Unzipped Zipper Face Makeup done in Leeds Trinity University



This is the ‘unzipped zipper face look’ that had been quite popular last Halloween. I have done this look many times before but I wanted create this look in public to capture the reactions of people passing by as they saw the process of the makeup being applied. As you can see from the time lapse video, my university seemed dead on this particular day. (I guess it would only be like this when I decide to film)

However, I did have a small audience, as there were a group of people that sat behind me on the sofa. They watched the whole process being done but unfortunately did not want to be in front of the camera.

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

What I used to create this look:

  • A zip- this can be as long or as short as you want depending on where you want the look to start and end
  • Scissors
  • Liquid latex (Alternative: Eyelash Glue/Spirit Gum)
  • Hem tape (Optional)
  • Snazaroo White Face Paint Stick ( White or nude eyeliner is an alternative)
  • Cotton wool
  • Vaseline
  • Glue Stick
  • Mehron Bruise Wheel
  • Paintbrushes
  • Contact lenses (Optional)

How to create this look:

  • Before I arrived at my university, I cut off the fabric that was on the sides of the zip. This saved a lot more time as I only had over an hour to create this look.
  • First, I measured the length of the zip against the models face to see where I wanted it to be placed.
  • Using the Snazaroo White Face Paint Stick, I outlined where I wanted the placement of the zip to be.
  • I applied Vaseline to the models eyebrows and her hairline.
  • Next, I used a paint brush and applied the colours, Bloody Rose and Burnt Maroon, from the Mehron Bruise Wheel, in the area I wanted the gore! (this will be the area inside the white outline).
  • Using the colour, Midnight Sky, I darkened the areas that will be next to the zip. Using the excess makeup on the brush, I shaded certain areas throughout unzipped part. The darken areas will give the effect of the muscle.
  • I then used Midnight Sky and Burnt maroon to darken the eye, focusing more on the inner corner.
  • Over the white outline I created, I applied liquid latex using a spatula (do not use a paint brush, they will only get ruined). I put a little at a time, then put the zip over it to ensure that it stuck properly.
  • Next, I coated the models eyebrow with Vaseline. (Ensure you do this, otherwise your eyebrows will rip off when removing the makeup!)
  • I cut up small pieces of the Hem tape (which is not sticky) and applied them to the inside of the unzipped face using liquid latex.  (This part is optional as I also applied cotton wool but I do believe that it adds to the effect of muscle.)
  • Once this is dry, I went over the area using cotton wool and Latex. Tear off tiny fibres and apply to the face, try creating some texture in certain areas by pressing down with your finger to create indents.
  • Now its time for paint. I used Mehron Bruise wheel again.
  • I went over the area again with Burnt Maroon and Bloody Rose, adding Midnight Sky in the indents I made.
  • I was constantly  mixing the colours as it is suppose to be gory. You can’t go wrong!
  • Then, I used Mehron Coagulated Blood over specific areas of the face. This blood is a lot thicker and looks like clotted blood.
  • Lastly, I applied Mehron Squirt Blood over the entire unzipped area.
  • If you have coloured contact lenses, apply them in the eye you have chosen to do the unzipped look around.

It may seem unnecessary to paint everything and then coat it in blood. But i wanted a realistic effect and I found that this method works best. (P.S. I am not sponsored by Mehron, I just have quite a few of their products.)

It was fun to do this look in public even though I was nervous, but after a while I forgot about everyone and focused on what I had to do. It was difficult to get the reactions of everyone walking by (people walk too fast or do not want to be on camera which made them walk in a different direction). Overall, I do think the day went well and the people that saw the look were disgusted by it but also thought it was cool.

Please check out the time lapse video above.

All timelapse videos have also been uploaded to YouTube, the link is below:







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