Whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity, something to make a kids’ party memorable, or some ideas for your next school fundraising event, face painting is the answer. You can’t quite beat the silent, anticipatory face paint queue of excited little kids waiting to be transformed into a character from their imagination or into an animal. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an artist to learn how to paint faces!
21 Best Face Paint Ideas for Kids
Here are 21 easy face painting ideas you can try out:
Start with white face paint to enhance the look, and add basic black eyeliner to get tails wagging!
This is a super popular pattern where you can customise butterfly face painting to the child’s favourite colours. Relatively simple, sponge on the coloured wings roughly first, then make the design elaborate with black butterfly outlines. Don’t forget a sprinkle of glitter!
This classic costume is a great choice for the kid who puts the trick in trick-or-treat. The white and black face paint can be as complex or simple as you’d like.
The Superhero Look
Show off your true skills with this fun and fresh take on a standard. Bright colours and a painted-on headband or mask will make sure your crime fighter stands out.
The Tiger is an incredibly popular face-painting choice for kids at fairs, parties and other such events. It is easy to pull off; using orange or deep yellow as the base and adding wavy white and black stripes.
The vampire face paint is actually really fun to do, turn the kid white with bloody fangs that won’t get in the way of snacking.
This easy look turns little kids into soldiers in minutes. All you’ll need are 3 sponges and some good muddy earthy colours. You can’t go wrong with this!
Whether it’s Halloween or an event where you’re trying to entice some older boys to join in the face-painting fun, then the Zombie look is a good one. A full of gore and horror, yet straightforward to replicate and easy to work with.
The rainbow face paint is so easy and so pretty, you’ll become an instant hit with the kids. Add some flowers and clouds, and you’ll dazzle.
An enchanting take on everyone’s favourite frightful costume, this witch adds a touch of glam with purple eyes and a creepy green face. Don’t forget warts and spiders!
Batman is a classic and this design will ensure you’ll be the hero of Gotham. Paint the yellow outline first and then infill the black using a brush.
Who doesn’t want to be the scary creature of the night? Cast your child as a green ghoul by disguising them in a painted mask complete with sharp fangs, menacing horns and spiky hair.
Snakes on a Face
Another easy design that lends itself to customisation, let their imagination glide as you create this snake face paint.
Sprinkle some fairy dust blush, draw elegant lines along the brows and cheeks, and give your little one’s wings to fly with a beautiful fairy face paint design. Just try to nail the symmetry!
To make a Jurassic impression on the keenest paleontologists, get crafty with a face paint dinosaur sporting impressive scales and horns.
Kids love pirates! Just paint on a beard, a bandana, some stitches and an eye patch, you’re good to go!
This design is deceptively simple, yet will make an impact on your little cat lover.
If you simply want to celebrate the summer in style or wish to please a dolphin lover, this incredibly effective design is easy to pull off without much skill. Start at the top of the face and sponge on the sunset and sea colours downwards before finishing off with a little black detail.
All hail the Princess
The simplest way to transform any budding princess is to focus on the crown and sparkles. As well as face paint glitter and painted gems make these designs amazing!
Loved for her cutesy looks and hair ribbon, Hello Kitty is a popular choice for face painting and an easy one to replicate.
Simple yet stunning, all you need for the best floral designs are good quality face painting brushes. Use the shape of the brush, side-on, to create the petals, creating stunning designs in moments.