How to Face Paint Superheros

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How to Face Paint Superheros
Spider-Man face paint uses a lot of red, and some white and black paint, too. (spiderman image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Many children love to have their faces painted, and since many children also love superheroes, it seems only natural that children would request superhero face paint. Organise a face-painting booth for your child's next superhero-themed birthday party, and offer to paint either a Spider-Man or Batman face for each child. If you need help visualising the finished faces, reference some of your child's superhero paraphernalia to get a better grasp on Spidey's mask or the "bat signal" shape.

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Things you need

  • Set of face paints
  • Two soft paintbrushes, very fine tip
  • Larger soft paintbrush
  • Make up sponges

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    Dip your sponge into the white face paint. Apply the white paint around your subject's eyes, creating a white, oval shape around the eyes that extends about 1 inch from the eye on all sides. Draw the paint up and out toward the temples near the outside edge of each eye, creating a "cat-eye" effect.

  2. 2

    Dip another sponge in the red face paint. Cover the entire rest of the face in red.

  3. 3

    Dip your fine paint brush into the black face paint. Draw a dot directly between your subject's eyes, on the bridge of his nose. Draw about six equally spaced lines emanating from this point, dividing the face into triangular sections, but don't create any lines through your white eye area. Instead, outline the white eye area in black.

  4. 4

    Connect the emanating lines you drew with curved lines, creating a spider-web effect. This completes the Spider-Man face.

  1. 1

    Dip a clean sponge into your black paint. Create a mask around the eyes that extends over the bridge of the nose. Keep the mask small, since you'll fill in more black as you go along.

  2. 2

    Dip your second, clean paintbrush's tip into the black face paint. Paint a circle on the top centre of your mask; make the circle about 3/4 inches in circumference; this is your bat's head. Paint two small, straight, pointed ears on either side of the top of your bat's head.

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    Paint two curved, upward pointing lines over your mask on either side of your head to create the tops of your bat wings. From the top outermost points of that wings, draw two long, outward-curving lines. Complete the bottom of your bat wings by mimicking the top of the wings.

  4. 4

    Dip your larger paintbrush in the yellow face paint. Outline your bat in a thick line of yellow.

  5. 5

    Dip another clean sponge in the yellow. Cover the rest your subject's face in yellow face paint to complete your Batman face.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a large mirror on hand so the children can watch as you transform them into superheroes.

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