TAG neon split cake butterfly tutorial


Most neons are gorgeous whether used in regular lighting conditions or under a blacklight, which is why they are a favorite choice for many face painters. In addition, children as well as adults are always impressed by the vivid colors of neon, especially when seen under blacklight. This butterfly design featuring TAG’s neon rainbow is simple but popular with kids because of the intense neon pigments.


TAG neon rainbow split cake
Diamond FX neon white
Diamond FX white
TAG royal blue
#4 round brush


Load a teardrop sponge from your TAG neon rainbow split cake. The wonderful thing about the teardrop sponge is that it’s perfectly shaped for making butterflies, but if you only have the half-circle sponges, you can use these as well. Dab the sponge over the eyes with the small tip at the inner corner of the eye. Repeat under the eye for the lower wings.


Load your #4 round brush from the neon pink of the split cake and create an outline for your butterfly. Load from the orange and yellow strip to make the butterfly’s body and antennas.


Load your #4 round brush with TAG royal blue to make an outline for the butterfly wings and the cat’s eye shape over the eyes.


Use a mixture of Diamond FX neon white and Diamond FX white to add white dots and starbursts to your design.


Check under a blacklight to make sure you haven’t left smudges.


Your glowing butterfly is finished!

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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