How to Face Paint a Scary Witch for Halloween for Kids


Follow a few basic painting and makeup guidelines to face paint a scary witch look. A costume store will carry all of the necessary types and colors of makeup that is safe to apply on children. Also use traditional makeup, like lip and eyeliner, to help create details and shadows for a complete effect. Have plenty of disposable makeup sponges and applicators on hand if you are applying the makeup on multiple children.

Things You'll Need

  • Green and black Halloween makeup
  • Disposable makeup sponges
  • Dark colored eyeliner pencil
  • Translucent face powder
  • Black or gray eyeshadow
  • Disposable eyeshadow applicators or cotton swabs
  • Medium and dark toned lip liner
  • Apply the green Halloween makeup over the entire face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Dab small amounts of the black or gray Halloween makeup under the cheekbones, around the nostrils, on the temples and above the brow line. Work this into the green paint and blend the edges to create a smooth shadow transition.

  • Use the dark eyeliner pencil to create the appearance of warts on the witch's face. Common places for these are on the nose, cheekbone, chin and brow areas. Lightly apply a tiny circle, then darken and spread the pencil mark along part of the small circle to create the effect of a shadow being cast from the light.

  • Apply a coat of the translucent face powder over the entire face. This will help seal the face paint and dull the greasy look of most costume makeup. The powder will also help prevent the makeup from smearing and rubbing off on hands and clothing too easily.

  • Use gray or black eyeshadow to darken the area around the eyes. The darker and broader the shadow the more dramatic the look will be. Blend in the eyeshadow with the surrounding makeup and touch up with the translucent powder where necessary around the eyes.

  • Create a dramatic aged effect on the lips with a medium and dark toned lip liner. Draw numerous small creases around the lips as well as a variety of large and small creases on the lips themselves using the dark colored liner. Fill in between the dark lines with the medium toned color and blend with a makeup sponge.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the dark colored eyeliner pencil to create wrinkled creases on the face aging the witch even further. Blend in with a dark colored eyeshadow and disposable applicator.

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