51 easy Halloween face paint ideas
Get ready for Halloween with these easy Halloween face paint ideas! There's ideas for both kids and adults so you can celebrate the spooky season together.
The spooky season is upon us which means there are trick or treating, non-school uniform days, and a whole lot of parties to attend. Halloween costumes can be pricey (for some affordable options check out our easy diy halloween costumes) which is why we love face paint! Face paint is cheap, quick, and can be used to create a whole range of looks for both Halloween and fancy dress parties beyond.
We've collected a whole bunch of easy Halloween face paint ideas for kids and adults so you can get some spooky inspiration. There's everything from scary skeleton face paint to pretty mermaid looks so you can pick a design based on the level of scare you want to give. There's also some super cute face paint ideas that can be recreated on both you and your little ones, meaning you can go matching to all your Halloween gatherings. There's some great Halloween face paints sold on Amazon so once you've picked your design all that's left is to choose your Halloween face paint idea and get creative! If face paint is a little out of your budget don't worry. Lots of these easy Halloween face paint ideas can be recreated using makeup and many of these tutorials show you what products you can use from your makeup bag.
Once you've finished your face painting head over to our halloween crafts for kids for some October half-term entertainment. We've got everything from diy halloween decorations so you and the kids can have the craftiest Halloween yet! But for now, here's some easy Halloween face paint ideas for both kids and adults.
Halloween face paint ideas for kids
Skeleton face paint
Skeletons are a go-to Halloween face painting idea. Good to Know shows you how to recreate their skeleton face paint in just a few simple steps.
Mini ghost face paint
Heather from Cool Progeny shows you how to paint this mini ghost that's perfect for a more minimal costume. Plus it's one of the easiest Halloween face painting ideas we've seen, it's just a while blob with eyes!
Spooky spider face paint
Go green for Halloween with this spooky spider face painting idea by Families Online. Add glitter for some extra sparkle and let your little ones enjoy having a green face!
Spiderman face paint
Nicola Langridge turned her son into a mini superhero with her Halloween face painting idea. Mini marvel fans will love being transformed into this spider superman.
Friendly black cat face paint
Face Magic painted these sweet black cats for an easy Halloween face paint idea. Make the glitter underneath match your Halloween costume and top with some kitty ears and a cat tail for a quick make outfit.
Pumpkin princess face paint
Is it a pumpkin face paint or is it Cinderella's newly transformed carriage? This sweet Halloween face paint idea is simple, pretty and so easy to recreate. Cool Progeny shows you step by step how to paint it.
Frankenstein’s monster face paint
Dr Frankenstien would be proud of this recreation of his monster! This easy face painting idea by Good to Know is the whole costume just pair with a dark green T-shirt and the Halloween costume is complete.
Werewolf face paint
JoJos Face Painting is the queen of easy Halloween face paint ideas. Pop a shaggy coat on your little one and then paint this werewolf design onto their face for a quick costume.
Mummy face paint
Leave the toilet roll in the bathroom and make a mummy look using just face paint. Snazaroo shows you exactly how to recreate this look step by step on their blog.
Scarecrow face paint
Easy and oh so cute! @jennysuemakeup talks you through how to do scarecrow face paint for Halloween on her Instagram. She's even got a version for adults too so you can match your mini-me.
Sparkly spider web face paint
This easy Halloween face paint idea is by Best Face Art and we love it! It's perfect for little ones who don't want paint all over their face and who want to match with mum or dad.
Zombie face paint
ia_64's photo gallery has loads of easy Halloween face paint ideas including this zombie look! A few fake scars, black eyes and red paint will do the job in 10 minutes and turn your kid into a member of the walking dead.
Mini sugar skull face paint
If your kids love Disney's Coco then they'll love this easy Halloween face paint idea. BigKnell captured these cuties and we think you can easily recreate the look using just this photo and some coloured face paints.
Dog face paint
Dress up as man's best friend this Halloween with Snazaroo's Halloween face paint tutorial.
Cat face paint
Cat costumes are one of the easiest Halloween to make just as DragonImages has captured. A black nose, some whiskers and cat ears and you're done.
Clown face paint
Whether you're scared of clowns or love them you can't deny they make for a super easy Halloween costume. Pop a curly wig and red nose on your little one and you've got an instant outfit. This little clown was captured by Adicc.
Crocodile face paint
Snazroo has loads of easy Halloween face painting ideas on their blog. Fiesty kids will love being turned into a snapping crocodile! Use their step-by-step tutorial to recreate on your little monster.
Pirate face paint
Turn your kids into swashbuckling pirates with some black face paint. Draw a mustache and beard (you could add black around the eyes and scars too for a Jack Sparrow look) and they're ready to sail the seven seas.
Devil face paint
Turn your kids into little devils just like Mary Monson has. This is an easy Halloween face paint idea which you can do just before trick or treating.
Hulk face paint
Some green, white and black face paint and a little creativity and you can turn your kids into the Hulk. We got this easy Halloween face paint idea from ctkidsandfamily.
Fox face paint
Copy this sweet fox face paint by Axelle and send your little ones to school dressed as Fantastic Mr Fox!
Frozen face paint
Turn your little princesses and princes into Elsa with this easy Halloween face paint idea. This simple blue swirl by Fabaroo Faces just needs to be accompanied by a blue dress and plait for a complete Frozen-inspired look.
