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Star Wars: Darth Nihilus Face Paint Tutorial

If you hear Darth Nihilus face paint tutorial, there’s a good chance you have no idea who I’m talking about. So without further aidu , here’s a little about Darth Nihilus.

Darth Nihilus Face Paint tutorialWho Is Darth Nihilus?

Contrary to what his mask might make you believe, he’s actually human. Now, don’t put him down as an easy character to beat. Even for a Sith, he’s a force to be reckoned with. But before we talk about the Lord of Hunger, let’s get into a little bit about how he got his title.

Before he became a Sith, he survived the activation of the Mass Shadow Generator, which unleashes the mass shadow (think ‘The Blob’ in space). He did survive (duh), but it made Nihilus crave force energy. Because of this, he became a wound in the force. So what does that have to do with anything? Because he was found by the Sith Lord Darth Traya. She promised him she would teach him how to feed this hunger for the force he had, and he took her offer. He accepted becoming her apprentice, and eventually became on of three simultaneous Dark Lords of the Sith.

Darth Nihilus Face Paint cosplayThings were okay for a while until they weren’t. Darth Nihilus continued to consume the force, consuming planets, becoming stronger. He eventually became stronger than Darth Traya. The three ruled along side each other until the fateful day when Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion wanted to just outright annihilate the Jedi Order, while Darth Traya wanted to take her time… Let’s just put it this way, Sith aren’t know for peacefully disagree.

Tips for the Darth Nihilus Face Paint

  1. Have an outline! It seriously makes your life so much easier.
  2. Work on the block colors first, then go in for the details.
  3. If you’re going for realism, shadows are opposite highlight always!
  4. If you want to go to a convention and not have your eyes closed the entire time, get some black contacts.
  5. Get a lightsaber πŸ˜‰

So what do you think Of Darth Nihilus? Would you do a Darth Nihilus Face Paint for Comic Con? Let me know in the comments below!


Products Used:

Wolfe Hydrocolor 010
Wolfe Hydrocolor 001
Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ (Storm Cloud)
Graftobian Pro Paint (Red Crimson)

Darth Nihilus Face PaintBrushes Used:
MadeYewLook Foundation Brush
Paint Pal Arty Brush Large 3/4in Flat Brush
Paint Pal Swirl 3
Random 1/2 In Flat Brush


Day of Chaos by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


Where I got my info:

Darth Nihilus Wiki

56 thoughts on “Star Wars: Darth Nihilus Face Paint Tutorial

  1. This is a really good tutorial and a perfect make-up for Halloween. You will definitely scare a few people wearing it!

  2. I was never really a star wars fan but what I am a fan of is how you always take the time to tell the audience the characters backstory. Plus your attention to detail is effortless x

  3. Being a Star War nerd, I loved this Darth Nihilus Face Paint tutorial! Wishing you 4th May in an advance!
    May the force be with you! πŸ™‚

  4. This is a great look and tutorial. Definitely a great idea for comic con or halloween πŸ™‚

  5. I love this tutorial, its not that easy to paint this, but I think i can do it following your guide. My friend’s son star wars fans will definitely be thrilled to be painted like this.

  6. He sounds just like any other Sith, hungry for power. I think you did an amazing job and it was great learning more about his character!

  7. I have to admit that I am not a Star Wars fun – more of a Star Trek fun. So, I didn’t know the details for this character, although he is quite popular. Your tutorial is awesome! I think my friend’s young son would be thrilled with that face paint. I will make sure to share your post with her.

  8. That is so cool! If you only lived close, I would hire you to do our Halloween make up in the office. We’re sure winners in the contest!

  9. Amazing as always! And I love that Star Wars trivia, I’m asbolutely clueless when it comes to that. All I know is that there were some Star Wars movies… And this is where it ends! I guess I should make it up, huh?

  10. Ahhh I love Star Wars and actually last Hallowen one of my friends wanted something like this.. will share this with him as well in case he still needs it for this year haha!

  11. Wow you’re so talented! I just love that you did a Darth Nihilus Face Paint Tutorial because I feel like the siths hardly get any coverage. I need to try Wolfe products cause they look really good.

  12. i didn’t know who nihilism was but i do now!!! i am not sure that anyone has dressed up in that character at the comic con events. i would definitely wear that to work just to cause trouble !!

  13. good tutorial with proper details as to what and what to do so its cool. havent followed the star wars so honestly i dont know who the character is but will look it up now and know more .

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