How to Make Skeleton Cheekbones With Halloween Makeup

Updated July 20, 2017

Skeletons and skulls are images associated with Halloween. Skeleton bodies hang from porches and skulls sit in windows, staring out with their hollow eye sockets. Skeletons are also a popular costume for people of all ages. Although skull masks can be purchased at the store, painting on your own skull face can often be more effective and allow your creativity to shine. Paint your face to look like a skull with skeleton cheekbones using black and white face paint.

Apply astringent to your face with a cotton ball. This closes the pores and prevents the make-up from clogging them.

Trace your eye sockets with a black eyeliner pencil, following the natural contours of your face. Suck in your cheeks and examine the contours this effect creates in the mirror. Begin at the top of your ear and use the eyeliner pencil to trace your cheekbone all the way to the corner of your lips. Repeat this on the other side of your face. The lines should look like a sideways S.

Dip a make-up sponge into white face paint. Cover your entire face in the white face paint, but do not paint over the black lines.

Dip a medium-sized make-up brush into black face paint. Colour in the eye sockets with the black face paint. Trace over the black lines you previously drew with the brush to thicken the lines.

Dip a medium-sized make-up brush into grey face paint. Draw cheekbones lines directly beneath the black lines. Use the make-up brush to blend the black down into the grey to create a more natural contoured look.

Lightly cover your face with a tissue. Dip a large make-up brush into baby powder and dust the brush over the tissue. This prevents the make-up from smearing.

Things You'll Need

  • Astringent
  • Cotton balls
  • Black eyeliner
  • Make-up sponge
  • White face paint
  • Medium-sized make-up brush
  • Black face paint
  • Gray face paint
  • Tissue
  • Large make-up brush
  • Baby powder
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Summer O'Carrey has been involved in freelance writing since 2010. As a writer for eHow and Answerbag, she is experienced in theatre, graphic design and online gaming. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in the dramatic arts from California State University in Fullerton, O'Carrey has written about theatre, literature, film and television.