A Festival Eye Swirl - A Local Favorite

eye swirl

The very first time I face painted, a eye swirl was requested. Since then it never gets old, and there are so many different ways to do it. Each person develops their own style over time. Try out different ways and see what works for you. This one is inspired by my Face Painting friend Angela.  She has tons of line only eye swirls in her book, and the kids and adults love them. They are easy to change out the colors to accommodate special requests or to match their outfit.


Medium #4 Round Brush
Small Round #1 (1/16″) Brush

paper towels or cloth
water container
(optional) Fine Mist Spray bottle with water
optional) Baby wipes

Colors used in this picture:

White Face Paint
Diamond FX Face Paints – Metallic Green
Light Green
Purple Face Paint
Global Body Art Face Paint – Standard Magenta


1. Starting with the medium round brush and the metallic green face paint. Start at the inner eye, and paint a thick to thin line going over the eye and to the outer temple.


3. Continue painting along side the temple and down the cheek.



4. Now add light green over the metallic green. Add tear drops inside and over the eye as well as between swirls.



5. Using the small round brush add magenta teardrops inside the design. Trace around the teardrops on the side of the eye and between the swirls. Add dots as well.



6. Finally, outline in white and add dots.

eye swirl

Adding glitter to this would really make it stand out. These poofable glitter bottles are great for getting maximum even coverage.  Just spray water lightly on the design with a spritzer bottle then proof over with glitter.

Amerikan Body Art Cosmetic Glitter – Holographic White (Sheer)