How to Face Paint an Old Man's Face

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If you’re creating an old-man costume for a school play or for Halloween, you'll need the right face paint. A youthful face ruins the effect you’re trying to achieve and detracts from your overall look. Combininig a few shades of makeup together creates an old-man face that looks like the real thing. Surprise your friends by learning the right way to apply the face paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Neutral-colored face paint
  • Dark face paint
  • Light face pain
  • Dark brown eyeliner
  • Makeup sponge
  • Pressed powder
  • Apply a neutral-colored face paint or foundation all over the face. The foundation color should match your natural skin tone, especially if your neck shows through the costume. Blend the foundation into the skin with a makeup sponge.

  • Create shadows and wrinkles with a face paint that is a few shades darker for a more natural look. Use the makeup sponge to darken areas around the forehead, cheeks and chin.

  • Squint your eyes and trace the wrinkles or lines around your eyes with the eyeliner pencil. Add more wrinkles with the pencil if needed. Use the pencil on the edges of the darker spots you created earlier, to clarify and define the wrinkles.

  • Dip the makeup sponge in the lighter-colored face paint and rub all over your face. Use the makeup sponge to blend the darker and lighter shades together for a more natural look. Feather the edges of the darker makeup and blend with the lighter shade.

  • Coat your face with pressed powder. The pressed powder serves as the finishing touch to the look and sets the makeup. The powder keeps the makeup from melting or coming off when you sweat or when your face touches something.

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