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Take a behind-the-scenes look at how one of our editors became a victim on the creepy CBS drama

Shaun Harrison
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What's it like to play a dead body on TV? And how do they make it look so real? TVGuide.com's Robyn Ross shares what it takes to become a corpse on Criminal Minds.
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First, photographer Dean Hendler takes what will be the only picture of me smiling – my DMV photo! "There are so many different characters that we have to take DMV shots for because these are the identifying photos that you see when you watch," Hendler says. "If they're a bad guy,they might have a booking photo or mug shot with it."
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Some of the tools makeup artist Dayne Johnson will be using to create my look. Since Johnson does a lot of the regular makeup on set as well, you can see the kits he uses for stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Thomas Gibson in the back.
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Nothing like seeing a Ziploc bag labeled "death colors."

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A close-up of the prosthetic that will be going on my neck for the stab wound incision.

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Let the process begin! Wardrobe also outfits me with a handy robe since I'llbe covered by just a sheet later.
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Dayne starts applying the red colors for the blood as well as the prosthetic with an adhesive called Bondo.
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What's the most difficult cause of death to create? "Whole burned bodies because they're probably the most detailed of all the dead things," Dayne says.
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Yes, even my ears need makeup.

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Dayne uses a small paintbrush to get more detail in the bruising.

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Next comes a white wash that goes over the parts you'll see on camera. "It's gives everything a milky look because all of the blood is gone and lividity has set in," Dayne says.
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I'm starting to look pretty scary – and pale.

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Ready to head to set!

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My first "Look at me, I'm a corpse" selfie.

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Once in the morgue, additional "blood" is applied to the stab wound to make it look fresh. Dayne says he used a combination of "strangling makeup" and "bleeding makeup."!
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Final "last looks" before still photographer Dean starts snapping away.

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My parents refuse to look at this one since it looks so real. I guess they'll have to fast-forward when the time comes!
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From the side you can see how much detail there is.

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A nice close-up of one of my wounds.

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Could this look any more realistic?

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An end to a fabulous day! And don't forget to tune into Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.