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Face Paint Ideas - 125 + Quick and Easy DIY Face Paint Ideas for Kids and Adults

 

If you were looking for the ULTIMATE face paint ideas guide with step-by-step tutorials including pictures AND videos, you have found it! Please read below to find the top 20 most requested and most popular face paint ideas and get your creative mind going! These super easy-to-follow designs, like a tiger, a princess, a unicorn and more are fast to paint and can all be done with just one simple face painting kit as the one suggested later on on this page. What are you waiting for? Get face painting ideas and have some fun!

clown face paint idea
rainbow face paint idea
 cute monster face paint idea

Every day is a great day to have some fun face painting and here at Jest Paint, we have collected some of the BEST face paint ideas for you to try at home with your kids or practice as a professional. You can get all of the face paint supplies you need right here too! Below we have suggestions for a great starter kit along with detailed but VERY EASY TO FOLLOW step-by-step face paint idea guides, with pictures AND videos so that you can practice these face paint ideas easily and learn them in no time!

If you want to see a huge selection of face paint ideas visit our Pinterest board, we have tons there!

Fundamental Face Painting Kit

At Jest Paint, we know that face painting is a fun and creative activity for kids and adults. Kids love to get their faces painted just for fun or to plan for their next Halloween costume, and adults are always excited to participate in Halloween contests and win some big bucks at their local bar!

We have gathered some of the most popular face paint ideas for you to practice and play along with your kids. If you don't have a face paint kit at home we highly suggest getting one of our professional quality yet affordable face painting kits. Avoid getting the ones sold by big box stores and Halloween stores as those are very low quality and will not give you the results you see below. 

Our best selling face paint kit for parents and kids is the one below:

Fusion Body Art Face Painting Kit

We also have several other face painting kits that you might be interested in looking at to help you accomplish all of the looks below: please visit our BEGINNER FACE PAINTING KITS page to see all of our available kits.

You can also hire a professional face painter if you want to get a professional look or are planning a party or event and want someone else in charge of the face painting. Here are some fun and easy-to-do-at-home face painting ideas. All images are used with permission from the original artists.

Who does not like to be face painted as a tiger? This is likely the most popular face paint idea for boys and girls and one that can be done in many different ways. From fantasy tigers inspired by a specific look like a Frozen character or a superhero to a traditional orange and white tiger.

1 - Frozen Princess Tiger Face Paint Ideas

 

Leanne Courtney Frozen Tiger

Check out this beautiful blue tiger by Leanne Courtney, from Australia. She added a rainbow trim and magenta glitter lips! 

Blue tiger face painting

This super icy frozen cat by Anna Wilinski is nice for all ages. Pearl face paints give an instant frozen look!

anna wilinski frozen cat face painting

2 - One Stroke Tiger Face Paint Ideas



Milena Potekhina used a black and white gradient one stoke cake to paint these beautiful gradient stripes on this traditional orange and white tiger. Look at those perfect tiger ears and how every thing flows in this design!

3 - Tribal Tiger Face Paint Ideas


Nury Matarrita varga Tiger Face Paint
Nury Matarrita Varga created this stunning tiger, and made it pop with swirls over the eyes and dots on the stripes! Notice her smooth blending and the gradient going from light in the middle to dark on the edges to get that tiger faces dimension. The dark bold striped give this tiger a bit of a tribal tattoo feel!

cute tiger face paint anna wilinski

Another version with a more mask edging, by Anna, has strong line work. She used Fusion Fire Flames  1 stroke cake to create this look. 

4 - Tropical Tiger Face Paint Ideas

Kiki Lee Tiger Tropical Face Paint

Kiki Lee took a real tropical twist when she created this amazing face painted tiger by adding flowers, leaves and bright colors along with the tiger stripes.

 

5 - Speedy Tiger Face Paint Ideas

The possibilities are endless and you can have a lot of fun playing around with these tiger face paint ideas. Feel free to visit our Tiger Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Tiger Face Paint Ideas

 

6 - Step by Step Tiger Face Paint Ideas

You can also take a look at the following tiger face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Tiger Face Painting Step by Step

tiger face paint anna wilinski ideas
This one by Anna is similar to the step by step but it covers a little more skin with the shaggy chin and wider cheeks.  

7 - Fast Tiger Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a tiger face:

 

8 - Fun Butterfly Face Paint Ideas

Butterflies are very popular in the face paint idea world and they are neck to neck in popularity with tigers. There are millions of butterfly face painting ideas available and we could write an entire blog post just on that. Below are some butterfly face paint ideas for you to try and then leave us a comment with your picture for us to see. Feel free to visit our Butterfly Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

 

Butterfly Face Paint Ideas

butterfly idea face painting anna wilinski

Anna Wilinski used Diamond FX Wild Berry and Evil Rose for this petal filled butterfly. 

