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Cat Face Paint -- Kitty Cat Face Painting Designs

Updated on September 7, 2014

5 Fun Cat Face Paint Designs to Transform You into a Halloween Kitty!

A cat is an all-time favorite look for Halloween and one that can be recreated with face paint. Here you will find 5 different cat face painting looks: a rainbow kitty for kids; an even more colorful rainbow design for everyone; an unusual Egyptian style cat face paint design; and an appealing but minimal look for teens and women wanting to look their best on a night out.

Halloween is a perfect time to try out these feline inspired looks, but they could also work for a costume party at other times of years. Cat eyes are mysterious, feminine and bound to make you the center of attention no matter what the occasion.

Face painting can be a lot of fun when you know how. I hope these cool cat face paint video tutorials and tips inspire you to give it a go!

Kitty Cat for Kids

Rainbow Kitty Face Painting for Children - A cat face paint design for little girls by Michiganfacepainterz

Cindy of Michigan Face Painters is the artist creating this face painting of a cat for a little girl. This speeded up video is quick, but I've broken it down below into a step-by-step face painting guide.

The little girl looks a bit worried in this one, but doesn't she look pleased with how her cat face paint turned out!

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Kids' Cat Face Paint Design

Recreate this little girl's Rainbow Kitty face painting

Step 1:

Apply white face paint to child's nose and cheeks, sweeping up slightly above her eyebrows (this will become the cat's ears). The face paint will look like a white butterfly at this point.

Step 2:

Add some sparkle with glitter.

Step 3:

Use a wide sponge to add color in a sweep from outer eyebrow down and across the cheek. In the video the face paint artist uses neon pink, orange and green to create a rainbow effect. Blend this in and ensure top color (pink in the video) is swept up in triangular points over eyebrows for kitty ears.

Step 4:

Add face glitter to the cat ear triangles. In the video, pink face glitter is used. Add a little more silver face glitter to cheeks and chin. This is going to be one sparkly kitty cat!

Step 5:

Use black face paint on a brush to sweep up lines to define the cat's ears. Think Mr Spock eyebrows! Add 3 smaller lines in the cat ear triangle. This will look a bit like a bird's wing.

Step 6:

With black face paint and brush, paint a curve from each corner of mouth towards outer edges of nose. Add more lines going up the cheeks as cat fur.

Step 7:

Fill in the gaps around the cat face: a couple of black lines painted at the top of the cheek and some fine vertical lines between the eyebrows to join the cat ears together. Add a black line from nose to mouth, and a line across upper lip -- thicker in the middle. With black face paint, make a shallow v just above the nostrils for a cat nose.

Step 8:

Add cat tongue with red face paint on the bottom lip.

A Rainbow of Face Paint Colors - Create a Rainbow Kitty in her Favorite Colors

Snazaroo face paints are always a popular choice and are available in many different palette sizes. Of course, the bigger the palette, the more choice of colors you have! Remember, cat face paint doesn't have to use boring colors.

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Pretty Mask Style Cat Face

Colorful Cat Face Paint

Rainbow Cat Face Paint - A Cute and Colorful Design for Everyone!

Vi at Sparklingfaces shows you, in a 4 minuted speed tutorial, how she achieved an eye-catching face painting of a cat in rainbow colors. Again, step-by-step face painting instructions follow the video.

You can only see this cat face paint half done here, so be sure to watch the video -- the end result is adorable!

A Step-by-Step Guide to SparklingFaces' Cat Face Paint Design

How to Recreate the Rainbow Cat Face Painting

Step 1:

Use a high-density face painting sponge to apply yellow face paint to your face in a mask pattern, extending on each side from nose down to mouth. At the top, the yellow face paint goes up ina rough point above each eyebrow for the cat ears.

Step 2:

Now the fun part! Taking a wide brush, add face paint from a rainbow cake. This will create a 3 color stripe. You will now paint on the kitty's ears. Start each cat ear roughly in line with the inner point of each eyebrow, so that there is a gap between the cat's ears in the middle. Paint a triangle, stopping at the outer point of each eyebrow.

Step 3:

Apply more rainbow face paint to your brush and make 4 or 5 vertical lines in-between the cat ears.

Step 4:

Add a short curved line with the brush from outer corner of eye to high on your cheek. Below this, add 4 or 5 of the vertical lines in a curve towards your mouth for cat fur. You will see that these are then blended a little with the brush.

Step 5:

In the video, she now redefines the cat ears and wide cheek stripes with another application of rainbow face paint.

Step 6:

Now apply white face paint to the upper lip.

Step 7:

Take a fine brush and apply cat hairs with white face paint in the ear triangles. Next add fine white lines to the fur between the ears and at the edges of the cat's cheeks.

Step 8:

Using black face paint on a brush, add the cat's nose in a shallow v shape above the nostrils. Paint a black line from nose to mouth and add a curved black line from outer corner of each mouth to define the edge of the white lip area. Now dot on some tiny black dots for whiskers across your upper lip.

Step 9:

Still using the black face paint, define the edges of the cat face, adding detail to the fine fur lines.

Step 10:

Add fine face glitter between the eyes and down the nose, on each cheek, to the inside of the cat ears, and on the end of the cat's nose. You're done!

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Golden Egyptian Cat Makeup

Egyptian Cat Face Paint - Bastet, Cat Goddess, painted by Metzpah

Something a little different. This is an Egyptian Cat Eye makeup tutorial from TylerNormantutorials.

The appeal of this face painting design is that it is quite simple but the gold really makes it look luxurious and the Egyptian Cat look is eye-catching.

