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Ghost Makeup and Face Paint for Halloween

Updated on September 6, 2014
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5 Ghastly Ghost Make Up and Face Painting Designs

The ever popular Halloween ghost can look more impressive with the right ghost makeup. No need to hide under a bed sheet, you will be too keen to show off your fantastic ghost look!

Here you will find 5 very different ghost makeup and face paint designs to choose from. You can be a beautiful 1920s girl ghost or a cute dead girl with a more wild look. Or go for an eye-catching 'Crimson Ghost' style full face paint. For kids, there is a half face graveyard and ghost face painting idea. Finally, pirate fans can transform themselves into a ghostly pirate complete with black veins and a throat wound.

Have a very scary Halloween!

1920s Ghost Makeup - A Classically Beautiful Ghost Makeup Style

I've started with the most classic -- and definitely the prettiest -- ghost makeup design that I found. This one is by ThePinUpSweetShoppe and is a beautiful 1920s inspired ghost girl.

There are clear written instructions in the video itself for this ghost makeup so I haven't added more here. It is a clear video tutorial and fun to watch. The soundtrack will soon get you into the Halloween spirit -- 1920s style!

You are basically making your face a ghost white and using brown makeup to create that hollowed-out, dead look.

Ghosts on Half Face Painting -- Great for Kids - Blue Face Paint with Ghosts and Bats

If you've seen any of my other face painting tutorial pages you'll know that I'm a big fan of MarvelousMasks. His face paint designs are always fun and are generally created with kids in mind.

This half face ghost face paint is no exception. Kids will love it and it gives them a much more exciting Halloween look than simply painting their faces white!

See below the video for step by step face painting instructions for this Halloween ghost design.

How to Create the Ghost Face Paint

Have fun with this Halloween face painting!

These step by step face painting instructions apply to one side of the face only. The other side will be unpainted.

Step 1:

Sponge on pale blue face paint over one half of face and nose.

Step 2:

Using a darker blue, sponge face paint around eye area, including eyelid.

Step 3:

Sponge the dark blue face paint over central part of cheek, down center of nose and up around the edges of the forehead paint.

Step 4:

Using a deep blue, create a dark blue area on the lower cheek, upper lip and chin, taking care to blend in at edges.

Step 5:

Use white face paint on a brush to create the ghost shapes. Add their arms/wings and fill in with white face paint.

Step 6:

Use a gray (or mix black and white) face paint to create a tombstone shape at the base of each ghost.

Step 7:

Sponge on white face paint in circular motion to create a full moon on forehead, close to center line.

Step 8:

With black face paint on a fine brush, add the bats close to the moon. Outline ghosts and tombstones with the black face paint.

Step 9:

Add eyes and mouths to your ghosts! Some small V shapes on tombstones suggest writing. Smudge a little black face paint onto outer edges of the moon for shading.

Step 10:

Add white highlights to edges of ghosts and tombstones, and under bats wings.

And there you have it, fun ghost face paint that will please every little horror!

Grim Reaper Style "Crimson Ghost" Face Paint - Impressive Ghost Makeup using just 2 Colors

It's MarvelousMasks again, with a Crimson Ghost face paint design inspired by the rock band Misfits. Doesn't it look awesome?

Despite the impressive results, this was created with only 2 colors of face paint.

This one may be too messy for kids and needs either shaved hair or a skullcap. Perfect for any Misfits fan though.

They got their own inspiration for this skull look from a 1946 TV series called The Crimson Ghost which featured a criminal mastermind with the appearance of The Grim Reaper.

Creating Your Ghost Face Painting - Essential kit for this Halloween ghost design

Step by Step Face Painting Instructions for the Crimson Ghost

Here's how to do this ghost makeup

Step 1:

Using white face paint, create a mask shape over forehead and under eyes, and paint over eyebrows. Paint from outer eye towards mouth and then curve out onto chin. You really do need to watch the video and this step will become clear!

Step 2:

Fill this 'mask' in with white face paint.

Step 3:

Outline the white mask with black face paint on a brush. Create a little bridge shape above tip of nose. Join the 2 sides of mask at mouth with a straight black line over lips and out to the mask edges.

Step 4:

Now paint every part of your face that isn't white with the black face paint. this includes the eye area. Sponge on as far up your head as you dare! Applying over ears and onto neck is also optional but helps to get that Crimson Ghost look.

Step 5:

Paint the tip of nose with black face paint.

Step 6:

Make short vertical lines over top and bottom lips. Join with small curves to form teeth. Extend on lower lip further out to sides. Black out some of teeth on lower right and one on upper left.

Step 7:

Add fine black lines around mouth, nose, eyes and cheek. Add dots from bridge of nose down to mouth on either side of face.

