Alien sneakadoodle tutorial mask

Posted by Beth Mackinney on


I have some little Sculpey aliens I made a couple of years ago, who sit on my desk, so I thought it might be fun to give you an easy, updated alien design for your board.

This design is especially good for younger children who don’t want anything around their eyes since it’s painted primarily on the forehead. We’ve all experienced the kids who want full face designs, like Ironman or Darth Vader, but can’t stand to have you paint over their eyelids. Hopefully this will give you an option which works better for them and is lots of fun as well.


Paradise orange face paint
TAG orange face paint
Paradise red face paint
TAG light green face paint
Paradise lime green face paint
Global purple face paint
Diamond FX white face paint
Diamond FX black face paint
BAM stencil #3005
#2 round brush
1/2-inch flat brush
#5 round brush


Create two large eyes, one small and one large, about one inch above the eyebrow line. If the child you’re painting has a smaller forehead, just use the space which is available, and scale the design down. Also, you can cut off the smile on the bottom part of the alien’s face and give it more of a Kilroy effect without the smile to make the design smaller.


Load your #5 round to add a teardrop-shaped nose under the eyes, and then use the filbert to fill in the head shape of the alien with a combination of TAG light green and Paradise lime green. Load your sponge with orange and carefully sponge around the alien’s head for the background. You could do this first, but if you do and the green overlaps the orange, you’ll end up with brown, so it’s better to have your head shape in place first.


Add purple dots around the top of the alien’s head, and mix some TAG orange with Paradise red to make dots for the nose.


Using the BAM 3005 stencil (or any other favorite stencil you have), sponge a combination of TAG orange and Paradise red over the background area.


Outline your alien with the #2 round brush and Diamond FX, Wolfe, or Global black. I chose the #2 round for this because I wanted to make sure the line was bold enough considering the size of the alien.


Add some white highlights and dots, and your alien is complete.


Have some fun by switching out colors and adding extra details (like a pink alien who likes flowers or a blue alien who likes snowflakes) to fit the preferences of the guest you’re painting at the moment or the season of the year.

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials. If you’re on Facebook, join the Challenge Group to showcase your artwork and have a chance to win a store credit for each week’s challenge.

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