9 - Fairy Butterfly Face Paint Ideas with Bling

Milena Potekhina Butterfly fairy face painting

Milena Potekina created this breathtaking butterfly fairy with a blue base and purple one stroke gradient. She added double dipped petals, fine dots, swirls and twirls and some gorgeous bling to create a mini work of art!

10 - Mermaid Butterfly Face Paint Ideas with Bling

Melina Potekhina Mermaid Butterfly

Milena Potekhina did a little mash up of a butterfly and added a seashell stencil in the middle to give it a mermaid twist! 

11 - Sunset Butterfly Face Paint Ideas with Bling

Butter Cups Face Painting

Butter Cups created this stunning sunset colored butterfly that really pops!

 sunset butterfly fairy design face painting anna wilinski

The design above by Anna Wilinski includes a Fairy TAP Stencil Body. She used the cake FUSION Summer Sunrise.

12 - Superhero Butterfly Face Paint Ideas with Bling

Super Hero Butterfly Linnea Novak

Linnea Novak painted this cool superhero themed butterfly by painting it in blue and adding a red A, some red strokes and white stars. 

13 - Ornate Butterfly Face Paint Ideas

Andrea Ka Butterfly

Andrea ka took the butterfly wing shape to a new level when she accented it with stencil patterns on the wings. The little white dots and silver liquid bling make it  look especially ornate.

14 - Bright Butterfly Face Paint Step by Step

You can also take a look at the following butterfly face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski using the cake  FUSION Summer Sunrise.

Butterfly Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

15 - Fast Butterfly Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a butterfly face:

 

16 - Fun Unicorn Face Paint Ideas

A more recent trend in the face paint idea world is unicorns. Unicorns have become a very popular face paint design over the last few years and kids love them because of how colorful and fun they are. You can add some glitter and play around with stencils to make them look extra fun! Feel free to visit our Unicorn Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Unicorn Face Paint Ideas

unicorn face paint fun by anna wilinski

Adults love unicorns just as much as the kids! 

17 - Frozen Unicorn Face Paint Ideas

frozen unicorn  face paint andrea ka

This is such a cute Frozen unicorn face paint design by artists,  Andrea Ka. She added a bling unicorn horn to make it 3D. 

The unicorn face paint design by Anna uses some blue split cakes and pearly eye lids to create a beautiful design. 

18 - One Stroke Unicorn Face Paint Ideas

 Susy Amaro Unicorn face paint

 This stunning unicorn was painted by Susy Amaro using split cakes for the made and unicorn horn. 

19 - Super Ornate Unicorn Face Paint Ideas

 

Milena Potekhina face painting unicorn design

 Milena Potekhina's unicorn face painting design includes a wing stencil from her line of Milena Stencils, blue flowers and roses, and a gorgeous bling centerpiece. 

 unicorn design by anna wilinski
Unicorns on the arm or leg are also a great choice. This cute little unicorn by Anna Wilinski is great for kids of all ages. 

20 - Simple Unicorn Step By Step Face Paint Idea

You can also take a look at the following unicorn face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski. She used a  unicorn horn TAP stencil to create the horn, and a rainbow cake for the back ground and mane. Below is a cheek art style design by Anna. 

Unicorn Face Paint Ideas Step by Step Tutorial

Anna Wilinski unicorn using Fusion Body Art Jest Paint

21 - Simple Unicorn Video Demo

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a unicorn face:

 

22 - Uni - Kitty Face Paint design

Marie Saucedo Navarro unikitty

Marie Saucedo Navarro created this soft adorable Uni-Kitty with ears, horn and little kitty nose and muzzle. What a fun mash up to try! 

 

23 - Day of the Dead Skull Face Painting Idea

Although they are gorgeous and popular all year round, Day of the Dead skulls is in high demand around Halloween. Adults, boys, and girls love getting their faces painted as a Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos skull. See below some great examples of Catrinas and get inspired with these face paint ideas to create your own look. Feel free to visit our Sugar Skull/Day of the Dead Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Sugar Skull Face Paint Ideas

24 - Tropical Day of the Dead Skull Face Painting Idea

Anna Wilinski sugar skull on Oceana massano

Anna Wilinski created this tropical flower sugar skull with rainbow cakes and a marron paint for the fine details. 

25 - Day of the Dead Skull Face Painting Idea with Head Piece

Angi Linares sugar skull

Angie Linares created this gorgeous headpiece to go with her skull design. Instead of pretty designs on the skull she added texture with cracks and indentations. The natural bone color sets this skull apart. 

26 - Ornate Day of the Dead Skull Face Painting Idea

Milena Potekhina Sugar Skull designs

Milena Potekhina used tons of details to create this elaborate and jaw dropping sugar skull inspired design. 

