Embrace the spirit of Halloween with a classic witch face-painting that is easy enough for beginners. This step-by-step guide will help you bewitch friends and family with your painting skills.

Why Choose a Witch Design?

The witch is a timeless Halloween favorite that allows for creativity and fun. It’s a versatile choice suitable for a range of ages and can be as simple or elaborate as desired.

Materials You’ll Need

Before we start, let’s gather all the materials you’ll need. Having everything ready beforehand will make the process smoother and more enjoyable.

  1. Face paints in black, green, purple, and white
  2. A set of face-painting brushes, including fine tips for detail work
  3. Makeup sponges for smooth application
  4. Clean water for rinsing brushes
  5. Paper towels for cleaning brushes between colors
  6. A comfortable chair for your little model
  7. A mirror to reveal the enchanting result

Now that we have everything ready, let’s get painting!

Step-by-Step Face-Painting Design

Follow these steps to create a fantastic face-painting design. Don’t worry if you make a mistake; remember, it’s all part of the learning process!

Step 1: Prep the Canvas

  • Ensure the face is clean, dry, and free of oil for the best application.

Step 2: Wicked Base

  • Use a sponge to apply a green base on the face, avoiding the eye area for safety.

Step 3: Eyes of Mystery

  • Apply purple around the eyes to create a dramatic, mystical look. Use a sponge or a brush for a blended effect.

Step 4: Defining Features

  • With a fine brush, use black paint to draw arched eyebrows, giving a classic ‘witch’ expression.
  • Add a few wrinkle lines on the forehead and near the mouth to suggest age and wisdom.

Step 5: Witch’s Nose

  • Paint an exaggerated, curved line down the nose with a wart (a small black dot) for a storybook witch effect.

Step 6: Lips of Spellcasting

  • Paint the lips black or dark purple, emphasizing a sharp cupid’s bow for a touch of elegance.

Step 7: Chin & Cheek Accents

  • Add a pointed effect to the chin with black paint, blending it into the base.
  • Use the same color to hollow out the cheeks slightly for a gaunt look.

Step 8: Final Touches

  • Use white paint to add highlights on the nose, chin, and under the eyebrows for a three-dimensional effect.
  • For an added sparkle, apply a bit of glitter on the cheekbones and temples.

Step 9: Final Touches

  • If needed, set the paint with a light dusting of translucent powder.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Smooth Base: Practice applying the base with a sponge to achieve even coverage.
  • Expressive Lines: On paper, practice drawing thin, expressive lines for the eyebrows and wrinkles.
  • Blending Techniques: Try blending different colors on a palette to understand how they mix on the skin.


With these simple steps, anyone can create a bewitching witch face for Halloween. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of magic to any costume!