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Zombie actors Christopher and friend
With bruised eyes, bullet wounds and bloody faces, it was like a scene from hit US TV show The Walking Dead. Except rather on a mission to kill, these zombies were in fact rather friendly and on a mission to raise money for Yorkhill Children's Foundation.
Some 30 actors were taking part in the fundraising night organised by five Glasgow Caledonian University students. The ticketed event saw around 70 participants navigate their way around Glasgow City Centre on a mission to win prizes. Standing in their way however, was a squad of zombies.
Zombie actor Andy gets the final touches to his look
Earlier in the day the actors met in Glasgow's Walkabout bar ready to be transformed into zombies. And it was all the handiwork of a team of makeup artists from Glasgow-based Academy of Makeup.
Sam pictured here on the left with her Academy of Makeup team
Around 13 makeup artists, led by lead artist Sam Johnson were on hand to get the 30 actors ready for the event. But if you think this was Zombie makeup Halloween style then think again. Sam says,
“Sometimes when people do a zombie look say for Halloween or something, they go for a white face and contrast it with black around the eyes. This isn’t what we’re doing. We’re going for more of a bruised look. It’s all about decomposing flesh and a sunken look and we’re also adding in cuts and bullet wounds on to the actors’ faces.”
Event manager, media student Laura Connell said the inspiration for the event came from another zombie night which took place in Glasgow last year. Laura says,
"This charity event is part of our course work and we wanted to do something a bit different. So when we saw the zombie 2.8 event in Glasgow last year and thought it was a good idea. So we got in touch with the Academy and were delighted when they got on board. And when it came to the makeup look, we've really let the makeup artists be as creative as they like."
Blood and bullet holes for the zombie kit
Using fake blood and latex amongst other products, the makeup team transformed the actors with impressive results. The event was hoping to raise around £150 for Yorkhill Charity. The organisation helps sick children, babies and their families and raises cash for medical equipment, resources and research.