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Scary Face Painting for Halloween

Updated on September 6, 2014

Halloween Face Painting -- Scary Designs for Older Kids and Adults

The spookiest night of the year calls for some seriously scary face painting designs!

In Face Painting for Halloween I shared some simple face designs for kids of all ages. What we've got here is creepy Halloween face painting ideas for older kids and for adults. You'll find Zombie face paint for guys and a really cute dead Zombie girl too -- ideal for a zombie prom! And of course there's the classic scary skeleton face and an amazing Corpse Bride make up and costume guide.

Some of these scary faces include fake blood and might be a little too gory for small children, in which case I advise you to click the link I just mentioned for some kid-friendly designs. However, as I hope you will see here, this fantasy makeup can also be a lot of fun for teens and beyond at Halloween or for your zombie prom!

Why Watch These Face Painting Video Tutorials?

These are some of the best out there...

There are a LOT of scary Halloween makeup video tutorials online. The problem is, there are a lot of bad face painting tutorials. Believe me, I watched enough of them!

Some Halloween face paint videos show scary designs that look amazing but you would need to be a pro airbrush artist to copy them at home. Others have no instructions. Some are poor quality or spend 4 minutes trying to sell you products before they even let you see the face painting techniques.

The videos here are those that will actually help you to recreate a scary face design that is both achievable at home and looks great.

Corpse Bride

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Make Up

Although you can't see the finished Corpse Bride make up from the static video preview, you will see it right at the beginning of the video when you click play.

This scary corpse bride has a doll-faced look with pale face and pouting red lips, but with the addition of a stitched and bleeding extended mouth line (you can also create it without the blood). It's a really clever Halloween look but might scare little ones.

By the way, she is not sucking her cheeks in, that pouty look really is all in the face paint effect!

This tutorial is clearly narrated and is one of the best scary face painting tutorials I have found.

Complete the Look with a Matching Wig

Rubie's Costume Corpse Bride Wig, White, One Size
Rubie's Costume Corpse Bride Wig, White, One Size

It's not easy to recreate the Corpse bride hairstyle on your own hair. How much easier just to put on one of these specially designed wigs! Then all you need to do is pick up your bouquet of dead flowers and you're ready to go.


Zombie Girl

Scary Dead Zombie Girl Makeup For Halloween or Zombie Prom

This Dead Zombie Girl Halloween look is a great scary face painting look if you don't want to be too scary. Perfect for those times when romance is in the air and looking too much of a fright would not be a good thing.

The Dead Zombie Girl face painting design is also good for teen girls who want to look fashionable and would run screaming at the sight of pumpkin orange face paint! And of course it's perfect for a Zombie Prom Queen!

No narration here but Sarah has recorded the creation of her Zombie Girl look from beginning to end. Pause as required and you should be able to follow along just fine.

Scary Skull

Scary Skeleton Face Painting for Older Kids or Adults - A more sophisticated skull

This video from LetzMakeup will talk you through creating a scary skeleton face painting step-by-step.

The beauty of this one is that she just used some cheap face paints and some makeup but the finished result is so impressive!


Scary Zombie Face Painting and Costume for Guys - Covered in (fake) blood!

In just over 7 minutes, Mike will talk you through the creation of a scary Zombie face painting in real time (no speeded up work here). Unlike many scary Halloween make up videos for guys, there is no heavy metal music so you can hear what he is doing as well as watch him create his zombie look.

He uses black and white face paints for a living-dead effect, much like a skeleton face painting, and a touch of blue for veins. He also adds some fake skin which is useful for creating a scar. He has fake blood for the finishing touch to his zombie face painting but gives you a helpful tip for making your own fake blood at home.

Get Yourself some Fake Blood! - Theatrical blood... because ketchup is for hotdogs!

Mehron Makeup Stage Blood (4.5 oz) (Bright Arterial)
Mehron Makeup Stage Blood (4.5 oz) (Bright Arterial)

If you are looking for professional quality, convincing stage blood, you can't go wrong with Mehron. A respected brand of theatrical make up for stage and screen. Mehron offer a choice of sizes and you can also choose between 'bright arterial' and 'dark venous' blood! Ewwww...


© 2010 Indigo Janson

Got any more scary ideas for Halloween faces?

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  • TanjaCrouch profile image


    5 years ago

    This page is awesome. I can't stop watching these tutorials. The ideas are fantastic and you are a great teacher!!!

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @KathyMcGraw2: I actually find clowns pretty scary, don't you? Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!

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    Kathy McGraw 

    6 years ago from California

    You have some pretty scary face painting ideas here whether for Halloween or any time. What ever happened to those cute little clowns that had happy face paint? Just kidding ;)

  • VeseliDan profile image


    6 years ago

    These face paintings are great! I will surely use one of these ideas for Halloween.

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    John Howel 

    7 years ago

    I really love Halloween, and one of the things I most enjoy is the creativity that takes place. I have enjoyed the virtual face painting experience.

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Happy Halloween to you too!

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    8 years ago

    Boo! Happy Halloween! - Kathy

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for the kind comments, yes I think the Corpse Bride would be a fantastic character to be at Halloween.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    8 years ago from United States

    Wow, these are really awesome! That Corpse Bride makeup is fantastic. We love the Tim Burton movies and even though I was quite sad for the Corpse Bride, she does make a fabulous Halloween costume. That Skull face is pretty awesome too!

  • CCGAL profile image


    8 years ago

    Last year I made my daughter's costume as Medusa, complete with a head-dress of snakes, for a costume party at her work. At the last minute, she asked me to help her friend with a costume, and I made her up as a zombie. The Zombie outfit won the contest at their job. My daughter was proud and frustrated at the same time, because we felt certain Medusa would trump a Zombie any day of the week. I guess we were wrong.

    I loved this lens - I have adored stage makeup and costuming for as long as I can remember, and this is an exceptionally well thought out and presented lens. This is an excellent example to learn from. Thumbs Up & a Favorite!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @SoyCandleLover: Oh you've got some great scary head ideas over there!

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    BW Duerr 

    8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

    Wow, it has been a long time. Would have to be my daughters vampire outfit in grade school, so sort of tame by these standards. Fav, featured and lensrolled back to to my Halloween Makeup for Bald and Shaved... etc. lens. :D

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @oztoo lm: And Halloween is the one night of the year when you can really go to town and have a lot of fun with face paint! I can't wait...

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    oztoo lm 

    8 years ago

    What amazing effects you can create with face paints. I think these are all pretty scary. What's a costume without the right face!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Stazjia: Thanks Stazjia! I certainly saw a lot of scary faces while researching this one! A fun project though. :)

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Exactly! Like the guy in the intro picture. Glad you enjoyed the page, Dom.

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    Carol Fisher 

    8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    These faces would certainly scare me. Great page.

  • justholidays profile image


    8 years ago

    Proof is that you can make a Halloween costume just by painting your face! Clothings are just the cream of the crop! This is a very clever Halloween face painting lens!


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