A Heart Design That’s Out of This World



I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a family reunion with lots of kids and adults who wanted to be face painted, so I took advantage of it to experiment with one of my favorite techniques by RoxaRosa from her Stargazer design. Since I do a lot of hearts, I decided to see what my volunteer thought of this unusual heart, and she was pleased with the result. I hope your customers are as well, since it’s a quick and easy design.


#1 or #2 round brush (small)
#5 round brush (large)
Kryvaline split cake Glowgaze
Diamond FX black face paint
Diamond FX white face paint
Paradise black face paint


1. First load your sponge from the Kryvaline split cake Glowgaze and sponge the colors randomly in the shape of a heart.


2. Load a second sponge with black and sponge some areas within the heart. Don’t worry about keeping the edge too neat, but do retain the general heart shape.


3. Create a ragged outline for the heart with your small round brush and pull some lightning-shaped lines out of it.


4. With the Paradise black, which is a great smudging black, add some extra black to the interior of the outline and use the larger round brush to pull the black in, creating a shadowed effect.


5. Finally, load your smallest round brush with Diamond FX white to dot the heart with small stars and starbursts. Put in a few extra highlights on the external lines and you’re finished.


Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. She also writes for as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.