My Beautiful Nightmare Half Face Tutorial

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Half Zombie Half Beauty Makeup

My Beautiful Nightmare uses half beauty and half zombie for this design. I have been testing out a few new FX products so I can pass my experiences on to you, My new favorite is from Graftobian. Their Blood Powder is so much fun to use and practice new FX designs. So let’s jump right in!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Ben Nye Death Wheel
  2. Ben Nye Lumiere Palette
  3. Glitter of your choice
  4. Graftobian Blood Paste
  5. Graftobian Blood Powder
  6. Paradise Black or Black Eyeliner
  7. Mehron Liquid Latex
  8. Smoothie Blender
  9. #4 Round Brush
  10. Stipple Sponge
  11. Lipstick

The Application:

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Take your stipple sponge and grab your Ben Nye Death Wheel. Begin applying yellow and green to one side of the face.

Next, you will be applying eye shadow to the “beauty” side of the face using your Ben Nye Lumiere Palette and a smoothie blender. Add eye liner with your #4 Round brush loaded with Paradise Black.


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Continue with your #4 Round Brush and Paradise Black to darken the eyebrow on the “Zombie” half of the face. Using your smoothie blender, add pink (Lumiere Palette) and black (Paradise Black) to the “Zombie” half of the face to create a black eye.


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Time for latex! Pick a few spots on the “Zombie” half of the face and add some liquid latex.

While you are waiting for the Latex to dry, paint the “beauty” eyebrow with any color face paint or even water, then add your choice of glitter. You will only need the eyebrow to be wet, so as to give the glitter something to stick to.


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Now that your latex is dry, you will want to pull up some of it from the skin so it appears to be peeling/decaying. Take your #4 Round Brush and dip it into the Graftobian Blood Paste. Apply the Blood Paste onto the latex areas and be sure to get the skin underneath the peeled up areas. You will also need to add some blood paste to the corners of the eye.


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Using your stipple sponge, begin adding Paradise Black to the mouth area on the “Zombie” side of the face. Continue with your stipple sponge with your death wheel and stipple on different colors from the Death Wheel. I personally use all of them and alternate colors.

Continue with your stipple sponge and add the blood powder to the mouth area. Now, for the fun part. Using a spray bottle of water, you will spray the area you covered in blood powder. This stuff is really amazing, since it’s activated when it gets wet. It also looks very real.


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Add lipstick the the “Beauty” side. And maybe a little more blood depending on your  own personal gore meter.


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As you can see from the picture above, I ended up using the powder on my entire shoulder. If you decide to use this much (which I totally recommend for a bigger effect), take a shower not a bath when it’s time to remove it, ha ha ha.

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Until then… live, love, paint!


Stacey Perry is the owner of and primary face painter for Peekaboo Faces located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Stacey also blogs for

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