Ideas for Painting a Mummy's Face

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Ideas for Painting a Mummy's Face
There are many different kinds of mummies. (inkamumie image by fotofrank from

Comical or gory, there are many ways you can paint a mummy's face. Most people envision ancient Egypt and wrapped bodies when they think of mummies. However, mummies have been created by many cultures across the globe. So, you can paint a typical Egyptian mummy face, a smoked South American mummy face or a gruesome frozen mummy face. Just use some face paint, an old towel and lots of imagination to perfect any mummy costume.

Classic Mummy

Paint bandages across your face to create a classic mummy look. While actually wrapping bandages around your face may be easier, painting the bandages makes breathing and eating easier. The quickest method is to cover your face with white make-up. Use thin, black eyeliner to draw horizontal lines across your face, creating the look of overlapped bandages. Use a little black make-up around your eyes and mouth to help them blend into the bandage pattern. If you want an "old" looking mummy, sponge a little brown paint over your white face before painting the lines to give the bandages an antique appearance.

Comical Mummy

Create a comical mummy face to keep your painting lighthearted and kid-friendly. Cover your face with white make-up and then lightly sponge your face with black. Smear black paint under your eyes and a little grey paint under each cheekbone. Draw thin, vertical, black lines across each lip to create a dry and cracked look. Draw a black line with an upward curve on each side of your mouth to create a goofy mummy smile.

Gory Mummy

Grab plenty of red and black make-up to create a gory mummy's face. You want to create the look of a "fresh" smoked mummy with plenty of gruesome and bloody details. Cover your face with dark brown make-up and sponge it with black to achieve "smoked flesh" appearance. Draw a thick, red line across one cheek and add a thin black line across the top to create the appearance of a bloody gash. Add a smaller gash across your forehead. Smear red make-up around your eyes and lips. Sponge both areas with a little black to give your eyes and mouth an evil look.

Old Mummy

Use a mixture of dirty bandages and blackened flesh to create an ancient looking mummy face. Cover your entire face, except your cheeks, with white make-up and lightly sponge the entire area with brown. Surround your eyes and mouth with black make-up. Paint thin black lines across the nose, forehead and chin areas to indicate bandages. Heavily sponge your cheeks with brown and black to indicate bandage-free areas.

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