Wolverine Halloween Makeup for Kids Tutorial

My son is planning to be Wolverine for Halloween. He loves superheroes but hates wearing masks, so we decided against the fully-suited version of this mutant hero. Instead, we got inspired by a photo from a comic convention and opted for the plain-clothed Hugh Jackman version. We had a lot of fun creating this look! Click through the slideshow to see how we transformed my little guy into Wolverine in just a few simple steps.

  • Wolverine Halloween Tutorial 1 of 7
    wolverine-halloween-tutorial
  • Burn a Cork 2 of 7
    01-burn-cork

    Nothing creates a better 5 o'clock shadow better than cork. Carefully use a lighter or a match to burn one end of your cork, and then let it cool completely. The burnt end should turn dark and ashy.

  • Create Stubble 3 of 7
    02-Apply-Stubble

    Rub the burnt end on all the areas you'd like to create your stubble. This is a great trick for a variety of costumes.

  • Apply Sideburns 4 of 7
    03-apply-sideburns

    Attach self-adhesive sideburns to each side.

    Forum Novelties, Inc 70s Sideburns can be found on Amazon, $4.94

  • Tease Hair 5 of 7
    04-tease-hair_edited-1

    I used a comb to create a little height on both sides where Wolverine's hair has volume.

  • Shape Hair 6 of 7
    05-set-hair2

    After teasing, I used a brush to gently smooth his hair into two peaks. Then using quite a bit of gel, I shaped the "horns." Hold in place to set the hair or throw in a couple unheated rollers for a few minutes.

    Hot Tot Styling Gel (formulated for kids) is found at Hot Tot, $15

  • Costume 7 of 7
    06-costume_edited-1

    Now all you need is a tank top, jeans, and some claws. We made ours from silver-colored plastic knives. Trick or treat!

Tagged as: , ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.