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How to Face Paint: Become a Pirate

Updated on May 19, 2011

Face Painting Fun!

Learning to paint your face or your child's face like a pirate can be a fun and rewarding pass time. You can use it for any halloween, costume party or even just for a fun afternoon activity.

Step 1: Beard

You can't be a pirate without a heavy five o'clock shadow. I mean, they shave with their daggers and knives. To make it look good, draw a few squiggly lines around the mouth and chin with a black face paint crayon. Use a light amount of water on your fingers and then smear the black paint around until you have a gray base around the mouth and chin. Then add a ton of dots with your black face paint crayon, to give it a stubble filled look.

Step 2: Wrinkles

Pirates are usually thought of as tired, diseased and scurvy looking. To attain that look with your face paint, simply add some lines under the eyes, some crows feet and/or some defining lines around the lips and chin. Use your black face paint crayon for this one as well.

You can add as many extra wrinkles as you like, depending on how old of a pirate you want to be. You could even draw some extra thick shadows around the eyes to get a more "gaunt" vibe.

Step 3: Scars

What pirate is complete without at least a scar or two?

You want to be a scary and gruesome looking pirate don't you? If so, make sure you add at least one or two scars to your face. This is super simple with a red face painting crayon. Just make a long line, then tally it with shorter lines.

Your scars can be straight, crooked, squiggly, banana shaped, round or even triangular. Anything that feels right. And if you feel the need to have three or four scars, don't be afraid to add them on!

Step 4: Optional Options

To make your pirate stand out, you could add a few extra tidbits to your face paint.

You might try adding a big hairy uni-brow, some side burns, neck stubble or even a big old wart. Nothing is too much when it comes to dressing up as a pirate.

Once you're done with your facial painting, add some accessories. My son finds it's necessary to have a good pirate hat, a bandana for your neck, an eye patch, a short sword and some interesting pirate growls.



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    • Bruce A. Beaudet profile image

      Bruce A. Beaudet 6 years ago from Canada

      I now have the strong urge to paint my face! This is a fun hub and if your readers don't agree, they can walk the plank!

    • Laura du Toit profile image

      Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great ideas and well illustrated. Voted up!