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Fairy Face Paint -- Enchanting Fantasy Makeup Ideas

Updated on September 7, 2014

Magical Fairy Makeup Designs for Girls and Women

Fairies are of course a favorite of little girls everywhere, with their magical, glittering beauty.

No need to let the kids have all the fun though. There are also some enchanting faerie designs that are perfect for teens and women, as you will discover here.

The beauty of these fairy-inspired examples is that, unlike many face painting designs, the color and detail is on the upper face. This makes it very wearable compared to full-face makeup, and ideal for parties and celebrations when you want to look glam, not childish.

The step by step examples here are suitable for both girls and women, although the Tinkerbell design will especially appeal to kids and the green fairy makeup at the end is a more grown-up look (in the spirit of the Moulin Rouge character).

Purple and Pink Fairy Face Paint - A fairy princess or mermaid design for girls

xMIMICKSx3 always has clear, easy-to-follow face painting tutorials so I was delighted to discover her fairy face paint example.

This design uses pink and purple face paint -- perfect for a fairy princess or a flower fairy. You will also need white face paint, silver glitter (or the color of your choice), some brushes, and a sponge.

This is a great design to learn for painting on a little girl. It's excellent for newer make up artists as although the final result is impressive you are shown how to create each effect and detail -- including those white teardrop shapes that appear in many face painting examples.

Snazaroo 16 color Face Painting Wheel - All the colors you need for all the designs you love!

The Snazaroo 16 Color Face Painting Wheel is perfect if you want to try fairy face paint designs in a range of colors, or if you have other kids to paint and want to try a whole range of designs. Snazaroo is a trusted brand name that is suitable for everyone and ideal for kids -- it simply washes off with soap and water.

16 COLOR PAINT WHEEL Snazaroo Face Painting Pallet
16 COLOR PAINT WHEEL Snazaroo Face Painting Pallet

Amazon reviewers on the whole have been impressed with this face painting kit with 16 different colors. They give full marks to the ease of application, how easy they are to remove at the end of the day, the fact that Snazaroo paints are kind to kids' skin, and their staying power. A couple of buyers felt the paint size was rather small, though it should be noted that they are high-quality.


Blue Fairy Face Painting Design - A butterfly inspired fairy face paint tutorial

We struck lucky with these face paint tutorials! xMIMICKSx has another lovely step by step video, this time for a blue fairy.

She teaches you the face painting techniques you will need at each stage so again this is a tutorial even a beginner could follow. If you already know how to do a butterfly face this one should give you a lovely variation on this theme.

As she says in her video, she chose a wintery blue and green but you can use whatever colors you or your client prefers.

It is a very pretty look, either for a faerie or simply as a butterfly.

Fantasy Fairy Makeup Design - A slightly tribal look for a fairy or for an elf princess

Here's a CinemaSecrets face painting tutorial for a fantasy fairy look. This one is quick but the steps are explained in the narration.

It uses blue and white face paint. The dots and black swirls give it a tribal look that is great for a teen or grown-up fairy. This captivating fairy makeup is concentrated in the eye area and adds a little drama without grabbing all the attention from your costume. Perfect for Halloween or for cosplay / conventions.

Tinkerbell Face Makeup for Girls - Disney Fairy Design

This is a beautiful face paint design for a girl who wants to be Tinkerbell, the mischievous green fairy from Disney's Peter Pan.

You will notice that the writing over the video preview for this fairy face painting demonstration is in German. There is no speaking in the video but there are some written instructions and these only appear in German. I've included step by step face painting instructions for this design below the video.

Of course, if you use different colors of face paint you can create a lovely fairy face painting to suit any costume or dress.

Step by Step Face Painting Instructions for Tinkerbell

How to paint a Tinkerbell themed fairy design

The original Tinkerbell fairy face paint tutorial is titled "Tinkerbell in 3 Steps". I'm going to break this face painting down into some extra steps to make it easier to follow. This is not a word for word translation. If you prefer, I have an illustrated step by step Tinkerbell face painting tutorial that shows you each step.

Step 1:

Apply a bright or lime green over the eyes, up above the eyebrows and to upper cheek using a sponge.

Step 2:

Apply a pearlescent green powder over the green face paint.

Step 3:

Use a brush to paint on the white decorative lines. Paint the first one from inner nose up onto forehead and end in a scroll. Add the second white line just below the eyebrow, and the third flicking up from the outer corner of the eye.

Step 4:

Add 3 petal shaped curves just beneath this lowest line, as though creating a flower shape around the eye. Add 2 more of the petal shapes between the line on forehead and the line beneath the eyebrow.

Step 5:

Create a teardrop shape between the eyebrows, with a smaller teardrop on each side of it. Add 3 white dots directly beneath this decoration. (The correct placement for these fairy face painting details is shown in the video.)

Step 6:

Using a darker green (a pearlescent one is used in the video), add definition to the white decorative lines by tracing their inner edges and adding additional curves. Add dark green line above white petals in centre of brow.

Step 7:

Paint the lips with a pearlescent red face paint.

Step 8:

Add glitter to central decoration and around outer edges. In the face painting video both silver face glitter and green glitter are applied using a fine brush.

Your Tinkerbell fairy mask paint is complete!

Amazing Woodland Themed Eyelashes

Paperself Regular Eyelashes Deer & Butterfly 1 pair
Paperself Regular Eyelashes Deer & Butterfly 1 pair

These would be perfect paired with the below fairy look. These fantasy eyelashes feature deer and butterflies.


Beautiful Green Fairy Makeup - An enchanting woodland faerie look

This gorgeous green fairy make up from MissChievous is perfect for a fantasy look -- whether wood nymph, Poison Ivy, the absinthe 'green fairy', or even a mermaid.

