How to Paint a Face Like a Bee

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How to Paint a Face Like a Bee
Look for paints specifically designed for use on skin. (make-up image by max blain from

Face painting can be used as entertainment at children's birthday parties or alternatives to masks for costumes. The designs you create are limited only by the available face-painting flies and your imagination. In order to paint a face like a bee, use the wings to cover the eyes and create a mask. If the participant does not want paint on or around his eyes, move the wings to the apples of the cheek and use the tip of the nose for the head. To the body can extend across the lips depending on the size of the bee.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Facial sponge
  • White face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Small-bristled brush
  • Wide-bristled brush
  • Yellow face paint

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  1. 1

    Use a facial sponge to paint white circles covering the eye from just below the eyebrow to the top of the cheekbone, including the eyelid. These will form the wings of the bee. Utilise the natural shape of the eye socket to dictate your borders. Do not paint the bridge of the nose.

  2. 2

    Outline the wings with black face paint, using a small-bristled brush. Paint over the eye brow to make a solid distinction. Use your finger tip to smooth the paint through the eyebrow, helping to make a solid distinction.

  3. 3

    Paint a black circle between the eyes to represent the head of the bee. Outline the head using a small brush and yellow face paint to add definition, if desired.

  4. 4

    Draw antennae curving away from the bee's head and extending up onto the forehead. Use black paint and a small brush. Add small balls at the end of the antennae for extra detail.

  5. 5

    Paint the bridge of the nose black, extending to either side of the nose and joining up with the wings. End the body of the bee in a point at the tip of the nose to represent the stinger.

  6. 6

    Use a brush and paint yellow strips across the black body. Be certain the black paint has dried before applying this step or the two paints will mix, making a dingy yellow.

Tips and warnings

  • To avoid passing germs between multiple participants, clean brushes in soapy water between participants, and use fresh facial sponges.
  • Clean your hands with antibacterial sanitiser before and after each participant.
  • When using paints on the face, verify that the paints are safe for use on the skin and around eyes, nose and mouth. Never use acrylic or craft paints, as they may cause allergic reactions or damage the delicate skin around the eyes.

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