Super hero-inspired masks are popular with children, but doing the same designs over and over can be monotonous, so it’s fun to change them by offering variations. One great way to do this is by altering the background color or textures of basic masks. In this Spiderman-inspired mask, I used a stargazer technique created by Roxa Rosa for the background.
• Kryvaline split cake Glowgaze
• Paradise black face paint
• Paradise white face paint
• TAG pearl black face paint
• Paradise silver face paint
• Diamond FX black face paint
• Wolfe white face paint
• #5 round brush
• #2 round brush
Sponge over the eyes with Paradise white, creating a tear-drop shape which curves in slightly at the top and is placed at approximately a 50º angle.
Load the curved edge of a half sponge from one side of the Kryvaline Glowgaze split cake and begin to dab this on the face in a mottled pattern, keeping the lighter colors in the center between the eyes. Load the curved edge from the other half of the Kryvaline split cake and continue to apply in a random pattern.
Clean up the lower edge of the mask with a wet wipe. Load a sponge with a combination of TAG pearl black and Paradise black and dab this over some of the colored areas of the mask.
Load your #5 round brush to create an outline around the eye shape with your lining black.
Load a lining brush or a #2 round brush to make the web design over the top of the colored background.
Use your #2 round brush (or a smaller brush if necessary) to make tiny white dots and starbursts in the background.
Load silver on a sponge and carefully sponge it on the slender area on the top and bottom of the black outline of the eye-shape.
Replenish the bottom outline with Paradise black, which is a softer black for blending. While it’s still damp, use the blending brush to create a shadow up from the bottom line into the mask.
Finally, use the #2 round brush and white to add highlights to the webbing on the mask.
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. She also writes tutorials and blog posts for Facepaint.com and articles for Examiner.com as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.