If you haven’t tried the Mehron Intense powders palette “Earth,” you’ll enjoy using it for zombies. The Mehron Intense Earth palette has most of the colors necessary for a truly ghastly zombie look, and by using the smoothie blenders, the color is quick and easy to apply. Check out the tutorial below for a step-by-step on how to create your own zombie look.
• Mehron Instense powder palette “Earth”
• Starblend or Mehron powder white
• Wolfe or Diamond FX black
• Wolfe or Diamond FX white
• Paradise black
• Paradise light brown
• TAG yellow
• TAG skin tone palette (light)
• Smoothy blender
• Small filbert
• #2 round brush
• Blending brush
Begin by using a smoothy blender to brush brown from the Mehron Intense Earth palette over the eyelids, at the temples, on the sides of the forehead, in the crease by the mouth, and below the cheek bone.
On the opposite side of the blender, pick up some of the charcoal from the palette and brush it on the eyelids and below the eyes to create a shadow.
Switch blenders (or use the same one you used for brown), and pick up the red earth color. Add streaks of the red to the cheeks and patches around the mouth, eyelids, and forehead.
Mix some white, yellow, and light brown face paint together for the teeth color with your small filbert and brush teeth shapes onto the lips. In the end, you want to make it appear as though the lips around the teeth have deteriorated, exposing the teeth, so keep this in mind as you go forward.
Use Paradise black to color the nose (blending up), the outer line for the mouth (blending inward), and the u-shapes for the cheeks (blending inward).
Add some Starblend white or Mehron Intense white to the lighter areas such as the eyebrow bone, the bridge of the nose, and the cheekbone to make the areas look more sickly and colorless.
Add a dark concave area at the temple using the Mehron powders and outlining the front curved with black and then blending back toward the hairline.
At the edge of the dark areas, add small highlights with a mixture of one of the light skin tones from the TAG skin tone palette and white using the #2 round brush. Blend these into the the skin areas. Also use the same color combination to add slender light highlights to the teeth.
Enjoy your zombie and don’t forget to share a pic in the comments!
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by Facepaint.com to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials. If you’re on Facebook, join the Facepaint.com Challenge Group to showcase your artwork and have a chance to win a store credit for each week’s challenge.