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3 Halloween face paint tutorials that will win your kid Best Costume

Allison Pynn has worked on the faces of Paula Abdul, America Ferrera, The Band Perry, Bret Michaels, and Sarah Palin. She grew up in rural Indiana running around corn fields and digging up worms, but always with lip gloss on! Allison has...

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

The face paint can make or break a costume, and let's face it, it's harder than it looks! Become a master overnight with these three easy tutorials.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are kind of a big deal right now, and their faces are not as easy to paint as you might think. No worries, though. We've got your back.

Instructions:

1. Begin by drawing the outline of an eye mask (you can use any of the turtles' colors).

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

2. Once the mask is completely drawn, fill in with your chosen color.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

3. Paint the remainder of your child's face green.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

4. Add little curved eyebrows above the mask with black paint.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

5. With your black paint, draw curved face wrinkles around the eye area and on the nose.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

6. Next, draw a small line extending out from the corner of the mouth, and add a little hash-mark to end it. On the opposite corner of the mouth, draw a tongue shape extending out onto the face. This will be the character's mouth.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

7. Fill this tongue shape with white and add black lines to look like teeth. This makes it look like the turtle is growling!

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

Cracked pumpkin face

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

Skip the entire face of orange for your little pumpkin and mix things up a bit this year.

Instructions:

1. With orange paint, draw an outline of 3/4 of a pumpkin across your child's face.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

2. Fill in the outline with orange paint.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

3. Next, draw curved lines with yellow paint to give the pumpkin dimension.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

4. Using black paint, outline the pumpkin and add a triangle over an eye.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

5. Draw black lines next to the yellow lines to add more dimension.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

6. Add a pumpkin stem with green paint and outline it with black.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

7. For the mouth, draw jagged triangle shapes with black paint and fill in.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

8. Now it's time to crack the pumpkin! Draw little jagged lines on the part of the pumpkin that's missing.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

9. Finish this look with white highlights around the cracked lines and outside of the missing pumpkin.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

Skeleton Carmen from The Book of Life

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

Your kids are probably going to fall in love with The Book of Life this October and we loved Skeleton Carmen's gorgeous sugar-skull look. Celebrate the movie with this tutorial.

Instructions:

1. Begin by painting a white outline of your child's face. Fill in with white paint, leaving two circles open around the eyes.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

2. Paint the eyelids blue.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

3. Fill in the rest of the eye circles with red paint.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

4. Next, outline the blue area with black paint and carry the black under the eye so the entire eye area is now outlined.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

5. With orange paint, draw small half-moon shapes around the entire eye area.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

6. Fill in the orange moon shapes with yellow paint.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

7. Draw a "skeletal" nose with black paint and fill in.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

8. Next, paint your child's lips red.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

9. Draw a thin black line extending out from each corner of your child's mouth.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

10. Along the mouth line, make thin vertical hash-marks.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

11. Using black paint, draw swirls around the forehead and jawline and black dots down the nose.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

12. Draw an upside down "spade" with red paint.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

13. Complete the look by adding orange or yellow outlines to the black swirls for a fun accent.

TUTORIAL: Your kid will actually like wearing face paint when it looks this cool

More Halloween for kids

3 Wacky pumpkin crafts for kids
6 Alternatives to trick or treating
Why we love Halloween at Disneyland

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