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Witch Face Paint and Makeup Ideas for Halloween

Updated on September 6, 2014

5 Sensational Witch Face Designs for Halloween Fun

These 5 wicked but wonderful witch makeup ideas have something for everyone! The first couple of examples use classic paint and are perfect for kids and adults alike. There is a classic green Wicked Witch and a Cute and Sparkly design that gives a delightful alternative to the usual green-faced and creepy look.

For something out of the ordinary, more experienced face painters and make-up artists can try the amazing Ursula the Sea Witch makeup or the equally impressive but very different Two-Faced Witch showing an elegant sorceress on one side and an evil one on the other. Finally, for those who want to look gorgeous without scaring the boys away, there is a totally glamorous look with sparkly green eyelids that will turn heads!

Classic Green Makeup - Elphaba / Wicked Witch of the West Face Painting

Are you looking for a traditional green face painting design, perhaps inspired by Wicked or The Wizard of Oz?

Well, fumsmusings presents here an achievable but very effective tutorial to get that classic Wicked Witch of the West look.

Although she paints on herself, her face painting designs are perfect to use on kids too. You can follow all of her steps for the total Halloween look, or just do the basic steps for a scary green face witch that is ideal for children.

fumsmusings gives you all the instructions you need, clearly and slowly. Those nails are amazing if you are an adult and want to go for the complete witchy look!

For an alternative, even easier design for kids or adults that uses only 3 colours of face paint, take a look at the step-by-step witch face paint instructions below the video.

Face Painting Step-by-Step: Simple Wicked Witch

Halloween Witch Face Paint inspired by The Wizard of Oz

Step 1:

Apply green face paint to entire face, right up to hairline and over lips and eyelids. (You might want to avoid going too close to eyes and mouth if doing this witch face paint on a younger child.)

Step 2:

Sponge on a darker green at edges of face, over nose, forehead, beneath eyes and on lips. Blend in with a brush.

Step 3:

With black paint on a brush, draw on eyebrows in a long high curve. Add strokes up from eyebrow line to create a feathered effect, and thicken with another application of black paint. Lengthen inner eyebrow line down onto side of nose.

Step 4:

Outline eyes with black face paint on upper and lower lash line, flicking out and up at the sides.

Step 5:

Draw lines from lower edge of eye down onto cheek (like really big crows feet!). This is going to be a spiders web. Add little curves between the lines to form the web.

Step 6:

With orange paint, dab onto lips in little vertical lines. No need to blend in. Outline lips with black.

Step 7:

Use white face paint on a brush to highlight the curved thread lines in the spiders web and also the eyebrows.

Step 8:

With black on a fine brush, outline outer nostrils. Add 'smile' creases from nose towards outer corners of mouth.

Step 9:

Wrinkle your brow. Paint black lines in the wrinkles.

Step 10:

Add some shimmer powder to forehead, spiders web, cheeks, and a little on nose and chin. Add gloss or glitter to lips.

Enjoy your sensational Halloween witch make up! Just don't try to defy gravity...

Idina Menzel in Makeup for Elphaba in 'Wicked' - The Elphaba Makeover Explained

If Idina Menzel is your idol and you want to know just how her makeup was applied for Elphaba in 'Wicked', here she is getting ready for the show with the help of makeup artist Joe.

Cute Witch Design for a Little Girl - Pretty Sorceress Make Up Example

Is there such a thing as a pretty witch? There sure is! This face painting example from WoolworthsUK shows a delightful witch design -- without a trace of green in sight!

This pretty enchantress was created using 3 colors of face paint: pink, black and white. Add some sparkle with silver face glitter for a truly magical little witch.

The below speed painting video has some text instructions on-screen but is very quick (just over a minute start to finish). I've added some step by step instructions underneath to help you out.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Pretty Little Witch

Recreate this magical witch look

This example was created on a very adorable little girl, but you could also try it on your own face if you want to avoid green makeup and transform yourself into a cute witch this Halloween.

Step 1:

Use a damp sponge to apply pink paint to the outer cheeks, on the upper eyelids and up onto the forehead, and sponge a little onto the chin too.

Step 2:

Use black paint on a brush to create a line starting high on each side of forehead and coming down in an angle to the sides of the nose. This will be the spiders web. Draw another line beneath it to meet the first line just above the eyebrow. Draw a third line over the eyebrow. Add a short line beneath this that stops at outer corner of the eye.

Step 3:

Blend the topmost line down a little to add some shading to the web.

Step 4:

With black paint on a fine brush, paint little curves between the lines to form the web.

Step 5:

From corner of eye, paint an S shape down cheek, ending in a scroll. Make a black spot right beneath this and join to the scroll with a fine black line. This is the spider. Add the other spiders legs -- 4 on each side (2 going up from the body and 2 going down).

