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Step by Step Christmas Face Painting Ideas

Updated on March 17, 2017

The Cutest Winter and Christmas Face Paint Designs

For a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, why not give Christmas face painting a go? It's the perfect time of year to try out beautiful glittery makeup or even something more outrageous (wait until you see the Snowman face paint!) You can be a Snow Queen, an Ice Princess, or decorate your face with holly, poinsettia or other Christmas flower and leaf designs.

If you are in a Christmas play, try out some fun Winter themed face painting designs such as a penguin or transform yourself or someone you know into Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer!

Use ice blue, silver, and other metallic or sparkle face paints for a little winter magic. Or go for traditional Christmas colors of rich reds and greens.

Most of all, have fun with these Christmas face painting ideas. You could even try coming up with some of your own!

Christmas Face Paint image in introduction shared by The artist (formerly) known as Gene on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Snow Queen Face Painting Video - A Cute Face Painting Idea for Kids

This Snow Queen Face Paint is by MichiganFacePainterz and is a lovely face painting design for girls of all ages.

The video shows this face painting speeded up -- but don't worry, I've included a step by step guide below so that you can paint along with the video and simply pause as required.

Little girls everywhere are going to love this design as it has plenty of sparkle. In fact, the more face glitter you add, the better it looks as it gives it that beautiful Ice Queen effect.

Step by Step Face Painting Instructions for Snow Queen

A Guide to this Pretty Snowflake Face Paint Design

Step 1:

Apply silver face paint with a sponge over the entire face. Blend in.

Step 2:

Apply silver face glitter to the cheeks, nose and central forehead.

Step 3:

Apply pale blue face paint with a sponge to the forehead, down the sides of the face to the chin, on upper part of nose and over the eyelids.

Step 4:

Use black face paint on a brush to draw a snowflake in center of forehead. This should have more detail above the eyebrows so watch video carefully to properly copy the design.

Step 5:

With black face paint, create a simpler snowflake on each cheek and a smaller one on each side of the forehead.

Step 6:

Add 3 black teardrop shapes at outer corner of each eye. Line upper eyelid with black face paint and extend down inner edge of nose.

Step 7:

Use white face paint to add accents to the black snowflakes and other detail. Dot down the side of the nose and beneath eyes.

Step 8:

Apply silver face glitter with a squeezy bottle to the snowflakes.

Step 9:

Paint the mouth with the ice-blue face paint and add glitter.

Your Snow Queen or Princess Face Painting is complete!

Ice Princess Makeup for Older Girls / Women - Be an Ice Queen with this beautiful face paint design

When it comes to Christmas face painting ideas, sillyheatherb has plenty of them. Her face paint designs are fun whether for little ones or for older kids or adults.

She also clearly explains each step in her face painting videos, so you'll be able to pick it all up just fine simply from watching.

This Ice Princess design is gorgeous and makes a lovely grown-up version of the previous Snow Queen design. Teens or adults don't necessarily want full face paint but still love to look festive and pretty. And that's just what you get with this Christmas face painting.

It uses the same icy blues and silvers plus glitter for that magical winter wonderland look. Products used are listed at the end.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Face Paint - What a Fun Face Fainting Design for Kids!

Same face painter as above... completely different look! Kids will love this fun festive face paint!

If you think he looks cute below, wait until you see this little boy's finished Rudolph the Reindeer face painting. It is adorable!

Once again, this face painter does a fantastic job of explaining both the design and her face painting techniques. The video quality is not the best but the quality of her instruction makes up for this.

(Note: no need to watch beyond 7:40 -- it's blank!)

Cute and Funny Snowman Face Painting - Be Frosty the Snowman with this fun makeup!

MarvelousMasks has some of the best video face painting tutorials and has created quite a few just for Christmas, featuring his young sister. You might also want to check out some of his other face painting designs with a Christmas theme. I chose this Snowman as it looks so original and I can see it being fun for Christmas plays.

This snowman design looks impressive but is quick and easy. His tip to make it even quicker is to create it as a mask (painting only above the mouth).

Step by step face painting instructions follow for those who like written prompts.

Step by Step Face Painting Guide for Frosty the Snowman

Melt Hearts with this adorable Snowman Face Paint

Step 1:

Sponge white face paint over all of face except eye area.

Step 2:

Add silver face glitter!

Step 3:

Using brush, paint center of nose with orange face paint and add glitter.

Step 4:

With a thick brush and black face paint, create the snowman's hat. Start with thick black line for brim. On top of this, paint shorter red line for hat ribbon. The add the top of the hat.

Step 5:

Paint black circles around the eyes. If painting an older child, fill in the eye area with black face paint on sponge.

Step 6:

Outline carrot nose with black face paint on fine brush.

Step 7:

Add some holly to hat with green and red face paint.

Step 8:

Add silver glitter to hat and paint on highlights with white face paint. Add white highlights also to outer eye area and across carrot nose.

Step 9:

Paint lips with red face paint. Add glitter!

All done! Enjoy your Snowman Face Painting!

Face Painting Holiday Designs - Face Paint Fun for Every Occasion!

The Face Painting Book Of Holiday Designs has been created by face painting experts Silly Farm and lives up to their reputation. Contains step-by-step face painting designs for holidays.

Penguin Face Painting Design - Isn't this Penguin Face Paint just Perfect!

Here you see MarvelousMasks painting a penguin design on himself.

Penguins love winter wonderlands and snow scenes, and are often seen in Christmas plays, so I thought it would be fun to include the Penguin face paint along with Frosty the Snowman.

It's not a difficult design but all those brush strokes add the realistic detail.