27 - Day of the Dead Skull Face Painting Step by Step

You can also take a look at the following Sugar Skull/Day of the Dead face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Sugar Skull Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

 

28 - Day of the Dead Skull Face Painting Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 90 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a sugar skull face:

 

29 - Spiderman Face Paint Ideas

Kids love to become their favorite superheroes and Spiderman is by far the most popular superhero as far as face painting ideas go. Take a look at the face paint ideas below to create your own version of this popular character and enjoy seeing your kids having lots of fun transforming into him! Feel free to visit our Spiderman Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

 

Spiderman Face Paint Ideas

30 - Ripped skin Spiderman Face Paint Idea

Laurdes Mellano spider man

Lourdes Mellano created this cool edgy spider mand with a lot of shading and highlights. It is perfect for adults and teens who can sit still while you created this ripped skin effect. 

 

31 - Cute Spiderman Face Paint Idea

Cazzadoodle face painting spiderman

Check out this super cute spidy themed face paint design on this little girl, painted by Cazzadoodle Face painting with red chunky glitter and a spider web stencil and bling!

32 - Step By Step Spiderman Face Paint Idea

You can also take a look at the following Spiderman face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Spiderman Face Paint Ideas Step by Step Tutorial

33 - Speedy One Stroke Spiderman Face Paint Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a spiderman face:

34 - Fun Clown Face painting Ideas

Although clowns have become scary characters for some kids (and even adults) due to movies and books, clowns are still very popular. Kids usually like clowns that have just makeup details on rather than a full-face clown. We have gathered some clown face paint ideas below that you can practice with your kids. Feel free to visit our Clown Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Clown Face Paint Ideas

35 - Penny Wise the Clown Face Painting Idea

Amy Harrison Penny Wise face painting

Amy Harrison's take on Pennywise the Clown

36 - Fun Clown Face painting Ideas

Milena Potekhina Clown face girl

Milena Potekhina's version of a clown includes symetrical line work and eye brows and powdery colors around the eyes. 

You can also take a look at the following Clown face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

37 - Cute Clown Step by Step Face Paint Design

Clown Face Paint Step by Step Tutorial

38 - Cute Auguste Clown Step by Step Video Demo

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a clown face:

 

39 - Mermaid Face Paint Ideas

Right along with Unicorns, Mermaids are one of the most popular fantasy characters in the face paint world. Who does not like to be a mermaid? Mermaids are fun because you play around making them look extra fancy using stencils, jewels, and glitter! There are hundreds of mermaid face paint ideas available and each one of them is worth trying, but we have gathered some for you here so you can give them a try. Feel free to visit our Mermaid Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

 

Mermaid Face Paint Ideas

40 - Valentine Mermaid Face Paint Ideas

Susy Amaro Sweet little mermaid

Susy Amaro's Sweet little mermaid in pink and red! 

41 - One Stroke Tail Mermaid Face Paint Ideas

Susy Amaro Sweet little mermaid tail

Susy Amaro Sweet created this colorfol and detailed mermaid tail as a centerpiece! She used a stencil to get those dainty scales!

42 - Mermaid Face Paint Ideas with Stencils

pikadilly pam kinnenberg mermaid

You can use stencils to add scales and a mermaid to a wave like Pam Kinnenberg did! 

43 - Mermaid Face Paint Ideas with TAP Stencils and Festival Glitter

anna wilinski mermaid design

Here is an other mermaid design idea using a TAP stencil, done by Anna Wilinski. The gold chunky Festival Glitter looks great on these greens and blues!

 

44 - Mermaid Face Paint Ideas with Milena Stencils

Milena Potekhina Mermaid stencil

Milena Potekhina used one of her girl stencils as a Mermaid stencil .  The scaled tail and waves mixed with her flowing hair bring this all together into a miniature work of art. 

45 - Mermaid Face Paint Ideas with Stencils and Chunky Glitter

Milena Potekhina mermaid

Milena used soft pastel colors and one of her sea shell stencils to create a fast mermaid princess. 

46 - Mermaid Step By Step Face Paint Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Mermaid face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Mermaid Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

47 - Mermaid Face Paint Idea Demo Video 

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a mermaid's face:

 

48 - Dragon Face Painting Ideas

Dragons are some of the most fun face painting ideas or designs to play around with as they can be done in many different and creative ways. You can turn the entire face into a dragon or paint a dragon on the forehead or cheek, paint the dragon mouth over the kid's mouth so that your dragon can move, and more! Here are some ideas that you can use as inspiration for your dragon face paint party at home! Feel free to visit our Dragon Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Dragon Face Paint Ideas

49 -  Wild Dragon Face Painting Ideas

Stacey Perry dragon design

50 - Blue Dragon Face Painting Ideas

Anna Wilinski Face painting Oceana Dragon

Anna used the TAP Organic Scales Stencil and Horn Stencil, along with a blue one stroke gradient to create this creepy yet fun dragon design. 