Step 6:

Outline the lips with black. Paint lips with pink face paint.

Step 7:

With white paint on a brush, paint on a star on the cheek next to spider's thread. Add white dots around the eye, to side of nose and on outer cheek. Use white face paint to highlight the curves you drew on the spiders web. Highlight the spider with white paint too!

Step 8:

Add silver face glitter to the web and over lips.

Hey presto! One very cute witch makeup design.

Snazaroo Kits - Safe, fun face paints for kids faces

I recommend Snazaroo on all my face painting guides. Why? Because they are safe, non-toxic, wash of with soap and water. Not only that, but they are highly rated by parents and professionals on where you can find a large selection of Snazaroo kits. The 8 Color Sparkle Face Painting Kit is a great way to get started.

This kit has been highly rated on Amazon, where reviewers love how easy it is to put these paints on -- and take off -- plus their day-long staying power. Their kids seem to have loved them too!

Sea Witch Face Paint Design - How to Paint a Disney Style Villainess

This incredible Sea Witch design from SharksBiteOfLife recreates Ursula, the Sea Witch from Disney's The Little Mermaid.

It is a wonderfully clear tutorial with each product named and every step explained (so no need for additional instructions here). However, it is quite an involved design that uses both classic face paint and a whole range of makeup products, so is one for the more experienced.

You could of course recreate the main colors and shapes of this face painting design with a more limited set of face paint or makeup products.

This face paint design shows how to achieve those high eyebrows that are a classic Disney witch look, so you could also use this face painting design to inspire other fairytale witch makeup ideas of your own.

That Amazing Make Up... Plus this Sea Witch Costume

Leg Avenue Disney Ursula Costume Dress w/ Tentacle Skirt, Black/Purple Medium
Leg Avenue Disney Ursula Costume Dress w/ Tentacle Skirt, Black/Purple Medium

Did you ever see a Sea Witch? You will when you wear this Sea Witch Adult Costume. Just imagine it teamed with that incredible blue makeup -- wow!


Elegant and Evil Witch Face Paint - 2 Dangerous Looks in One!

Another makeup design that will make heads turn! This two-faced witch from goldiestarling features an elegant vamp of a witch on one side and the green-faced wicked version on the other, and was inspired by the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde idea of split personalities.

Again, this makeup video tutorial is clearly explained and all the product information is supplied by Julia in the video. Don't be afraid to improvise with the makeup products you already have at home. Even if you don't want to paint on all the detail, you could still have a pretty witch on one side and a green face with a couple of wrinkles and a big bushy eyebrow on the other.

Of course, you could choose just one of these faces to paint on yourself. Just repeat on both sides!

If the video is not showing below, view it here: Two-faced Witch. Believe me, it is worth taking a look!

Glamorous Halloween Witch Makeup - Magical Green Eye Makeup Step by Step

MissChievous has some of the most admired makeup videos out there, and it's easy to see why.

Here she will teach you how to recreate this impressive Halloween witch make up with bewitching green eyeshadows and gems. Again, clear step-by-step make up instructions in the video make this one a look you can try yourself.

To get the complete effect you will need some fake eyelashes and some craft store gems which you can stick on with eyelash glue. For an even easier way to dazzling eyes, why not treat yourself to an Xotic eyes glitter makeup kit?

FREE Online Witch Face Painting Resources - How to Paint a Witch Face for Halloween

There is a lot of information online but I've selected some of the best witch face paint resources to share with you here.

More Witch Makeup Ideas - A Face Painting Kit just for Witches!

The beauty of a themed face painting kit is that it gives you everything you need to be a wicked witch at Halloween, including in some cases a prosthetic (fake) nose. But since it only includes the colors needed for the witch design, you could end up saving money, particularly if a witch is the only thing you want to paint.

On the down side, you don't get the versatility or more generous paint sizes of a more general face painting kit which would allow you to create all kinds of different designs on yourself, family or friends. Unless, of course, you all want to be witches!

If you prefer, you can just buy the prosthetics to transform the shape and features of your face. Then use your own face paint or makeup to add the color.

Are You going to be Casting a Spell with Witch Make-up this Halloween?

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    sweetpressuk 3 years ago

    Cool, have never dressed up for halloween, overly religious parents.

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    Lydia Workman 3 years ago from Canada

    Probably won't be painting my face up, but you never know.

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    anonymous 3 years ago

    Love the ideas. Am looking around for ideas on what to wear for a Halloween party. I'm torn between a witch or Medusa.

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    Littlej224 3 years ago

    Witches are a popular choice for Halloween fancy dress so it's nice to have some tips and ideas for how to be the best!

