How to Paint a Mime Face

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How to Paint a Mime Face
A red mouth is the finishing touch to your mime face. (lipstick image by Debbie Torkelson from

A mime face is one the easiest theatrical faces to paint, according to the experts at Blush Web. But that does not mean you should not take your time and pay attention to details when applying mime face paint. In fact, the small details are what make your mime face original. The shape of your painted eyebrows and the intricate details around your eyes add to your mime's character and help establish your professional persona.

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Things you need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Wash cloth
  • Moisturiser
  • Grease paint or cake make-up (white)
  • Brush
  • Powder
  • Powder puff
  • Grease pencil or eyeliner (black)
  • Red lipstick

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  1. 1

    Prepare your face for make-up by washing and drying it thoroughly. Pull back long hair so it is not in your way. Men should also shave. Apply moisturiser to your face.

  2. 2

    Apply white, oil- or water-based make-up to your entire face with your fingers or a make-up brush. Paint a neat, circular or oval shape that stops at your jawline, in front of your ears and about one inch from your forehead hairline. Do not apply make-up beyond those boundaries.

  3. 3

    Powder your face lightly with translucent powder and a powder puff if you are using traditional grease paint. Powdering is not necessary if using cake or water-based make-up.

  4. 4

    Paint in eyebrows with the black grease pencil or eyeliner. Use only eyeliner or specialised make-up pencils around eyes. Make your face look sad, happy or silly by the way you apply make-up to your brows and eyes. For instance, down-turned eyebrows and a small tear on the cheek connotes sadness, while eyebrows that are drawn high on the head and widened eyes express surprise.

  5. 5

    Draw a red outline around your mouth with the lipstick and fill in the space. Powder your face again if needed. Allow the make-up to set for approximately 30 minutes before touching your face, exposing it or going outdoors.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for face paints at craft or Halloween supply stores. Contact a local community theatre or college drama department for information about purchasing professional-grade stage make-up.

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