Halloween: Jack Skellington Make Up Tutorial

Ahh, it’s that time of year again…for many, Halloween is about the costume, trick or treating and (if you’re a student) one big night out! Those things still apply to me (not to much the trick or treating anymore though…) but the first thing that pops into my head when I think of Hallowen is…make up tutorial time!

Last year I filmed 7 Halloween make up tutorials – I was also ill at the time, which made it twice as difficult, but I still managed to do them all! This year, I decided to tone it down a bit and just do a couple. I figured that I had covered the main characters last year; vampire, zombie, cat, witch, devil etc.

My first tutorial was a Jack Skellington (from the Nightmare Before Christmas) make up tutorial:

I thought I would use this post to demonstrate how easy it can be to achieve the look, and let you know what you need to do so!

You’ll need:

  • White foundation or face paint (I used the Barry M White Foundation)
  • White powder (I used the Stargazer White Pressed Powder)
  • A creamy black eye crayon or face paint (I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean)
  • Black eyeliner (I used MAC’s Smoulder)

It’s that easy!

These are the basic steps for creating the look, if you’d rather get a quick run-down instead of watching the video:

  1. Apply the white foundation to your face into a circle, i.e. missing out the top of the forehead. Jack Skellington’s face is very round!
  2. Set the foundation with your pressed powder
  3. Using your black eye crayon or face paint, draw two large circles around the eyes. Think eye sockets; after all, Jack is a skeleton!
  4. Take the same crayon or face paint to create two ‘slits’ for the nose holes
  5. Then create Jack’s big skeleton smile, complete with ‘stitches’ running around the whole smile and the lips

Extra tip: you can ‘white out’ your lips before using the black crayon using something like the NYX Eyeshadow Base in White

And you should end up looking something like this:

Jack Skellington Make Up tutorial face


What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. VampGurl
    October 16, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    im going as a zombie! im using your tutorial for last year to do the make up 🙂 thankyou! this look is awesome by the way xx 🙂

    • October 16, 2011 / 10:03 pm

      Yay! No worries and thank you x

  2. Vilde
    October 16, 2011 / 12:45 pm


    • October 16, 2011 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks! x

  3. K8
    October 16, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    I’m going to be Nyan Cat!!

    • October 16, 2011 / 10:03 pm

      That’s cool x

  4. Shannon
    October 16, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    Pierrot the clown 🙂

  5. hannah
    October 17, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    i absolutely love the nightmare before christmas! 😀 great tutorial 🙂 xx

  6. Kara
    October 23, 2011 / 12:07 pm

    gonna be a grimreaper only with jacks head:P thanks for posting this, i’ve been looking for a Jack skellington tutorial all day! :O

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