Saturday, July 30, 2011

Makeup Revisited: Zombie Skull Face Paint

So I thought it might be fun to feature a few looks from my portfolio every now and then, talking about how I achieved the look, what I was happy with and what I may do differently if I were doing it now! Hopefully this will be interesting for you guys, and beneficial for me!

(with flash - click photo to enlarge)

The first look I've decided to feature is my Zombie Skull Face Paint from a few years ago. My sister is so good and patient to let me do looks like these on her! This face paint is done strictly using three grease paint colours (beige, medium brown, and dark brown) and has no prosthetic appliances! It's amazing the level of depth you can achieve with just makeup!

To start this look I used a white eyeliner pencil to lightly map out my design. Then, using a medium brown paint I filled in the areas I had just mapped out and that I wanted to appear to recede. Using the dark brown paint I added depth by placing it around some of the edges. I then applied the light beige paint to the remaining high points of the face to further sculpt the features and bring those areas forward. If you're ever doing a look like this remember to bring your design onto the ears, down the neck and chest, the hands and any other areas of the body that are showing.

This was the very first face paint that I ever did like this and overall I'm very proud of how it turned out! I hadn't had much experience with painting teeth and would definitely alter the design to be more detailed and realistic. I think I would probably bring the teeth out further onto the cheeks as well (that is one thing that bothers me every time I see these photo's!). I would also love to have added makeup to her actual teeth to make them look dirty and decayed; and to have added a dirty, more dusty look to the hair to make a more completed looking character overall.
I've also always thought it would be cool to do a similar face paint to this, but to have sections of the skin look as though they have come off and reveal robot or machine type of material underneath! Someday!

(without flash - click photo to enlarge)

I hope you guys found this post entertaining at the least! Would you be interested in seeing more posts like this in the future?

xo candice
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  1. With the coloring and the contouring you've done here, I thought it was E.T. for a moment. You could SO pull off E.T. :) Lovin' your blog. XOXO

  2. Hey just noticed another artist taking credit for your work.!Portfolio/cee5