Big Nose Buddies Christmas Series: Rudolph

The Christmas series of Big Nose Buddies would be incomplete without a Rudolph design, because when it comes to Rudolph, it's all about the nose. 


Red face paint (Paradise)
Light brown face paint (Paradise or TAG)
White face paint (Diamond FX)
Black face paint (Diamond FX)
Light blue face paint (Paradise)
Pearl light blue face paint (TAG)
• Pearl Ziva or Peacock blue face paint (FAB)
Pearl Purple face paint(FAB)
White face paint (Paradise)
Pearl white face paint (TAG)
#2 round brush
Small filbert brush
#4 or #5 round brush
Cloud stencil (BAM)
Snowflake stencil (BAM)
Cosmetic grade glitter (optional)


Begin this design by sponging the light blue, pearl light blue in the center between the eyebrows and then use darker blues and purples as you get closer to the hairline. (For this design, my model was picky about getting face paint in her hair, but normally I'd take the face paint back into the hair as well.)  

Use a sponge, white, pearl white, and the cloud stencil to make some background cloud shapes. 

Use the Diamond FX white, which is a little more brilliant and opaque a white, to sponge snowflakes with a stencil over the background.

Use the small filbert and a light brown to create the outer reindeer shape. Use a #4 or #5 round brush to add white eyes and the inside of the ears. 

Once you have that red nose in place, using either the small filbert or a medium round brush, our design will take on it's Rudolph look. Use a small #2 round brush to add two antlers as well. 

Using the #2 round brush, carefully add outlines and details. I also added some little hooves in front so it looked like he was perched over the eyebrows.

As the final step, add your white highlights with a small round brush and put dots in the background for extra snowflakes. 

I hope this little Rudolph design brings many smiles to your Christmas parties this year!

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in Elgin, Illinois, and her artwork has appeared in The Colored Palette and SkinMarkz magazines. She services the western and northwestern Chicago suburbs, Chicago’s north side, and the eastern and southeastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by to enjoy more of Beth’s face painting tutorials.