How to Paint Your Face Like a Bunny

Updated July 20, 2017

From the Easter bunny to Peter Cottontail, rabbits are beloved characters. You will want the perfect face paint to go with your ears and tail to pull off your look. Whatever the occasion, you'll arrive in true bunny form.

Wash your face thoroughly to remove any oil or make-up. This will make applying your face paint easier.

Apply an even base coat of face paint with a make-up sponge. White is traditional.

Paint an upside-down black triangle on the tip of your nose. Use a clean sponge, a make-up brush or a cotton swab.

Draw a line from the nose to the top of the lips and along the tip of the lip on each side with a make-up brush or a cotton swab to make your mouth. Make the line small for a bunny smirk or wide for a big rabbit smile.

Use a damp make-up sponge to blend red face paint on your cheeks to if you want the effect of a rosy-cheeked bunny.

Draw three to five black whiskers on each side of the face using a make-up brush or a cotton swab. Curl or arch your whiskers for a more personalised look.

Dab two or three black dots around the base of the whiskers on each side of your face.

Highlight your eyes by outlining the top of each eyebrow with black paint using the make-up brush or cotton swab. Use the wet red make-up sponge from your cheeks to add a touch of pink around your eyes.


Use water-based face paints. They are nontoxic and are less likely to run or smear.


Remember that you're in make-up. It's easy to get distracted and scratch your cheek, ruining your whiskers. Exercise a little extra caution and try not to touch your face.

Things You'll Need

  • Face painting kit
  • Make-up brushes or cotton swabs
  • Make-up sponges
  • Wet cloth
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Dale Bright began writing professionally in 2008. Her work has been published online through Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, and on eHow. Bright specializes in film, travel, and women's issues. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in film studies from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.