Skeleton Face Makeup Tutorial

by |October 17, 2018
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

Skeleton Face Makeup Tutorial

We feel like skeletons are in the big ten for classic Halloween costumes. You know the group: witch, ghost, vampire, etc. Skeletons are just so iconic for the holiday, but there are a ton of different ways you can go with the look. Day of the Dead, minimal, super realistic, we’re even sure there are a few jaunty skeletons out there to dress as! However, our current favorite is a mix of casual, realistic, and just a teensy bit scary. Heading to a party where you don’t wanna go full-out literal costume, but you still want to make sure everyone knows you love Halloween? This skull makeup look is for you!


Skeleton Face Makeup Tutorial Video

Just a few shades of grey needed for this makeup look.


Skeleton Face Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

To start out my skeleton, I had to prime his face. next, with an eyeliner pencil, outline his eye sockets, cheekbones, nose and temple area.

Next, using a white, cream-based face paint, I used a brush and painted his whole face. I also went over it with a sponge, just to fill in any holes and make it a little more opaque. Depending on the coverage of your white, you can choose to do another layer of white, as I did.

Next, using a brush, fill in the outlined black areas with black face paint. After that, I go around and use a smaller brush for cleaner lines, and add smaller cracks by his eye sockets.

Next, draw a line from the corners of the mouth to the cheeks. Then, a line to mark the middle of the teeth. add black to the inside of the lips for a shadowed effect. Next, using a liquid eyeliner pen, I lined out all of his teeth. Then, using a dry brush and black eyeshadow, go over the lines creating a shaded effect to round out the teeth.

Next, after you get done shading, if you want your skeleton to have bright white teeth like I did, you can add more white to each tooth. Using a small brush and a black face paint, I added some cracks around the face. I did some touch-ups around the face, and on the teeth.

Next, I took the black and the white, and I did some shadowing down the neck. This skeleton look is complete, and he's ready to go! For this tutorial, I used black and white face paint, black pencil eye liner, black pen eyeliner, black eyeshadow, a sponge, and a variety of brushes.


Skeleton Halloween Costumes

Skeleton Halloween Costumes

Skeleton CostumeKarate Kid SkeletonVoodoo Skeleton
Skeleton Halloween SweaterBeauty SkeletonDay of the Dead Skeleton

Alright, we know we mentioned this skeleton makeup tutorial being great for a casual non-costume look, but… we love costume looks, too. Finding a great skeleton Halloween costume doesn’t have to be too hard – we have budget-friendly options, different fashion styles beyond just a jumpsuit, and even cinematic skeletons, like in Karate Kid!


The Finished Look

Skeleton Face Makeup

Just be prepared for everyone to make the same joke about you needing to eat since you’re only skin and bones…


Skeleton Makeup for Adults & Kids

The best part of this skull makeup is that it works for the whole family! As long as your kid isn’t scared of a little spooky bone look, the makeup tutorial can be applied to a child as well. Our Halloween sweater line is completely unisex and includes a couple kids' styles, too!


See all of our Ugly Halloween Sweaters here!

Which is your favorite skeleton look? Do you go all out, head to toe bone? Or do you like to tone it down a bit and just give your costume a hint of a skeleton makeup look? Either way, we want to see! Tag us on Instagram at @funcostumes to show us your Halloween costume.

MaDonna Flowers
MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.