How to Face Paint the Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Grinch Face Paint


Many of us grew up reading this famous story of Dr. Suess at Christmas. I also remember watching the animated movie. Jim Carrey’s version is also very capturing. Many folks will love and appreciate this design of an old classic at Christmas. Here is how to paint this design.


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:

Black Face Paint
White Face Paint
Yellow Face Paint
Red Face Paint
Light Green


1. Starting with the small round brush and the white face paint, start to trace out the outline of the face. I like to start with the outside and bigger shapes, then work my way in.

2. Color in the eyes with yellow, and add two red dots for the pupils.

3.Next, fill in the image with color, using red, white and light green face paint. I try to blend out the white outline as much as possible, leaving only as much as I need to see for the final black outline.

4. Using a small round brush, and the black face paint trace over all the edges creating an outline. Trace over the hat, add some curved rounded shapes along the white edges of the hat, and his collar. Try to cover up the white outline as much as you can.  You can stop here if you like, This is how Dr Suess  finished his character. I like to add a little shading. 

5. You can add your own twist or style to the character, as little or as much as you would like. I added some additional shading, by taking the small round brush, the black face paint, and a paper towel. I dab the excess paint on the towel, and then proceed to add to the design using a dry technique with the brush. Just move the brush back and forth over the area you want to shade, and blend in.


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Happy Holidays!