I've featured several makeup videos by MissChievous and believe she is one of the best make up artists sharing her videos online. This fairy makeup tutorial is no exception. She explains each step clearly and always lets you know what product she has used. She also shares her makeup techniques and tricks.

At the beginning you see Misschievous with red lipstick but she also shows you an alternative deep green lipstick at the end of the video which you might prefer for your own faerie makeup.

© 2010 Indigo Janson

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    KidsAdvantage 4 years ago

    Great stuff & idea's....loving the Wood Nymph one...will be checking out the Halloween ones next!

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    VictoriaKelley 5 years ago

    This goes perfectly with my Fairy Chronicles lens. Lovely Page :-)

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    minemyown 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing : ) Lots of cool stuff in here!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    That does look like fun!

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    Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

    This looks like fun. Wonder if those faeries could really be leprechauns?

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    anonymous 6 years ago


    love this site!

    this is the best of all....

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    Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    So interesting! I love this look.

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    JennySui 6 years ago

    A beautiful lens on fairy face painting!

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    MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

    wow, a totally awesome lens on fairy face painting! I'm making a flower fairy lens and am linking to you right now. This makes me want to go and try painting my face to see what I can do-- fun!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    What an awesome page you have created on fairy face painting. I love this.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @bead at home mom: There are some fantastic male face paint artists out there. If your son hasn't yet seen his work, I'd recommend checking out 'Marvelous Masks'. Thanks for your visit, Teri!

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    Teri Hansen 7 years ago

    My son has a talent for face painting and I've tried to encourage him to pursue it. This will be an excellent resource for him.

    Thanks for the great info.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Lee Hansen: Can't wait to see them, Pastiche!

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    LadyLovelace LM 7 years ago

    Lensrolled to 'Halloween Special Effects Makeup' and blessed :) - I really like this lens, it's so pretty and girly!

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    Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

    Ooooh, lovely fairy face paint gives me ideas for drawing some new fairy clip art and coloring pictures.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @LadyLovelace LM: Thanks so much! It was fun to make.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Rachel Field: Thank you! I think we should all be fairies this year. :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @myraggededge: Oh go on... you know you want to. Put on a pair of sparkly wings! And thanks for the a.b. :)

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    Rachel Field 7 years ago

    I had no idea you had all these face painting lenses. I love these! Three cheers for fairies ;)

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    myraggededge 7 years ago

    Aw... I want to be faeried! Maybe a bit too mature- will have to settle for a witch, I suppose!

    Great lens. Blessed by an old hag!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thank you!

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    I can definitely see myself as a Fairy! Cute face paintings!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Mihaela Vrban: She could wear her plastic bag tutu... bet she would look adorable!

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    Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

    Can't see myself as a fairy! ;) But this would suit my little girl perfectly!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @JJNW: Wonderful! I hope she finds something she likes. :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Linda BookLady: It certainly has, there are so many lovely designs out there. Thanks for your visit.

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    Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

    They are all beautiful. I want to go back to being a little girl so I can be a fairy this Halloween. I was always a witch or a gypsy. Sigh...

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    JJNW 7 years ago from USA

    Very lovely! My daughter is a face painter - I am sending her over here!!

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    Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    Such talented creativity! Face painting has come a long way since it was introduced.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Virginia Allain: Oh me too! They have such pretty ideas today.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @KimGiancaterino: It is indeed a very clever fairy face painting -- thanks for the kind comment, Kim.

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    KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

    These are some beautiful examples of face painting. Your intro photo is truly enchanting!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @lemonsqueezy lm: In that case I hope these fairy designs get her seal of approval! :)

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    lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

    Oh gee... I'm going to have to favorite this so I can come back to it for Halloween as my oldest daughter just l-o-v-e-s faries.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @callinsky lm: Me too Cindy! :)

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    callinsky lm 7 years ago

    Ohhhhh. I love woodland faerie!!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @burgessvillian: Much appreciated, Ron. Thanks!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @spunkyduckling: Thanks, and you're right -- girls just love fairies! It's easy to see why.

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    burgessvillian 7 years ago

    You sure do come up with some fantastic ideas for lenses and costumes. Thumbs up.

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    spunkyduckling 7 years ago

    Love the look of this lens and the topic too. Takes me back to childhood. Fairies are always so cool for girls..

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Stazjia: Thank you Stazjia! Fairies are such a lovely topic to write about.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @SacredCynWear: LOL. Your girls will just have to try them all. :)

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    Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    I love the fairy faces and costumes. Lovely lens.

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    SacredCynWear 7 years ago

    You need to stop making so many great face painting lenses! I keep deciding on a costume for my girls, then see one of your other lenses and change my mind. That or I am going to have to have more kids! * In other words, great job on the face painting stuff!*

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    Thanks for the kind comments, I'm glad these fairies won you over like they did me! :)

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    Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

    My sister was Tinkerbell back in the 1950s but they didn't do face painting for Halloween then. She didn't like the plastic mask, and I'm sure she would have liked the designs you show.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    WOW! A fabulous selection of costumes and face painting instructions. I really like the True Blue Fairy costume :) Most Excellent!

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    I've never think about a fairy face paint for whatever holiday... But I enjoyed the visit and would go for such a face paint on Carnival - you know, Carnival is more popular than Halloween here ;) Thanks for sharing, face paint Queen ;)

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    Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

    Another delightful Face Painting collection of tutorials. Excellent! Fairy faces would be popular any time of the year for all kinds of events, parties, or special times. What fun. Well done.

    Now, how about a collection of Sports Face Paintings -- you've seen those 'painted faces' on fans in the stands at football and baseball games, for example? I'm only familiar with the antics of American sports fans, but I'd bet Scotland has a few fans who 'dress up' and 'face paint' at sporting events too :o)


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