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Unlike the earlier days, skeleton makeup has become even more popular. Particularly in carnivals and of course, Halloween, you even see it at kids’ birthday parties! It is quite amusing that what used to be an indulgence before has turned into an everyday thing which most definitely brings loads of fun at any gathering!

You may be wondering how to paint a perfect skeleton face. Well, you came to the right place!

Materials required for skeleton makeup

  • A shadow palette
  • A cup of warm water
  • Eyeliners
  • Brushes
  • Makeup sponges
  • Face glitter pigments
  • One dry towel and some wet wipes

Step 1

The makeup should be applied in a smooth, bright area before you begin. Give enough space and neatly arrange all your materials. If you are doing the makeup on yourself, make sure to have a well lighted, medium sized mirror. Also, wear old clothes! Because you would not want to paint your whole body in  skeleton makeup would you? Wash the hands and face before starting as makeup should only be applied to clean skin.

Apply white paint over the whole face using a makeup sponge to form the base coat. Cover the lips with white paint also. You can forget the areas around the eyes since you will put an alternate shading of paint on it later.

Step 2

And now to make the eyes and nose; apply the dark paint by using a medium brush and paint under the eyebrows, underneath the eyes, and go over the eyelid. Try not to paint a circle shape. It should look more like a rectangle with curved corners. Give each layer a chance to dry before you move on to the next step.

Next up, paint two tear shapes on the bridge of the nose, running parallel to each other. Bring out the skull by applying dark paint on the temple. At that point have your subject suck in the cheeks so you could trace under the bone, creating the illusion of invisible cheeks. Use tap-and-blend methods en route to accomplishing a greater result.

Step 3

For the skull teeth, paint directly and neatly on the lips. To begin, paint the lips with a dark outline and after that, complete it with a fine brush. The upper teeth should be painted bigger than the lower ones. Apply a white paint onto the teeth to make them more noticeable.

They are two ways to do the teeth depending on the look you want to present:

  • The first way is less scary and involves painting the lips with any color you choose and then lining the lips with black. Draw out the black lines from the corners of the mouth outwards, taking up about half of the cheek. Then use a vertical line through the original line you drew previously to make it look like the teeth.
  • The second way is scarier by simply taking a black pencil and drawing outwards from the corners of the mouth down to the centers of the cheeks just like the other method, but shade the area they touch with black instead of coloring the lips. Then take the pencil and draw vertical lines from top to bottom of the upper lip to the lower lip and continue out to the cheeks. Make sure to space them evenly to look professional.

Step 4

In order to make some crack lines impact on different parts of the face, you can make use of fine brushes and some dark paint. Note that you do not have to try too hard. A light touch will be adequate.

In conclusion, make sure you follow all the steps. This way, you should be able to put on a real scare! You should have a frightening face skeleton makeup design using the basic steps listed above.