Face painting is a fun way to dress up—no costume required! Get some easy ideas for kids’ face painting, plus how-to steps and tips from the pros.
Before you get started, read these tips from the pros:
- Start by avoiding oil-based face paints. They tend to smear, are harder to remove and clog pores. We like Snazaroo Face Paint.
- Just dab a corner of a makeup sponge or soft-bristled brush in water and start painting.
- Finish the look with sparkle! Look for nontoxic glitter. To apply, dip the opposite tip of the brush into water, dry off the excess and dip into glitter. Roll the glitter onto the face.
2. Draw red circles on each cheek.
1. Sponge blue face paint over the eyes and up onto the forehead.
1. Sponge white face paint around the eyes.
2. Sponge orange face paint over the cheekbones, nose and between the brows.
1. Sponge green face paint over the eyes, nose, cheeks and top lip.
2. Paint white horns and fangs on brows, cheeks and mouth.
3. Paint the tip of the nose black and draw scales (or “U” shapes) on cheeks. Add a black line to both sides of nose.
4. Outline “V” shape between the eyes and horns in black.
5. Highlight with white paint.
1. Use a sponge to smear green face paint all over the face and body. (Tip: Don’t paint palms.)
2. Starting on each cheekbone, use a paintbrush to draw black lines toward each ear. Make vertical shadow lines from the lines on the cheeks.
3. Draw a line from the top of each nostril down to top of the laugh lines and another line under each eye.
2. Draw a line down the cheeks and back under the eyes and over the nose. Use a sponge to color in.
3. Draw an outline around the face and eyes in black.
4. Make black “angry” eyebrows with a sideways “S” and add horizontal lines on each side of the nose.
1. Use a sponge to draw a band over the eyes from ear to ear with silver face paint.
2. Blend pink paint over each lid and toward the temples.
1. Sponge orange face paint over the cheekbones and on each side of the neck.