 

51- Chinese Dragon Face Painting Ideas

Kiki Lee Chinese New Year Dragon

Kiki Lee created this beautiful Dragon Design for Chinese New Year. 

 

52 - Blue Dragon Step by Step Face Painting Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Dragon face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski. 

Dragon Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a dragon face:

 

 53 - Fun Frozen Face Paint Ideas

By large Frozen has become one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and kids love to get faces painted as Elsa or to ask for a tiger or a butterfly with a frozen look. This is such a popular design that we even wrote an entire blog post about it: The Ultimate Frozen Face Painting GuideFeel free to visit our Frozen Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Frozen Face Paint Ideas

 

 

  54 - Fun Frozen Princess Face Paint Ideas

Mai Park Frozen Princess design

Mai Park created this pretty Ice Queen face painting design using a blue and purple base with white frosty details and a snowflake stencil. 

 55 - Frozen Crown Face Paint Ideas

Nadine Davidson Frozen design

Nadine Davidsons purple one stroke moves on top of a pearly purple is totally stunning, especially with those glittery purple liips and big snowflakes on the sides of the eyes.

frozen boy drag evoked brush strokes face painting

Our friend Draj created this design that looks great on boys and girls!

 56 - Frozen Face Paint Ideas Step by Step

Step by step linnea novak

Here is a bold frozen crown by Linnea Novak using a blue gradient onestroke and  while details! 

 57 - Frozen Queen Face Paint Ideas 

Cynthia Steele purple frozen princess

Cynthia Steele created this purple and blue frozen ice queen look with some one strokes, glitter and gems. See some great 1 stroke face paint cakes for frozen designs here. 

 58 - Frozen Face Paint Ideas Step by Step

You can also take a look at the following Frozen-inspired face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.Frozen Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

 59 - Frozen Face Paint Ideas Step by Step

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a frozen snow queen face:

 

60 - Cute Kittens and Cats Face Paint Ideas

 

Cat Face Paint Ideas

Cats have always been a popular face paint design going all the way back to when the Cats Musical was first created. You can use the cat face paint ideas below to inspire you and create your own look or let your kids face paint you like a cat so they can have fun! Feel free to visit our Cat Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

61 - Tropical Cat Face Painting Ideas

 

Anna Wilinski face painting ideas cats

Here is Anna Wilinski's take on some very bright tropical cats! She added flowers, stencils and bold Blue outlining to create these beautiful cat face paint designs. One has whiskers and one doesn't. What do you prefer?

62 - Pretty Kitty Face Painting Idea

 

Cute Kitty Face Paint Design  Gaby Renteria

This is a really cute kitty cat with a bow by Gabby Renteria! The pink heart nose and shaggy one stroke fur gives this cat face painting design a lot of character.

 

63 - Easy Cat Face Painting Design Step by Step

You can also take a look at the following Cat face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Cat Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

64 - Easy Cat Face Painting Design

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a cat face:

 

65 - Fun Puppy Face Paint Ideas

Puppy Face Paint Ideas

Just as popular as cats, maybe only second to them are puppy dogs. Boys and girls love to become a puppy and play around barking all over the place! Enjoy the puppy face paint ideas we have below and post your version in the comments section so we can see your creations! Feel free to visit our Puppy Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

66 - Black and White Puppy Dog Face Paint Ideas

Svetlana Keller's Valentine's Day Puppy Face Painting Design

Svetlana Keller's Valentine's Day Puppy Face Painting Design is also another sweet option! A quick smooth grey to black gradient shaping the face, some red hearts and a big tongue pull this together. Notice her use of stencils for texture and those fuzzy bangs too!

67 - One Stroke Puppy Face Paint Ideas

Melina Potekhina Puppy Dog Face Paint

This sweet brown and gold Puppy Dog Face Paint by Melina Potekhina will sure be hit with kids and adults! The wide forehead, bigger black nose and floppy ears really give it that dog face. 

68 - Paw Patrol Puppy Face Paint Ideas

Anna Wilinski Puppy Pals

69 - Fun Puppy Face Paint Ideas Step by Step

You can also take a look at the following super simple Puppy face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski. This easy design just uses black, white and red face paint, but you can switch up the colors, add glitter, flowers or whatever you want to make your client happy!

Puppy Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

70 - Fun Puppy Face Paint Ideas Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a puppy face:

 

 71- Super Hero Face Painting Ideas

Turning into a superhero for the day is fun and exciting! Many kids have a superhero costume at home but there is nothing like being face painted as one. They feel as if they truly are their favorite character and they can play for hours.

