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Lion Face Paint Designs for Halloween and Party Makeup

Updated on September 9, 2014

5 Fun Lion Face Paint Looks for Halloween or Parties

Lion face paint is perfect for when you want to let your wild side out! You'll find 5 different lion face painting designs here: a Simba (from The Lion King) cub face paint design for kids; a simple face painting idea for teens and tweens; an intermediate example for everyone; a more advanced lioness face for more experienced face painters; and finally a detailed lion make up design with curly wig for those who want a challenge!

As with all these face painting examples, I've sorted the good videos from the bad, so that you don't have to. Now all you need to do is decide which design you want to copy, grab your face paints, and get to work!

Simba the Lion Cub

Lion Cub Face Paint Tutorial - How to Paint Simba from The Lion King

Wow, just look at this tutorial from Ashlea Henson.

Her lion face paint video shows the creation of The Lion King's Simba with a cute lion cub face painting. In a nice clear voiceover she talks you through each step.

Kids will love this lion face paint! Although the end result looks great, it's not too difficult to recreate this face painting design if you take your time.

Step by Step Face Painting Instructions: Simba

Painting the Lion Cub Face

Here's an alternative design. Unfortunately the video that goes with it no longer exists.

Step 1:

Starting between the eyes, sponge on white face paint down nose and upper lip, extending out to the sides.

Step 2:

Now use gold face paint, applying with sponge to forehead, eyelids and cheeks.

Step 3:

With black face paint on a brush, paint a line going out from mouth corner and then up towards nose. Add black line from nose to mouth and paint top lip black.

Step 4:

On tip of nose, paint on lion cub nose with black paint. Dot on black whisker holes.

Step 5:

The outline of the lion cub's face is created with black paint in curves. On an adult face, there are 7 from outer eye down to join the white muzzle area. Fewer may be needed when face painting a small face. Add furry ears with black paint.

Step 6:

Underline eyes with black face paint, sweeping out at sides.

Step 7:

Add white face paint to highlight hairs on top of lion cub's head and down sides of face.

Step 8:

Paint lower lip red and, with white paint, add lion cub's pointed teeth.

And there you have it -- Simba the lion cub face paint!

Simple Lion Face Paint Design

A Simple Lion Face Painting Design - Easy face painting idea for kids to try themselves

The video preview doesn't do this lion face paint justice so I recommend you watch it through to the end images where this young lioness is all dressed up. You'll see that the bold lion face paint works perfectly with her Halloween lion costume.

This lion face paint design was shared by TheUltimateReviewer1 but the face painting was done entirely by the girl who is wearing it here.

This truly is a simple face painting design for teens and even younger kids to try out. The fact that they applied it themselves will make this lion face paint even more fun to wear. Of course, there's no harm in lending a helping hand if they find the face painting instructions or techniques tricky.

Clear written instructions are included in the step by step video.

Paint Kids Faces with Snazaroo!

Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack
Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack

Snazaroo is one of the most popular and trusted face painting brands. This kit, put together with kids face painting in mind, has several colors of face paint, a sponge, a brush and a book of kids face painting designs. Snazaroo paints are easy to apply and simply wash off with soap and water.


Intermediate Lion Face Painting

How to Paint the Intermediate Lion Face

Lion Face Painting Step by Step

You can achieve a similar effect to the above makeup (it won't be identical) with this step by step tutorial for a lion face with muzzle.

Step 1:

Apply beige/tan face paint over face avoiding upper lip and eye area.

Step 2:

Sponge on cream colored face paint to eye area.

Step 3:

Add rust colored face paint to upper cheeks, sweeping up towards temples, add a little to chin and to sides of forehead, and blend.

Step 4:

Add white or pale cream face paint to upper lip.

Step 5:

With brush and black face paint, create a curve beneath nose and up to each nostril edge. Extend black line down to mouth and along top lip. Outline muzzle edges. Dot on whisker holes.

Step 6:

Add thick black line to upper and lower eyelids and out to the sides to make a typical cats eye. Highlight above eyebrows with pale face paint.

