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Witch Face Paint and Makeup Ideas for Halloween

Indigo is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing fun and creative Halloween costume ideas.

Check out these five witchy face paint and makeup ideas for Halloween!

Check out these five witchy face paint and makeup ideas for Halloween!

5 Sensational Witch Face Designs for Halloween Fun

These five wicked but wonderful witch makeup ideas have something for everyone! The first couple of examples use classic paint and are perfect for kids and adults alike. There is a classic green Wicked Witch and a cute and sparkly design that gives a delightful alternative to the usual green-faced and creepy look.

For something out of the ordinary, more experienced face painters and makeup artists can try the amazing Ursula the sea witch makeup or the equally impressive but very different two-faced witch showing an elegant sorceress on one side and an evil one on the other. Finally, for those who want to look gorgeous without scaring the boys away, there is a totally glamorous look with sparkly green eyelids that will turn heads!

1. Classic Green Makeup: Elphaba/Wicked Witch of the West Face Painting

Are you looking for a traditional green face painting design, perhaps inspired by Wicked or The Wizard of Oz?

Well, fumsmusings presents here an achievable but very effective tutorial to get that classic Wicked Witch of the West look.

Although she paints on herself, her face-painting designs are perfect to use on kids too. You can follow all of her steps for the total Halloween look or just do the basic steps for a scary green face witch that is ideal for children.

fumsmusings gives you all the instructions you need, clearly and slowly. Those nails are amazing if you are an adult and want to go for the complete witchy look!

For an alternative, even easier design for kids or adults that uses only three colours of face paint, take a look at the step-by-step witch face paint instructions below the video.

Face Painting Step-by-Step: Simple Wicked Witch

Halloween Witch Face Paint Inspired by The Wizard of Oz

  1. Apply green face paint to the entire face, right up to the hairline and over the lips and eyelids. (You might want to avoid going too close to eyes and mouth if doing this witch face paint on a younger child.)
  2. Sponge on a darker green at the edges of the face, over the nose, forehead, beneath the eyes and on the lips. Blend in with a brush.
  3. With black paint on a brush, draw on eyebrows in a long high curve. Add strokes up from the eyebrow line to create a feathered effect, and thicken with another application of black paint. Lengthen the inner eyebrow line down onto the side of the nose.
  4. Outline eyes with black face paint on the upper and lower lash line, flicking out and up at the sides.
  5. Draw lines from the lower edge of the eye down onto the cheek (like really big crows feet!). This is going to be a spider's web. Add little curves between the lines to form the web.
  6. With orange paint, dab onto your lips in little vertical lines. No need to blend in. Outline lips with black.
  7. Use white face paint on a brush to highlight the curved thread lines in the spider web and also the eyebrows.
  8. With black on a fine brush, outline the outer nostrils. Add 'smile' creases from the nose towards the outer corners of the mouth.
  9. Wrinkle your brow. Paint black lines in the wrinkles.
  10. Add some shimmer powder to the forehead, spider web, cheeks, and a little on the nose and chin. Add gloss or glitter to lips.

Enjoy your sensational Halloween witch makeup! Just don't try to defy gravity . . .

Idina Menzel in Makeup for Elphaba in Wicked: The Elphaba Makeover Explained

If Idina Menzel is your idol and you want to know just how her makeup was applied for Elphaba in Wicked, here she is, getting ready for the show with the help of makeup artist Joe.

2. Cute Witch Design for a Little Girl: Pretty Sorceress Makeup Example

Is there such a thing as a pretty witch? There sure is! This face painting example from WoolworthsUK shows a delightful witch design – without a trace of green in sight!

This pretty enchantress was created using three colours of face paint: pink, black and white. Add some sparkle with silver face glitter for a truly magical little witch.

