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Halloween Face Painting Fun

Updated on September 17, 2010

Face Painting for Halloween -- Fun for All Ages

Create the perfect look for your party or trick-or-treat costume with some Halloween face painting.

No matter what age you are, the right face paint or Halloween makeup will transform even the most predictable costume into a unique and impressive look. Read on to discover some classic Halloween face painting designs that will impress your friends.

These fun face painting designs include witch face paint, vampire face paint, ghost makeup, and the witch's cat face paint. Which one will you choose this year?

You can find even more face painting ideas and step by step instructions at Face Paint Heaven.

What face painting equipment will you need?

There are a number of Halloween face painting and makeup kits available to buy which come with paint, applicators and instructions. However, you can also manage with just a couple of colors.

For the ghost you will need white and black face paint.

The cat needs black as a minimum but can be made more colorful if you have other paints to hand.

The witch generally requires at least one shade of green face paint plus black.

A vampire can be created using normal makeup products but you might find white, black and red face paints helpful too.

You'll also need face painting brushes and makeup sponges to apply the paint.

Halloween Face Painting is Fun!
Halloween Face Painting is Fun!

Witch Face Paint

Perhaps the most popular Halloween face painting look of all time, the witch is a great look both for little girls and for women too.

Did you know that these days Halloween witches come in all shapes and sizes, and are a lot more glamorous than the warty, hooked nosed fairytale witches that many of us remember.

At its simplest, however, a witch face painting can be a green face with thick dark slanting eyebrows -- like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (or Elphaba, for those of you who have seen Wicked ).

If you want to go for something more elaborate, you could add a spray on hair color and paint some cobwebs on the sides of your face.

The most unusual witch face paint I've seen combined an ugly hag of a green witch on one side of the face with an elegant sorceress on the other!

Vampire Face Painting by Kathy McGraw, used with permission

Vampire Face Paint

Right now, everyone wants to be a vampire. The classic Dracula face paint has had an update with the Twilight series and the bloodthirsty look is hot!

To get an Edward look you don't need a face full of paint. Just use white powder to give yourself that ashen look. Then define the eyes with dark shadow, remembering to smudge underneath the eye too. You want to look like you don't get much sleep!

Even if you are a man, you might want to deepen your lip color and add some mascara to make your eyes more of a feature. If you add shading with blush, be sure not to give yourself a healthy glow!

For little vampires, go for a classic Dracula face paint with a white face, widow's peak, and bold painted on eyebrows. Be sure to paint on fangs -- or add a false set! You could always paint on a few drops of blood with red face paint dribbling down from the mouth.

Ghost Face Paint

The ghost face paint design is quite simple. Make your face as pale as possible with white face paint or powder. Then add dark makeup to the whole eye area to create a hollowed look. Lips can be painted white or black as you prefer, but you don't want any pink showing at all.

To complete this Halloween face painting, add white powder to your hair. For extra detail, you could lightly add some dark veins to your face or a fake wound.

Witch's Cat Face Paint

Kids in particular love to be a Halloween cat, but it's also a fun makeup design for women as those cat eyes can be very appealing!

To keep it simple, focus on the eyes, creating that elongated, slanting shape with black face paint or a regular eyeliner. You can then color in the tip of your nose, add a line down to the top lip, and create a cat mouth over your own lips. Add some whisker holes on the top lip plus lightly draw on some whiskers if you like.

For a more elaborate look, you can add more color to the entire face area or be a tabby with some painted-on stripes. Or create a cat mask effect with pointed ears painted on above the eyebrows.

Need more Halloween Face Painting Ideas?

You can find a range of fun face painting designs for Halloween and other occasions in the Face Painting Examples directory of face paint tutorials.

I hope you found these Halloween face painting ideas helpful

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      Lots of great ideas here for Halloween Parties, thanks.

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      Bev G 7 years ago from Wales, UK

      I don't need any face paint to look like an old witch! Great hub!

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      WordCustard 7 years ago from Scotland

      Oh, witches are always fun for Halloween! Thanks for visiting. :)

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      Prosperity66 7 years ago

      Oh I'm fan of witches so I'd go for a witch face paint, of course :)

      I'm sure we'll all be able to get Halloween face paint ideas out of this page!

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      WordCustard 7 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Kathy, I hope it gives people some ideas for their Halloween face painting designs this year!

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      kathymcgraw 7 years ago from California

      So many good ideas, and with Twilight being so popular I can imagine many people would want to know how to do Vampire Face Painting.