How to Paint Your Face Like Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington is the main character, the Pumpkin King, from the animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. The long black coat he wears can be worn to dress up like this intriguing character. Add to your Jack Skeleton costume by painting your face. With his sad, slightly droopy eyes and creepy wide smile you'll be able to easily produce this distinctive look using only two colors of face paint. Learn how to paint Jack Skeleton on your face by following some basic face painting instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Face painting sponges
  • White and black water-based face paints
  • Water
  • Soft-bristled wide brush
  • Soft-bristled medium round brush
  • Soft-bristled small round detail brush


    • 1

      Look in a mirror as you paint your face so that you can see what you are doing. Load a face-painting sponge with white paint by dipping the edge of the sponge in water and rotating it in paint. Paint your entire face white.

    • 2

      Use a black-loaded face-painting sponge to paint around the eyes. This is done by pressing the sponge on your closed eye, while looking with the other eye, and rotating the sponge to fill your entire eye socket. Then paint the other eye the same way.

    • 3

      Load a soft-bristled wide brush to clean up the black around the eyes. A brush is loaded by dipping the brush in water and rubbing it in paint. Paint the eyes so that they are slightly diagonal ovals, slanting downward and outward around the eye and a little onto the cheek using the wide brush.

    • 4

      Paint two black marks on your nose using a medium round brush. These marks start on the nostril and go inward toward the top of the nose coming to a point. This is done by pressing the brush fully on your nostril, then lift the brush as it comes to the top of the nose so that the tip of the brush brings it to a point.

    • 5

      Use a soft-bristled small round detail brush to paint a black line that goes from the back of your cheek to the corner of your mouth on both sides of your face. These lines should curve upward to extend the smile on the mouth. Paint short black lines every quarter inch or so, extending diagonally and vertically out the top and bottom of the line. This should look like bad stitch work. Continue these short lines from the opening in the mouth, onto the upper and bottom lip.

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  • Leslie Wandell; Professional Face Painter and Owner/Operator of Face It Transformations; Kingston, Ontario
  • Jennifer Zwiers; Professional Face Painter and Owner/Operator of Face Invaders; Napanee, Ontario


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ Images

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