Looking for a spooktacular face-painting idea that’s both easy and fun? Our zombie design is perfect for beginners and is sure to be a hit with kids who love a little scare!

Why Choose a Zombie Design?

Zombies are a classic element of horror and fantasy, perfect for Halloween, dress-up parties, or themed events. They allow for creativity and can be as scary or as friendly as desired.

Materials You’ll Need

Before we start, let’s gather all the materials you’ll need. Having everything ready beforehand will make the process smoother and more enjoyable.

  1. Grey, white, black, and red water-based face paints
  2. A variety of brushes, including flat and fine-tip
  3. Face painting sponges for smooth base application
  4. A cup of water to clean brushes
  5. A comfortable seat for your child
  6. Paper towels for cleanup
  7. A handheld mirror to show off your creepy creation

Now that we have everything ready, let’s get painting!

Step-by-Step Face-Painting Design

Follow these steps to create a fantastic face-painting design. Don’t worry if you make a mistake; remember, it’s all part of the learning process!

Step 1: Prepare the Little Monster

  • Have your child seated comfortably and clean their face with a gentle wipe.

Step 2: Base Layer

  • Use a sponge to apply a thin layer of white paint all over the face, avoiding the eye area. This gives a pale, undead look essential for a zombie.

Step 3: Hollowed Features

  • Mix a little black with grey paint and apply around the eyes, under the cheekbones, and around the temples to create sunken features, typical of zombies.

Step 4: Ghoulish Details

  • With a fine brush, use black paint to draw cracks and creases on the forehead and around the mouth to simulate a decaying look.

Step 5: Blood Effects

  • Dip a brush in red paint and create ‘blood’ dribbles coming from the mouth and any ‘wounds’ you’ve painted on. A sponge can create a stippled effect for more gruesome injuries.

Step 6: Zombie Lips

  • Use grey paint to color the lips, blending slightly with the red around the mouth to show a recently fed zombie look.

Step 7: Final Touches

  • Add small touches of green or yellow to certain areas for a more authentic rotting flesh effect.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Layering: Practice layering different colors to create depth and the appearance of gaunt, zombie-like features.
  • Speed: Since kids may not sit still for long, work on applying the design swiftly.
  • Symmetry: Practice symmetry, especially around the eye sockets, to maintain a cohesive look.


And there you have it! A simple yet frightfully fun zombie face that will be the talk of any spooky event.