October 13, 2011
Halloween and Fall and Scarecrows all go together. Whether you are dressing up as one for Halloween or just to protect your crops, you'll want to put on the best Scarecrow Face you can.
Scarecrow faces are pretty easy to do and actually let you design them however you want. There are a few factors you want to make sure you include, but otherwise you can feel free to get creative!
HOW TO: Scarecrow Faces
1. To Base Paint or Not to Base Paint
Before you start applying makeup for the details of your scarecrow face, you may want to consider covering your whole face in a base color. This is something you don't have to do, but depending on what your plan is for the other facial features, you may want to consider it.
There are two popular base color choices: all white or tan/brown. If you color your face all white, you may look a little more like a ghost or skeleton than a scarecrow, but it will help the colors you use for your cheeks, eyes, and smile to really pop and stand out. If you use tan/brown, you certainly will look more like a scarecrow, but you will want to choose more contrasting colors for other features.
Remember, you don't have to do this step. Some people prefer to use their own natural complexion as their base and that is perfectly acceptable too.
2. Rosey Up Those Cheeks
Everyone likes to have a little color in their cheeks and your scarecrow face shouldn't be any different.
Again, depending on the base color of your skin (with or without makeup) you'll want to choose a color for your cheeks that will contrast nicely. Don't think in terms of how black contrasts with white; you don't want polar opposites. But choose a color that will stand out enough. Remember, this is costume makeup, so you don't need to be subtle. It's okay to stand out.
Once you choose your color, just apply it in a circular fashion to your cheeks. You can either make very well defined circles or have the edges fade gently into your face.
3. Don't Forget to Smile
Exaggerate your own wonderful smile by adding extra lines coming away from the corner's of your mouth. These lines should generally travel to your rosey cheek makeup.
Remember to add in extra lines to give the look of stitches along your mouth. Scarecrows are held together with fabric and thread so you want to keep the illusion real.
Add in a few stitches here and there and then it's on to the next step.
4. The Nose Knows
Scarecrows traditionally have a triangle shaped nose. Depending on the natural shape of your nose, you can either just color it all to make your triangle shape or draw on a triangle which will sit upon your nose as pictured above.
The color of the nose conveniently uses the same makeup you used for your cheeks. The only difference is that the nose color is typically surrounded by a black or brown border. You can choose whether or not you want to add stitch lines to this border as you did with the mouth makeup.
Feel free to exaggerate the nose as you did with you cheeks. You need to balance out your other features to have a great finished product.
5. Eye See What you Did There
Lastly, you'll want to add a little something to your eyes. You can choose to add another 'stitching' look around them or you can apply makeup to give the appearance of very long eyelashes.
The stitching is done with a simple outline and then additional marks where you want the stitches to be. For scarecrow eyelashes, consider making large lines from the corner of your eyelids, exaggerating any existing lines. You can also choose to wear fake eye lashes instead of applying makeup ones.
So there you have it! Now you've got a Scarecrow Face
! All you need to complete your look is a fun Scarecrow Costume!