Zombie Look 1: Simple Zombie

I. Love. Zombies. Like, I don’t fully understand why I’ve always been obsessed with zombies, but I have. And what better way to express that obsession than to start a little mini-series here on The Beautiful Geek for October? Over the next few weeks I plan on presenting a few different zombie looks for you guys! First up is a really simple one, and you can use products you already have at home (which as we all know, is the best kind of look).


So for my first look I went with again, really simple stuff. Darkness under the eyes, hollowed out cheeks, paled lips, some bruising and of course the unmistakable bite-mark. This look is perfect if you don’t want to spend any extra money on buying Halloween makeup or if you’ve decided last minute on a costume…much how my costumes usually go.

First, let’s go over the materials I used.

  • It Cosmetics – Naturally Pretty Palette
  • It Cosmetics – Bye Bye Redness Pot
  • Urban Decay – Naked 2 Basics Palette
  • Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
  • Smashbox – Sepia Trio
  • Smashbox – Vignette Trio


I used a combination of palettes and tools, all of which are name brand products. Of course, as long as you have similar colors you can easily use drug store brands or whatever else you have on hand.

For my eyes I used a combination of Primal and Undone from the Naked 2 Basics palette to get that sunken in look. I also used these colors to hollow out my cheeks and add a little bit of contouring around my face where I felt needed. Next I used Clay from Smashbox’s Sepia trio, which is a pale matte purple color. I used this to darken up my lids and just under the eyes for more of a bruised look. Afterwards I used Aubergine from Smashbox’s Vignette trio to line my upper and lower lash line. Then after curling my lashes I applied a couple of coats of Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara. Now for the bruises…


The forehead bruise is a really quick and simple one, I simple took a little bit of Sunrise from the Naturally Pretty palette to form the initial bruise & then took some of Mocha from the same palette to give the bruise some dimension, blending them in and making it a little uneven.


The cheek bruise was a bit more involved, using a combination of 4 colors, all from the Naturally Pretty palette by It Cosmetics.

First I took Violet to lay down the foundation and basic shape of the bruise. Try not to let it look even or perfect, as bruises clearly aren’t either of those. Then I took a blend of Sunrise & Sunset and put them where I wanted the bruise to look darker and a bit more irritated, so mostly right under the eye/lower side of the cheek. Once that was done I took the tiniest bit of Java to darken the red and make those spots look older and more developed.

I used the same method on my neck for the bite mark, but using Java mostly in the center where the most pressure would have been from the bite.

Once all of this was done I took the Bye Bye Redness concealer and applied it to my lips to make them nice and pale (can’t look too lively now can we). I used this specific concealer because the formula is very mousse-like, which makes it super light on the lips & doesn’t feel like you’ve got anything on. Afterwards it dries matte so it helps make your lips look extra dry and brings attention to the creases in your lips. To make my lips appear a little bit more dead, I just dabbed a little bit of Clay from the Smashbox Sepia trio onto my lips.

What do you guys think? Was my first zombie look successful? Let me know in the comments below!

till next post, Katie


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