Photos & story by Ryleigh Galer – Collegiate Staff

As Halloween draws near, costumes are always an issue. Cats are cliché and the toilet paper mummy? Please, child’s play. This year, all you need to step it up is basic costume makeup from Party City, and makeup from your local convenience store. I’m going to show you how to be a “Speak No Evil Zombie” in six easy steps.

Step 1: Paint your face white. You can get white face paint at Party City for around $2.

Step 2: Dab liquid latex between your top lip and nose. You can get this at Party City as well, for around $4. After you apply the latex, stick cotton (from cotton balls) on top
of it. Pull the ends toward your bottom lip, but be careful so your mouth doesn’t get stuck together. You should resemble The Lorax at this point.

Step 3: Cover the cotton in latex so you can mold it the way you want it to look. The goal is make it look jagged and stringy.

Step 4: Repeat the process with the bottom lip, except bring the cotton upwards. Now, you have two options. You can connect the top and bottom if you won’t be talking, or be careful not to let them connect if you want to talk. The key here is to make it look random and jagged.

Step 5: Color the deepest parts of your mouth
and the splits in the latex with dark browns and blacks. It should look like your mouth was just ripped open. You can even go as far to brush some bruise-like colors around parts of it. It’s okay if your lips and the rest of the latex still show, you will cover them in the next step.

Step 6: Final step! Go in with fake blood and apply it all around the mouth, and under your eyes.
You can get the blood at Party City for up to $8, depending on how much blood you want. You won’t need much, believe me. I used the $5 fake blood gel tube. The final touch is brushing blue, brown and black all around your eyes up to your browbone. Now, you could go further and paint your arms and neck white if you want but make yourself look as menacing and angry as possible.

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