Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorial

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

I’m pretty sure that everyone can agree that the quintessential Halloween movie of our time is the amazing The Nightmare Before Christmas. Can you even believe that that movie is 22 years old?! Neither can I. But no matter how old it gets, it remains a CLASSIC, and a beloved favorite with children and adults alike.

Today, I bring you a super simple tutorial for anyone who might want to steal the look of the frantic and romantic Jack Skellington, the hero/villain of the film. There are only a few supplies needed to complete this Jack Skellington Makeup look.

First, you’ll need to draw two huge black eyes. They’re almost like sideways tear drops. I used black eyeliner, and then added powder eyeshadow over the top for a more matte look. If you’re using this look for a fun night of trick-or-treating, you don’t want the makeup to crease. Applying the eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner will help prevent that from happening.

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

Next, your face needs to be completely white! For this, I used Manic Panic White Goth Makeup but you could also use cream makeup. It’s easy to find around Halloween time, and is usually less expensive. If you notice, I missed a little space on the outside of the blacks of my eyes. You can fill in this space with some white eyeliner, or by using a small flat/angled brush.

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

The shading can be done with your fingers or with a flat brush, but basically you’re just going to take some of the black eyeshadow and “dilute” it by wiping it off the brush – essentially making a dark grey to use on your face. Looking at the picture, you can see which areas are shaded. Pay close attention to the eyes and the cheeks – the cheeks need to have that hollowed out look.

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials
Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

The mouth looks like it’s more difficult than the rest, but really it isn’t. Using liquid eyeliner, draw a line out from your lips towards your ears, on each side. Just do one big stroke and then fill it in if needed. Use small strokes for the lines in between.

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

Last but not least, decide what you’re going to do with your hair. Jack Skellington actually has a bald head, so you could use a cap and cover it with the white cream makeup – or you could just add a little white to your hair like in these photos.

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials
Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

All in all, this is a simple look to replicate, but it makes a huge impact. In the daylight it looks pretty cool, but at night, creeping around a neighborhood in a pinstripe suit – I’m pretty sure you’ve got exactly what you need to scare all the local kids. Be kind!

What do you think? Are you going to try for this look yourself? Any hints or suggestions you want to add?

Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorials

Remember to pin this to your Halloween board for inspiration!

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Katie Reed

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Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

12 Responses

  1. Wow, that is definitely unique. I have never seen a person made up as Jack Skellington before. Great for halloween.

  2. As much as I love the work of artists, this kind of face paint terrifies me! I’m such a scardey cat. The intricate work and shading is really great, though. Just stay away from me (or let me hide under a blanket).

  3. Well FIRST the make up looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome job! Second, I love that movie! As soon as I saw you loved Nightmare Before Christmas, I started singing This is Halloween… and so on LOL. I stopped myself before I started belting out the entire song. I watch it each Christmas and it’s a huge favorite of mine.

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