Cosmetic Tips of the Dead

POSTED: September 12, 2009 16:43 | By: Carol Borden

With George Romero’s Survival of the Dead screening tonight, all the undead want to look their best. There are several sites to help you (like here and here), but here’s a few basic tips for zombies and vampires alike.

Want the ghastly pallor of death? Avoid clown white. Unless you are a vampire or zombie clown, which are admittedly the most frightening of the undead. If you aren’t, try a foundation or base 2 shades lighter than your own skin.

Try other colors for shading than black. Use a red or brown eyeliner or eyeshadow to enhance pallor, sunken eyes and cheeks. Try a blue lipstick for bruising and cyanotic chic. Yellow’s good for sick and ready to blow a viral load. Go easy on the theatrical grease paint.

Go Green! Yes, from EC comics to Zombie Lake to Harry Knuckles and the Treasure of the Aztec Mummy, green zombies are a classy and classic look! Use all the black and red you want. Huge black raccoon eyes emphasizing your orbits are where it’s at. Consider stopping all color at the jawline and bringing raspberry or strawberry jam for spitting.


And unless, you’re looking for the Zombie Lake look, avoid water based pigments, especially tempera or watercolor paints. Stick with the theatrical oil based paints and put them over a base of facial cleanser or tiny amount of cold cream.

Paul Stanley says, “Powder it, baby!” and “Don’t Touch!” no matter how itchy it gets and you shouldn’t doubt Paul Stanley’s cosmetic advice. Well, unless, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson or Rob Zombie disagree.

Rob Zombie is ready to evaluate your look.

The Toronto Zombie Walk terrorizes TIFF on Saturday September 12 starting at 3pm in Alexandra Park and ending at 6pm at Yonge/Dundas Square with a free screening of Night of the Living Dead. (And starts up again in the Midnight Madness line).

George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead screens at TIFF on:  Saturday September 12, 11:59PM – RYERSON / Monday September 14, 12:30PM – SCOTIABANK THEATRE 2

This was originally posted on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness Blog.


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