Rainbows, butterflies, flowers and lots of sparkles! What else a little girl can dream of? Check out our new tutorial, prepared by the super talented International Face Painting School instructor — Elodies Ternois.
Prefer a non-rainbow butterfly? See our simple butterfly face paint design.
- Leanne’s Happy Pixie Petal Palette by Fusion: Rainbow Unicorn combo
- Leanne’s Pretty Rainbow Spectrum Palette by Fusion: Rainbow Magic split-cake (for the rainbow)
- Leanne’s Pretty Rainbow Spectrum Palette by Fusion: Gypsy Rose (for roses) and Secret Garden (for leaves)
- Prime Deep Purple Fusion
- Paraffin White Fusion
- Petal sponge by Fusion (but you’ll get two sponges with the palette if you buy it)
- Round brush #3 by Loew Cornell
- Flat brush ¾ Stroke by Bolt
- Angle Brush “Ksenia” ⅜ Superstar (or alternatively you can get the Paint Pal ⅜ angle brush)
- Lodiepop by Elodie Ternois (available soon)
- Essential Glitter Balm
By the way, if you are looking for the best face painting supplies, you may find it helpful checking out our specific recommendations for best paint, brushes, stencils and more!
Check out our “Face Painting Supplies Guide”!
Step 1: The sponged base
If you have already followed my first “One Stroke Butterfly” tutorial, you can see that I am using the same technique here — loading my petal sponge with a color combination and then sponging on the wings base.
This time I used the Rainbow Unicorn split-cake combo from the new sponge palette.
We’re keeping in mind that the top wings must be triangular and the bottom wings — of a petal shape.
Step 2: The rainbow
Next, I am painting the rainbow using my Flat brush ¾ Stroke by Bolt and Leanne’s Pretty Rainbow Spectrum Palette by Fusion: Rainbow Magic split-cake.
It is essential that you get a very well curved and rounded shape! This will make your design look elegant and flowing!
I am using the outer corners of my eyes as a reference and imagine that the magenta color would start from the focal points in the outer corners of my eyes.
Make sure your paint is of a very creamy consistency to obtain the most vibrant colors!
Step 3: Let’s start outlining!
I am beginning to outline my design starting from the top wings, using a #3 round brush and the same pattern that is taught at the School in our online course in the Flower Fairy design.
I find that keeping the parts above the eyebrows pointy and triangular the most pleasing way of outlining the top wings.
Step 4: The rest of the rainbow butterfly face paint outline
Outlining the eyebrows with a line that goes from the outside corners of the eyes into the inside eye corners is a great way to make the eyes look even more attractive in this design!
The bottom wings must be of a more rounded, so-called “petal” shape.
The little extensions in the cheek Focal Points help add interest and originality into this butterfly face paint design.
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Step 5: The highlights
White dots of different sizes play the role of highlights, they add contrast, vibrance, but also, they help visually hide any asymmetrical mistakes.
Keep in mind to alternate the size of the dots in the clusters for the most impressive effect! And actually, you can stop at this stage with this design!
Or, you can move on and add some extra wow-factor to it! Let me show you how. 😘
Step 6: The roses and bling
To fill in the center of my design, I decided to paint a couple of one stroke roses.
If you aren’t familiar with the one stroke technique, then I highly suggest that you check out our “Professional Face Painting Guide” for more details about it. 😍
Last, but not least, add some colorful chunky glitter in the middle of the face and on the sides of the bottom wings and voila!
Your butterfly face paint design is ready!
Check out my additional explanations for this design in this scheme:
If you’re having a hard time with your one-stroke roses, you need more explanation than we can tag into the end of a tutorial. But you’re in luck! View an in-depth tutorial for one-stroke roses and follow along with video demonstration here.
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