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    dchampagne1 3 years ago

    Some awesome face painting ideas. Thanks and good job.

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    akusphinx 3 years ago

    great make up.

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    Fiorenza 3 years ago from UK

    Some good varied looks here for witches of all ages.

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    Jenny Rowling 3 years ago from London, UK

    I have a weakness for witches - they're my favorite dark character. In any scary book, movie, game you may have werewolves, vampires, ghosts, but a witch always beats them like they're nothing. There just can't be any better way to dress for Halloween. Awesome make-up tutorials :)

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    Beth 3 years ago

    Good ideas, thanks!

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    ghoststorylover 3 years ago

    I love witches! :)

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    jan93 4 years ago

    Very Nice

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    gsaber2 4 years ago

    Would be great for Hallowen makeup.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Just as much fun as it was last year to visit this lens. GREAT to see it doing so good! - Whee-ha!

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    Badbreathguy 4 years ago

    Great ideas for Halloween makeup

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    AJ 4 years ago from Australia

    Happy Halloween!

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    Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    These face paints really enhance the witch costume. Love the shoes, too.

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    kimmanleyort 4 years ago

    I think painting my face is one of the most fun things about Hallowe'en. Great witchy ideas here.

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    spids lm 4 years ago

    These are great! What a fun talent to have!

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    Indigo Janson 4 years ago from UK

    @abigailwaltersd: Good to hear -- I hope you have a fun Halloween!

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    abigailwaltersd 4 years ago

    I love make up, Halloween and anything creative! will definitely be giving some of these a try this year!

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    Indigo Janson 4 years ago from UK

    @thegrayrabbit: I'm sure whatever look she goes for, pretty or creepy, she'll be a wonderful witch!

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    thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

    My five year old wants to be a witch this year but she can't decide if she wants to be a scary one or "pretty" one. She has already declined the traditional wart on the nose look.

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    sojourner-1 4 years ago

    Great witch make up ideas. I like good witches - none of the scary green witch faces...

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    i dress as a whitch every halloween for fun with my child

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    Indigo Janson 4 years ago from UK

    @SteveKaye: Oh I don't know, I think the bearded witch look would work very well Steve!

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    SteveKaye 4 years ago

    I think I might shave.

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    Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    Witches are my favorite villains. Carnival time is approaching!

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    blackironchandelier 5 years ago

    thats some good makeup!!!

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    FreelancinFran 5 years ago

    Beautiful makeup jobs! Love it!

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    blsriramsmkting 5 years ago

    Awesome Sauce . .Great Lens... Have a great Halloween

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Yes! We will have a Halloween party at home with the kids! Thanks for these ideas.

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    Luvnit 5 years ago

    What a wonderful lens some great information and costumes, thanks for sharing!

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    Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    This is really detailed. Halloween has come so far over the years, and the costumes/attention to detail keep getting better and better. Awesome job!

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    heehaw lm 5 years ago

    i love the painting of the old witch, very spooky indeed. thanks for the ideas of makeup.

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    RaleighReviewer 5 years ago

    I cant wait till Halloween!

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    Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

    Wow these are great idea for painted faces. Great lens.

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    travelbroad 5 years ago

    Good suggestiions and artistry for witches makeup.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Wow, scary stuff!

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    Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

    My favorite witch costume and makeup are the one that makes you look like the evil witch in Wizard of Oz

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    Amyrandall 5 years ago

    the Sweet Witch is very nice!

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    BEDDING-SETS 5 years ago

    So many great witch face painting designs and not enough Halloweens!

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    inspirearun 5 years ago

    Wow amazing. witch painting ideas are awesome!

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    makeupbrush 5 years ago

    This is an amazing lens with a lot of info and pictures and how-to. May consider the idea of glamorous witch makeup for this year's Holloween.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    These witch painting ideas are sure going to cast a spell in Halloween. Well written layout and simple steps to becoming a full fledged witch.

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    SacredCynWear 5 years ago

    Wow!! Congratulations, saw you on the front page!

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    ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

    What a great lens. One of the best for Halloween I have seen this year.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    my daughter is! She's 11 yrs old and going to be a witch. Glad I browsed upon your lens today, if you browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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    MaryMorgan 5 years ago

    These ideas will thrill my kids - thanks!

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    TZiggy 5 years ago

    The Halloween Series video was amazing as far as the transformation.

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    feliciasfavs 5 years ago

    The liittle girls face painting idea looks really cute.

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    chelseamarsden 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Gave me some ideas too!

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    xbumper 5 years ago

    Hope this lens will help to improve the quality of witches in my city this Halloween.

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    JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

    *evil laugh*

    With Love and Gratitude,


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    Spook LM 6 years ago

    I've often wondered how they do it. Congratulations and all the best for 2011.

