Patriotic Eye Design by Pam Kinneberg

Fireworks, stars and stripes are combined in this design to create a stunning eye design that is quick and easy for those holiday jobs. Add a little chunky glitter and this eye catching design will be a sure favorite!



Wolfe Red Paint

TAG Dark Blue Paint

Wolfe Light Blue Paint

Wolfe White Paint

BAM PAX Stencils - 3016 - Kaboom

Bad Ass Full Size Stencils - Starlight - 6014

Diamond FX Cosmetic Glitter - Blue

Art Factory Festival Glitter Clear Gel Base


Step one: load a sponge

Begin by loading a sponge with red on one side and blue on the other. This will be used with a stencil so I prefer to use a denser sponge like this one.

Step two: fireworks stencil

Hold your stencil in place and first sponge on the red outer edge and then sponge the blue on the inner portion. I left the bottom left area undone as there will be a star going there.

Step three: light blue star

Load one end of a sponge with light blue and then using a stencil with a large star, position it just above the eyebrow and apply light blue paint over it. Lift the stencil off and then with your sponge continue applying the color from the bottom edge of the star and onto the eyelid.

Step four: accent star

While you still have a sponge with light blue, add dark blue to the other end of your sponge so that you have a double loaded sponge like step one. Using the same star stencil, place an accent star on the opposite side on the outer lower corner of the eye. Add a little dark blue to the outer edge and blend it into the light blue.

Step five: large dark blue star

Before you stencil the next star on, open your dark blue glitter jar so it is ready to use. Then add a second larger star that overlaps the light blue star using a stencil and the dark blue portion of the sponge you just loaded. Dip the sponge in blue glitter and tap on the star while you still have the stencil in place. Lift the stencil off and then tap some of the dark blue paint down onto the eyelid starting from the edge of the star blending it into the light blue that is already on the eyelid.

Step six: white stripe

Now to add the stripes. Start with the white stripe first. Place it in the center of the straight edge of the large star point and curve it under the eye and down in a small loop. Then add a few white dots around the fireworks area to add some contrast and make the fireworks pop a bit more. I also added some white dots on the star in a V pattern.

Step seven: red stripes

Add a red stripe to the top and the bottom of the white stripe. These three stripes should fit on the straight edge of the large star bottom point. Add red dots in a V pattern to the light blue star.

Step eight: glitterize

To add a final touch of WOW, I used blue chunky glitter in the shape of little stars from Vivid Glitter. You can used whatever chunky glitter you have, but I do prefer a dark blue color as it ties in with the large star and carries that color down the design making it more cohesive. To apply the glitter, I began by painting on a thin strip of clear gel, then I used that same brush, dipped it in the loose chunky glitter and placed the glitter exactly where I wanted it in a thin strip down the edge of the stripes. If you have time, add some red paint and glitter to the lips! Note: On small children, I would not add the chunky glitter as it may be a bit close to their eyes.

This festive eye design will work for all ages. If you do not have a star stencil, just paint them on yourself...that will work just as good. Have fun with it and try your own color combinations! Happy painting!


Pam Kinneberg is the owner and artist for her business, PiKadilly Face Painting located near Fargo, North Dakota. She has won numerous contests and can be found in various magazines including SkinMarkz Magazine, The Colored Palette, QMagazine, Wet Paint Magazine and SillyFarm Newsletters.

Instagram: @pikadillyfacepainting