Meet Erik Albidress: Makeup Artist

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 29, 2014

is a self-taught professional Special Effects Makeup Artist. He has worked on feature films, music videos, zombie run events, art shows, photo shoots, and more. Earlier this year he won the Crypticon Seattle Makeup Contest, and has had work featured on King5’s Evening Magazine.

We gave Erik some of the Halloween makeup products that we’re selling in our stores this year, which he combined with some basic household supplies to create a ghoulish (and wonderful) “Comic Book Zombie”. Below you’ll find the materials he used, and a little how-to he put together for us. 

Materials from Goodwill
Materials from home
Blue Superhero Mask
Foam Sponges/Wedges
Blue Seahawks Wig
Baby Powder
Black Temporary Hair Color Spray
1" Chip Brush
Basic Crème Makeups (black, white, green)
Zombie Flesh (gray)
Hanging Zombie Eye
Liquid Latex







Before you start creating your look, wash your face, apply a lightweight moisturizer, and apply a layer of your color of foundation. This will keep makeup from getting trapped in dry areas, and will create a barrier between your skin and the makeup, making it easier to remove afterwards.

STEP ONE: Precut random tears in the rubber superhero mask. Put the wig on, then the cap over it, and pull hair out through the tears.

STEP TWO: Mix the liquid latex with a bit of oatmeal to make a more interesting skin texture.

STEP THREE: Using the foam wedge, lightly dab the latex on the chin and neck area—one layer at a time—making sure each layer is drying for about two minutes before applying the next layer. By the third layer, you should be able to twist the sponge on the skin, and carefully pull away at the latex to make creepy skin!

STEP FOUR: Lightly brush on some baby powder over the latex to keep it from sticking.

STEP FIVE: Grab a foam wedge, and tear away the edges so it has a little roughness to it. This will help add a more blotchy texture with crème makeups.

STEP SIX: Use the green and white crème makeup on the torn sponge to go over the general chin/neck area, and use the gray to define areas you want to appear sunken, like cheekbones and neck. Only use black in the areas you want darkest—like around the eye (that isn’t dangling, muahahahaha) 

STEP SEVEN: Use more baby powder to set the makeup.

STEP EIGHT: For the dangling zombie eye, carefully cut around the fake eye so it can hang over the mask, and still cover your (or your subject’s) real eye. Once it’s in place, cover it with fake blood or thickened fake blood to hold it in place.

STEP NINE: Use some of the white crème makeup to add some highlights to the superhero mask—and then sparingly spray over the mask with the black hair color to darken it up and add some contrast and a gritty look.

STEP TEN: Cut down the 1” chip brush so it has a bit of texture—get some fake blood on it—and splatter on some blood!

Erik did a killer job with this zombie superhero, but feel free to take his method, and make it your own! Take some of his tips (like oatmeal + liquid latex = texture) and experiment!

Once the night is over and you’re done being undead, use warm water and a gentle face soap to remove as much makeup as possible. If there’s still some left, use an eye makeup remover, baby oil, or rub some shaving cream into the areas where there’s still makeup residue.

When it comes to costuming, it’s often the details like makeup and accessories that take a great costume idea to the next level—and once you’ve brought it to the next level—don’t forget to enter it in our 5th Annual Costume Contest!


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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