There are hundreds of superheroes out there, these are just some superhero face paint ideas that we have gathered from our customers and supporters that you can use as inspiration. Feel free to visit our Super Hero Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Super Hero Face Paint Ideas

 

 

72 - Super Woman Face Paint Idea

Lyon Den Face Painting for Kids and Adults

Lyon Den Face Painting for Kids and Adults created this beautiful little wonder woman with black and gold face paint, a white star and gold lips.

73 - Ninja Turtle Face Paint Idea

ninja Turtle design anna wilinski

You can't deny the super skills of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This design is inspired by their cool look. 

74 - Sonic Face Paint Idea

Sonic the hedgehog

How can you resist this adorable Sonic inspired face paint design by Linnes Novak? This was all created with a blue one stroke cake and black and white. 

75 - Power Rangers Face Paint Idea

You can also take a look at the following Super Hero face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Super Hero Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

76 - Ninja Face Paint Idea Video Demo

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a superhero face:

 

 77 - Pretty Princess Face Paint Ideas

Becoming a princess is a dream come true for many kids and face painting can let them have that joy very easily with just a few strokes of a brush and some glitter. There are many different ways of face painting princess designs, here are just some princess face paint ideas for you to try. Feel free to visit our Princess Face Painting Ideas album on Pinterest.

Princess Face Paint Ideas

 

 78 - Pretty Rose Crown Princess Face Paint Ideas

Milena Potekhina Princess teen face painting
Milena painted simple one stroke roses with very fine black line work to create this rose princess. 

 79 - Flower Princess Face Paint Ideas

Kiki Lee Princess

Kiki Lee's amazing flower princess is all about bold one strokes, bling and glitter!

When you combine roses and rainbows, Milena knows that beautiful little princesses will appear! 

 80 - Pretty  Purple Princess Face Paint Ideas

Sim Artistry princess

Sim Artistry created this pretty purple princess using a one stroke cake and lots of star stencils and glitter! 

 81 - Fairy Rainbow Princess Face Paint Ideas

Emily Stevenson Rainbow Fairy face paint

Emily Stevenson's Rainbow Fairy Face Paint Design uses stencils and rainbow cakes to create a beautiful design kids will love!

 82 - Step by Step Princess Crown Face Paint Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Princess face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Princess Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

 

 83 - Pretty Petal Princess Crown Face Paint Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a princess's face:

 


  84 - Bunny Rabbit Face Painting Ideas

Bunnies are popular all year round but mostly around Easter. Many kids love to become the Easter Bunny for a day. This is a particularly cute face paint idea for little ones! Have fun trying your own version of this popular face paint design. Feel free to visit our Bunny Face Paint Ideas Pinterest board.

Bunny Face Paint Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Bunny face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

85 - Bunny Rabbit Face Painting Ideas

Andrea Ka bunny face painting

Andrea Ka painted this sweet little bunny peaking over the eyebrows and used double dip flowers to create a pretty back ground. This is perfect for spring and Easter face painting designs. 

 86 - Bunny Rabbit Face Painting Ideas

Hannah Combs Bunny Design

Hannah Combs cute Bunny Design would be fast and easy for a big event. 

87 - Bunny Rabbit Face Painting Ideas

Bunny Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

88 - Fast Bunny Rabbit Video Demo

And here we have a Quick and Easy 90 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a bunny rabbit face:

 

89 - Dinosaur Face Paint Ideas

Thanks to the popular Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movie franchises, and also thanks to the popularity of dinosaurs themselves, becoming a dinosaur or getting one painted around your face is very popular among kids and adults. There are thousands of different dinosaur face paint ideas that you can try and play with, here are just some! Feel free to visit our Dinosaur Face Paint Ideas Pinterest board.

Dinosaur Face Paint Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Dinosaur face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

90 - Dinosaur Face Paint Ideas Step by Step

Dinosaur Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

91 - Dinosaur Face Paint Ideas

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a dinosaur face:

 

92 - Hello Kitty Face Painting Ideas

Hello Kitty has recently come back as a very popular face painting design. This is a design that can be shared by parents and kids alike. Here is a Hello Kitty face painting step by step, let us see what you can come up with!

Kitty Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial 

93 - Hello Kitty Face Painting Ideas Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a kitty face:

 

94 - Shark Face Paint Ideas

Sharks are one of the most popular animals among kids of all ages! These amazing creatures are very fun to face paint, mostly if you paint the shark's mouth over the kid's mouth to allow it to move. Kids will love running around playing with their friends painted like sharks. Below are a few fun shark face paint ideas to be inspired and try and paint with your kids. Feel free to visit our Shark Face Paint Ideas Pinterest board.