The below speed painting video has some text instructions on-screen but is very quick (just over a minute from start to finish). I've added some step-by-step instructions underneath to help you out.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Pretty Little Witch

This example was created on a very adorable little girl, but you could also try it on your own face if you want to avoid green makeup and transform yourself into a cute witch this Halloween.

  1. Use a damp sponge to apply pink paint to the outer cheeks, on the upper eyelids and up onto the forehead, and sponge a little onto the chin too.
  2. Use black paint on a brush to create a line starting high on each side of the forehead and coming down at an angle to the sides of the nose. This will be the spider web. Draw another line beneath it to meet the first line just above the eyebrow. Draw a third line over the eyebrow. Add a short line beneath this that stops at the outer corner of the eye.
  3. Blend the topmost line down a little to add some shading to the web.
  4. With black paint on a fine brush, paint little curves between the lines to form the web.
  5. From the corner of the eye, paint an S shape down the cheek, ending in a scroll. Make a black spot right beneath this and join to the scroll with a fine black line. This is the spider. Add the other spiders' legs – four on each side (two going up from the body and two going down).
  6. Outline the lips with black. Paint lips with pink face paint.
  7. With white paint on a brush, paint a star on the cheek next to the spider's thread. Add white dots around the eye, to the side of the nose and on the outer cheek. Use white face paint to highlight the curves you drew on the spider web. Highlight the spider with white paint too!
  8. Add silver face glitter to the web and over the lips.

Hey presto! One very cute witch makeup design.

Snazaroo Kits: Safe, Fun Face Paints for Kids' Faces

I recommend Snazaroo in all my face-painting guides. Why? Because they are safe, non-toxic and wash off with soap and water. Not only that but they are highly rated by parents and professionals on Amazon, where you can find a large selection of Snazaroo kits. The 8 Color Sparkle Face Painting Kit is a great way to get started.

This kit is highly rated on Amazon, where reviewers love how easy it is to put these paints on – and take off – plus their day-long staying power. Their kids seem to love them too!

3. Sea Witch Face Paint Design: How to Paint a Disney-Style Villainess

This incredible sea witch design from SharksBiteOfLife recreates Ursula, the sea witch from Disney's The Little Mermaid.

It is a wonderfully clear tutorial with each product named and every step explained (so there is no need for additional instructions here). However, it is quite an involved design that uses both classic face paint and a whole range of makeup products, so it is one for the more experienced.

You could, of course, recreate the main colours and shapes of this face painting design with a more limited set of face paint or makeup products.

This face paint design shows how to achieve those high eyebrows that are a classic Disney witch look, so you could also use this face painting design to inspire other fairytale witch makeup ideas of your own.

4. Elegant and Evil Witch Face Paint: 2 Dangerous Looks in One!

Another makeup design that will make heads turn! This two-faced witch from goldiestarling features an elegant vamp of a witch on one side and the green-faced wicked version on the other and was inspired by the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde idea of split personalities.

Again, this makeup video tutorial is clearly explained, and all the product information is supplied by Julia in the video. Don't be afraid to improvise with the makeup products you already have at home. Even if you don't want to paint on all the detail, you could still have a pretty witch on one side and a green face with a couple of wrinkles and a big bushy eyebrow on the other.

Of course, you could choose just one of these faces to paint on yourself. Just repeat on both sides!

5. Glamorous Halloween Witch Makeup: Magical Green Eye Makeup Step by Step

MissChievous has some of the most admired makeup videos out there, and it's easy to see why.

Here she will teach you how to recreate this impressive Halloween witch makeup with bewitching green eyeshadows and gems. Again, clear step-by-step makeup instructions in the video make this one a look you can try yourself.

To get the complete effect, you will need some fake eyelashes and some craft store gems which you can stick on with eyelash glue. For an even easier way to dazzling eyes, why not treat yourself to an Xotic eyes glitter makeup kit?

More Witch Makeup Ideas: A Face-Painting Kit Just for Witches!

