Fantastic Face Paint

By: Kierston Johnson

Move aside, costumes. 

For some, Halloween ensembles are just too expensive, too bulky or too flashy. Opting out of the traditional get-up, face painting is a fun and cheap alternative to get into the spooky spirit.

You can get face paint almost anywhere you look. Halloween stores may have special packages that come with tutorials and a costume to go along, but stores like Walmart and Target have face paint that will work just as well. 

Here are some ideas that may inspire you to create your own masterpiece.

To create the spooky skeleton above, just follow these instructions:

1. Sketch out your bone structure in eyeliner. You can feel all of the bones stick out and sink in. Draw in the eye sockets and the hollows of your cheekbones, the lines on your lips for the teeth and a kind of upside down heart for your nose.

2. Paint around your eyeliner with white face paint.

3. Fill in the blank spots with black face paint. To make it even more realistic, you can shade around the black in dark grey to make it pop out more.

4. If you want to take it even further, paint your chest. Draw lines across your throat in white for the spine, and you can feel out the other bones. Fill in around the bones with black paint. (I ran out of black paint for these pictures).

5. The last step is optional as skulls don’t usually bleed, but add some fake blood. It’s Halloween, so why not?

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