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The Crow Face Paint Tutorial (31 Days of Halloween)

Sometimes bad things happen to good people; other times those good people get a second chance.


The Crow face paintArt is the best form of therapy.

Before we get into this Crow face paint, here’s some backstory on the character and comic because knowledge is power. Interestingly enough, the original The Crow comic book was written by James O’Barr to deal with his girlfriend being killed by a drunk driver. This goes to show that ¬†On a side note, drunk driving isn’t cool- at all. If you want to risk your life, fine. It’s your life and no one can tell you how to live it, but to endanger someone else’s life is purely selfish and stupid.
So back to what I’m here for lol. The version of the Crow I was inspired by was the original Brandon Lee Crow. What can I say? He was the Crow and will always be the Crow. I also liked how gritty this face paint was for the film. It would have been really easy to paint his face perfectly and beautifully, but the way they did it- almost crudely- gave life to the character.

thecrowThe story of the Crow isn’t pretty, and neither is the Crow’s face paint.

The story goes that during Devil’s night, the usual crime and mayhem ensured, leaving hundreds of buildings on fire. The police Sergeant gets to the scene of the crime where Shelly was raped and beaten, and her fiance Eric was murdered. The young girl who they both care for meets the Sargent the next day, the day Shelly and Eric were supposed to be married. A year later Sarah goes to the cemetery to visit Eric and Shelly, and she sees a crow land on Eric’s grave. While Sarah leaves, the crow taps on Eric’s grave, bringing him back to life for a night of revenge against the people who murdered him and hurt Shelly.

And so it begins…

As per usual, I’m leaving out any spoilers. But what makes this movie extremely unique is that Brandon Lee actually died while on set for this movie. The production crew had to rewrite some scenes, and for others, they had to bring out the heavy duty effects to have him come to life on set to finish the film. If you haven’t seen this movie, I would recommend you at the very least see the original Crow movie. It is truly a dark masterpiece about love and revenge.

So what do you guys think about The Crow face paint? Did they go too gritty or not gritty enough?

Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out this video on how to do the Crow face paint!




Products Used:
the crow face paintWolfe Fx (001 White, 010 Black)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Eyeshadow (Jet)

Brushes Used:
MadeYewLook Foundation Brush
Glam Bag Blending Brush
Fine Artist Brush


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The Crow Wiki page

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6 thoughts on “The Crow Face Paint Tutorial (31 Days of Halloween)

  1. The Crow is one of my favourite movies and I agree, its like the joker, because it was so crudely drawn the character becomes far more real! You have done an amazing job as always!

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