Melissa Munn-inspired eye design tutorial

Posted by Beth Mackinney on

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Melissa Munn has a beautiful style in her eye designs, and their brilliant color and high contrast makes them a popular choice for teen girls and women. In addition, their economic use of one-stroke split cakes makes them a speedy choice for a face painter looking to get through a long line.


Global small split cake
Diamond FX or Wolfe white face paint
Diamond FX, Global Strong Black, or Wolfe black face paint
3/4-inch or 1-inch flat brush
#3 round brush
#1 or #2 round brush
Liquid bling
Cosmetic glitter


Choose your favorite, bright-colored small split cake. I used the Global Fun Stroke Cuba, because I love the vibrant colors, but any small split cake will work.

Load your large flat brush from the one stroke cake and place the edge against the inner corner of the eye. Turn the brush as you draw it along the eyelid and sweep up and away from the outer corner of the eye.

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From the upper edge of the design at the end of the eyebrow, again place the flat edge of the brush against the edge of the paint. Pull up and away, twisting the brush as you lift to create a point. Use the same technique on the lower edge of the design to create the strokes as pictured above. Add cosmetic glitter if desired.

Load your #1 or #2 round brush with black and add a line along the lashes of the eye. At the outer edge of the eye, use the one stroke as a guide as you create geometric patterns over the top of the main stroke.

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Build more geometric shapes over your one strokes, using the images as a guide, working from the center of the design out.

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After you’ve completed the black lines, add white dots and a liquid bling outline. Use other small split cakes and geometric designs for an endless variety of eye designs.

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I hope you enjoyed this Melissa Munn-inspired design. Stop by Melissa’s Facebook page to enjoy more of her vibrant work.

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials. Beth also writes for as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.

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