Skull Face Painting Instructions

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Skull Face Painting Instructions
Use this skull as a reference to see where bones are located. (Human skull image by Photosani from

Whether you are painting your face for fun, a play or to celebrate a holiday, you can easily turn your face into a skull in less than an hour. Before starting, however, you should decide whether you want a realistic skull or the stylised skulls of Day of the Dead celebrations that feature flowers and bright colours, as well as the typical white and black paints.

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Things you need

  • White face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Black paint or eyebrow pencil
  • Coloured paint as necessary
  • Make-up sponge

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  1. 1

    Paint your face white using a sponge. Blend it carefully and make sure you have an even layer of paint on. The paint should go from your forehead, around your hairline to the jaw and just below your chin.

  2. 2

    Draw your skull carefully with your black make-up or paint pencil. You should include a round circle around your eye sockets and maybe a triangle over your nose, which would be a gaping hole in a skull. Draw a line from the corner of your mouth to where your jaw hinges, then draw vertical lines starting in the middle of your white lips almost to the end of the lines. These are teeth. This is a basic skull design. You can also use your pen to add details such as cracks or bullet holes if you want.

  3. 3

    Fill in the black holes around your nose and eyes.

  4. 4

    Use bright colours to decorate your skull if you are going for a Day of the Dead look. Popular designs include flower petals around the eyes, cobwebs and decorative teardrop shapes.

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