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Halloween Makeup and Face Painting Ideas

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Corpse Bride Halloween Make-up

Are you feeling a little naked this Halloween? No, your outfit isn't ripped....you forgot the face paint! Face paint and Halloween make-up can tie your costume together in ways you never even imagined. In fact, it can really make your idea 'pop' and define your entire concept. If you're tired of hiding behind a mask or are unable to find one that suits your needs, don't worry – face paint can be used to create anything imaginable! Just like your ghoulishly-great costume, the potential of face paint is limited only by your imagination. So get inspired by these galleries, grab the brushes, and paint on so you can scare on!

Halloween face paint can surely enhance any costume, but what if you're trying to coordinate a group gathering or enjoy the night with that special someone? Become a frightfully-delightful duo through the magic of face paint! With even just a little, you can make your attempts at matching clear and create new possibilities. Rekindle your romance as an undead bride and groom – all it takes is makeshift formal wear and a little zombie face paint! Perhaps you want to terrorize the town as killer clowns or both of you want to role-play your favorite character, such as this Joker couple did. Not feeling so close lately? Dig in your claws and use face paint to become a ferociously-frightening lion and its unlucky prey. With a little paint, you can coordinate and pull your look together with ease.

Kissing Fish CostumeKissing Fish

Lion and Zebra CostumeLion and Zebra

Homemade Dr. Finklestein's Couple CostumeDr. Finklestein's Couple

Dia De Los Muertos costumeDia De Los Muertos Couple

Dead Bride and Groom CostumesDead Bride and Groom

Demented Dentist and his First Patient Couple CostumeDemented Dentist's First Patient

The Jokers Couple CostumeThe Jokers

Medusa and Stone Man Homemade CostumesMedusa and Stone Man

Killer Clowns CostumeKiller Clowns

What makes a clown, a clown? The colorful circus make-up of course! There's a reason clowns are thought of as a common phobia – permanent, painted-on smiles and colorful face paint just seem to belie sinister intentions on some strange level. Whether you wish to be a good clown or bad, you can make your intentions clear with the magic of face-paint. Clown around as a friendly, circus-crazy clown couple or recreate nightmares as an evil one. Color tone, bloody streaks, broken teeth and sharp accents can be painted on to create the perfect feel for your circus-inspired costume!

Clown Bright CostumeClown Bright

Evil Clown DIY CostumeEvil Clown

Crazy Clown Couple Homemade CostumeCrazy Clown Couple

Pennywise Clown IT Homemade CostumePennywise Clown IT

Scary Clown Halloween CostumeScary Clown

Evil Clown CostumeEvil Clown

'Doll' up your costume and define your look with frighteningly-fabulous face paint! Dolls are an icon of Halloween and Gothic styles. Thus, it is no surprise that doll costumes are a classic and popular choice. Of course, just dressing like a doll would be rather bland. Face paint can turn your skin to porcelain, much like this Halloween lover has done with her broken porcelain doll costume. You can create your own night of the living dolls and mimic your favorite toy. Simulate textures, add stitches, give yourself doll eyes or even make yourself into a "Nightmare Before Christmas" by copying the make-up of famous characters such as Sally! Sweet pink plaything or devilishly-dark doll, face paint makes it possible!

Freakin' Doll CostumeFreakin' Doll

Broken Porcelain Doll Homemade CostumeBroken Porcelain Doll

Night of the Living Dolls CostumeNight of the Living Dolls

Nightmare Before Christmas Sally CostumeSally

Creepy Doll CostumeCreepy Doll

Scary Porcelain Dolls CostumeScary Porcelain Dolls

Crazy Doll Homemade CostumeCrazy Doll

Creepy Doll Homemade CostumeCreepy Doll

Broken Doll Homemade CostumeBroken Doll

Nothing says Halloween quite like hordes of zombies and skeleton armies. It's not hard to throw some rags together and call yourself a zombie or buy skeleton-inspired costume pieces. In this case, the devil is truly in the details – accessories and paint! Give your skin that haunting, undead hue and accent it with blood splats, gaping wounds, or makeshift stitches. Follow these examples and use face paint to expose threatening teeth or other bones like this decomposing zombie. Show off your 'inner self' like these scary skeletons with only simple black and white defining their forms! Indeed, the possibilities range from bare-bone minimums to incredibly elaborate effects, such as this zipper zombie, that seem to be conjured up directly from your favorite horror flicks.

