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Part 2: Walking Dead Zombie Makeovers in Leeds

Today I was back in lovely Leeds to create a few more gruesome zombies ahead of the Zombie Protest for Fancy Dress Ball which is being held at Millennium Square and other areas in the city centre this afternoon.


The Zombie Protest is all about raising awareness for poor old zombies…as the campaign says:

“It’s an issue that doesn’t often get attention. Zombies are painted as the bad guys. The brain-hungry hooligans who want nothing more than to wreak havoc on the living. The time has come for this to change. This video shows what it’s actually like to be a undead in a living man’s world. It shows the hardships we face every day: the abuse, the ignorance, and the loneliness. But it also shows hope – the strongest force of all. We hope that the peaceful and democratic #zombierevolution will herald in a new attitude toward the undead, where we can live in and contribute to a better society for everyone.”

Head zombie Mr Horde

Head zombie Mr Horde





It’s been so much fun working on this campaign so far and I can’t wait to get started on the next terrifying transformations! Fancy getting zombied up for Halloween? Check out my work and rates here.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2014.

We’re in the Yorkshire Evening Post!

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Just a quick post this afternoon to share some exciting news with you and tell you about the upcoming Zombie Revolution!

As I mentioned on my blog earlier, I was in Leeds last week making over a few creepy zombies ready for a campaign by Halifax-based fancy dress company, Fancy Dress Ball. My zombie creations staggered off into Leeds and today they’ve appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post!

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Here’s the article in the Yorkshire Evening Post with details! Take a look and join in!

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Dealing with adult Acne: My Tretinoin treatment update

Just recently, a lot of people have been asking me how my skin looks under my makeup after using Tretinoin since mid July. I wanted to share my progress images with you and let you know how I’ve found the Retin-A treatment so far.

When I first started using the treatment gel, my skin looked extremely irritable and was prone to severe breakouts. I started using Tretinoin as a last option after nothing else worked for me – you can read about my experience from days one to five in my Retin-A for Problem Skin post here.

Tretinoin update

As you can see from the images above, my skin has vastly improved since I started using Tretinoin although I still do get the occasional breakout. I’ve found that my skin is still getting used to the treatment and every ten or so days, my skin will once again start to peel in certain places and appear flaky for a few days. I’ve found that Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is an absolutely amazing moisturiser for these times and really helps to heal the skin once again.

My skin seems to be slowly improving week by week, but it’s still not quite as clear as I’d ultimately like it to be but these things take time and it’s better to use strong treatments such as these sparingly and sensibly to prevent damage or the dreaded flaking!

A recent makeup photograph - my skin looks smoother and is less prone to breakouts

A recent makeup photograph – my skin looks smoother and is less prone to breakouts

I’d really recommend the treatment to anybody who is suffering from acne or fine lines and wrinkles, it’s really worked quite amazingly for me and it will hopefully continue to do so and continue to give me my skin confidence back.

Have you tried Tretinoin? How have you found the treatment?


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SFX Makeup Lessons at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry


With Halloween fast approaching, many ladies and gentlemen (and children!) have been asking me for tips and tricks to perfect their ghastly makeovers this year.

SFX makeup lessons also make a fabulous gift – got children who love the gorier side of life? Bring them along to learn some cool new tricks to impress their friends this Halloween!

What’s included?

  • Up to two hours one-to-one personal SFX makeup lesson with myself
  • Guidance on how to create two looks – one glass wound and one acid/burn wound complete with sizzling effect!
  • One-to-one guidance on the best products for each look and the best suppliers within the UK
  • Simple tips and tricks to create the goriest wounds with ease

Sit back and learn how to create two gory Halloween wounds before taking the lead and creating the look for yourself under expert guidance. Learn which products work great for different types of wounds and take away a list of the best suppliers within the UK where you can get your SFX fix this October.

Contact me today to book your SFX makeup lesson and pump up the gore for this Halloween!


Look one: Glass wound


Look two: Acid burn

Walking dead zombie makeovers in Leeds and how to recreate at home


Yesterday I had an absolutely amazing day back at my old place of work making over four of my former colleagues as creepy zombies ahead of a client campaign. It was a brilliant morning and I absolutely loved creating a few gruesome looks with some of my firm SFX favourites.

In this post, I’m going to tell you how I created the look above along with a list of products so that you too can try this at home!

What you’ll need:

  • Mehron Skin Prep Pro
  • Mehron Liquid Latex
  • Mehron Colorset Powder
  • Ben Nye Stage Blood
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 01 (white)
  • Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocolips
  • Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner
  • Toilet tissue
  • Tweezers
  • Cosmetic Sponges
  • Flat Foundation Brush
  • Powder Brush
A couple of zombies chilling out mid-makeup!

A couple of zombies chilling out mid-makeup!

How to:

  1. Ensure that the skin is clean and free of makeup then apply Mehron Skin Prep Pro to the entire face using a cotton wool pad
  2. Add a layer of Mehron Liquid Latex to one side of the face with a cosmetic sponge where you want your SFX wound to be
  3. Layer single pieces of tissue paper over the latex and apply another layer of latex over the top – allow to dry then repeat the process until you have around six layers of latex and tissue in total. The pieces don’t need to be even or neat – the more ragged looking the better!
  4. Once the latex and tissue has dried, apply a dusting of Mehron Colorset Powder until the surface is smooth
  5. Cover the entire face in Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation in 01 White mixed with Illamasqua’s Apocolips lipstick – don’t worry, this WILL wash off!
  6. Line the waterline of the eyes along with below the lash line with Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner. Apply the liner as an eyeshadow all over the lid and extend right up to the eyebrows.
  7. Apply the Gel Liner to the lips as a lipstick
  8. Use Mehrom Colour Set Powder to set the full face
  9. Taking tweezers, carefully slice into the liquid latex wound in random areas and pull a little away from the skin to create a ripped flesh effect
  10. Colour in the normal skin underneath with the Illamasqua Gel Liner then set with Mehron Colorset powder
  11. Apply Ben Nye Stage Blood to the ripped flesh wounds and around the face to your desired effect
  12. Go scare everybody with your awesome new look!

Here are the rest of the images I took on the day of the remaining zombies! I hope that you like them!

Burns effect on Joe using Third Degree

Burns effect on Joe using Third Degree

This zombie got hungry for flesh...

This zombie got hungry for flesh…

Nic got down with the Chelsea Smile

Nic got down with the Chelsea Smile


Karl’s creepy makeover using Mehron, Illamasqua and Ben Nye products

I am available for Halloween and corporate bookings alike, please message me to make an enquiry!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2014.


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