Whether you want to unleash your inner ghost, monster or zombie, the good news is you don’t have to be a certified makeup artist to create a grisly Halloween look.

One of the best parts of creating a gruesome look is that it doesn’t have to be neat, said Sydney makeup artist Billie Dong, which makes Halloween the perfect time for a makeup novice to have some fun. “Don’t be afraid to be messy!” is Billie’s first tip.

Transform yourself into one of the undead with Billie’s guide to creating a terrifying zombie look.

Before You Start

You'll need white cream makeup; makeup brushes, a range of eyeshadow colours including orange/brown, red/purple, and a grey palette ranging from light grey to black; white eyeliner, black eyeliner, red lip pencil; red lipstick; liquid latex and cotton buds.

Creating Your Hideous New Face

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1.     Prepare your face with white cream makeup. “I purchased mine from the dollar store,” said Billie.  

2.     Contour your cheekbones, the sides of your forehead and your jawline with a grey eyeshadow (Billie recommended a dark grey matte).

3.     Using a fluffy brush, sweep a darker grey eyeshadow just under your brow bone in windshield wiper motions.

4.     Colour your eyelids with a white eyeliner like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk.

5.     Apply a light matte grey eyeshadow on the lids.

6.     Apply the darkest grey eyeshadow loosely along your lower lashline using an eyeliner brush. Then apply black eyeshadow over it, keeping the black eyeshadow closer to the waterline.

7.     Apply a red or purple eyeshadow just under your black eye eyeliner, smudging it a little with your fingers.

8.     Apply a dark orange or light brown eye shadow under the eye to create dark circles. “Don't be afraid to exaggerate your under-eye bags!” said Billie.

9.     Prepare your lips with the white cream makeup. Then colour the inside of your lips and mouth with a red lip pencil. 

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10.  “This is the fun part,” said Billie. Apply your liquid latex on the areas of your face where you want the ‘bites’ to show. “I chose to put it on my forehead, on my cheek and on my jawline,” said Billie.

11.  Leave the latex to dry for two to three minutes.

12.  Make holes in the latex by rubbing it with your fingers.

13.  Colour the holes in the latex with a dark red eyeshadow or you can improvise like Billie and use a dark red lipstick instead.

14.  Apply black eyeshadow along one side and on the bottom of the holes in the latex.

15.  Use cotton buds to apply vampire blood to your latex bites. “Don't be afraid to let the blood drip on your face,” said Billie. “You may need to apply the blood twice to make it look thick.”

16.  Smudge the blood all over the latex area. Apply dark brown and grey eyeshadows on the outside of the bites to make it look like bruises and dried blood. 

You can check out more of Billie’s work on Instagram: @billiemakeup.