Shark Face Paint Ideas

95 - Shark Step by Step Face Painting Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Shark face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Shark Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

96 - One Stroke Shark  Face Painting Demo Video

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a shark face:

 

97 - Rainbow Face Painting Ideas

Rainbows are likely one of the most popular design elements of any face paint idea. Just painting a rainbow across the forehead with some clouds or adding a rainbow to a butterfly, a unicorn or a cat will make kids go crazy! We have collected some rainbow face paint ideas from our followers but feel free to create your own rainbow-inspired face paint design. Feel free to visit our Rainbow Face Paint Ideas Pinterest board.

Rainbow Face Paint Ideas

98 - Roses and Rainbow Face Painting Ideas

Milena Potekhina Rainbow Princess

When you combine roses and rainbows, Milena knows that beautiful little princesses will appear! 

 

99 - Roses and Rainbow Face Painting Ideas

Natalee Davies rainbow design

This gorgeous design by Natalee Davies uses soft roses, blue buds and a bold stroke of rainbow. 

 

100 - Rainbow Face Painting Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Rainbow face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Rainbow Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a rainbow face:

 

101 - Pirate Face Paint Ideas

Pirates are fun and kids and adults know it! Boys and girls love turning into pirates and playing around with their family and friends acting like pirates. Take a look at the pirate face paint ideas below to get inspired and create your own! Feel free to visit our Pirate Face Paint Ideas Pinterest board.

Pirate Face Paint Ideas

102 - Fun Pirate Face Paint Ideas

Milena Potekhina Pirate skull

This cool mash up of a pirate skull and sharks would make any kid happy! See Milena's Pirate Skull Stencil Here

103 - Pirate Face Paint Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Pirate face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Pirate Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

104 - Pirate Face Paint Ideas

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a pirate face:

 

 105 - Zombie Face Painting Ideas

Getting yourself face painted as a zombie can be really fun and scary! Zombies are specially popular around Halloween, but they can be a fun character all year round. Adults love doing zombie crawls, kids love doing zombie parades and we love zombies too! You can get some zombie face paint ideas here and then try your own style for fun! Feel free to visit our Zombie Face Paint Ideas Pinterest board.

Zombie Face Paint Ideas

 

 106 - Green Zombie Face Painting Ideas

Elodie ternois Zombie design

Elodie Ternois created this glowing green Zombie design! A simpler version could be done with out all of the tiny teeth details and extra highlights. Plants Versus Zombie kids would love this one!

107 - Zombie Face Painting Ideas

You can also take a look at the following Zombie face painting step by step by Anna Wilinski.

Zombie Face Painting Step by Step Tutorial

108 - Zombie Face Painting Ideas

And here we have a Quick and Easy 60 Seconds Short Video Tutorial with Step by Step directions on how to face paint a zombie's face:

 

109 - St. Patrick's Day Face Painting Ideas for Kids 

Barbara Breitung St patricks day face painting

This little girl has the luck of the Irish! She was lucky enough to get painted as a little leprechaun by Barbara Breitung to celebrate the holiday! Some simple rainbow swooshes with a rainbow cake, green shamrocks and a big bold heart in the center bring this design together. 

110 - St. Patrick's Day Face Painting Ideas for Adults

Man / Boy face painting design St patricks Day Alyson Harris

This is a really cool face paint design idea for St. Patrick's day when a man is looking for something a little green! 

111 - St. Patrick's Day Face Painting Ideas for  Adults

Alyson Harris St Patricks day face painting roses

Alyson Harris also painted this beautiful deisign with green sparkly lace, green glitter lips and roses for a St. Patrick's day festival. 

112 - Valentine's Day Face Painting Ideas for Kids

Valentines day love kitty Svetlana Keller face paint design

If you love painting cats, why not paint a little love kitten for Valentine's Day! This beautiful cat by Svetlana Keller has a little heart nose and hearts around the face. Using pink and red is a sure way to get the Valentine's Day look as well!

113 - Valentine's Day Face Painting Ideas for Kids and Adults

Gio Guzman Valentine's Day Face Painting Mask

Gio Guzman's pretty butterfly wing inspired Valentine's Day Face Painting Mask is an easy look. Paint a pink gradient over the tops of the eyes and decorate with swirls and twirls, double dipped petals under the eyes and a fancy heart in the middle! 

114 - Valentine's Lace  Day Face Painting Ideas for Adults

Gio Guzman Valentine's Day Face Painting Mask white lace

Gio Guzman  created this lovely lace Valentine's Day Face Painting Mask using fine white lace patterns and one stroke roses. 

