Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorial
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Remember to pin this to your Halloween board for inspiration!
Wow, that is definitely unique. I have never seen a person made up as Jack Skellington before. Great for halloween.
That is so creepy and spooky cool. My grandson things he’s too old for Halloween but at 12 yo I know he would LOVE to dress up if I could make him look like this. Thanks for he easy to follow tutorial.
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).
Oh wow.. you are so talented and did so well. I’ve never tried any halloween make up. Maybe this year
Thank you for this make up tutorial. I was always wondering how to create a look like that. Now we can refer to this post for our next office Halloween party.
It looks complicated but it’s easy enough for beginners like me to do. Very creative, I love the whole look!
Great make up tutorial for halloween, I can imagine this will be quite popular. Thanks for sharing your tips.
How cool. My oldest loves this type of thing, he would probably love this for Halloween!
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.
That looks like it took a lot of care and time to apply. It’s very authentic looking.
Wow, that is so impressive. I would so mess that up even with your step by step instructions.
Looks great! That’s one of my fave movies ever! Pinning to share!