oatmeal might fall off if the skin moves around a lot.
Another popular makeup item for Halloween is blood. You don’t have to buy it at the store! You can make it easily at home for zombies, vampires, and more. I also put some in a spray bottle and water it down and spray it on an old pair of clothes that we rip up for a zombie costume.
All you need is about 1/4 cup of light corn syrup, a few drops of red food coloring, and a tablespoon of cocoa. Mix it together to get a dark red blood. I paint it on wounds and then drop it down the side of the mouth. I also take a small bit, water it down, and then pool a bit of it on a paintbrush and flick on the sides of the face for a blood spatter look.
DIY Zombie Makeup
- DIY Blood
- DIY Oatmeal Scabs
- School glue
- Toilet paper
- Foundation in a lighter shade than normal
- Black eye shadow
- Green eye shadow
- hair dryer
1. Apply the lighter foundation all around the face and neck.
2. Add green eye shadow all around the eyes.
3. Add black eye shadow along with the green.
4. Add the black eye shadow in the hollows of the cheeks, under the chin, around the mouth, and on the forehead.
5. Now find a spot and add your oatmeal.
6. If you want peeling skin, take small pieces of toilet paper, add some school glue and paste them on the face.
7. Apply a thin layer of school glue to one or both cheeks. (This will cause a dry flaking and wrinkly looking skin.)
**Make sure you use a hair dryer on your face between these steps to dry the oatmeal and toilet paper.
8. Next, apply more foundation to the toilet paper and the oatmeal to blend it in.
9. Apply powder to the whole face to keep blending.
10. Use the black and green eye shadows again to add to the oatmeal and toilet paper wounds.
11. Now, take a small paint brush and paint the wounds with the DIY blood.
12. Then, while holding a cup or paper towel underneath the face, add big droplets of blood around the mouth so they will drip off the face.
13. Take a spoonful of DIY blood and mix it with a spoonful of water to water it down a bit, and pool a little bit of it in a bowl and then flick that pool with the paintbrush to create a blood spatter look.
14. Use the hair dryer once again to dry the blood until it’s a bit tacky and won’t drip.
Here is my son’s zombie face in action. You can see he really got into his character!
A sneak peek of my little zombie! Just one Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette can take all this off! #NeutrogenaFaceOff #ad
Before cleaning the face, my son picked the oatmeal off with his fingers. Then, he was able to easily clean his entire face with just one makeup removing wipe. Even the school glue came off easily with these towelettes!
Now, it’s your turn! Show off that Halloween look!
Oatmeal wounds are awesome! I love that! Nice work with the makeup as well! And, a good tie-in with the makeup wipes!
My good friend is a professional makeup artist and does zombie makeup all the time 🙂
Great Halloween makeup, but even greater tip on using Neutrogena wipes. I love using it too.
These are awesome ideas and I might be using them this weekend. I didn’t think of using oatmeal for the wounds. Thanks for sharing.
AMAZING! I never would have figured out how to make this happen. So cool!!
That is such a great idea! I love how you used the oatmeal and how easy it was to clean off.
Wow that is creepy and so life like. I love his facial expressions.
That is some pretty darn creepy makeup!
How could you turn that sweet little face into a scary Zombie….lol That was way creepy! What a great job!
Very creative. I like it when my kids can find diy costumes too. I’m not sure what my boys will wear yet.
This is so cool! I haven’t tried anything like this before, and I doubt my son will allow me to experiment on his face, haha!
Oh my that is really creepy and perfect for halloween!
That’s amazing, didn’t know you could do something like that with oatmeal.
Wow, the make up came out terrific! I’m glad you had Neutrogena Wipes to clean up!
Wow, that makeup turned out so realistic!
This is so creepy and awesome!! Thank you! #client
Oatmeal! That is GENIUS! Awesome zombie makeup, and those wipes look like they work remarkably well for getting those wounds off.
How fun, my niece would just die to do this! Anything with a mess is great but mom’s know cleaning it up, especially on the skin, an be tough. We love Neutrogena cleansing towelettes for that!