115 - Valentine's Day Face Painting Ideas for Kids and Teens

Svetlana Keller Face painting design valentines day snake

Svetlana Keller's Valentine's Day snake is so cute, and kid or adult would love it! You can use this face painting idea for any cheek art animal. Just and an explosion of hearts and you've got a Valentine's day design!

 116 - Face Painting Ideas for Christmas and Winter
Melina Potkehina face painting white cat with holly berries

Don't you just love the simple crispness of this face painting design by Melina Potekhina? Her version of a white cat with holly berries is so sweet and stunning!

 117 - Santa Face Painting Ideas for Christmas and Winter

Anna Wilinski santa and sleigh face painting tap stencil

This pretty winter face painting design by Anna Wilinski was done using pearl teal, pearl blue, pearl white and the TAP Santa Stencil and Snowflake Stencil

 

 118 - Rudolf the Reindeer Face Painting Ideas for Christmas

Anna Wilinski reindeer face paint

Need to paint a lot of reindeers in a hurry? Try this fast design by Anna using a brown gradient rainbow cake. There is another version below. 

raindeer demo face painting design ideas

 

 119 -  Face Painting Ideas for 4th of July

Anna Wilinski 4th of july

Anna Wilinski paints blue butterflies with red, white and blue tear drops for fast line busters on 4th of July. Short on time, just do one eye! Below is a step by step demo using a Dynasty Whale Tail, a Tap Magical Stars Stencil and red, white and blue Fusion face paint

4th of july face painting ideas by anna wilinski4th of July Step by Step Face painting by Anna Wilinski

 

 fourth 4th of july face painting design anna wilinski jest paint ideas

120 - Cupcake Face Painting Ideas for Teens

 Svetlana Keller's cup cake design

Gaby Renteria knows that cupcakes are always trending, and they make a perfect centerpiece for a fun, colorful face paint design that teen girls would love! Use one strokes to get that beautiful frosting and cupcake liner! 

121 - Swan Princess Face Painting Ideas for Teens

Milena Potekhina Face painting swan

Check out this amazing design by Milena Potekhina. The use of the Ghost Rose technique with stencils and crisp black line work would make it a design any teenage girl or adult would love. 

122 - Fast Face Painting Ideas for Teens

Mermaid  print anna wilinski face painting

Sometimes just a splash of color over one eye, some chunky Festival Glitter and wild lips is all you need to make a teenager happy! These mermaid inspired colors were fresh and the spotted scale lips were just what she wanted. The design below us just black and blues with white highlights made with a rake brush

face painting ideas by anna wilinski eye design blues

123 - Sports Face Painting Ideas for Teens

Svetlana keller soccer ball face painting

Svetlana Keller created this I love soccer face painting design with some stencils to make it fast and easy. Try something like this with any sports ball. Check out our graffiti stencils here. 

 124 - Face Painting Ideas for Adults

Anna Wilinski head painting on Maria Rosa

Whenever a person wants their head painted, don't pass up the chance! Anna Wilinski painted this flowing design over Maria's ear and down her neck a little. 
Henna design and peacock designs are great for adults who want something beautiful. 

 

125 - Glimmery Face Painting Ideas for Teens

Anna Wilinski glitter and hairSometimes less is more with adults. This design consists of Amerikan Body Art Glitter Creme on the hair eyelids and lips, wtih a little Superstar Star Green Shimmer underneath. laura oliver face paint design roses

Showing off style, Laura Oliver used Liquid Bling and gems to enhance this beautiful floral rose design on Deanna. 

126 - Fun Halloween Face Paint Designs

Anna used TAP STENCILS to create this cute Halloween look! 

 

127 - PRIDE Face Paint Designs

 pride makeup face painting by anna wilinski on santiago lubrina

 Add a lot of rainbow and you have some great looks for this year's PRIDE!rainbow pride face paint design anna wilinski

 

128 - Cheek and Arm Art Paint Designs - Mermaids and Unicorns

unicorns and mermaids body art tattoos anna wilinski

129 - Cheek and Arm Art Paint Designs - Snakes and Dragons

snake arm art face painting anna wilinski

130- Cheek and Arm Art Paint Designs - Penguin

penguin

131 - Cheek and Arm Art Paint Designs - Cupcake

arm art face painting anna wilinski cupcake

We hope that you have enjoyed all of our fun and exciting face paint ideas that you can try at home DIY style or hire a professional face painter to help you entertain your guests at your next party or paint you for your upcoming Halloween or Costume/Cosplay party!

As a bonus, we are providing you with one more step-by-step tutorial on how to face paint a regular skull in 60 seconds. Watch the following short quick and easy video to learn how:

 

You can also learn how to professionally paint any of these designs by taking classes at the International Face Painting School.

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We were asked to answer some questions by our blog readers in regards to face painting, so here are some FAQs for you to read and learn. You can always explore our blog for more in-depth information.