The beauty of a themed face painting kit is that it gives you everything you need to be a wicked witch at Halloween, including, in some cases, a prosthetic (fake) nose. But since it only includes the colours needed for the witch design, you could end up saving money, particularly if a witch is the only thing you want to paint.

On the downside, you don't get the versatility or more generous paint sizes of a more general face painting kit which would allow you to create all kinds of different designs on yourself, family or friends. Unless, of course, you all want to be witches!

If you prefer, you can just buy the prosthetics to transform the shape and features of your face. Then use your own face paint or makeup to add colour.

Need Some More Witchy Décor or Accessories for Your Costume?

Are You going to be Casting a Spell with Witch Make-up this Halloween?

sweetpressuk on September 23, 2013:

Cool, have never dressed up for halloween, overly religious parents.

Lydia Workman from Canada on September 20, 2013:

Probably won't be painting my face up, but you never know.

anonymous on September 19, 2013:

Love the ideas. Am looking around for ideas on what to wear for a Halloween party. I'm torn between a witch or Medusa.

Littlej224 on September 19, 2013:

Witches are a popular choice for Halloween fancy dress so it's nice to have some tips and ideas for how to be the best!

dchampagne1 on September 17, 2013:

Some awesome face painting ideas. Thanks and good job.

akusphinx on September 17, 2013:

great make up.

Fiorenza from UK on September 17, 2013:

Some good varied looks here for witches of all ages.

Jenny Rowling from London, UK on September 16, 2013:

I have a weakness for witches - they're my favorite dark character. In any scary book, movie, game you may have werewolves, vampires, ghosts, but a witch always beats them like they're nothing. There just can't be any better way to dress for Halloween. Awesome make-up tutorials :)

Beth on September 16, 2013:

Good ideas, thanks!

ghoststorylover on September 16, 2013:

I love witches! :)

jan93 on August 13, 2013:

Very Nice

gsaber2 on November 05, 2012:

Would be great for Hallowen makeup.

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

Just as much fun as it was last year to visit this lens. GREAT to see it doing so good! - Whee-ha!

Badbreathguy on November 03, 2012:

Great ideas for Halloween makeup

AJ from Australia on October 31, 2012:

Happy Halloween!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 31, 2012:

These face paints really enhance the witch costume. Love the shoes, too.

kimmanleyort on October 23, 2012:

I think painting my face is one of the most fun things about Hallowe'en. Great witchy ideas here.

spids lm on October 21, 2012:

These are great! What a fun talent to have!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 16, 2012:

@abigailwaltersd: Good to hear -- I hope you have a fun Halloween!

abigailwaltersd on October 16, 2012:

I love make up, Halloween and anything creative! will definitely be giving some of these a try this year!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@thegrayrabbit: I'm sure whatever look she goes for, pretty or creepy, she'll be a wonderful witch!

thegrayrabbit on October 09, 2012:

My five year old wants to be a witch this year but she can't decide if she wants to be a scary one or "pretty" one. She has already declined the traditional wart on the nose look.

sojourner-1 on October 08, 2012:

Great witch make up ideas. I like good witches - none of the scary green witch faces...

anonymous on October 08, 2012:

i dress as a whitch every halloween for fun with my child

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on September 30, 2012:

@SteveKaye: Oh I don't know, I think the bearded witch look would work very well Steve!

SteveKaye on September 25, 2012:

I think I might shave.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on December 25, 2011:

Witches are my favorite villains. Carnival time is approaching!

blackironchandelier on October 30, 2011:

thats some good makeup!!!

FreelancinFran on October 28, 2011:

Beautiful makeup jobs! Love it!

blsriramsmkting on October 19, 2011:

Awesome Sauce . .Great Lens... Have a great Halloween

anonymous on October 16, 2011:

Yes! We will have a Halloween party at home with the kids! Thanks for these ideas.

