Quick and Easy Santa Claus Face Paint

Hello everyone! Christmas is here! And today I'm going to show you step by step how to paint this quick Santa Claus face paint design, perfect for job events! And if you want to recreate it, don't forget to tag me on social media! 

Santa Face Paint Design

Santa Claus Christmas Face Paint Tutorial

Step 1: The Base

Paint the sky with a blue tones Split Cake and a semicircular sponge. Don't forget to paint the center of the background with the lighter colors to recreate the moon halo. Then, paint a moon at the center of the forehead with a sponge stippler and shimmer white paint. 

Step 2: Stencil Time

Use black paint, a dauber sponge and the Santa's Sled Stencil from BAM Stencils to paint Santa Claus and his reindeer sleigh very quick! Use it also to paint the first houses.

Step 3: Paint the Trees

Use the dauber sponge and stencil again to create the trees with green tones Split Cake. With the black paint, stencil more houses. 

Step 4: Paint the Eyelids

Paint the eyelids with the sponge and the blue tones Split Cake and paint the inner corners of the eyes with the shimmer white. Use another sponge to fill the rest of the eyelids with the lighter green tones of the Split Cake. Clean the edges with a wet wipe if necessary. 

Step 5: Add Highlights and Snow

Time to paint highlights, snow and sparkles! Use white face paint and a #3 round brush to paint the falling snow with different sizes dots. Then, use a smaller one like a #2 round brush to paint the sparkles, the highlights of trees and the homes' windows. 

Step 6: Paint the Ornaments

With the #2 round brush, use yellow and red paints to create the ornaments of the trees, like balls and stars. Then, with the same brush and white paint, paint some swirls and dots around the eyes to frame the design. 


You can stop right here, or continue following the next steps! 

Optional Steps:

Line the eyelids with the black paint and the #2 round brush. Then, paint the lips with a red lipstick. For a sparklier look, apply an iridiscent glitter to the forehead and lips to finish.

Products Used:

Face Paints & Makeup

Blue Tones Split Cake 
Shimmer White

Green Tones Split Cake

Red Lipstick

Sponges & Brushes

Semicircular Sponge
Sponge Stippler 

Dauber Sponge 
#3 Round Brush 
#2 Round Brush

Stencil & Glitter 

Santa's Sled Stencil 
Irridescent Glitter 



Marta Ortega is a makeup artist, face painting instructor, theatre makeup instructor and a profesional face painter located in Seville (Spain). She is the owner of Purpurina (@maquillajespurpurina) as a face painter, and she is also known as Marta O Makeup (@martaomakeup) as a makeup artist. She has won several face painting contests since she started to learn face paint in 2016, and you can almost always find her creating and designing at her studio, and learning new artistic techniques of all kind (photography, draw, fx makeup, and whatever she likes).