Get Ready for the Beach With This Glittering Starfish Tutorial

Summer is almost here, and with a few April days which actually reached the 70s, our family is loving the sun and beginning to think happy beach thoughts. If you're in the same boat (or on the same beach), here's a starfish tutorial for your beach-loving kiddos. 


Yellow face paint (TAG)
Orange face paint (TAG)
Red face paint (Paradise)
Light blue face paint (TAG)
Dark blue face paint (TAG)
White face paint (Diamond FX)
Black face paint (Diamond FX)
Small filbert
#5 round brush
#2 round brush
Cosmetic-grade glitter


Begin by placing two white circles on the cheek bone with a #5 round brush and white. 

Next, create five spokes coming out from the eyes with a combination of yellow and orange on your small filbert. These are going to become your starfish legs.  

Use your small filbert to complete the legs, starting at the tips, and fill in the body gradually. 

Add a little gold or tangerine glitter to the starfish. 

Use a small filbert double-loaded with light blue and dark blue to make swirls above and below the starfish to represent swirling water. 

Add cosmetic-grade glitter before the face paint is dry.

I considered using a #2 round and black to outline my starfish, but thought it would be a little harsh for this sunny design, so instead I used red for the outline and restricted the black to the eyes. Also add some red dots and white highlights to the starfish legs. 

 Finish up with some white swirling outlines around the blue and white (or colorful) dots and starbursts. 


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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