Halloween Face Painting

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Halloween Face Painting

Ahh…. It’s already that time of year! Who wants to learn about Halloween Face Painting?! I don’t think I’ve ever told you iSavers that I do Halloween face painting as a hobby! I say hobby because I don’t consider myself to be all that good at it (yet!) lol…

You could get really creative and do an amazing Halloween Face Paint job with very little skills.  For example, making your own pirate costume would be very easy.  All you would need is clothing cut up at the legs of the pants and the sleeves of the shirts and take your Halloween face paint black color and draw a patch on one eye and draw a string across your head.  It’s way better than actually wearing a patch!

Don’t forget to come back to this page and see all of our Halloween Favorites!

Halloween Face Paint Ideas for Kids & Teens

  • Cat Face
  • Skeleton
  • Witch
  • Dog Face
  • Scary face
  • Monster face
  • Zombie face
  • Alien face
  • Pirate
  • Vampire
  • Tiger face
  • Pumpkin face

Out of all of the ideas listed above, the beginner level faces would be the skeleton, pirate, pumpkin, witch, zombie and monster faces would all be good to try!  If you are a bit nervous to try any of the above ideas free hand, you could always get some face painting stencils too.

Kitty Face Painting idea for kids

photo credit: snazaroo
photo credit: snazaroo

Here’s another one I did.  It has a real zipper glued to my face.

Halloween Zipper Face

Halloween Face Paint & Tools

One thing I’ve learned is that Halloween face painting is all about the makeup and the tools! Seriously! Spend a bit more money on the paint and the brushes/sponges and it will look professional!  It won’t peel or crack and it will last a very long time.

There’s some pretty reasonable “professional” face paints on the market and even you should try it! Heck, my 7 year old uses these paints to face paint her girlfriends! It’s absolutely darling to watch too!

The Halloween Face Paint make up that I am referring to is either Mehron Paradise Face Paint or Wolfe Brothers Face Paint. Here’s a sample of it on Amazon HERE. This paint is a professional paint that has the same look and feel as regular makeup! It doesn’t have that cake or heavy layered feel like the paints you see at the craft stores. It washes off nicely with soap and water too! (Baby wipes work really nicely too for makeup removal).  These paints have a high pigment color that makes your face painting projects vibrant in color!  By the way,  this small palette of paints will last you more than a year!

(TIP:  Please don’t purchase the cheap face paints at the local stores.  You will not get good results)


The best Halloween Face Painting tutorial book that I refer to is written by The Wolfe Brothers, called Extreme Face Painting. It’s easy to follow with the demonstration they have laid out in this book! Definitely worth the purchase!

Next, lets talk tools. Brushes are important but not nearly as important as sponges in Halloween face painting. I mainly use a sponge to do my face painting but I do use a brush for the outline or detail! These artist sponges can be found at almost any craft store. Here’s a package I found on Amazon.

I always cut my sponges in half and use one sponge per color.  These wash very nicely with soap and water or baby wipes!!

How to Face Paint a Scary Halloween Face


Scary Monster Face tutorial

Be sure to check out my YouTube Step By Step Face Paint Instructions on How to Paint a Tiger (Project for beginners!)

I hope I have inspired a bit of creativity into your Halloween Face Painting!



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