Luvnit on October 09, 2011:

What a wonderful lens some great information and costumes, thanks for sharing!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on October 09, 2011:

This is really detailed. Halloween has come so far over the years, and the costumes/attention to detail keep getting better and better. Awesome job!

heehaw lm on October 08, 2011:

i love the painting of the old witch, very spooky indeed. thanks for the ideas of makeup.

RaleighReviewer on October 07, 2011:

I cant wait till Halloween!

Marika from Cyprus on October 07, 2011:

Wow these are great idea for painted faces. Great lens.

travelbroad on October 07, 2011:

Good suggestiions and artistry for witches makeup.

anonymous on October 07, 2011:

Wow, scary stuff!

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on October 07, 2011:

My favorite witch costume and makeup are the one that makes you look like the evil witch in Wizard of Oz

Amyrandall on October 07, 2011:

the Sweet Witch is very nice!

BEDDING-SETS on October 05, 2011:

So many great witch face painting designs and not enough Halloweens!

inspirearun on October 05, 2011:

Wow amazing. witch painting ideas are awesome!

makeupbrush on October 03, 2011:

This is an amazing lens with a lot of info and pictures and how-to. May consider the idea of glamorous witch makeup for this year's Holloween.

anonymous on October 03, 2011:

These witch painting ideas are sure going to cast a spell in Halloween. Well written layout and simple steps to becoming a full fledged witch.

writer_villa on October 03, 2011:


SacredCynWear on October 03, 2011:

Wow!! Congratulations, saw you on the front page!

ErHawkns7100 on October 03, 2011:

What a great lens. One of the best for Halloween I have seen this year.

anonymous on October 03, 2011:

my daughter is! She's 11 yrs old and going to be a witch. Glad I browsed upon your lens today, if you browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

MaryMorgan on September 15, 2011:

These ideas will thrill my kids - thanks!

TZiggy on September 14, 2011:

The Halloween Series video was amazing as far as the transformation.

feliciasfavs on September 07, 2011:

The liittle girls face painting idea looks really cute.

chelseamarsden on September 07, 2011:

Beautiful! Gave me some ideas too!

xbumper on September 01, 2011:

Hope this lens will help to improve the quality of witches in my city this Halloween.

JeremiahStanghini on February 18, 2011:

*evil laugh*

With Love and Gratitude,


Spook LM on December 30, 2010:

I've often wondered how they do it. Congratulations and all the best for 2011.

Bibilamb on November 04, 2010:

Awesome looks

WebIsFun on November 01, 2010:

These are great! Will remember to come back before the next costume party I go to!

AmbrosiaPopsicle on October 30, 2010:

Fantastic designs and a lot of good ideas hear. I love the different witches faces!

Sarah Switalski from Iowa on October 26, 2010:

Great lens! The witch costume is a classic and still so much fun!

elizajane202 lm on October 05, 2010:

The witch, the one costume that will never go out of style. I love those shoe covers and will have to search for some. :) I may know what I want to be this halloween after all.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 05, 2010:

@anonymous: Thank you and happy Halloween!

anonymous on October 05, 2010:

Boo! A betwitcing lens!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 04, 2010:

@BetsiGoutal1: Thanks Betsi, some of these are pretty amazing aren't they! There are a lot of talented people out there.

BetsiGoutal1 on October 04, 2010:

WOW! This lens blows my mind, especially the videos. Who knew there was such an amazing amount of info out there? I really love the Ursula witch makeup! That pretty much blew my mind...

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 04, 2010:

@retta719: Thank you! Hope you have fun this Halloween.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 04, 2010:

@poptastic: Thank you and have a very Happy Halloween, C!

Loretta from United States on October 03, 2010:

Great paint tips and hat picks!

