How to Draw a Cat Costume Face

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How to Draw a Cat Costume Face
Costume make-up is a great way to polish off your cat costume. (make-up image by Mat Hayward from

Using face paint to complete your cat costume will allow you to customise your look to suit your style. If you are posing as a simple black cat, you will only outline the facial features of a cat. If you are portraying a jungle cat, you can cover your entire face with distinctive markings for a dramatic look. You can buy face paint at any costume or theatre speciality shop.

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Things you need

  • Headband or bandanna
  • Oil-free cleanser or soap
  • Face paint or costume make-up in white, black, and colours that match the costume
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Make-up brushes or paintbrushes
  • Baby powder or professional setting powder

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    Push a headband or bandanna over your hair to keep loose hair away from your face.

  2. 2

    Wash your face with a mild oil-free cleanser or soap to remove make-up, dirt and oil.

  3. 3

    Apply a light foundation all over your face with a make-up sponge. This foundation will cover any blemishes or redness to give you a consistent base for your costume face. Choose a foundation that is within a shade or two of your natural skin tone.

  4. 4

    Apply white or another light colour to your eyelids up to the eyebrow with a fresh make-up sponge. Apply the same colour from below the outer edge of your cheekbones to the side of your nose. Extend the make-up around the rest of your face, blending with other colours, such as orange or tan, if you are making a jungle cat face.

  5. 5

    Apply black dots liberally to each cheek using a paintbrush.

  6. 6

    Apply a black dot to the tip of your nose using a paintbrush. Extend your cat nose over your nostrils, but be careful not to get any make-up inside your nose. If you are posing as a tiger, add thicker black lines to your forehead and around your face for stripes.

  7. 7

    Draw on cat whiskers with black make-up using a paintbrush, starting 1/4 inch away from the side of your nose and making a line to the outer edge of your cheekbone where the white make-up ends. The whiskers can be straight lines or curled and should be placed between the dots on your cheeks. Keep the lines symmetrical by drawing one line at a time on each side of your face, starting at the top and working your way down.

  8. 8

    Dust powder over the make-up to set it and ensure that it will not run. The Ghoul Skool website notes that baby powder is an inexpensive alternative to costume make-up powder.

Tips and warnings

  • Wait until the base colour is dry before applying whiskers, dots and other details to avoid smudging your make-up.
  • Avoid touching your face with your bare hands as the oils on your hands and fingers can smudge the make-up. Use a damp paper towel to correct mistakes.
  • Be sure that the make-up or face paint you purchase is FDA approved. This certification will be noted on the make-up package.
  • Read all instructions and warnings on the costume make-up or face paint you plan to use before applying it to your skin.
  • Test a small amount of make-up on your wrist or the top of your hand for skin irritation. If your skin feels itchy or if you develop a rash, wash it off immediately and do not use the product.

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