Halloween Face Painting Tips & Tricks
Elizabeth Villamarin, the professional makeup artist ("Hannah Montana," "High School Musical," and "Wicked") behind the spooky and sweet Halloween face-painting how-tos here, offered these simple tips and tricks for parents transforming their young trick-or-treaters this season.
Elizabeth used Aquacolor face paints by Kryolan (do an online search for 'aquacolor makeup' to find a number of retailers). Aquacolor is sold in multicolor palettes or individually. If you can't locate this brand, Elizabeth said to try any water-based face makeup.
Small or medium paint brush. Available at craft and art supply stores. (Makeup brushes are also fine.)
Makeup sponges, available at drug stores.
Eyebrow pencil (although the dark face paint with a paintbrush will also do.)
Have kids close their eyes to keep from getting distracted.
Place your open hand on top of your child's head when applying makeup for stability.
Sketch out detailed designs and difficult shapes on paper before applying makeup.
Draw lines in quick, single strokes after practicing the shape on paper.
Dip the makeup sponge in water before putting makeup on it. Don't make it too wet, though, just damp. It will help the makeup go on smoother.
Squeeze end of sponge to get into tough spots (under eyes.)
Tap shadow brush before applying to skin to let loose powder fall.
If possible, start with lighter colors.