Halloween face paint ideas for kids

Follow our step-by-step guide to Halloween face paint to up the cool factor on your little monster's costume this year

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We love scouring Halloween costume stores in NYC, looking for the coolest new ensembles for the kids to wear trick-or-treating—but sometimes those store-bought outfits leave something to be desired. Take any costume from boring to bewitching with these awesome Halloween face-paint designs, created by artist Derrick Little. The delightfully spooky DIY looks take ten minutes or less and will have your little monster ready to strut their stuff in Halloween parades all over town!

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Dragon

Materials:

-Yellow, black and red water-activated face paint

-1 round paint/makeup brush

-1 makeup sponge

-1 detail paint/makeup brush or eyeliner

-water to wet paint cakes/clean brushes

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Dragon

Step 1: Apply yellow face paint with sponge around the nose, upper lip and in two streaks out from the inner brow.

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Dragon

Step 2: Apply red with a round brush above and below the eyes and on the outer cheeks and chin.

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Dragon

Step 3: Using the flattened tip of the round brush, add white in small outward strokes to the brow and the outside of the yellow streaks. Then, with yellow, make scales using the same technique around the cheeks and on the upper lip.

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Dragon

Step 4: Use a round brush with black face paint to mark the outside of each nostril, then use black face paint or eyeliner to outline the entire mask.

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Fairy

Materials:

-Yellow, pink, purple, green and white water-activated face paint

-1 blunt, round-tip paint/makeup brush

-1 makeup sponge

-1 small detail paint/makeup brush

-water to wet paint cakes/clean brushes

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Fairy

Step 1: Using the sponge, apply yellow makeup in a petal shape from above and below the eye out to the side of the face.

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Fairy

Step 2: Using the sponge, apply pink makeup inside the yellow lines from above and below the eye out to the side of the face.

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Fairy

Step 3: With the round brush, add a flower to forehead in pink and yellow, then add two green V's to either side. Dot the outer edge of the pink and yellow lines with white in small outward strokes.

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Fairy

Step 4: With the detail brush, add purple outline to flower, leaves and brows, then outline entire mask in curlicues curved away from the face.

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Blue Bat

Materials:

-Blue, white and black water-activated face paint

-1 large paint/makeup brush

-1 small detail paint/makeup brush or liquid eyeliner

-water to wet paint cakes/clean brushes

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Blue Bat

Step 1: Using the larger brush, apply blue face paint in a simple bat shape around the eyes, then fill in.

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Blue Bat

Step 2: After rinsing the brush, add white face paint for highlights a half inch above the eyes over the brows.

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Blue Bat

Step 3: With the detail brush, paint thick black lines above the eyelids under the highlights.

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Blue Bat

Step 4: With same brush or eyeliner, outline mask in black, adding high brows and nose and cheek creases.

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Pirate

Materials:

-Red, purple, white and black water-activated face paint

-1 blunt, square-tip paint/makeup brush

-1 large paint/makeup brush

-1 small detail paint/makeup brush or liquid eyeliner

-water to wet paint cakes/clean brushes

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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Pirate

Step 1: With the large brush, apply red bandana shape on forehead and purple eye-patch shape below.

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Pirate

Step 2: Using the square brush, add white vertical stripes on the bandana and a white stripe on the bottom curve of the eye patch.

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Pirate

Step 3: Using the detail brush or liner, outline the bandanna and eye patch with black, adding lines for a wrinkle detail on the bandana.

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Pirate

Step 4: Using the detail brush or liner, add black two-line mustache to finger.

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