Kid's Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Dragon

Turn your little one into a fantasy dragon — complete with scales — this Halloween. All you need is makeup and about 30 minutes to make the transformation.

Boy in Dragon Costume

Dragon Costume and Makeup for Halloween

To give your child a fantastical dragon makeover, use a craft brush to apply blue face paint to the forehead, the top and tip of the nose, chin and cheeks. Use black eyeliner to line the cheek and nose area. Then, add a line along the nose past the brow, curving it up and over the brow about an inch. Draw some jagged peaks from this to mimic a winged shape. Create flared nostrils by filling in the inside of the nose and drawing a thick triangle out to the outside of the nose just on the bottom. The lips get a more menacing look by adding black around them and adding points to the Cupid’s bow. Use a craft brush to apply red face paint above the eye inside the wings that were drawn. Fill in above the eyebrow but don't get any makeup on the eyelid. Use a thin brush and white face paint to create fangs coming out of each side of the mouth. Next, use a craft brush and yellow face paint to make circles all over the face. Now, using black eyeliner, draw the bottom of a semi-circle in the middle of the forehead. Above that, draw two more semi-circles with the middle intersecting. Then, draw three semi-circles above that. You want this to look like fish scales. Follow the same technique on each cheek so the dragon has a more reptilian look.

Materials Needed:

  • face paint in blue, red and yellow
  • black eyeliner pencil
  • red lip liner
  • craft brushes

Create Base

Use a craft brush to apply blue face paint to the forehead, the top and tip of the nose, chin and cheeks (Image 1).

Blue Face Dragon Makeup

Create Base for Dragon Makeup

Add Dragon Eyes, Nose and Mouth

Use a black eyeliner to line the cheek and nose area, drawing the line upward. Then, add a line along the nose past the brow, curving it up and over the brow about an inch. Draw some jagged peaks from this to mimic a winged shape. Create flared nostrils by filling in the inside of the nose and drawing a thick triangle out to the outside of the nose just on the bottom. The lips get a more menacing look by adding black around them and adding points to the cupid's bow (Image 1).

Applying Dragon Makeup

Adding Lips to Dragon Makeup

Make Flaming Eyes

Use a craft brush to apply red face paint above the eye inside the wings that were drawn. Fill in above the eyebrow but don't get any makeup on the eyelid (Image 1).

Eyes for Dragon Makeup

Dragon Makeup With Flaming Eyes

Draw Fangs

Use a thin brush and white face paint to create fangs coming out of each side of the mouth. To make the shape of the fangs, paint a thin upside down triangle that curves at the end (Image 1).

Painting Fangs for Dragon Makeup

Dragon Makeup With Fangs

Paint Scales

Next, use a craft brush and yellow face paint to make circles all over the face. Add them randomly to the forehead, nose, cheek and chin. The last step is to draw some scales. Using the black eyeliner, draw the bottom of a semi-circle in the middle of the forehead. Above that, draw two more semi-circles with the middle intersecting. Then, draw three semi-circles above that. You want this to look like fish scales. Follow the same technique on each cheek so the dragon has a more reptilian look (Image 1).

Boy With Dragon Makeup

Paint Scales on Dragon Makeup

Add the Costume

Turn fantasy into reality with a colorful dragon costume. A hooded bathrobe can be used for a similar effect (Image 1).

Boy in Dragon Costume

Dragon Costume for Halloween

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