There's more to Halloween face painting than just fun and surprise: With a well-painted face, the rest of the costume can be much less elaborate, saving time and money.
Green Witch Face Paint
Pirate Face Paint
Clown Face Paint
Lion Face Paint
Mummy Face Paint
Princess or Fairy Face Paint
Scarecrow Face Paint
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Starting with a green base applied with a sponge, this fearsome coven member has black lines drawn by one paintbrush or makeup stick and highlighted in white by another.
Her eyes are ringed with black lines (use a paintbrush or makeup stick), and her eyebrows are emphasized with black, white and green. Black makeup covers a tooth, making her look bedraggled—or eight years old.
Shiver me timbers! This lad has been transformed into an outlaw sailor in just a few strokes of black face paint.
The bushy brows, goatee and the overnight stubble can be made with a paintbrush or makeup stick. The shadows under the eyes were created with a sweep of the fingertip. The mustache is drawn with a small padded eye makeup applicator.
To create this friendly clown face, first apply the base: Use a sponge and only dilute the paint if it is too thick to spread.
Then, apply second and third colors. Add blue around eyes and use red to define a large mouth.
Outlining the new color areas with black makes them stand out. Use a paintbrush or makeup stick.
Props complete the image: a curly green wig, a fake red ball nose and an outrageous oversized bow tie are added.
A lovely jungle queen is brought to life with a yellow face-paint base, applied with a sponge. Lion eyes are drawn with white face paint put on by a pad applicator and outlined with a paintbrush in black. Similarly, her muzzle is painted white beneath her black-painted nose, and hair under her mouth is painted white. Both muzzle and chin hair are outlined in black with a paintbrush or makeup stick.
A red makeup stick furrows her brow and makes whiskers. Her muzzle is dotted with black. Gold ears glued to a headband are the final touch.
A ghoulish reminder of the dead, this mummy is wrapped from head to foot and, thanks to face paint, across his face.
Wide pad applicators make the white strips across the face, which are then outlined in black with a paintbrush. Since he is a very old mummy, his wrapping is a little dirty: paintbrushes accomplish this.
When the child's mouth is closed, more teeth still show, outlined with a makeup stick and filled with a small padded applicator. A "dirtied" head wrap finishes off the mummy costume.
All the colors of her costume—lavender, pink, blue and white—are used in the enchanting design around her eyes.
Paintbrushes and makeup sticks were the primary tools, starting with a pink line that defines her eyes and then spreads out toward her temples. Her cheeks and temples were painted lavender with a pad applicator. Blue squiggles were applied next with a paintbrush or makeup stick, which also made the white lines and white dots. Gossamer wings, a beribboned net skirt and a jewel-studded wand complete her costume.
This happy face would hardly scare away a wren, but it will delight the hosts of Halloween parties.
Her makeup starts with a yellow sponge-applied base. Black paintbrush or makeup stick lines, highlighted with white paintbrush lines, sew up her mouth, make patches on her forehead and cheeks and extend her eyes.
A straw-filled hat and a straw-stuffed flannel shirt are the perfect accessories.
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