Chicago should probably not be in the 60s during February, but it is this week, so it feels especially like spring. With weather like this, my brush automatically turns toward springy designs with flowers and pastels like this pale teal party mask with calla lilies.
• Global small split (Sydney in example)
• Pale teal metallic/pearl
• Diamond FX white
• Paradise white
• TAG pearl white
• Yellow face paint
• Light green face paint
• BAM stencil (checkerboard or favorite)
• #2 round brush
• 1/2-inch filbert or flat brush
• 3/4-inch or 1-inch flat brush
• Cosmetic grade glitter
Spread a combination of pearl teal and pearl white around the eyes to form a mask shape with your 1/2-inch filbert or flat brush. Your goal is to create a delicate which does not overwhelm the face.
I used the Global split cake Sydney for my calla lilies, but any of your favorites will work for this. Global’s split cakes are absolutely gorgeous and a pleasure to use. Load your wide flat brush and add three calla lily shapes on the side of the mask. (I felt mine were positioned a bit low, so you may want to consider placing yours a little higher on the face.)
Using a small flat or filbert brush and pale green and yellow, add several leaves around your calla lilies.
I used a BAM checkerboard stencil for this, but any of your favorite stencils will do. If you use a repeating stencil like the checkerboard, however, line it up over the bridge of the nose and work away from that point on either side so that it is as symmetrical as possible. (If you use a floral or swirling stencil, symmetry will not be as much of an issue.)
Load your sponge with a dryish combination of pearl white and Paradise white and press the sponge gently over your stencil, lifting and repositioning the stencil as necessary. (If necessary, clean up the edge with a wipe if the stencil texture overshoots your mask.)
Use yellow and a small round brush to add centers to your lilies, and then use white and the same brush to add a rim to the edge of the stylized lilies.
Outline the design using the dark purple from the Sydney split cake and either a #2 round brush or a liner.
Finally, use the colors from the Sydney split cake (or whatever split cake you chose to use), beginning with the darkest color first, and add overlapping swirls above and below the design as each color dries. End with white swirls on top and add a few dots and starbursts to fill in the empty spaces around your design.
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 Clownantics.com to enjoy more of Beth’s face painting tutorials.