Face Painting Tutorials: How to Paint an Easy Tiger Face for Halloween
Whether Halloween is just around the corner or you have a special costume event or party to go to, now is a good time to begin thinking about what to do for a costume. My favorite thing to do for Halloween is paint my face. I think that face painting is a unique way to ensure that no one will have the exact same costume, and it gives me a good excuse to explore my creative side. As a poor college student, I found myself steering away from the skimpy, overpriced costumes most commonly worn by girls these days, and more towards what I could come up with that was effective and affordable.
This tiger face paint was my first attempt at face painting in 2007. Below I have provided simple step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this look. Enjoy and happy painting!
What You Will Need
- A face paint kit that includes at least black, white, orange, yellow, and red. (some people choose to buy professional face paint, but you can find children's kits in many places for much less money)
- Black eyeliner (I personally would suggest a type such as Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus. It glides on smoothly and dark with little effort, and unlike other eyeliner pencils you don't have to sharpen it!)
- A make up sponge to apply the paint (optional- Some people like to use a sponge, I found that it wiped off more than it put on so I used my fingers instead)
A note about face paints: Some stores sell tubes of face paint rather than the palette of colors. Do not buy these tubes of paint. I found that they do not cover as well, and do not blend at all. In fact, they actually become very dry and cracked, which made my face feel very tight. The paint almost stung to a point as well, as I do still get acne and the paint did not agree with my skin-type at all.
Step 1: white
Begin with a clean dry face, and using your finger or a sponge, add liberal amounts of white to your chin, above your lip, and above your eyes. Follow the arch of your eyebrows as well as a small amount underneath and in the inner corners of your eyes. Extend the white paint up above your eyebrows to a point by your temples to elongate your upper brow.
Try to cover up your eyebrows as much as possible, you don't want them to be visible on the completed face.
Don't be afraid to use a lot of makeup, especially when using white. I found that white was the hardest color to get coverage, and it took many layers to get a good even cover.
Step 2: Yellow
Add yellow to the inside of your face. You want to keep the yellow so that it doesn't extend much further than the outside corners of your eyes and about an inch above your eyebrows.
Step 3: Orange
Using orange, begin filling in the rest of the space on the outside of your face. When you get to the yellow area, with a clean finger blend the yellow outwards to give a seamless appearance. This gives the illusion that the color is naturally fading, creating depth and making the overall result a polished, professional look.
This diagram shows harsh color edges, but if you refer to the finished picture you will see that all of the warm shades are blended seamlessly.
Step 4: Red
Using very little red, blend the paint on the outermost section of your face. You want it to mix with the orange near the edges so that it looks like a deeper shade of red-orange, rather than pure red. This also adds depth and increases the variation of hues.
Step 5: Stripes
Using your eyeliner, begin to draw out the tiger stripes. They are basically curved triangles that angle towards the inside of your face to a point. You can follow my example or choose where you want to put them.
If you are having difficulties steadying your hand, try resting your elbow on a table or desk and then drawing the lines.
The best advice I can give is to not go crazy with drawing these stripes. I have seen a lot of tiger face paint that was looking great until they ruined it by loading their faces with stripe after stripe. You want enough that people understand what you are going for, but not so much that it is distracting. Keep it simple and concentrate on making them look sharp and clean.
Step 6: Filling in the stripes and detailing
This could be considered the most difficult step in this tutorial. Begin by filling in your stripes you drew out with your black paint. When you get near the edges or points, feel free to color them in using your eyeliner, rather than try to fill in a small detailed area with your finger or a sponge. (Feel free to fill in the entire stripe with your eyeliner if you would like!)
Next are the details. Using your eyeliner pencil, begin to do the following:
Draw a line following the arch of your eyebrow as well as your white paint guide you have created in step 1. When you get about 2/3 of the way outward, begin drawing upward to create a point. I added another curved line beginning at the top of the point and gently curving inward. Once you have your basic line, thicken the center so that it fades into a point on both ends.
- I gently shaded a small amount of black in from the point of my drawn eyebrow, but that can be optional and it won't look any worse without it.
Once you have finished the eyebrow, draw a small circle near the inside corner of each eye.
Draw a semicircle on the top tip of your nose. It should extend just slightly wider than the bridge of your nose. You can decide how far underneath your nose you want it to reach, but I only had it reach about a quarter of an inch under the tip of my nose. Fill it in with black paint or your eyeliner.
Beginning at the center of your nose, draw a skinny triangle vertically that ends at the points in your upper lip. Follow your upper lip drawing a line that is about as half as thick as your eyebrow. If you would like, you can draw a curve in a c-shape on each side to give the appearance of a snout.
- draw a few dots between your upper lip and the bottom of your nose. Remember, don't go crazy! less is more!
On the bridge of your nose, draw 2 to 3 small horizontal lines at about half-way. These lines should be about 1/4" apart and 1/2" wide.
Finish the look by applying the eyeliner around your eyes, make sure it is nice and dark.
Voila! You're done! You now have a unique halloween look that you created yourself, and for a small price none-the-less.