How to Face Paint a Giraffe

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How to Face Paint a Giraffe
Use yellow and orange make-up to paint a giraffe mask. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to the art of face painting. With the help of different paint colours and brush sizes, you can turn a plain face into a work of art. To make a giraffe-painted face, use a split-cake palette, which produces a two-toned line with each stroke of the brush. This allows for more realistic giraffe painting.

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Things you need

  • Orange/yellow split-cake palette
  • 3/4-inch flat brush
  • #4 flat brush
  • Sponge
  • Purple/light purple split-cake palette
  • #2 Round brush
  • Black paint

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  1. 1

    Load your three-quarter inch brush with the yellow/orange split colour and draw the base of the giraffe mask. Align the brush so that the orange side of the brush is on top and the yellow is on the bottom. Draw a kidney-bean shape that extends from either side of the nose and around both eyes, just above the eyebrows..

  2. 2

    Reapply yellow and orange paint to your three-quarter inch brush and place the brush so that the yellow is at the top. Draw two slightly curved-outward lines directly above each eye, extending from the mask shape. These will form the giraffe's ears.

  3. 3

    Load the #4 brush with the yellow/orange paint and draw two straight lines right beside the giraffe's ears, where the horns should be on a giraffe. The orange should be on the outside of each horn. Draw the circles on top of the horns by drawing two "c" shapes facing on another, on the tip of each horn. Make sure the yellow is on the inside of each "c" so the centre of your circles are yellow.

  4. 4

    Load one side of your make-up sponge with solid yellow paint and fill in underneath the eyes and the nose with yellow paint---be sure to cover the entire nose, including the bottom and sides. Leave the space between the eyes and brows blank.

  5. 5

    Fill the other side of the make-up sponge with dark purple paint and brush the paint onto the exposed eyelid. Repeat for the other side.

  6. 6

    Dip your #2 round brush in the black paint and outline the entire perimeter of the giraffe mask. Add a small tuft of hair between the two horns with the black paint and give the giraffe's ears some definition.

  7. 7

    Extend the nostrils of the mask by painting in the nostrils on each side with black paint and add sporadic, randomly sized dots on the forehead of the mask and on the cheeks to finish the look.

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