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Zombies are all the rage right now, and it seems many people want to try their hand at being one for Halloween. While we can’t (and won’t) tell you all our makeup secrets, here are some tips to help get you moving in the right direction.

You’ll need some essential items to transform your face into the zombie of your nightmares (or everyone else’s nightmares.) First thing’s first – barrier spray is your friend if you plan to use theatrical make up supplies or special effects. This is something you spray onto your clean face with eyes tightly closed before applying spirit gum and prosthetics, latex, grease paints, makeup, or blood. You’ll thank us during the removal process, and when you use spirit gum to glue prosthetics on, make sure to pick up spirit gum remover to help get it off. Barrier spray is also effective in delaying the oils and moisture (meaning sweat) from degrading your efforts from transforming from mere human to brain consuming monster.

The use of latex prosthetics and liquid latex can create some great wounds and facial structure altering effects that will look quite realistic. This is your first step before applying any makeup or blood. Once the effects and wounds are created, pale stage makeup is next, that’s your base. Then paint on some dark circles under your eyes to help create the dead look. Black eye shadow works great for this and keeps your project economical or use some red or purple from a “Bruise Stack or Bruise Wheel” around the area to create a bruised- broken capillary appearance. Once all that is done, it’s time for some blood, and lots of it. Blot it around your hairline, squeeze a blood drenched sponge over your face and create a splatter appearance.

Now that your face is zombified, it’s time to mess up your hair. Tease and hairspray it so it appears like you just pulled your dead and re-animated shell out of the grave after six years of rest. And now it’s time for your costume. Rip it, shred it, fray it and bloody it up! Roll around in some dirt to create the illusion of being a veteran zombie.

With so many variations of zombies, and since it’s not a cookie-cutter type costume, you can really have some fun with it and get creative. Frazetta’s Costumes in East Stroudsburg sells all the supplies you’ll need and can even help guide you a little to help you become the best zombie in town! Tell them you wanna look like the ghouls of the Legendary Lake House Hotel of Horror.

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