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Some Alternative Cat Face Paint Videos - Will You Be an Evil Cat or a Cute Brown Tabby?

These cat face painting video tutorials are by the awesome Marvelous Masks (Chicago Face Painters).

Halloween Cat Makeup

Grown up Halloween Cat 'Lite' Look - How to paint a Sultry Cat Face by MissChievous

This tutorial is for all you girls and women who want to dress up a little at Halloween but still look gorgeous! Maybe you've got a hot Halloween date or a big party with someone to impress? Well, this cat face paint is more Catwoman than Top Cat.

No need for a step-by-step to this video as it plays at a normal speed and she talks you through each step of this cat face makeup look. You can create this look with the cat nose and whiskers, or leave them off and just have the smouldering cats eyes. Miaow!

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If you don't have a steady hand, this is an easy way to create dramatic cats eyes and other eye-catching fantasy makeup effects.


FREE Kitty Cat Face Painting Resources - How to Paint a Kitty Face

There is a lot of free face painting information available online but I've included only the best kitty face painting ideas here (the first one is my own illustrated tutorial). I hope you enjoy them.

Got any Cat Makeup or Costume Experiences to Share? - Give us a miaow!

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  • eilval profile image


    6 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

    Great lens ; will certainly bookmark this !

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    6 years ago

    This concept is very ideal on Halloween and costume parties! Good insights here!

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    7 years ago

    Great! This is really neat. You are very talented.

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    7 years ago

    Nice for Halloween, nice talking, I think you must be a genious.

  • LouisaDembul profile image


    7 years ago

    Must start practicing this so we are ready for the next children's party!

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    7 years ago

    I am bad at face painting

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    7 years ago

    Blessed by a Squid Angel~ Mew:)

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 

    7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Love these cat faces! Not that I'm any good at painting, but I'd love to try them out - Blessed

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    7 years ago

    Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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    Judy Filarecki 

    7 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    It sure looks like a lot of fun things to do for cat lovers. I've never tried it, but my creative side is getting itchy to try. thanks for all the info. My Mozart says miaow to you and I send you a blessing

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    Frankie Kangas 

    7 years ago from California

    I've never done face painting but I love these cat ones. This lens is excellent. Thanks for sharing. Blessed and bear hugs, Frankster

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    7 years ago

    I don't really have any cat face painting tips -- I believe I tried it once, badly. Blessed by a SquidAngel on a quest, though. I have been combing through pages of search results in search of the best pages that use the word 'faux'.

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    7 years ago from Western Mass

    these are perfect! my dd wants to be a cat this year.

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    Cheryl Paton 

    7 years ago from West Virginia

    I love all the different options for a purr-fect cat face.

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    7 years ago

    This reminds me of Thunder Cats.

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    heehaw lm 

    7 years ago

    none at the moment , but it is interesting to have such experiences , good activity for family parties too.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @jolou: Thanks so much Joanne, I think they are lovely too!

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    8 years ago

    As a cat lover, I have to say these are really awesome.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @poptastic: Thank you both of you for the kind words and blessing. If I were a cat I would be purring now! :)

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    Cynthia Arre 

    8 years ago from Quezon City

    My kitty says that your cat face paint tips are purrrfect! We love how you suggested various costumes to complement the makeup. Brilliant lens! ~Blessed~

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    8 years ago

    Very cute! Great lens.

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    8 years ago

    Very cute paint jobs -- extremely lovely lens.

  • HomeDecoratingD profile image


    8 years ago

    How cute!!! :)

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Virginia Allain: Glad you liked these designs, V!

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    Virginia Allain 

    8 years ago from Central Florida

    Wow, I'm amazed at the designs for cat face painting. I would have just added whiskers and called it done. These are great.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @julieannbrady: Oh yes a cool cat like you should feel right at home here!

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    8 years ago from Rhode Island

    love these! so cute ! I think this lens will be a hit very soon Halloween and all Loved it.

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    8 years ago

    Well ... I can surely dig this! ......................... BOO!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @CastleRoyLisa: Thanks very much, really glad you liked them, cats are always a cute design. :)

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thank you Bev, I couldn't resist these either. That CATS one is incredible isn't it!

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    8 years ago

    Oh now you have to know that I LOVE these! Cat face paint really looks like a lot of fun. I particularly liked the one inspired from the musical. Wow that was amazing!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Wednesday-Elf: Whiskers can be cat face painting too! That's what is so fun about a cat look, it can be as simple or detailed as you like. :)

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    8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

    What cute and clever Cat Face Paintings. I made a kitty cat costume for my daughter the Halloween she was 3 and drew 'whiskers' on her face with an eyebrow pencil... that's as close as I've ever come to trying face painting. What an 'art'. Well done!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @RhondaAlbom: It's the one I most want to try too, especially with that gorgeous Egyptian dress!

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    Rhonda Albom 

    8 years ago from New Zealand

    Love the cat face paint. I think the golden Egyptian is my favorite.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Thank you, I had a lot of fun with this one! Glad it got a few purrs. :)

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    8 years ago

    Excellent! What else can I say except it's complementary to your brand new Halloween collection of lenses? Bravo, très chère!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Sylvestermouse: Oh thank you, I'm so pleased the Mouse still likes these Cat face paint designs! :)

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @LoKackl: Thanks Lois! Glad you liked it. :)

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    8 years ago from United States

    Wow! These are impressive! My daughter dressed as Cat Woman during her teen years. Of course she was beautiful, but I only drew whiskers on her cheeks with my eyebrow pencil. She probably would have loved a more detailed design, but ......... Awesome lens!

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    8 years ago



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