How To: Halloween Skull Face Painting

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How To: Halloween Skull Face Painting

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Getting Started!

Arteza UV Face Paints are water based and will need to be activated to start using. Add water and mix with your brush tip, or use Arteza Water Brushes to add water and mix to the consistency that works best for you. We suggest a pasty texture for crisper lines and a watery texture for blending colors together. Test out a few lines to see how your consistency will act, and let’s get started.

Apply White Face Paint to Model's Face

1. Apply Base Coat - White

Apply the base coat of your Skeleton Face with your fingers or sponge. A watery consistency is good for spreading the paint thinly over large surfaces, but be cautious adding too much water as it will dilute the saturation of color once the paint has dried on the skin.

Apply Yellow and Orange Face Paint to Model's face around eyes and on cheek

2. Apply Accent Color Around Eyes

Add the lighter accent color first, then layer the second color over the top with the sponge. These accent colors are supposed to be thick and bold lines to emphasize the darker makeup we will be adding on top. In this video, we used yellow as the bottom color and orange as the top color, but you can choose any complimentary colors.

Add Black Face Paint Details over eyes, under cheekbone, and over lips.

3. Add Black Details

Add black designs over the eyes. The little circles help give the design a personal touch for you to add your own flare. The dark line on the cheek should follow under the cheekbone and give a sunken jaw effect. Remember, the black does not react to the UV light, so this is a chance to add some shadows when your face glows!

Use sponge to apply yellow and orange face paint to neck and chest area

4. Add Nose and Color Forehead and Neck

Paint on the black nose detail, and add in your third and top color to your design. We used pink to blend the colors along the hairline and to accent the painted teeth. We used the sponge to pull the mask down into a body paint design by starting with applying yellow and then blending to orange. To highlight the head, add a line of orange (or whichever is not the top color on your neck) along the jaw.

Shadow and produce web design along neck with black face paint and a fine tipped brush

5. Add details to Eyes and Neck

Return to the black paint and brush for more designs! Finish off the triangles and details under the eye, then paint vertical stripes around the neck. Close the vertical stripes with a web-like line.

Shade neck and under jaw with black face paint

6. Shade and Detail the Neck

Add black strokes coming down the neck from the jaw, allowing them to cover lightly in order to fade. Then add dark strokes along the jaw. Make sure the edge of black still has some UV paint underneath for an awesome UV shadow effect. The green orbs were added to the points of the collar and given details by outlining and highlighting.

Add details like skull cracks along hairline for add personal touches

7. Add Personal Details Like Skull Cracks!

This is the moment to let your inner creativity shine. Add in some details by making thick underlines in one of your accent colors and then draw your details in black over them. This is also when you should go over all the black lines and makes sure they’re outlined with a UV paint - like that nose detail you did!

Coloring hair pink with Arteza Hair Chalk Combs

8. Make Your Costume Complete with Hair Chalk Combs!

Use Arteza Art Chalk Combs to tint your hair and add charm to your Halloween Night! Arteza Hair Chalk Combs add a washable layer of color.

Completed Skull-Clown face paint in UV black light effects.
Ready to Party!

The best part is that these paints are lightweight and dry with a soft, non-transferable matte finish. This means there’s no greasy oil-paint making you sweat all night, and if you brush your hand over the paint, it won’t smudge or come off.

Throw away those uncomfortable masks and the old-fashioned paints that are more mess than fun for these newly formulated, non-toxic UV Paints. Enjoy your enchanted night knowing how amazing you look!

It’s time to go out and turn some heads during your trick-or-treat fun! There are so many ways to adjust or add to this design so you can express your own style, or you can try one of our other Face Paint Tutorials. Arteza’s UV Paints are sure to add some extra spook to your costume this year, and draw all eyes to you! 

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