How to Face Paint a Witch's Face Onto a Child

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How to Face Paint a Witch's Face Onto a Child
The classic look of a witch is green skin with warts (Cute Witch image by Infs from

A classic Halloween costume, favoured by people of all ages, is a witch. If your child has decided to dress up as a witch for the occasion, you may be struggling to figure out exactly how to paint her face to look like that of a proper witch. There are several styles of witches you may choose from. Simply adding some putty to your child's nose and a fake wart to her cheek is one option. However, for a more authentic witch look, you can apply green face paint to your child's face and neck.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Bright green face paint
  • Dark green face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Sponge
  • Paintbrushes
  • Green glitter (optional)

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  1. 1

    Use a sponge to apply the bright green face paint to your child's face. Be sure to cover her whole face and blend the colour in well.

  2. 2

    Use the darker shade of green to add shadows around the sides of her face and eyes. The forehead and nose area should be darker. Blend the colour in so that the face is evenly covered with paint.

  3. 3

    Using the paintbrush, apply black paint to your child's eyebrows. Depending on the look you are going for, you can make the eyebrows big and bushy, or thin and wispy.

  4. 4

    Choose a colour for the lips. Black or green will work and your child can decide which colour she prefers. Paint her lips in the colour that she has chosen, making sure that the paint is well blended.

  5. 5

    Add wrinkles and crows feet to the forehead and around the eyes. Moles can be placed wherever you want them. Usually a witch will have at least one mole somewhere on her face. The nose can be made to look sharper using a small amount of the black paint to add to sharp lines along the bridge. Simply blend the paint in to create a contoured nose.

  6. 6

    Be creative. Eye shadow can be added along with fake eyelashes, depending on the age of your child. Glitter can add an extra bit of pizazz to the look as well

Tips and warnings

  • Blending the paint evenly is extremely important. Be sure to paint your child's face in a well-lit room to ensure that the paint isn't clumpy or uneven.
  • Read the labels on the paint and make sure it is non-toxic, especially if it will be used on the lips.
  • Before applying make-up, do a small patch test on a small part of the skin to make sure your child isn't allergic.
  • Be careful around the eyes. On a young child it is OK to leave the area around the eyes clear of paint in order to make sure it doesn't end up in her eye.

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