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    Bibilamb 6 years ago

    Awesome looks

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    WebIsFun 6 years ago

    These are great! Will remember to come back before the next costume party I go to!

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    AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

    Fantastic designs and a lot of good ideas hear. I love the different witches faces!

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    Sarah Switalski 6 years ago from Iowa

    Great lens! The witch costume is a classic and still so much fun!

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    elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

    The witch, the one costume that will never go out of style. I love those shoe covers and will have to search for some. :) I may know what I want to be this halloween after all.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thank you and happy Halloween!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Boo! A betwitcing lens!

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @BetsiGoutal1: Thanks Betsi, some of these are pretty amazing aren't they! There are a lot of talented people out there.

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    BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

    WOW! This lens blows my mind, especially the videos. Who knew there was such an amazing amount of info out there? I really love the Ursula witch makeup! That pretty much blew my mind...

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @retta719: Thank you! Hope you have fun this Halloween.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @poptastic: Thank you and have a very Happy Halloween, C!

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    Loretta 6 years ago from United States

    Great paint tips and hat picks!

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    Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

    Fantastic! I would love to dress up as a witch this Halloween (Wicked is one of my most favorite musicals so I'll probably go as Elphaba). I've never put face paint on my face before but reading your step-by-step instructions make it sound easy and fun!

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @KOrazem: Thanks for the kind wishes and comments. Whether or not you go as a witch, I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

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    Seeking Pearls 6 years ago from Pueblo West

    Seriously thinking of going as a witch this Halloween so these tutorials are perfect. Thanks for sharing and have a Wonderful Halloween.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @SheGetsCreative: I hope it inspired you... thanks for stopping by!

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    Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Great ideas here - I love the videos... may have to give this a second thought for Halloween.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @Rachel Field: LOL... I would LOVE to see what costume you put together for that one!

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    Rachel Field 6 years ago

    Some amazing ideas here! So thorough too. The Ursula make-uo made me lol - that's the one I'd go for hahah.

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    nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

    I am not dressing up as a witch but I always seem to find someone I know that is.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @Mihaela Vrban: LOL! Which witch? Or all of them? :D

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    Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

    :) This would suit me without any doubt! :)))

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @Linda BookLady: The orange flowers are a nice touch -- thanks for the tip, Linda.

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    Back when I used to dress for Halloween, it was always as a witch with orange flowers attached to my hat.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @callinsky lm: Aren't they fantastic?! Perfect for a Wizard of Oz style witch.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @squid-janices7: Thanks very much, means a lot coming from one of Squidoo's Halloween experts. :)

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    callinsky lm 7 years ago

    A witch is ALWAYS my favorite. I love to be a witch. I LOVE those Witch Shoe Covers Adult!!!

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    squid-janices7 7 years ago

    Congrats on your purple star! A classic witch costume is still one of my favorites for Halloween. Great lens.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @seegreen: I think that one would be so much fun at a Halloween party! Love that makeup she created. Thanks for stopping by here!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Richard-H: Oh, I'm delighted with the angel blessing for these bewitching face paint looks! Thank you very much indeed, Rich.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @JenOfChicago LM: Thanks so much, Jen!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @oztoo lm: Thank you -- and yes it's no wonder witches are popular once again! Not a wart in sight!

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    seegreen 7 years ago

    Oooh, I like Ursala the Sea Witch! Maybe that will be my next outfit! Wonderful!

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    Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

    These are some of the most glamourous witches I've seen in a long while. Looks like trick or treating could be really enjoyable this year ;)

    Wondering whether an Angel should be blessing witches? These ones? Yep...*Blessed*

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    JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

    Great tips - getting the makeup right is the hardest part but you've made it easy.

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    oztoo lm 7 years ago

    Funny isn't it? Witches used to be ugly warty old hags. Now even the evil ones have an almost glamorous look about them. Fantastic and very useful lens. Congrats on the pretty purple star.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @SacredCynWear: Thank you! They're fun, aren't they? :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thanks Bev, I have so much fun putting these together and hope people have fun trying them out.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Virginia Allain: Haven't they just! It used to be about warts and a hooked nose...

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    SacredCynWear 7 years ago

    This is awesome! Great videos!!

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness, now wonder there is a twinkling purple star shining over this Witch Face Paint lens! It is really very cool and helpful for people who might not know how to go about doing their makeup.

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    Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

    Wow, witches have gotten a lot more glamorous since I was one for Halloween forty years ago.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @burgessvillian: Thank you Ron, there's something magical I think about transforming the face you show to the world, especially for kids.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @bdkz: Wow thanks Bonnie, you ladies sure are good at discovering SquidBoos! :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @aka-rms: Thank you Robin!