One-Stroke Emoji Superhero Mask by Annabel Hoogeveen

Everybody likes emoji's or emoticons, right? We cannot live without them anymore. They are colorful and sweet and make communication a lot quicker and easier. We see them everywhere. And therefore, as face painters, we need to have some nice and quick emoji-designs too 😉!

The inspiration for this emoji-mask came from my childhood. As a kid I used to make a 'mask' with my fingers before my eyes and pretend to be some kind of superhero. I added a blue emoji in the middle of my mask, because I liked the (complimentary) combination of blue and orange and it matched the outfit my model wore. But you can pick any emoji you want and use the colors you like most to make it your own superhero-emoji-mask 😃!!


Arty Brush cake 'Tiger Lilly'
sub TAG Flame One Stroke

Global Funstroke 'Melbourne' found in Rainbow Splash Palette
sub TAG Dolphin One Stroke Cake

PartyXplosion Black

PartyXplosion White

Kryolan Chisel brush 'DreamBlend'
sub TAG 1/2" Filbert

Short-bristled Angel brush 5/8:" (
sub American Painter 5/8" Angle Brush

BlazinBrush Round brush #2 

BlazinBrush Round brush #3

Star Stencil

Ultimate Graffiti Eyes Stencil (Lea Selley)

Sponge dauber


Step 1: The base

Use a large chisel brush and a yellow/orange split cake to paint the mask, consisting of two 'OK Hand Signs'(👌) against each other.

In the open space in the middle of the forehead, paint a circle using a different color split cake and a large, short bristled angle brush. Keep the darker color on the outside. Position the emoji circle between the fingers: behind the index finger, beneath the middle finger and in front of the ring finger.

Use the same split cake, a star stencil and a finger dauber to paint some stars on both sides of the mask.


Step 2: Details and outlining

Using regular white and a round brush #3, paint the base of the eyes and teeth.

Next outline the whole design (including the stars) using the same brush and regular black. With the black outline you can accentuate the shape of the hand and fingers, or make it more abstract.

Then, after the white is dry, draw the black lines of the eyes and mouth. 


Step 3: Texture and highlights

Add some highlights to the mask, emoji and stars using regular white and a round brush #3. At this point you can stop, and it will look finished. But, if you have more time, use a stencil to embellish the design even further. 


Additional info:

Once you know the correct placement, this design can be done on the job in just a few minutes. Instead of drawing an emoji face you can use stencils (e.g. Emoji Mash-Upby Lea Selley) which will speed it up even more.

You can choose any color and/or emoji you like, depending on the outfit or the character (😉) of the child in front of you. You can paint the hands in brown and add a skull emoji (nice for Halloween), or in pink with a heart or even a unicorn emoji!! Add lots of glitter and the girls will be very excited too :-)!!

Love to see your versions 😍! 



Annabel Hoogeveen is the owner and founder of 'Blije-Snoetjes Kinderschmink', a Facepainting company and school in the Netherlands. She is painting for about 10 years and is passionate about teaching others how to facepaint, 'because the more face painters there are, the more kids we can make happy'.

Annabel likes colorful and easy 'on-the-job' designs. But, as a former vet, she also has a passion for painting realistic 3D animals.

She is an instructor at Olga Murasev's International Face Painting School (, has written several Facepainting blogs and recently won the 'Black Panther' competition here at

You can see more of her work on her Instagram and Facebook pages.