Winter princess masks will always be popular, and you can transform this one for any season just by changing the colors. The gem and the swirls give this simple design a fairy-princess appeal while keeping it quick and practical for events.
• Global standard dark blue
• TAG pearl light blue
• Silly Farm Midnight split cake
• Paradise light blue
• White face paint
• #3 or #4 round brush
• 3/4- or 1-inch flat brush
• Gem or gem cluster
• Skin safe adhesive
• Cosmetic glitter
• Liquid bling
Begin by sponging a combination of TAG pearl light blue and Paradise light blue around the eye area to form the base for the mask. If you prefer your mask to be a little lighter, add TAG pearl white as well.
Load your large flat brush from the Midnight split cake and create the outer edge of the mask as shown in the image. To blend the inner edge, either sponge over it with the base color or use the lighter side of the large flat brush to soften the line. If you’d like to add cosmetic glitter, this is the best time to do it before the mask has become dry.
Make a scalloped shape in the center of the forehead, again using your large flat brush. If necessary, wipe away a little of the face paint in order to leave a clear spot of skin for your gem or gem cluster to adhere to. To add the gem, apply some adhesive to the back of it, wait for it to become tacky, and press it in place.
Load your medium-sized round brush with Global dark blue, which is a gorgeous color for lining and has a slight iridescent purple sheen when dry. Carefully create your mask swirls using a thin to thick to thin line.
Using your medium round brush once again, add white dots, teardrops, and starbursts to the design. These will provide a nice contrast to the darker blue color of the outline.
If you have time at the end, placing a slender line of liquid bling around the outer edges of the mask to give it more value.
Each basic mask design transforms into a new creation as the artist adds her own color choices and variations, so please share your own images in the comments as you try this tutorial on your own!
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in Elgin, Illinois. She services the western and northwestern Chicago suburbs as well as the eastern and southeastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by Facepaint.com to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials.