How to Paint a Witch's Face for Halloween

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How to Paint a Witch's Face for Halloween
You've got the hat, the broom and the evil cackle, but no Halloween witch costume is complete without a green witch's face. (helloween witch image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

No Halloween witch costume is complete without painting on a witch's face. A popular face paint design for Halloween, a witch's face can be glamorously fun or wickedly scary and hag-like, depending on your spin on the traditional costume. With a little creativity, and a lot of green face paint, you'll cast a spell on everyone you meet on All Hallows Eve.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Sparkly white face paint
  • 2 to 4 make-up sponges
  • Light, medium and dark green face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Medium paint brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Dark green eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Black mascara or fake eyelashes
  • Glitter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Apply a thin layer of sparkly white paint over your face with a make-up sponge. Apply a thin layer of a light, electric shade of green on the outside of your face and over your nose, blending it into the white so that your face has a greenish-white tint.

  2. 2

    Fill in your lips with face paint using a medium brush. Use a dark colour, such as black or a dark shade of green.

  3. 3

    Paint in eyebrows with black paint, using a medium paint brush. Starting at the top of the nose, paint a thick black line over your eyebrow, and curve the brush upward at mid-eyebrow to create a "wing" with a tapered, or thinned out, tip. Repeat over the rest of your eyebrow, adding one or two more wings. Using black paint and a thinner paint brush, and starting at the middle of your lower eyelid, add a wing underneath the eye that tapers and curves upward just past the outer corner of your eye.

  4. 4

    Add eye make-up to play up a fun, glamorous witch face on children or to create a seductive witch face on women. For children, apply dark green eyeshadow to the upper eyelids and smudge a little on the lower lids. For teens and adults, add grey eyeshadow and blend into the outer corners of your eyelids and out into wings for sultry, smoky eyes. You can also create wings at the outer corners of your eyelids by applying black pencil or liquid eyeliner along your upper and/or lower lash lines and curving upward past the corners of your eyelids. Finish off your eye make-up with black mascara or false eyelashes.

  5. 5

    Get creative by adding detail to the eyebrows and face! Accent the wings on your eyebrows with sparkly white paint. Turn the wings on your lower eyelids into spider webs accented with a spider and white, gold or any other paint colour of your choice. Paint a couple of black moles here and there, or add some sparkle by sprinkling green or silver glitter over your cheekbones.

  1. 1

    Apply a medium shade of green face paint over your face using a make-up sponge. Apply a darker shade of green on the sides of your face, across your forehead, down your nose and around the outer corners of your eyes. Blend in to create shading.

  2. 2

    Fill in your lips with face paint using a medium brush. Use a dark colour, such as black or a dark shade of green.

  3. 3

    Add eyebrows, using black face paint and a medium brush. If you're going for a hag-like witch look, like the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz," draw thick, curved eyebrows over your natural eyebrows. For a more graceful yet wicked look, like Elphaba in the musical "Wicked," paint thick eyebrows that taper at the end. Taper eyebrows slightly downward or following your natural eyebrow line at the end, not upward into wings like you would with the fun, glamorous witch look.

  4. 4

    Get creative with a hag-like witch face by adding wrinkles and moles! Using black paint and a small, fine brush or eyeliner, add wrinkles across your forehead, crows feet around the outer eyes and straight, vertical lines down each side of your nose. Blend the lines in with a small make-up sponge to make the wrinkles more subtle. Using black or dark green paint or eyeliner, add a couple of moles, such as on the tip of your nose, around your mouth or on your chin.

  5. 5

    Get creative with a graceful wicked witch face by adding eye make-up! Apply dark green eyeshadow to the upper eyelids, blending out into wings, and smudge a little on the lower lids. Like with the fun, glamorous witch face, you can also use eyeliner to create wings at the outer corner of your upper eyelids. Finish off the look with black mascara or fake eyelashes.

Tips and warnings

  • Pull your hair back and out of your face with a headband before applying face paint.
  • When applying face paint on children, avoid painting too close to the eyes.
  • Practice a few days before the big night, especially if you've never painted a witch's face before, to avoid any last-minute mistakes. Experimenting with witch face designs in advance will also help you decide between a glamorous witch face or a wicked witch face, as well as which shades of green and other details look best.

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