Big nose buddies fantasy series: princess tutorial

In the land of big nose buddies, everyone has a big nose—even the princess. But that's okay, because it makes her extra fun to face paint. 


TAG skin tone palette
Yellow face paint (TAG)
Orange face paint (TAG)
Pearl lilac face paint (TAG)
Dark pink face paint (Paradise)
Pearl white face paint (TAG)
White face paint (Wolfe)
Black face paint (Diamond FX)
#2 round brush
Small filbert brush
Medium filbert brush or 1/2-inch flat brush
Heart stencil (TAP)
Cosmetic grade glitter


Begin by loading your flat brush or medium filbert from the skin tone palette and making an oval for the lower part of the face and the nose. You can dip the edge of the brush in Paradise light brown to add a little definition to the edge of the face and the nose, if you like. Make a half curve for the upper portion of the face, and add two small oval-shaped dots for the ears. Use the edge of your brush to pick up some pink to make the cheeks rosy for your princess. Use a small round brush to add the white for the eyes.

Load the small filbert with yellow and form hair around the face shape, bringing the end of the hair to the outer edge of the eyebrows.

Sponge TAG pearl lilac over the eyelids of the child. This keeps the design from ending abruptly at the eyebrows and supplies the illusion of a dress for the princess. With the same lilac color, add some eyeshadow to the princess. Load your sponge with Paradise dark pink combined with a little TAG pearl white and sponge this over your TAP or BAM heart stencil around the outside of the princess. 

Again with your small round brush, add an orange crown and some pink lips. Now is a great time to add cosmetic grade glitter to the design since you've completed the solid blocks of background colors. 

With black and your small round brush, add outlines to the design. 

Finally, use your small round brush and white to add highlights, dots, and starbursts throughout. Some extra touches are a pearl necklace and earrings for the princess, as well as some teardrops at the corner of the eyes. 

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in Elgin, Illinois, and her artwork has appeared in The Colored Palette and SkinMarkz magazines. She services Elgin, Illinois, the NW Chicago suburbs, and northern Chicago, as well as the eastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials.

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