Scary smile face paint
Expert face painter Holly Lewis uploads tons of easy Halloween face paint ideas on her Instagram. This scary smile is simple to do and can be paired with any costume (doll, clown, or puppet).
Panda face paint
Easy Halloween face paint doesn't have to be scary! Everyday Chaos & Calm takes you through how to paint a panda face step by step on their blog.
Dracula face paint
Become a blood-sucking vampire with Good to Know's Vampire Halloween face paint tutorial.
Minecraft face paint
Kids will love this easy Halloween face paint idea by Enchanted by Christa. Inspired by Minecraft, you can recreate this look with some easy squares and colourful paint.
Halloween face paint ideas for adults
Day of the dead face paint
Kleinworth & Co created this amazing day of the dead face paint on her daughter and we just love it. She shows you how to do this easy Halloween face paint over on her blog.
Pretty skeleton face paint
We love this pretty take on skeleton face paint by @jordzcrazymakeup. It's ideal for those of us who don't want to be too scary for Halloween.
Superhero mask face paint
Kristen from Arts to Crafts used eyeliner to make these easy Halloween face painting ideas which mean they're super affordable to recreate. Choose your favourite superhero, pair with a fabric cape and you're Halloween party-ready.
Cool clown face paint
Makeup artist Chrisspy shows you how to make this cool Halloween face paint that's both pretty and scary. Chrisspy has loads of easy Halloween face paint ideas over on her Youtube channel so head over and choose your favourite.
Pink Cheetah face paint
Radiant Art Inspirations has some incredible Halloween face paint ideas on her channel. Add some cheetah ears with this pink cheetah face paint for a fun and cheap Halloween costume.
Nightmare Before Christmas face paint
Recreate everyone's favourite spooky duo with @ktiemrch's Halloween face paint idea. It's a little tricker than some of the other face paint ideas but the results are amazing!
Scar face paint
Become the king of the jungle and everyone's childhood baddie with Ashlea Henson's Youtube video. She shows you how you can turn into Scar from The Lion King with just a lick of paint.
Chucky face paint
Everyone's favourite make-up artist is back with another incredible Halloween face paint look. Transform yourself into Chucky Katie March's makeup, some blue dungarees and a big knife
Halloween eye makeup ideas
Sometimes an easy Halloween look just needs something on the eyes. Save your face from all the paint and try these decorative eye looks instead. We especially love the ladybird!
Vampire face paint
With just some white face paint and red lipstick, you can turn yourself into a vampire for Halloween! Photographed by iiievgeniy and really easy to recreate. Halloween outfit sorted.
Beetlejuice face paint
This Halloween face paint idea is one of Katie March's simpler designs and is perfect for a last-minute outfit. It can be recreated using face paint or just makeup from your stash!
Fortune Teller face paint
Tell your friends and family their futures with this fortune teller face paint look. It's an easy Halloween face paint idea that could be used for all different types of fancy dress parties, not just Halloween!
Alien face paint
Shop Priceless shows you how to turn into an alien for Halloween. This easy Halloween face paint idea is super quick to recreate and makes for a great last-minute costume. Just add space buns!
Ziggy Stardust face paint
Nasty Gal's blog is the place to be for easy Halloween face paint ideas. Follow their step-by-step tutorial and turn yourself into the iconic Ziggy Stardust.
Cleopatra face paint
Transform into the queen of the Nile this Halloween with Grzee's tutorial. It's an easy Halloween face paint look and perfect if you already have black hair!
Mermaid face paint
Bring the magic to your Halloween party with monicarosemua's beautiful mermaid look. Remove the grided effect on the cheeks and just blend purple, blue, and green eyeshadows for an even easier recreation.
Cute bat face paint
We love this easy Halloween face paint idea by Adjusting Beauty. She shows you how to become a little bat over on her blog.
Broken doll face paint
Head over to Jangsara's blog to learn how to do broken doll face paint. She takes you through the look step by step and uses minimal paints making it really easy to copy.
Queen of Hearts face paint
Turn yourself into the angry Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland this Halloween. You could even turn your little ones into the Bunny and Alice for a family theme. Party Delights shows you how to recreate this easy Halloween face paint over on their blog.
Pop Art face paint
Channel your inner Andy Warhol with Mackarrie's easy Halloween face paint idea. She shows you how to turn yourself into a piece of pop art over on her blog.
Dragon face paint
Channel your inner Khaleesi with Radiant Art Inspirations step by step Youtube tutorial. It's Halloween face paint that you won't want to take off.
Harley Quinn face paint
Turn yourself into everyone's favourite anti-hero with Glamour's tutorial. They show you how to recreate Harley Quinn's iconic makeup and tattoos using makeup.
Elf face paint
Lord of the Rings fans this is the Halloween face paint look for you. Cuckoo 4 Design shows you how to turn yourself into a woodland elf over on her blog.
Wednesday Adams face paint
A really quick Halloween outfit is Wednesday Adams. Black plaits, a black dress, Madeyewlook Shorts easy Halloween face paint video tutorial and you're done.
Deer face paint
Finally, we have an easy Halloween face paint idea by the lovely Melissa J Comfort McRae. Turn yourself into a deer for Halloween with a few easy face paints and some black liner.
Looking for more fun activities for kids? Check out our arts and crafts to do at home.
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