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Cat Face Paint Designs

Updated on December 31, 2012

Kitty Cat Face Paint Ideas

Cat face paint designs can be sweet, sultry, fantastical or realistic. There are several different cat face painting tutorials on the web that will take you step by step through the face painting process. Collected below are some of my favorite designs done by various face paint artists.

Each cat face paint design features illustrated instructions on how to create the look.

Find video tutorials and cat face paint pictures to inspire you on your quest for the purrfect face paint design.

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Cat Face Painting Design

Japenese Cat Face Paint
Japenese Cat Face Paint

Photo by avlxyz on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Common license CC BY-SA 2.0

cat face paint
cat face paint

Cute Cat Face Paint Design

To create this cute cat face paint design you will need a makeup sponge and paint brush. You will also need pale pink, white, black and purple face paint.

First use a damp sponge to apply the pale pink base coat. Next use a wet paint brush to apply the cat muzzle. Thirdly, make curved purple lines around the outline of the pale pink base. Lines should also appear around the eye socket and nose area.

Applying the details with black face paint is the last step in the process. Paint on the nose, dots and whiskers using a paintbrush. Add a line from the nose to cupid's bow. Finish your cat off by apply black curved stripes to outline of face. These should be interchangeable with the purple lines drawn before.

Photo by riverartscenter on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY-ND 2.0

Snazaroo Face Painting Colors

These are some of the items you will need to complete you cat face paint. The list includes face paint colors and application brushes from Snazaroo.

Pretty Cat Face Painting Tutorial

This video from Sophies Tipps teaches you how to do a pretty cat face paint. The make up artist walks you step by step through the procedure and share with you the tools she uses to create her cat face paint design.

I love how the makeup artist blends the pink shade used on cheeks with the white to give the design more visual interest.

Black and White Cat Face Paint
Black and White Cat Face Paint

Scary Black and White Kitty Face Paint Design

You can create a fierce looking cat using a monochromatic theme. The make-up artist uses black and white face paint to create her scary kitty design.

Use a damp sponge to apply a white base coat to face.

Next outline the eyes using black face paint or eye liner. Draw a line above the lash line with a slight wing, Continue to add black to bottom lash line and extend a line from the tear duct down. Draw squiggly lines in black down the forehead. Add black to the nose and then draw a line straight down to the lip. Cover the upper lip with the same black color. Add three black dots on each cheek.

Finally take your white face paint and draw whiskers on cheek. You may have to apply more then one coat for whiskers to make them stand out.

Photo by Ali Leila Images on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY-ND 2.0

Cat Costume Ears, Collar and Tail

Black Cat Ears Headband Collar & Tail Kit Standard
Black Cat Ears Headband Collar & Tail Kit Standard
Add some pizzazz to your cat face paint by purchasing cat ears, tail and collar. If you choose a face painting design that does not include ears a costume accessory pack will give your cat costume more definition. The elope costume set features a black tail with loop to pin to clothing, vinyl black collar with pink bell, and black cat ear headband. Fits both children and adults.

Fantasy Cat Face Painting

This fantasy cat face paint design uses blue and purple. The use of more colors in this design gives this cat design more dimension and visual interest. The cute pink heart nose adds more whimsy to this fantasy cat.

Outline Your Design

Diamond FX Black 32g Face Paint
Diamond FX Black 32g Face Paint
Black is a must have color in everyone's face paint pallet. It is often used to outline mask details. It gives it sharp definition and a bold impression.

The Face Painting Book of Cats

How To Face Paint Book, Cats
How To Face Paint Book, Cats
If you are serious about face painting cats consider purchasing the 55 page illustrated book "The Face Painting Book of Cats." The book will teach you step by step how to create 20 cat face paint designs.

Face Paint Design - Rainbow Tiger

Photo by chilebeans on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Commons licenseCC BY-ND 2.0

Dazzling Tiger Face Paint

This tiger face paint design gives this tiger a playful appearance. Design features yellow, orange, white, black and pink face paints.

Use a damp sponge to apply white face paint to the chin area.

Next paint the nose and eye area yellow and blend it out so you do not have any hard lines. Make sure you apply the yellow to the area below the nose to upper lip to create cat muzzle. Pick up the orange face paint and blend into yellow. The orange should be prominent on cheeks and forehead.

Evenly space pink stripes around the outer face. Stripes should stop before it hits white chin area. Add some pink to the lips to help them stand out.

Select a black face paint to add the details. Black stripes should be added between the pink. Add some black lines to the white chin area. Be sure to add a black line from the nose to the upper lip. Add three black dots on each side of the muzzle. Add black lines vertically on bridge of nose. Finish by painting the nose black and adding some whiskers from lips.

Take golden glitter face paint and apply to center of nose to complete the look.

Photo by Chester Zoo, on Flickr reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY-ND 2.0


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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Love that rainbow tiger face paint design!


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