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The bad news: You’ve just realized that Halloween is days away and you’re sans elaborate, Pinterest-worthy, I-spent-way-too-much-on-this costume. The good news: You’ll still be the envy of the neighbourhood with these easy ideas that don’t involve anything more than some face paint, a couple of brushes, and a bit of creativity.

What you need

  • paddle shaped brush (for medium-sized areas, ie: eyes)
  • foundation brush (for larger areas)
  • angle brush (for fine lines and details)
  • black, red and white face paint


The spooky skeleton

  1. Start filling in the black areas of the face first. Using the paddle brush, black-out the eye area by painting the eye sockets. Make sure to fill in the lids and underneath the eye.
  2. Next, define the nose with the angle brush. Paint a “U”-shape around the tip of the nose, filling in the space between the nostrils and up the tip of the nose.
  3. Continue to define the jaw using the angle brush, filling in the cheek to the jaw and around the chin.
  4. Over the throat, outline three large squares to give the allusion of the spine.
  5. With the foundation brush, fill in the neck with black paint.
  6. Clean the foundation brush, and move on to the white paint. Start filling in the face and paint the forehead, cheeks under the eyes and over the nose and lips, as well as the squares down the throat.
  7. Start adding fine detail with the angle brush and the black paint once more. Paint in skull cracks across the forehead, around the eyes, radiating from the jaw joint and across the mouth. Add in crooked teeth along the jawline, adding in shadows lightly around each tooth.
  8. With a clean paddle brush, gently blend in the details.
  9. Once complete, toss on a black sweater and pants to complete your look!


The hungry vampire

  1. In a little dish, water down some of the white face paint so it becomes slightly transparent.
  2. Using the foundation brush, brush the mixture onto face to desaturate your overall colour.
  3. Gently dab some red face paint on the paddle shape brush and lightly paint around the eyes.
  4. Using the same brush, add dark circles by lightly brushing on black paint around the outer edges.
  5. With the angle brush, create dramatic eyebrows using the black paint. Arch them higher than your natural brow for an extra haunting look.
  6. With a clean angle brush, draw the outline for the mouth starting below the nose, arching around your mouth and extending down the throat. Draw in teeth on the upper lip and fill towards the bottom of the neck.
  7. Using white paint and an angle brush, paint the teeth white.
  8. With the foundation and paddle brushes, fill in the mouth area with black paint. Lookin’ spooky…
  9. Add bloody details to the teeth with the angle brush and the red face paint.
  10. Toss on a black shirt to finish the look. Are you hungry yet?


The frightening demon

  1. Dip the angle brush into the black paint and fill in the eye area. Paint over the lids and extend the paint below the eye into a triangle shape.
  2. Starting from the top of the hairline, fill in the side of the face with black paint, making sure to define the temple area, cheekbone and jaw area.
  3. Paint the rest of the face red using a foundation brush.
  4. Once your face is completely covered, start adding fine details with the angle brush and the black paint. Add details to define the forehead, around the nose and brow creases, as well as the chin, then gently blend in using the paddle brush.
  5. Toss on a red or black shirt to complete your look. Have we mentioned you look freakishly good?