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Wolverine Halloween Makeup for Kids Tutorial

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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
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  • Burn a Cork 2 of 7
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    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
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    Attach self-adhesive sideburns to each side.

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

  • Tease Hair 5 of 7
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    I used a comb to create a little height on both sides where Wolverine's hair has volume.

  • Shape Hair 6 of 7
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    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
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    Now all you need is a tank top, jeans, and some claws. We made ours from silver-colored plastic knives. Trick or treat!

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