Every since I was a little girl, I have had a thing for the creepy, the unusual, the macabre. My mother was slightly confused as to why her little princess was so into skulls and horror, but she would still rent me films like The Exorcist, Day of the Dead and The Omen.
This would explain why my favorite holiday is Halloween. Yesterday, I got to experience All Hallows' Eve a little early, as special FX makeup artists Mark Coulier (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and Dan Gilbert turned me into a freshly turned zombie with a disease that is beginning to spread.
Check out the entire process below:
First, Coulier applied the latex pieces onto my face using glue, while Gilbert used temporary tattoos to create the veins.
Then more gluing and even a vein tattoo was added by Gilbert to my right cheek.
Next, Coulier trimmed a bit of the latex to properly fit my face.
Gilbert then busted out his airbrushing machine to blend in the veins.
While Gilbert continued to airbrush, Coulier flicked speckles of paint onto my face to give it more texture.
Now onto the details. More airbrushing on Gilbert's part while Coulier began to paint in the gruesome details.
Coulier took to the crevices of the latex to give it dimension.
Gilbert then brought out his fine paintbrush and began to add details to the veins. Coulier continued to add more dimension with even more details.
Time to make me look tired and worn! Coulier created darker shadows around my eyes (something I usually try to cover up on the daily).
Coulier added darker colors to my wounds while Gilbert flecked paint on my veins for added texture.
And my torn-up gash just gets nastier by the second (thanks to Coulier).
Then Coulier finished up with fresher-looking blood to really give it even more dimension. Gilbert added to my dark circles, which completes any zombie look.
The end result: It's pretty terrifying!
If you look closely, it's all so lifelike and the details meticulous. But I suppose that's what makes these guys true professionals.
The veins put on by Gilbert seem to really sit underneath the surface of my skin.
The little detail of infection spreading right next to my ear makes it so much more grotesque.
I want to know what tricks Coulier pulled out of his sleeve to make the blood look so incredibly fresh.
Also, those intense blue veins near my eyes are just disgusting.
The best part? Coulier worked on the Harry Potter films for 10 years, so I got to nerd out hardcore and ask him questions about the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, the goblins in Gringotts, and Hagrid's beloved spider Aragog.
Thanks to Mark Coulier and Dan Gilbert for making me look as creepy as possible! For someone who is a huge fan of horror films, it was an honor becoming a horrendous zombie.
Be sure to purchase your own copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now available on Blu-ray, and check out Coulier's realistic and impressive zombies.