Are you in need of some Halloween costume ideas? We've got this great skeleton Halloween face paint idea and plenty more...
This spooky skull paint is so creepy, it’s got to be one of the most bone-rattling Halloween face paint ideas we’ve ever seen! It’s really easy to do, too. Your child will love looking like the walking dead and you could make them a skeleton costume to go with this face paint by drawing bones on some old black clothes with white fabric paint.
To paint the skull, first find a comfortable place to work and cover surfaces in case of spillages and mucky fingers. You might also want to drape an old towel around your child’s shoulders to protect their clothes from any stray drips. Using a water-based face paint is best as they wash off easily with soap and water. Face paint is safe to use on most skin types but always do a patch test of the paint on the back of your child’s hand. If there is no reaction in an hour or so it should be safe to use.
To create the skull face paint idea you will need:
- A pot of clean water
- Water-based face paint in white, grey and black
- Face painting sponges
- 1 medium paintbrush
- 1 thin paintbrush
- An old towel, to drape over your child’s shoulders
This scary skull needs a white base. Use a face paint sponge and spread white paint evenly over your child's face. Don't worry about getting it perfectly around their eyes, as these will be filled in later. With the same sponge, smudge some grey paint around your child's temples and underneath their cheekbones.
With a medium brush, paint black circles around your child's eyes. Remember, you want these to look like the eye socket holes in the skull, so the darker they are the better. Ask your child to close their eyes for this part to avoid getting any face paint in their eyes. Now paint a thin black triangle shape on each side of your child's nose, like in the picture.
Using a thin brush, use the tip to paint an upside down 'L' shape on either side of your child's mouth. Then paint the outline of all the teeth over your child's lips, so that when they close their mouth you can see all the skull's teeth.
Finally, still using your thin brush, paint some thin cracks down your child's face to make the skull look really old and scary.
You could even drape some fake cobwebs over your child's clothes and in their hair to make them look like a really ancient skeleton.
This face painting idea is from 'Face Painting: Step-by-step instructions to create 38 fantastic faces!' created for The Works by Top That! Publishing plc, RRP £7.99.