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Mostly Dead The Nightmare Factory teaches you

HOW TO LOOK DEAD


Want to look like a vampire? ghost? corpse? ghoul?
With these quick tips you can look realistically dead (or undead)!

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Not the look you wanted? One of the most frequent makeup questions we get is how to create a "deathly pallor." At Halloween, this is frequently for vampires or other undead ghouls. It can also be useful for emergency simulations or any time you need a corpse and are stuck with inconvenient living bodies.

First, what NOT to do. The most common amateur attempts we see involve white slathered over the face with black smudged around the eyes and under the cheekbones. The effect is scary. . . but not in a good way.

Those amateur make-up f/x artists have the right idea, just the wrong colors.
Our favorite dead look is actually very easy and relies on two makeup colors from Mehron: Blithe Spirit and Monster Gray.

Blithe Spirit is the base color used to create the 'dead skin' effect. This is a very pale off-white with a bluish tint. Blithe spirit is designed specifically to create deathly pallor rather than white clown face. Monster gray is what you will use under the cheekbones, at the temples, and under the eyes to create the hollow, sunken look.

Looking a little sickly! Here are several options for Blithe Spirit and Monster gray:
Monster Gray Makeup:

Blithe Spirit Makeup:
If you are on a budget, Mehron also makes a handy 3-color makeup palette with both colors plus red:
And we offer our own bundled kit which includes blood gel and setting powder:

If you want to look a little less dead (only mostly dead) you can replace the Blithe Spirit with Alabaster. This is a very pale shade (still not glaring white) without the bluish tint.
Alabaster Makeup:

Every shade needs the right tone!
Cinema Secrets also has some nice pre-packaged makeup kits. These provide a more professional look than the dime-store kits in stores around Halloween:


I don't feel so good.
Appliances - Adding details:
Whatever your character, adding some details will bring realism to the look. A few wounds will add instant back-story for your persona: puncture wounds for vampires, some evidence of trauma or decay for other corpses.
Most of these effects can be most easily achieved with makeup appliances. We also have some very good temporary tattoos to create puncture wound and some other effects. This is a great, super-easy alternative for small wounds!

Got blood?
Finally - don't forget BLOOD!
For character cosmetic use, we prefer blood gel. Gel is thicker than regular stage blood so it stays put instead of dripping. Use blood gel for extra 3-D realism on your wounds, or dab a tiny bit at the corner of your mouth (just finished a snack).


What you really wanted was that sparkly look?
If you must. . .
There are any number of ways to achieve this with glitter makeup. Try:

Feeling dead yet?
Please visit NightmareFactory.com for all your costume and makeup needs!

see also. . .
NightmareFactory.com COSTUMES and PROPS

HOW TO FIT YOUR FANGS
VAMPIRE COSTUMES and FANGS
GHOUL, GHOST and ZOMBIE COSTUMES
WOUND F/X APPLIANCES
MAKEUP & BLOOD


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