And you're done! The Crimson Ghost face paint is complete. Go scare!

Cute Dead Ghost Girl Makeup - Corpse or Ghost, you decide!

As jemcitymakeup explains, a lot of you out there want the dead look but still want to look cute. She made this step-by-step makeup tutorial just for you!

I've included it with ghosts because it's a different 'cute dead girl' look to the 1920s one. A corpse still has their body and a ghost doesn't... but you might find it hard to leave your own body behind this Halloween. And since this look relies on the same pale face and hollowed eyes as the earlier ghost girl, I thought this would work well as ghost makeup.

The video is also well done with every step clearly explained. Have a look and see what you think.

Pirate Ghost Makeup (or Highwayman) - A Phantom Pirate look for Halloween

Pirates are always popular and, since our image of pirates dates from centuries ago, if you want to accurately be a pirate you will also need to be a ghost, right?

Well this ghost makeup from will show you how to get the ghost pirate makeup look.

Long hair helps, or wear a wig! I think blacked out teeth would look good with this pirate ghost makeup too. Another detail you could try is the addition of a slit throat wound.

© 2010 Indigo Janson

Who are you going to scare this Halloween?

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    visit2goa 3 years ago

    weird and scary.. love this post..

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    halloweenprops 5 years ago

    Great tips for ghost makeup!

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    Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: How about something like the woman in the intro picture? She looks scary to me! Dark lips, wild hair and some fake wounds/blood will help!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    What if you don't want to look pretty? I want to look SCARY.

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    MintySea 5 years ago

    cool make up ideas

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    NaturalVamp 6 years ago

    Thank you for the Step by Step Face Painting Instructions for the Crimson Ghost dahling. Beats just having the video.

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    travelbroad 6 years ago

    Seems like the makeup is truly everything when it comes to ghost makeup.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @jgelien: You made me smile... even if I don't believe you for a second! Thanks for stopping by here.

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    jgelien 7 years ago

    The good news is I don't have to do anything more to get the corpse look than get up in the morning. That is also, coincidentally, the bad news. But I do like your great makeup ideas.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: So it's not just me who looks that way? ;)

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    What ghastly and goulish face painting, how real it all looks, and hey, where did you get a picture of me in the morning for your intro image? LOL

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Everything looks so much fun!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Sami4u LM: Thank you Sami!

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    Sami4u LM 7 years ago

    Hi,

    What totally nice and awesome hints for ghost makeup. :0

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @SuperZoe LM: Thanks Zoe, I'm glad you found it fun!

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    SuperZoe LM 7 years ago

    Ohh there are some cool ideas on here! I love the dead girl face makeup tutorial. I wish I could dress up for Halloween this year.. it is so much fun.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @aka-rms: Thanks Robin!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Sylvestermouse: LOL, and thanks! I love making them!

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    Robin S 7 years ago from USA

    Totally awesome!

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    Wow! You intro picture reminds me of what I see in the mirror when I first wake up each morning :) Totally awesome ghost costumes and most excellent face painting instructions. You really do write great face painting lenses!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Well, you are certainly a fortune teller! Your prediction was spot on! :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @oztoo lm: Thank you, dear oztoo! I love making these and it's even better to know that others enjoy them too. :)

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    I must be a witch as I did a prediction earlier today: said that you were in the process of creating a ghost makeup lens and what do I see? The published ghost face paint page! Ah, I'm so delighted to be that skilled!

    Excellent tutorial - if with your face paint tutorials, I'm not able to make at least one... I definitely must buy two new hands!

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    oztoo lm 7 years ago

    Since we don't celebrate halloween here in Oz this is all new to me, and so much fun. I've really enjoyed your Halloween face painting lenses and this ghost make-up is no exception.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @SacredCynWear: Thanks so much, I'm really pleased you like this one Cynthia! I had not heard of Sarah Good before and can't wait to read more about her.

    Thanks also for the feature. I'll be delighted to lensroll your Salem Witches back to this one and to my Witch Face Paint too.

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    SacredCynWear 7 years ago

    This is exactly what I was looking for!!! This halloween I am planning on being Sarah Good, she was one of the falsley accused witches at the Salem Witch Trials. What gave me chills about her story was that upon her execution she told one of her key accusers Rev. Noyes..""I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life God will give you blood to drink." Twenty-five years later, Noyes died of a hemorrhage, choking on his own blood. Perhaps her ghost?! Anyway, I'm going to go more in depth in regards to her story on my Salem Witch Trials lens..Thank you!

    I am going to feature this on my Cyn Lens as well keep me informed with Halloween makeup lens, so I can add them on.