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on September 24, 2010:

Fantastic! I would love to dress up as a witch this Halloween (Wicked is one of my most favorite musicals so I'll probably go as Elphaba). I've never put face paint on my face before but reading your step-by-step instructions make it sound easy and fun!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on September 23, 2010:

@KOrazem: Thanks for the kind wishes and comments. Whether or not you go as a witch, I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on September 22, 2010:

Seriously thinking of going as a witch this Halloween so these tutorials are perfect. Thanks for sharing and have a Wonderful Halloween.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on September 22, 2010:

@SheGetsCreative: I hope it inspired you... thanks for stopping by!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 21, 2010:

Great ideas here - I love the videos... may have to give this a second thought for Halloween.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on September 20, 2010:

@Rachel Field: LOL... I would LOVE to see what costume you put together for that one!

Rachel Field on September 15, 2010:

Some amazing ideas here! So thorough too. The Ursula make-uo made me lol - that's the one I'd go for hahah.

nukemdomis lm on September 15, 2010:

I am not dressing up as a witch but I always seem to find someone I know that is.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on September 14, 2010:

@Mihaela Vrban: LOL! Which witch? Or all of them? :D

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on September 14, 2010:

:) This would suit me without any doubt! :)))

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on September 10, 2010:

@Linda BookLady: The orange flowers are a nice touch -- thanks for the tip, Linda.

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on September 09, 2010:

Back when I used to dress for Halloween, it was always as a witch with orange flowers attached to my hat.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 18, 2010:

@callinsky lm: Aren't they fantastic?! Perfect for a Wizard of Oz style witch.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 18, 2010:

@squid-janices7: Thanks very much, means a lot coming from one of Squidoo's Halloween experts. :)

callinsky lm on August 17, 2010:

A witch is ALWAYS my favorite. I love to be a witch. I LOVE those Witch Shoe Covers Adult!!!

squid-janices7 on August 17, 2010:

Congrats on your purple star! A classic witch costume is still one of my favorites for Halloween. Great lens.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 16, 2010:

@seegreen: I think that one would be so much fun at a Halloween party! Love that makeup she created. Thanks for stopping by here!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 16, 2010:

@Richard-H: Oh, I'm delighted with the angel blessing for these bewitching face paint looks! Thank you very much indeed, Rich.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 16, 2010:

@JenOfChicago LM: Thanks so much, Jen!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 16, 2010:

@oztoo lm: Thank you -- and yes it's no wonder witches are popular once again! Not a wart in sight!

seegreen on August 16, 2010:

Oooh, I like Ursala the Sea Witch! Maybe that will be my next outfit! Wonderful!

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on August 16, 2010:

These are some of the most glamourous witches I've seen in a long while. Looks like trick or treating could be really enjoyable this year ;)

Wondering whether an Angel should be blessing witches? These ones? Yep...*Blessed*

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on August 16, 2010:

Great tips - getting the makeup right is the hardest part but you've made it easy.

oztoo lm on August 15, 2010:

Funny isn't it? Witches used to be ugly warty old hags. Now even the evil ones have an almost glamorous look about them. Fantastic and very useful lens. Congrats on the pretty purple star.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 15, 2010:

@SacredCynWear: Thank you! They're fun, aren't they? :)

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 15, 2010:

@anonymous: Thanks Bev, I have so much fun putting these together and hope people have fun trying them out.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 15, 2010:

@Virginia Allain: Haven't they just! It used to be about warts and a hooked nose...

SacredCynWear on August 15, 2010:

This is awesome! Great videos!!

anonymous on August 15, 2010:

Oh my goodness, now wonder there is a twinkling purple star shining over this Witch Face Paint lens! It is really very cool and helpful for people who might not know how to go about doing their makeup.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 15, 2010:

Wow, witches have gotten a lot more glamorous since I was one for Halloween forty years ago.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 13, 2010:

@burgessvillian: Thank you Ron, there's something magical I think about transforming the face you show to the world, especially for kids.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 13, 2010:

@bdkz: Wow thanks Bonnie, you ladies sure are good at discovering SquidBoos! :)

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on August 13, 2010:

@aka-rms: Thank you Robin!