How to do Floral Skull Face Paint
Floral skulls were a massive trend last year, and they’re set to be big again for Halloween this year – so we knew we had to discover how to recreate the look with face paint ourselves! Thanks to the lovely Cat, we have this amazing tutorial which shows you how to build each layer as you go.
- White face paint »
- Light blue face paint »
- Dark blue face paint »
- Green face paint »
- Purple face paint »
- Black face paint »
- Iridescent (rainbow aurora) cosmetic glitter, fine particle size (not chunky)
- Flat back pearl gems »
- Mandala stencil » – or make with a die cutting machine, Cricut, DIY with a craft knife, or use a paper doily
1. Dampen your sponge (I spray mine with water), and work up white face paint until it is creamy (not sticky but not runny). Pat white paint evenly all over the face with the sponge, re-loading or re-dampening sponge as needed. Paint does not need to be as neat around the eyes this time.
2. Using a damp sponge, work up the light blue paint. Use a picture of a skull to copy if needed. Contour under cheekbones by gently tapping blue on, and in temples, eye sockets and under eyes.
3. We are going to stencil the forehead, temples, and upper cheeks. Load your sponge by dampening it, then swiping it parallel to your colour stripes so that your sponge looks stripey.
Open your iridescent cosmetic glitter. Press the mandala stencil against the skin and press the sponge over it, trying not to move the stencil. I put the green end of my sponge into the middle of the circular stencil and gently pressed my sponge round like the hands of a clock, so the green was always in the centre but the purple moved round the outside edge.
Without moving the stencil, pick up glitter on a clean sponge and press onto the damp paint through the stencil. Remove the stencil and get ready to repeat this all on the next stencil area – you may need to it off on a damp facecloth. Make sure it is clean and dry before re-using.
4. Using black, sponge more dramatic shading into the outer eyes, eye sockets, temple and cheekbones.
With a clean, wet size 6 round brush, add black lines as swirls, dots, teardrops, nostrils and black lip liner. Fill in lips with dark blue.
5. Add the sticky flat back pearl gems from Hobbycraft where you wish. If they fall off they can be re-glued with any cosmetic adhesive or eyelash glue.