Zombie Makeup – Prepping & Applying

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Makeup Artist Christopher Patrick demonstrates prepping and applying zombie makeup.

    Christopher Patrick: Hi I am Chris Patrick and I am here at the Tom Savini's Special Effects Make-Up School, where we are creating a horrifying zombie. We have already laid down our prosthetics on our model Nick Curtis and now Ryan Budney and I are going to continue on with the makeup process. One of the big things that happens with a lot of makeup and a lot of things that people don't understand. When you are using prosthetics, even the premade ones that you buy and just glue to somebody's face, people have a real hard time then applying makeup to this product. Because the latex will not take makeup in the same way, that our skin takes makeup. Our skin has what's called an acid mantle, which is natural oils in our skin, that allow it to take makeup, and makeup to at ease to us. So, we are going to start by using a Mask Grease Cover Palette. Mask Grease cover is a specialized makeup that is made out of caster oil. It's very, very heavy and we are going to use it to add in an acid mantle to the latex. So the latex will take makeup in the same way that his skin will take makeup. Where you can use this as a base coat. So the makeup color we are using for our zombie is sort of a bluish white. So we are going to mix a light blue and we are going use some black in some areas. I am just going to take a brush and some alcohol, and take this black and start by just smearing it into these places inside that, the torn up skin. This makeup is activated by alcohol. Any industry we use 99% isopropyl alcohol, though I know, you have to buy that in gallon sizes at medical supply places. You can use 91% isopropyl alcohol, which is available at any drug store. I wouldn't use the 70% alcohol, it just really doesn't do the job. Ryan(ph) in the mean time is going to start with this light blue color. He is going to use a sponge and quiet a bit of alcohol and he is just going to sort of do a foundation layer over all the places we have used the latex. I am going to concentrate and add a little texture to the gums, with black. And I am naturally going to go in with a little bit of red as well. One thing that I always tell people when I am doing special effects, or when I am teaching them to do special effects is not tho think too much about what you are doing. If you spend the time to paint little details in the end they will look like painted details. So, I just like try and throw some stuff on. Because you are going to see once we have this altogether and add blood on it, you just really are going for depth. How you create depth is manipulating light and shadow to through your own effect. So, by using this red, we are going to have some places where the gums has jump out toward you. The black is going to sink them a little bit. I am just going to make it a little more disgusting in the end.

    Also we are really sort of containing the Mask Grease Cover to places where we used latex. You don't need to get into so much on areas that are just expose skin. Because those areas are going to take the makeup. Well it's just the latex that needs a little prep there. Alright, so we have our coat of Mask Grease Cover. Next step we are going to do our foundation. The color that we chose for foundation is called the Blue Spirit in the Ben Nye line. And in all the other makeup lines they are called blight spirit. But it is a pale blue that is near to white. And we are going to use that as the base coat color. We are just going to apply that, with a sponge over his entire facial area. And now we are going to go into the places like the neck and the ears that are exposed. When doing the foundation I tend to tear up the end of my sponges, I like them to be little texture stamps. So, I just go in, and just sort of pull little pieces, out and make a nice sort of stamp. That way you don't have any hard edge lines, or anything when you start stippling. You should always ask people if they are wearing corrective lenses. It gives you a good indication of how much pressure you can use on their eyelids. Also remember to do the ears, it's really important. You don't want to walk around with lively ears when you are ugly and dead.

    Today we are only doing makeup on Nick, so I am using the makeup directly out of the container. If I was working on multiple people. We always have a palette handy, that way you don't cross contaminate makeup. You never want to take a sponge from somebody's face and then dip it into your makeup, and then use that same makeup on somebody else.