Big Nose Buddy Ocean Series: Dolphin Tutorial

Dolphins are one of my most-requested designs at events, so Big Nose Buddies are back with a dolphin design for your underwater themed parties or for your aquatic fans. While it could be argued that dolphins don't have noses in the traditional sense, I felt they still could be added to the Big Nose Buddies ocean series, just based on their popularity. 


Small blue split cake (Diamond FX Blueberry Hill)
Yellow, orange, and red or pink split cake (SillyFarm Glitter Rainbow Cake)
White face paint (Wolfe)
Black face paint (Diamond FX)
Star stencil
1/2-inch filbert brush
#2 round brush
Cosmetic grade glitter


Begin by sponging the sunset colors behind where your dolphin will be on the forehead. Leave a space where the dolphin's face will be, and if possible, also where the body will be. Generally, I bring the light colors down over the eyelids, but in this case the model requested that I keep the color up on the forehead. If you're dealing with very young children, it's often best to avoid the eye area. 

Use your filbert and the Blueberry Hill small split (or your favorite small blue split cake) to create the dolphin's face, keeping the darkest blue to the outside. 

Complete the body with your filbert, and add the white eye shapes over the nose with white and your small round brush.

Use the small #2 round brush and black to add the outline and details to your dolphin, staying up on the tip of the brush to keep the line slender. Using the filbert brush turned to the side, pull teardrops in at the corners of the eyes to give the mask more of a complete look.  

Hold your star stencil in place and use a somewhat dry sponge loaded with white to add stars in the background.  

Finally, add glitter for extra sparkle. (I chose my favorite Ice Blue from Mama Clown for the dolphin.)

Have a great week, and happy painting!

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 the western and northwestern Chicago suburbs, Chicago’s north side, and the eastern and southeastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by to enjoy more of Beth’s face painting tutorials. 

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