Top 10 Most Popular Requested Face Painting Designs
When first starting out on your face painting journey, you may feel a little like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. With such a high standard of face painting nowadays, it's understandable to feel overwhelmed and not sure where to begin! That's why we've come up with this blog of the Top 10 Most Popular Requested Face Painting Designs that we personally get asked for.
Start by learning how to do these staple designs well, and you will find your other designs begin to take shape, too!
If you're a seasoned painter, and have other popular requests you think deserve a mention, please leave us a comment below to let us know!
Butterfly Face Paint
Butterflies – beautiful as they are, often tend to be a beginner face painters nemesis! Learning to paint a butterfly well, is a huge learning curve that will actually help you with all sorts of other designs. You will be practising your placement, blending, and line-work all while face painting a butterfly.
Top tips for face painting a butterfly: Make the top wings larger than the bottom wings. For the most flattering shape, the bottom wing should never go below the nose.
All line work should be headed toward the same focal point.
Spiderman Face Paint
Good old Spidey! Trust me, you will need this one on your list of designs! Yes, you will get asked for other Superheroes and yes, it is worth taking the time to learn all kinds of different designs, but Spidey is a good 'fallback' to keep tucked away just in case! Everyone knows who he is, and most kids will be placated by this face paint design if their requested superhero isn't available.
Top tips for Spiderman Face Paint: for a red spiderman, you NEED Global Red in your life. The coverage is amazing and it doesn't stain at all. For quick application, use a flat brush rather than sponging! Keep your design simple both for quickness, and neatness.
I stick with 3 main tear drops for the forehead and connect with thinner 'u' shaped lines. Round out the eye outline for a tidy look. This little lady wanted to be spider-girl in pink, with pink chunky glitter to match! Feel free to get creative and ask your clients what colour spidey they'd like to be!
Puppy Face Paint
There are so many different ways to paint a puppy, so you need to decide what design you feel most comfortable with. I tend to stick with a floppy eared puppy with it's tongue lolling out. It always gets a smile!
Puppy Face Paint Top Tips: Use a rake brush for extra fluffiness! Remember that a dogs muzzle looks different to a cats, and it's nose is rounder.
I absolutely love painting tigers! I paint them in every colour imaginable and they always go down well at parties!
Top tips for Tiger Face Paint – the muzzle is just like painting a cats! Practice your Thin-to-Thick-to-Thin Lines for amazing Tiger stripes. Don't forget the fangs and glitter lips right at the end of painting this one!
Another superhero that I often get requested to paint is the Ninja Turtle. I let my clients choose any colour mask they'd like and whilst most do stick with the 4 traditional colours, occasionally I get an unusual colour request that turns out amazing!
Top Tips for Ninja Turtle Face Paint: get a Tap stencil to add on scales to your ninja turtle. It makes such a difference! Remember when using stencils to make sure your sponge is on the drier side – test it on your hand first!
Unicorn Face Paint
I honestly can't remember the last time I went to a party and didn't get asked to paint a unicorn! I tend to add flowers or butterfly style wings to enhance the unicorn design and it remains one of my most popular requests ever!
Top tips for painting unicorns: check out our Youtube channel for an easy step-by-step method of painting a unicorn head! Once you have that down, you can embellish your designs however you'd like!
Pirate Skull Face Paint
Popular with slightly older boys in particular, the pirate skull is a good way to use your one strokes for a fast full face paint design!
Top tips for pirate skull face paint: Wiggle your brush as you paint the bandana, for a more organic fabric texture. Use simple lines as teeth marks to save time at busy events!
Super quick, yet effective double dip flowers are a hit with people of all ages! These are perfect for getting through a long queue. Add some glitter and off you go!
Top tips for painting double dip flowers: Use our small flower brush or flora brush for gorgeous petals! After loading your main colour, gently wipe just the tip of your brush onto a cloth or kitchen roll, before dipping into your second colour. This will give you more vibrance!
Rainbow Face Paint
Another line-buster I always get asked for at least 1 rainbow at every event! It's also a good way to jazz up existing designs such as butterflies!
Top tip for painting Rainbows – try out some different rainbow one strokes to find out which one you like best. We like Global Funstrokes in Ibiza, New York and Leanne's Rainbow. Keep practising at getting your consistency right with trial and error on your own arm.
Kitten Face Paint
Cats can be a bit tedious to paint, unless, you throw some rainbow colours into the mix! Not many kids will say no to a rainbow kitten!
Top tips for kitten face paint: paint the muzzle area first! The muzzle area will define how far down the cats cheeks will go. Picture where you are going to put the ears and adapt your design to fit the shape and size of each face. Girls will go wild for glitter lips on this one!
We hope you find this guide helpful when it comes to deciding which designs to include in your face painting inventory! As usual, we'd love to see your versions so feel free to tag us in your pics!