Step 7:

Apply pink face paint to lower lip and underline with black paint. Add black 'fur' detail to either side of chin and below eyes using wiggly black lines. Paint a black vertical line on each side of nose. Add more fur detail to these lines and over eyebrows with short dashed lines.

Step 8:

If adding lion's ears, draw on circles above eyebrows with black face paint. Paint ears and forehead with brown facepaint and inner ears with pink. Add fur detail with black and white face paint.

Step 9:

With white face paint, add pointed teeth at each side of lower lip. The lion face paint is complete!

Lioness Face Paint

A More Advanced Lion Face Paint Design - A lion face painting that will impress!

This lion face painting is more detailed and will take you some time, but the end result is surely worth it! ktb8293 shows us exactly how she achieved her lion face paint, which was the result of a failed attempt to create a werewolf. She looks amazing as a lioness and the general opinion from viewers is that this lion face paint is a great success!

Lion and Other Characters in One Kit

Halloween Animal Character Make-Up Kit Easy Step-by-Step Instructions & Photos
Halloween Animal Character Make-Up Kit Easy Step-by-Step Instructions & Photos

A lion is just one of the characters you can make from the paints, face crayons and applicators included in this kit.

It has instructions for a butterfly and a chimp face as well as full instructions for the lion.


Scar: Lion King Villain (Great for Guys

Scar -- Bad Lion Tutorial

Do you remember Scar, the villain from The Lion King? This character is a perfect one for Halloween, and will appeal especially to guys of all ages.

It's also a fun look for girls with lots of hair, who have an instant 'mane' that will blend in with the fur effect paint on the lower face, just as you see here.

Ashlea Henson is the face paint artist who created this amazing make up on herself.

© 2010 Indigo Janson

Thought about Being a Lion this Halloween?

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    7 years ago

    What a beautiful lens about Lion face Painting. Face painting is really fun.

  • manchester lm profile image

    manchester lm 

    7 years ago

    Never mind for kids... I want my face painting like this!!

    Hmm, I am off to see Lion King the Musical in London again in September. Maybe that's an excuse for some face paint.

  • TreasuresBrenda profile image

    Treasures By Brenda 

    7 years ago from Canada

    Very nicely done; we did a lion face once.

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    7 years ago

    Awesome. i love painting faces - took my kids to see < ahref=""... King the musical recently and did their faces like Simba before we went out.

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    7 years ago

    The advanced lion face is amazing. We just had a facepainting party, but didn't see this lens until now. Shame. But there is always a birthday party around the corner.

  • Calliope LM profile image

    Calliope LM 

    7 years ago

    I love face painting my kids, and I have to say that the Snazaroo kits are the best. What a fun lens, I'll have to try and talk my kids into being lions next year!

  • Philippians468 profile image


    7 years ago

    i've never tried the jungle cat design, but someday i might! cheers

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    7 years ago

    Excellent Squidoo. I always love reading what others write. Chris

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    7 years ago

    Wow!!! Very creative indeed!

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    7 years ago

    Great how-to lens! I love the Lion face when it is made up well, it is just sooooo effective in costumes for kids and adults!

  • Bellezza-Decor profile image


    7 years ago from Canada

    I must just do that for next Halloween. Adorable!

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @missbat: Aw, I bet you were cute! Thanks for the kind words.

  • missbat profile image


    8 years ago

    I sure could have used this lens when I went as a lion when I was eight! Great tips, great lens!

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    You two are so sweet, thanks for stopping by to cheer on my face painting lenses. I really hope people enjoy them as I loved making them. I want to be a lion too! Rawr!

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    8 years ago from United States

    The face painting instructions are totally awesome and those adult lion costumes are fabulous. Now I want to be a lion :)

  • justholidays profile image


    8 years ago

    Ah, another amazing face painting designs for Halloween! Really like the lion theme... So, I'll choose this type of face paint, but I want a big, big, I mean, very big mouth, so that I can eat the sharks :D


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