Friday, September 13, 2013

How to Paint a Face: Sugar Skull

What a better way to spend Friday the 13th,
Kicking off our fall Face Painting Series! 
See our other faces:

NOTE: You should only every use proper FACE PAINT.
Never use craft paint, acrylics, oils, etc. on the skin.
Snazaroo, Silly Farm, Mehron, and Ben Nye are all safe brands that have been developed specifically for body art.
You can get a basic pallet online without spending a ton of money. 
I was using this pallet for the following tutorial.

Sugar skulls are fun, colorful and can be for both 
Halloween or Dia de los Muertos (Nov 1&2)
(Day of the Dead)
My son was more than happy to model this one. 
It is a little more "boy" and geared toward Halloween 
with the spider web accents. 
Start with a clean, dry face. 
Create a smooth, white layer all over.

  Using the natural socket/brow/cheek bones, trace eyes.
Have child suck in cheeks and trace along the natural line it creates from the 
corner of the mouth to under the edge of eye socket, then up toward the ear. 
Outline nostrils and create a "V" up the bridge of nose.

Fill in eyes and nose, make vertical lines along mouth line.
Shade:temples, under cheek bones, sides of chin, jaw line, and hair line.
Now, you could stop here and just have a skull!
Continue on for sugar skull!

Lay your bright colors down first.
Petals around the eyes are a must!
Have fun making swirls, hearts, mustaches, etc.

THIS>Is my secret. $1 at Target.
Outline everything colored to make it POP!


  1. Really cute!! Can't believe the kids are sweet and calm enough to sit still during the art work :)

  2. Love it! I wanna do that now....Where's that boy of mine...

  3. This is really wild looking! I wouldn't be able to get them to sit still long enough to paint a straight line ;-)

  4. Wow! Fantastic job! I've never even attempted to paint a sugar skull face because I figured there was no way I could do it!

  5. Really nice work! I am a big fan of the sugar skull!

  6. This is so amazing! I wonder if my so might let me practice on him... A mom can hope!

  7. This is a great tutorial! I'll be featuring it on The Crafty Crow soon :)