Welcome to a beginner’s tutorial where we bring the chilling charm of the vampire to life. This face-painting guide is perfect for Halloween, themed birthday parties, or just a fun day of dress-up.

Why Choose a Vampire Design?

Vampires are a timeless representation of both elegance and terror, making them a fantastic choice for anyone looking to add a bit of fright to their festivities. They are universally recognized, and the design offers flexibility from the scary to the suave.

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. High-quality, skin-safe face paints in white, black, red, and purple
  2. A set of synthetic face painting brushes, including a flat brush and fine-tip brushes for details
  3. Makeup sponges for an even base
  4. A cup of water for rinsing brushes between colors
  5. A mirror for your little model to admire your work
  6. Comfortable seating in a well-lit area

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: Preparation

  • Ensure the child’s face is clean and dry. Tie back any hair to keep the face clear.

Step 2: Base Application

  • Dip a makeup sponge in white face paint and apply it evenly over the entire face for the vampire’s pale complexion.

Step 3: Eyes

  • Use a sponge to apply purple paint gently around the eyes to create a haunting, sunken look characteristic of vampires.

Step 4: Eyebrows

  • Shape the eyebrows into a more pointed arch with black paint using a fine-tip brush for a dramatic effect.

Step 5: Cheekbones and Contours

  • With the flat brush and a mix of black and purple paint, create defined cheekbones and hollows under the cheeks to give a gaunt appearance.

Step 6: Vampire’s Mouth

  • Paint the lips with red paint, and then use a fine-tip brush and black paint to extend the corners of the mouth slightly for a menacing smile.

Step 7: Fangs

  • Use white paint to draw two pointed fangs coming down from the top lip.

Step 8: Blood Drips

  • Add a small touch of red paint dripping from the corner of the mouth down the chin to suggest vampire’s recent feeding.

Step 9: Hairline

  • With the flat brush and black paint, you can create a widow’s peak at the center of the forehead if desired.

Step 10: Final Touches

  • Add any additional details such as wrinkles or a cape collar around the neck with black paint.

Step 11: Setting the Paint

  • Allow the face paint to dry. Ask the child to avoid touching their face to prevent smudging.

Step 12: Reveal

  • Show the child their fierce new vampire look in the mirror and watch their eyes light up!

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Try out different shapes for the fangs on paper before painting on skin.
  • Experiment with mixing the paints to achieve the perfect undead skin tone.
  • Practice the blood drip effect to make it look realistic but still suitable for children.


Your vampire face-painting adventure has now concluded, leaving you with a spooktacular design that is sure to thrill.