What Kind of Paint do You Use For Face Painting?

We always use makeup-grade face painting products for face painting. This is the safest way to go. Don't follow DIY face paint recipes or use cheap Halloween makeup from big box stores because you can never be 100% sure of how the skin will react. Established brands that have been around for years are a much safer option and they will give you a much better look as well. We strongly recommend Fusion Body Art Face Paints as they are vegan, cruelty-free, have no parabens, perfume, gluten, or nuts and they provide amazing coverage and vibrant colors.

What is Needed for Face Painting?

Luckily, not a lot is needed for face painting, just a face painting palette, some brushes, sponges, and water! That is it. You can get all of these supplies at JestPaint.com for really good prices:
Face Painting Palette
Face Painting Brushes
Face Painting Sponges

What Can I Use Instead of White Face Paint?

You can always use some white cream-based makeup or white pressed powders depending on what look you are trying to get. If you want to paint details over your base color, then we suggest you use a base that is water activated or a pressed powder. Grease or oil-based makeup is hard to work with. Don't ever go for DIY products as those are not designed for the skin, will crack, and will have a terrible look.

How Do You Make HomeMade Face Paint?

There are a lot of websites out there promoting different homemade recipes for face paint. You have to keep a few things in mind when attempting to follow these recipes:
1 - Most of them use toothpaste or cornstarch as a base. Both of these products are not designed for the skin, and they will crack as soon as they dry. Toothpaste has a lot of abrasive chemicals that can be very harsh on the skin, so stay away from it.

2 - They all suggest you use food coloring to add color to your base. Food coloring is not always makeup grade, it can stain the skin badly, and if used in concentrations above what is recommended it can cause skin allergies.

3 - It is always safer to buy makeup-grade face paints, you will have a much easier time working with them, you won't have to worry about the safety of the ingredients, and the overall look will be much better.

What Do Professional Face Painters Use?

Simple! Professional face painters use professional-grade face paints. These are cosmetic-grade products from well-established brands that provide you with a professional finished look, safety, and quality. All of the face paints we offer at JestPaint.com are professional grade. You can see all of our professional face paint brands on our website.

How Do You face Paint?

Face Painting is easy if you are going for a simple look. If you want to achieve a more complicated professional design you will need a lot more practice, or you can always hire a professional face painter. You can learn all about face painting on our How To Face Paint Blog.

Can I Use Watercolor Paint On My Face?

No, watercolors are not designed to be used on the skin. Not only are the ingredients not intended for the skin, exposing you to potential skin reactions and chemical burns, but also they will not provide you with a good finished look as watercolors are very transparent and their base is not intended to cover skin.

How Do You Apply Face Paint Smoothly?

The best way to apply face paint smoothly is using a face paint sponge. Face Painting sponges allow you to cover the skin with face paint easily. Just make sure to use professional face paints and the right amount of water to activate your face paints. You can watch this YouTube tutorial on how to apply a face paint base with a sponge.

What Is The Best White Face Paint?

Each face painter has their own personal choice, sometimes there are different answers to what the best white face paint is depending on the intended use: linework, base coat, long-lasting, waterproof, etc. Our overall choice is Fusion Body Art Pro Paraffin White, but you can get a more in-depth answer by reading our Best White Face Paint blog.

What Are The Most Popular Face Paint Designs?

The most popular face paint ideas are the ones included in this blog post, meaning: Mermaid, Puppy, Unicorn, Spiderman, Zombie, Cat, Tiger, Shark, Princess, Frozen Princess, Clown, Skull, Sugar Skull, Pirate, Dragon, Monster, Rainbow, Butterfly, Dinosaur, Hello Kitty and Bunny.

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Comments

Karla - July 15, 2021

These are great quick ideas!

I’m so excited to get back to face painting this year!!

Chrissy Prendergast - July 14, 2021

This is such a great resource! Fabulous fast videos, easy to follow guides & budget friendly kits to create all these essential looks. Thanks Jest paint!

Trecia - July 14, 2021

This is great! It’s like a fan favorites course. One of the most fun parts of face painting is letting kids paint on me. They love it. You can’t always let them, depending on volume, but it’s wonderful to encourage art. My daughter uses my supplies and has actually made great designs I have used. This is a great tutorial. Look forward to reading more of the blog! Thank you!

Sophia Vega - July 14, 2021

This is the perfect blog post for beginners. Thank you for putting this together. This answers every answer I had when I 1st started. I love the videos and the photos showing variety of each design.
You are appreciated

Brit - July 14, 2021

What a wonderful post with excellent ideas! I can’t wait to try them out!

Kelly - July 14, 2021

Great refresher after having the last year off! Thanks!

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