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How makeup transforms a 'Walking Dead' actress into a full-blown zombie

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Walking Dead make-up application
Walking Dead make-up application

The Wall Street Journal has published a great gallery showing the process that turns an ordinary actress into a blood-curdling zombie for the AMC series The Walking Dead, which returns for a third season tomorrow. Professional makeup artistry is nothing new, but what's interesting here is the sheer effort that goes in — as a "hero walker," one of the more prominent zombies in the show, actress Xan Angelovich receives a full prosthetic make-over, including scars and bite marks on her neck, deep wounds on her face, and even a black, ink-like substance on her teeth. The overall effect is shocking, but perhaps not as shocking as having to take it all off again once filming is complete. Head over to The Wall Street Journal for the full set of photographs.