How to Paint Your Face Like the Crow

Written by heather harris
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The Crow tells the story of Eric Draven, a man who rises from the grave to seek justice against his murderers, adopting the persona of The Crow. After the 1994 film adaptation of the comic book written by J. O'Barr, this became a popular costume, as the character's basic look can be achieved with black clothing and some black and white face paint. Because the face paint is done in a simple design, it is easy to accomplish in a few minutes, without requiring the help of a second person.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White face paint
  • Black face paint

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  1. 1

    Open or print the photograph of the character of Eric Draven, The Crow, which can be found in the resources section of this article.

  2. 2

    Apply the white paint to cover your entire face according to the manufacturer's instructions. These may vary by manufacturer, but you will most likely be directed to test a small area of paint against your skin to check for allergic reactions. You will also likely be directed to apply the paint with either a brush, sponge, or your hands.

  3. 3

    Apply the black paint as shown in the photograph of the character. Paint your lips with smile lines extending beyond your lips. Paint around your eyes, then paint vertical lines at the midpoint of each eye, extending from above your eyebrows to the area of your cheekbones.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on the nature of the white face paint, you may be able to use black eyeliner or lipstick, as shown in the film, in place of the black face paint.
  • Follow all safety precautions and consult the packaging of the face paint for first aid measures that should be taken in the event that paint gets in your eyes or mouth.

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