Don’t Lose Your Head Snowman Face Painting Tutorial


My kids were thrilled that we had a white Christmas this year, because that can be iffy in Illinois, In honor of the snowman my husband built this year, here’s a humorous snowman who is trying to keep from losing his head.


• White face paint (Diamond FX or Wolfe)
Orange face paint (TAG or Paradise)
Green face paint (TAG)
Black face paint (Diamond FX or Wolfe)
Dark brown face paint (Paradise)
Snowflake stencil
Cosmetic glitter (optional)
#2 round brush
1/2-inch filbert brush


Begin by loading your filbert brush with white and creating two large connected snowman circles coming out of the hair line. Below this, create a smaller, disconnected circle just above the eyebrow line.


Add a scarf connected to the body of the snowman, and make sure the scarf is actually hanging down rather than up on him. Add a carrot for the nose with your small round brush, and add two branches connected to the body, but touching the head as if they’re trying to hold onto it.


Outline using a small round brush and black. Now is the time to add a hat (which looks almost as if it is starting to fall off) and the facial features and details. I decided to add a little black to the snowman arms as well to give them more definition.


Load your sponge (or dauber) with white and use your snowflake stencil to add large snowflakes over the forehead. By adding this background, it draws the design across the forehead and around by the eyes instead of just leaving one object in the middle of the forehead.


Use your small round brush and white to add highlights and smaller round dots for snow to fill in between the large, stenciled snowflakes. I also drew in a few smaller flakes, but you could also use a smaller snowflake stencil for these if you have one.


Our snowman is complete! Happy painting!


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, the northern side of Chicago, and the eastern and southeastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials.

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