Apply white face paint with a circular sponge. Use orange face paint on the nose. Then fill in the rest of the mask with black face paint, feathering the edges with short brush strokes.

Do the same with white face paint around the eye circles. Add some longer strokes with white face paint to the black 'mask'.

Poinsettia Christmas Flower Face Paint - A Lovely Christmas Face Painting Design

If you want a face painting design with a beautiful Christmas theme, you will love this Poinsettia flower face paint. There are some brief written prompts in Dutch at the beginning. These simply tell you the name of the face paint cake being used and that they are using a flat brush.

As you can see, the face paint on the brush uses more than one shade of color. You can sometimes buy these cakes or can make your own. It is this variegated effect that creates the beautifully realistic flower and leaves so it is worth the effort.

This face paint design also uses yellow face paint and some face glitter.

Share your Winter or Christmas Face Painting Ideas! - What other designs have you tried at this time of year?

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

    I love face painting. These are really pretty ideas.

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    yayas 6 years ago

    Oh, these Christmas face painting ideas are great. I think I will have to start trying my hand at face painting. Thanks for such cool instructions.

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    Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

    Fun article with creative face painting ideas. I like the holiday face painting ones. The Snow Queen face painting video is awesome and the final result looks great :)

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    WoodlandBard 6 years ago

    This was an unexpected and great fun page. An incredible fun packed activity for the family to share and have so much fun with.

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    Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

    Wow! Awesome lens. My grandchildren will love this.

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    oxfordian 6 years ago

    I don't know why I never thought of this before, but you have really inspired me! I own a 200-year old historic plantation home in georgia that is on the National Registry of Hisotric Places and is documented as being haunted. I live here with the ghost of Toby Means, the prodigal son of a doctor/inventor/ and all-around renaissance man. It's a high profile home in the community and so I am planning on giving a lot of seasonal "open houses" and dressing up in period costumes (mostly Civil War era) but for Christmas, I think it would be great to use one of your Christmas Angel ideas. I have the costume, but never before considered face painting. It'll be great! Thanks for the lovely and creative ideas.

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    sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    amazing lens. your step by step instructions are great and useful. thks for the very useful tips.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    This is cool, cute, and collected. I never thought of face painting for Christmas, but why not??? The grand-kids would love it, its party time! ~ Merry Christmas Sweetheart!

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    Patricia 7 years ago

    These do look fun and cool!

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    WebIsFun 7 years ago

    How fun! These would be great for face painting at fairs too!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    Thansk KDimmick and CastleRoy, I'm glad you enjoyed them. There's so much talent out there.

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    Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

    wow these are amazing and wonderful I love them all I really love the snow queen I really enjoyed this lens. lenroll

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    KDimmick 7 years ago

    Some pretty designs!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @moonlitta: Thanks, and yes Rudolph is a clever design!

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    moonlitta 7 years ago

    I have to agree on the Intro picture , and add my love to Rudolph the Raindeer!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @poptastic: Thank you so much, Angel and Cat!

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    Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

    Wow, I've never seen Christmas face paintings before and these ones you've shown - especially the one in the intro module - are absolutely gorgeous. Lovely and meticulously detailed lens as always, miss little green pear! ~Blessed~

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    Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

    Some of these are so pretty. Definitely not just for kids. Really lovely.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Marelisa: Isn't she just? Thanks so much, Marelisa.

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    Marelisa 7 years ago

    The Ice Princess is beautiful! What a great idea. :-)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @kimmanleyort: Thank you Kim! There are such pretty ideas for Christmas, it was fun to put them together like this!

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    kimmanleyort 7 years ago

    Who would have thought of face painting for Christmas but I do believe that it just might be the next new thing? These Christmas Face Painting ideas are absolutely gorgeous, Nicki, and so is the lens. ** Blessed by a Squid Angel **

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    @indigoj: I don't know what I drank on the very first time I came here but I arrived today thinking I didn't see the page yet. Oh my... I'm getting mad - Alzheimer maybe? Anyway, it's a wonderful page that I discovered just like if I came for the first time. Off to go to see a doctor to know what happens with my memory card ;)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @KathyMcGraw2: Oh the snow princesses are so pretty, aren't they? Thanks for visiting, Kathy!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Thank you for all the encouragement and I'm glad you are enjoying these!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @aishu19: Thanks Aysha!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Mihaela Vrban: Hvala vam :)

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    Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

    Beautiful! :)

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    Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

    I am not sure if I can think of another Christmas Face Painting Idea...but I do know that I like the ones you have here. My favorite is the Snowqueen and Snowflake combination...those outfits are adorable :) I can just see my youngest Grand daughter in one :)

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    Excellent, excellent, simply excellent! When I read your face paint pages, I think I'd be able to make such wonderful designs on any kids' faces even on mine! Just have to give it a try but right now, I definitely enjoy reading your how to face paint, whether Christmas or any other holiday!

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    aishu19 7 years ago

    Christmas face that is a first... They all look good

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @burgessvillian: Great idea! I wonder if it can be done without prosthetics... Thanks for your visit!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Sylvestermouse: Oh, we all deserve to sparkle once in a while, and what better time than Christmas? :)

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    burgessvillian 7 years ago

    The Grinch would be a good one.

    These are amazing face painting ideas. A lot better than the ones I have seen done at events. Thumbs up.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    Oh, these are so fabulous! I love the blue face painting for the Snow Queen and that poinsettia is beautiful. I have never considered face painting for any occasion other than Halloween or for children at a fair, but I must say, these images make me want to think up some reason to add "sparkle" to my face.