I have never dressed up as a zombie before, but one of my friends has. He even used to go around giving lectures on this kind of extreme makeup. He said he did not have any tools/stuff to use, so he could not help me this time, though.
The day before the event I was busy with lots of other things and did not have time to do much zombie preparations. I did find time to buy a white t-shirt for 100 yen though.
Finding stuff to use
|Mixing blood in the bathroom.|
- Face paint, or makeup powder, in large quantities. I used white and black face paint. Some people use red too, to make bruises. I found that using fake blood and then paint on top worked too.
- Fake blood. Make your own from red food coloring (color), syrup (texture), chocolate syrup (the red is not blood like, so make things better by adding chocolate).
- Clothes that you are willing to throw away.
My next stop was Donkihoote (Don Quixote in Japanese), that also sells lots of weird stuff. They had a Halloween corner, but it was even more expensive and even smaller packs... I asked the staff if they had "huge packs" of face paint somewhere too, and was recommended to check on the 4th floor. There they sold tubes of paint that you could also use on skin, and it was fairly cheap. I bought one large tube of white and one of black.
At 5 in the morning on my way home I had stopped by my 24h open super market and bought maple syrup, chocolate syrup, and red food coloring. Once back home with my face paint, I mixed the foodstuffs until it looked like fairly realist blood and then set about turning myself into a zombie.
The recommendation is to dress in whatever you plan to wear while applying the makeup. Any blood running down your chin will then give natural looking blood stains on your clothes. The first layer of white on my skin I did when more or less naked, though.
|First step, adding black and white so you look like a panda.|
|Drooling blood down onto your clothes gives nice patterns.|
|Adding blood to the panda look.|
I also added some bloody hand prints on the shirt. To get some more red, I dipped a toothbrush in blood and used it to get small drop of blood in spray/splatter patterns on my face and shirt. This also sprayed blood all over the walls in my bathroom, but it comes of with very little effort.
Finally I dug my hand down into a cup of blood, do get my hands and fingers bloody.
|That is all there is too it!|
Some tips from my experience as a zombie:
|Things will be messy.|
Blood that is edible is good, you can put it in your mouth and then let it run out. Looks nice while it is happening (bring a bottle with you), and it gives you realistic blood stains on your clothes.
|My camera, still with syrup/blood on it (most on the other side though).|
|The blood looks great more or less forever (this is 12 hours after applying it).|
|The paint tends to dry up and flake. It is also water soluble, so the lips will lose their color.|
All of your clothes will be ruined (they can possibly be washed more or less clean, but the red sticks fairly well), even those you did not expect to be ruined. Blood will run everywhere (I drooled blood on my jacket, trousers, and shoes) and other zombies will shuffle into you and smear whatnot on you.
Flies like syrup. And the get stuck to syrup. Looks realistic perhaps, but is a bit uncomfortable for you.
You will itch. Boy did my face start itching from time to time, and I did not dare do anything about it since it would ruin the makeup...
Not only will you itch, but eyelashes and hair will get stuck in the syrup, which will make blinking painful sometimes, and difficult to achieve at other times.
|Riding the subway with no friends to talk to (to not look like a solitary crazy person) and no one else dressed up for Halloween can be a bit awkward.|
People will stare. This can be good, but riding the subway alone was also a bit awkward...
Hot weather is probably better than Hokkaido autumns. It was cold.
Being a zombie is fun, take any chance/excuse you can find.
|A good way to meet people, and see famous sightseeing spots like the Sapporo TV tower.|