From the great variety of face painting designs, the tiger design is one of the most requested ones! Both boys and girls love it, both small kids and adults adore it!
Our International Face Painting School instructor Elodie Ternois created a stunning tiger face paint design and sharing the tutorial with you today!
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- White Diamond FX (or similar waxy white)
- White Kryolan (mixed with DFX for the base)
- “Baby pink” 062 by Superstar
- Homemade rainbow cake made from all Superstar paints (”Lala Land” / “Pastel Lilac” / “Henry Jr. Blue” / “Pastel Green” / “Bright Yellow” / “Soft Yellow” / “Bubblegum”)
- “Henry Jr Blue” 100 by Superstar
- Black Diamond FX (or similar waxy black)
- “Magenta” by Superstar (lips)
- 2 Yellow half-sponges
- Round #3 brush by KingArt (previously Loew Cornell)
- Round #2 brush by KingArt
- Cameleon blending brush
- Star stencil #012 by JestPaint
- Finger dauber
- Festival Glitter “Starstruck” by Art Factory (for fangs)
- Festival Glitter “Fierce” by Art Factory (for hair)
To learn more about face painting supplies and where to buy them, visit our Best Face Painting Kits Guide, which provides detailed information and recommendations for Professionals or Beginners who want a professional start.
Step 1: Start a Simple Tiger Face Paint with the Background
I start by sponging some white over the eyes areas and on the muzzle. I like mixing Diamond FX and Kryolan white paint because one is waxy and the other one is glycerin based. One gives opaque color, while the other gives the softness and better blending.
Check out our Free Beginner’s Face Paint Guide to learn more about waxy and glycerin based paints and types of white.
Notice that the spots above the eyes are placed like butterfly wings, under a 45 degree angle. That’s why it is so important to polish the butterfly design too, which is the base of so many other designs! We study it in details in the School.
With the other side of the sponge, I applied some “baby pink 062” by Superstar on the nose. This soft color will help us create a nice blended gradient with the rainbow that I’ll be applying next.
Step 2: Add Rainbow Background
With a different half-yellow sponge, I continue shaping my tiger Halloween makeup by applying a rainbow combination from a handmade split-cake. I used pastel colors for this split-cake (lalaland / pastel lilac / Henri Jr Blue / Pastel green / bright yellow / soft yellow / bubblegum — all by Superstar.), but the combinations are infinite! Give it a try and create your own split-cake too!
In the School, we have an entire Module dedicate to one-stroke technique and specific sections on color theory, paint activation, efficient work with split-cakes, how to create your own split-cake and even down to how to fix a damaged split-cake!
Want to find out more about what are these studies about? Check out the Curriculum!
Step 3: The First Outlines of Easy Tiger Face Paint
I normally recommend starting doing the outlines from these main sections of the design — the eyes and the muzzle with the nose.
All the rest areas can be filled in various ways — from tiger lines, to leopard spots, from linework to stencils, from chunky glitter additions to a plain background. The options are endless!
But, the eyes and the muzzle area normally stay the same (well, with just a few variations). Therefore, pick up your waxy black and a round brush and let’s do it! I used Diamond FX and a #3 brush by Loew Cornell 795 series.
Step 4: Add Forehead Lines to Your Design
Next, I move on painting the lines on the forehead. I used a similar placement as for the tiger design that Olga teaches in the Online Course. But again, the options on how you could fill in this area are numerous!
The main thing you should take care of is to practice the quality of your lines with thick bodies and thin pointy tips.
Also, make sure that the negative space (the empty space between the lines) is equal all over the place and is about the same width as the lines.
If you feel that your linework sucks, don’t worry! We have a solution on how to polish it in no time!
Check out our FREE Online Workshop “Improve your linework in 3 days”!
Step 5: The Cheeks
Again, I used the same placement for the lines as in Olga’s tiger but added one extra line. That’s why you can see that the lines on the bottoms of the cheeks are quite densely placed, but notice, that despite tight positioning, none of the lines intersect!
This is very important!
Always make sure to keep the negative space the same width all over the place!