Face Painting Designs: Easy Ghost

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Face Painting Designs: Easy Ghost -- Getting Started

Face Painting Designs: Easy Ghost
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Start by painting the whole face, including the lips, with a pale color, such as white, a light grey, or a light blue. To emphasise the ghostliness, you ideally want it to be a cool color, not a warm one, so stay away from pale oranges and reds.

Then paint a very dark color, such as black, around the eye, filling the eye-socket area (from the top of the cheek to the eyebrow). There's no need for the two to be identical. You can use the same dark color for the rest of the face, which makes life simple.

At this stage the ghost will look like someone gave it two black eyes...

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Face Painting Designs: Easy Ghost - The Nose

Face Painting Designs -- Easy Ghost
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After you've done the eyes, paint the tip of the nose in the same dark color. Then add a few stripes going up towards the eyes.

For variations, paint only the tip of the nose black, paint the entire nose black, or only one half of the nose.

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Face Painting Designs: Easy Ghost - The Mouth

Face Painting Designs -- Easy Ghost
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The next thing to paint is the mouth. Paint a line along the top of the top lip, extending it along either side of the mouth. Then paint short vertical lines from this, down over the lower lip, like 'teeth'.

For a variation, paint the lower lip black too, so there's a black line at the top and bottom of the white 'teeth'.

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Face Painting Designs: Easy Ghost - Finishing Off

Face Painting Designs -- Basic Ghost
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Finish off the face by adding a few scowl lines on the forehead.

For variations, make the scowl lines vertical rather than horizontal, add a few drops of red blood at one or both corners of the mouth.