Drag Queen Zombie CostumeDrag Queen Zombie

Living Dead CostumeLiving Dead

Pin-Up Zombie CostumePin-Up Zombie

Zombie Costume and MakeupZombie

Decomposing Zombie CostumeDecomposing Zombie

Zipper Zombie Nurse CostumeZipper Zombie Nurse

Scary Skeleton CostumeSkeleton from DOWN THERE

Half Skeleton Bride CostumeHalf Skeleton Bride

Skeleton CostumeSkeleton

Wake-up your tired costume idea for a night of Halloween hi-jinks! All it takes are some brushes and a little face paint. Beginners can impress with simple patterns and effects, such as in this Medusa costume, or imitate recognizable features like this feminine take on Two-Face. Even just a few simple strokes can help you capture that homeless look you're going for or add some gore to your Halloween scene. With a little practice, you may even master face paint and create costume masterpieces like this Avatar woman or redefine Wonderland as your rendition of the Cheshire Cat. Let your paintbrush be your magic wand and grant you a truly unique Halloween experience!

Medusa Halloween Costume and Make UpMEDUSA

Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat CostumeCheshire Cat

Mystique from X-Men Homemade Halloween CostumeMystique from X-Men

Lady Two-Face Homemade CostumeLady Two-Face

Avatar CostumeAvatar

Mad Mamma Waterhouse CostumeMad Mamma Waterhouse

Emily from Corpse Bride CostumeEmily from Corpse Bride

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Comic Book Queen CostumeRoy Lichtenstein Pop Art Comic Book Queen

Beetlejuice Miss Argentina CostumeMiss Argentina

She-Venom Homemade CostumeShe-Venom

Homemade Lizard Man CostumeLizard Man

Smurfs Halloween Costume for CouplesPapa Smurf & Smurfette

It's no secret from the lines at local fairs and events that kids love having their faces painted. This serves a handy double purpose for parents – make Halloween fun for kids and stretch costume ideas with some simple face paint! Your child will most likely want to dress as a favorite character or animal, and the task can be made much easier using paint. Perhaps your little ones wish to be their favorite Hollywood friends, such as these children who used face paint to become Papa Smurf and Cruella. Dress them as their most prized possession, such as this girl as a Lalaloopsy doll, and let a special, spellbinding night begin! Face paint can erase their innocent appearances, but one thing is for certain – it'll only make their trick-or-treating smiles bigger!

Homemade Clown CostumePennywise the Clown

Mini Saw CostumeMini Saw

DIY Chucky Costume for KidsChucky

Cruella DeVil Homemade CostumeCruella DeVil

Lalaloopsy Rag Dolls Costume for GirlsLalaloopsy Rag Doll

La Catrina CostumeLa Catrina

Homemade Papa Smurf CostumePapa Smurf

Homemade Joker CostumeJoker from the Dark Knight

Beetlejuice CostumeBeetlejuice

Mime CostumeMime

Batman's Two-Face Homemade CostumeBatman's Two-Face

Jack Skellington Homemade CostumeJack Skellington

Clown, doll, zombie, skeleton, young or old, couple or solo, your costume choices are seemingly endless. Likewise, face paint can enhance any costume. You've already worked hard to capture your creepily-creative costume ideas, so why not spook things up with freakishly-frightening face paint or a blood splat or two? Boo-tiful creature of the night or hair-raising horror, we'd love to see your face paint ideas and costumes! Submit a photo and description and you may just see your petrifying paint featured in our galleries for thousands to see! If you're feeling extra adventurous, enter our costume contest for your shot at a sickeningly-sweet cash prize!