Face-Painting Ideas

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Face-Painting Ideas
Designs can be simple or complex. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Face painting is an activity that can be done at children's parties and for specific holidays, such as Halloween. Face painting is also an activity a preschool teacher may do for her class. Make it fun by having a contest for the best design. Some designs include creating furry felines or even favourite characters. Face-painting ideas can be as simple or as intricate as you please.


A child may paint this classic idea as she wishes. Start off with a basic white paint all around the face. For features, she doesn't have to stick with red. Allow the child to choose which colours she would like to use for cheeks and the nose. If she wants to do a scary clown, have her paint downward facing black eyebrows on top of her real eyebrows. Clown make-up can vary from simple for children to more intricate patterns for older kids and adults. Check online for designs.

Furry Felines

Paint your face as a larger cat, such as a tiger or a lion. To start off, use a clean sponge to paint yellow on the cheeks and forehead. Use orange paint to blend in around the head. Add white around the mouth and for the eyebrows. Paint in black and white stripes as you please.


Face-painting designs can come in the way of landscape. For instance, you can paint a scenic mountain view with blue skies and clouds onto a child's face at a party. Other object ideas include butterflies on the cheeks or a vine of flowers that frame the face. Simple designs include a single flower, such as a rose or dandelion on the cheek. Instead of painting the entire face as a lion, you may wish to paint an entire lion, including the body, on the forehead and have the tail run down the side of the face to the cheek.

Other Designs

Other designs include bunny rabbits, rainbows and baby dolls. Character specific ideas include Spiderman or Darth Maul from the Star Wars saga. Sports fans may enjoy a football, baseball or soccer ball design.

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