How to Face Paint an Old Man's Face

If you're creating an old-man costume for a school play or for Halloween, you'll need the right face paint. A youthful face ruins the effect you're trying to achieve and detracts from your overall look. Combininig a few shades of make-up together creates an old-man face that looks like the real thing. Surprise your friends by learning the right way to apply the face paint.

Apply a neutral-coloured face paint or foundation all over the face. The foundation colour should match your natural skin tone, especially if your neck shows through the costume. Blend the foundation into the skin with a make-up sponge.

Create shadows and wrinkles with a face paint that is a few shades darker for a more natural look. Use the make-up sponge to darken areas around the forehead, cheeks and chin.

Squint your eyes and trace the wrinkles or lines around your eyes with the eyeliner pencil. Add more wrinkles with the pencil if needed. Use the pencil on the edges of the darker spots you created earlier, to clarify and define the wrinkles.

Dip the make-up sponge in the lighter-coloured face paint and rub all over your face. Use the make-up sponge to blend the darker and lighter shades together for a more natural look. Feather the edges of the darker make-up and blend with the lighter shade.

Coat your face with pressed powder. The pressed powder serves as the finishing touch to the look and sets the make-up. The powder keeps the make-up from melting or coming off when you sweat or when your face touches something.


Darker-coloured make-up can also be used to create age spots. Apply the darker make-up to the face with a brush or make-up applicator, making small circles and ovals along the neck and other areas of the face. Blend slightly when you apply the lighter-coloured make-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Neutral-coloured face paint
  • Dark face paint
  • Light face pain
  • Dark brown eyeliner
  • Make-up sponge
  • Pressed powder
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About the Author

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.