Face Painting Cartoon Traffic Cone Tutorial


Here’s another cute cheek art design from my construction themed party this weekend. (You’ll find the jackhammer tutorial on the Facepaint.com blog.) When I began researching for this one, it was definitely one of the harder themes I’d come up against. Most available face painting designs did not cover a construction theme, so I had to brainstorm for some of my own. This one is easy and fun and gets an extra boost from stencils, so I hope you’re able to use it as well.


Orange face paint
Yellow face paint
White face paint
Black face paint
#5 round brush
#2 round brush
#1 round brush
 Dot stencil
Sponge or dauber


Begin by creating a traffic cone shape on your cheek with the #2 round brush and orange.


Add two white oval eyes with your #5 round brush and white, and fill in the rest of the cone with orange.


Use your dot stencil, a sponge or dauber, and yellow face paint to add texture to the cone itself.


Use the #1 round brush and black to outline your design and add the facial features to your cone. I think of traffic cones as friendly and funny, so I gave my cone a happy/silly expression.


Finally, use the dot stencil again to add extra black dots on either side of the traffic cone and add some white highlights with your #1 or #2 round brush. (I forgot to take a final photo and washed the design off my face, so I repainted it on a model for this shot. :)


Happy painting!


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

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