Library to hold zombie makeup class

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 23, 2017

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As an alternative to exercising your brain by reading, the Sterling Heights Public Library will be showing people how to more closely resemble someone who wants to eat brains.

The library will hold a zombie makeup tutorial Oct. 28 that is intended to teach people how to appear ghoulish or otherwise frightening. Jason Groth, the library’s public relations and programs coordinator, said this is a new interactive event that is timed for just before Halloween, though its lessons can be applied to stage makeup and more.

“We have not done anything like this, to my knowledge,” he said. “We were hoping to have something for both adults and teens.”

According to the library, the makeup artists come from Astute Artistry and the Detroit School for Digital Technology. Content will brush upon makeup tips to create the illusion of black eyes, burns, wounds and more, which can be useful when dressing up as a zombie or other horror figure.

The idea came from a past makeup event, Groth explained.

“We had the people at Astute Artistry,” he said. “They came out for a prom makeup program earlier this year, in May. They did a great job, and the people who did participate loved it.”

Lisa Glickoff, co-owner of Astute Artistry, said the lesson won’t really get into prosthetics, but the makeup advice is easy and can be used by a general audience.

“They’re going to learn wounds, cuts, scratches … how to make it look like they came out of ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘Night of the Living Dead,’” she explained. “The average person can definitely do this. Of course, it helps if you have the training.”

The Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights, will hold a seminar on special effects makeup at 2 p.m. Oct. 28. People of all ages are invited, though parental discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of some makeup effects. Registration is necessary and can by done by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2640.

Learn more about Astute Artistry by visiting Find out more about the Detroit School for Digital Technology by visiting