How to Paint a Scarecrow Face With Makeup

Updated November 21, 2016

Scarecrows are a staple figure in Halloween costumes. The Wizard of Oz provides a great reference for a recognisable scarecrow figure. You will need the other parts of the scarecrow costume to be as authentic as possible, but the make-up is an essential part of the image. Scarecrows are usually stitched together by the farmer, creating a patchwork look that is reflected in the make-up. Even if you have not done a lot of Halloween make-up, the application for this look is easy to do. If you mess up, just wipe it off and start over.

Cover your eyelid to eyebrow area with white eyeshadow. Sweep a brush full of the white shadow over the eyelid many times until the white is easily visible. The colour can still be opaque.

Trace your top and bottom eyelid with the black costume make-up. Go beyond the point where the outside eyelid ends on your top eyelid and flare up. This makes the look bold.

Make little black lines on your bottom lid coming directly away from the eye. It will look like you have five or six large bottom eyelashes.

Cover your nose with orange costume make-up. You can cover the entire nose or just the top. Outline the orange with black and add perpendicular black lines, lines going the opposite way of the current line, to look like stitches.

Draw red or orange circles on the apples, or round point, of your cheeks. Add white accents to bring out the shape.

Apply red make-up to your lips. Add black stitch accents to the corners of mouth.

Draw black triangles above your eyebrows and fill in the triangles with black. The bottom of the triangle should touch the top of the eyebrow.


Draw more black stitches over the lips or on other parts of the face. Add more orange to the face for a scarier looking scarecrow. If you mess up, use warm water and a Q-tip to start over.

Things You'll Need

  • Black costume make-up
  • Orange costume make-up
  • Red costume make-up
  • White eyeshadow
  • Q-tips
  • Warm water
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