Sugar Skull With Feathers by Natalia Kirillova

When you come up with different designs, you face the problem of choosing an idea. To draw something new, to make it interesting and new. The idea of this image was inspired by my earrings with blue feathers.

Step 1

The first step is to create a background of white paint on a damp sponge for the skull, I use Global Standard White, which covers well and tightens the skin. Do not use too much water, otherwise the paint will spread and leave the area around the eyes unpainted.


Step 2

Next I used TAG Pearl Green over the area on the forehead, temples, nose and chin, also using a sponge. Draw a line from the edge of the lips to the ears using round brush Loew-Cornell (#1), and under it shade Pearl Purple TAG. For the area around the eye and lips, I also used Pearl Green and Pearl Purple, but applied the paint Filbert Brush TAG #10. Try to blend the border of the color to avoid a sharp transition.


Step 3

Next, using Cameleon Baseline Strong Black and a Loew-Cornell Round #5, trace the eye area. Above it draw the petals using the Double Dip technique. I initially took three colors-white, purple and at the very tip of the brush black, but then noticed that the white merged with the background and replaced it with Pearl Green.

Draw the curve of the mouth from the corner of the lips to the cheekbone in black to make it more expressive. Draw vertical lines to represent teeth, starting at the middle, so the lines taper away from the mouth line in a thin, elegant manner. Also circle the the edge of the nose in black. 


Step 4

So, we came to the most interesting, but more complex step - drawing feathers. For this we need Split Cakes - I used Unicorn Magenta and Freshness and a TAG Flat Brush #8. Draw the three feathers using wave movements with the darker shades around the edges to make the feathers appear more voluminous.  


Step 5

It is time for the stroke a black color slim round brush. Draw veins on the feathers to make them look more realistic.


Step 6

And at the last stage we will add white teardrop-shaped strokes, rhinestones and glitter. On the eyelid of the right eye, I also applied pearl shades, which are used in the picture. You can add black eyeliner to make the eye brighter. And now let's make our image more vivid - paint the hair using the same mother-of-pearl TAG colors. But this can be applied only on light hair, on dark it will not show vividly. Add a little Shine to the white and eyes with a similar color Glitter Gel-Blue Monday.

You can draw for yourself this image for a party, photo shoot or just to cheer.

I hope you enjoyed this look!


Products used for this design

Global Body Art White Face Paint - Standard White

Chameleon Baseline Strong Black

TAG Split Cake "Freshness"

TAG Split Cake "Unicorn Magenta"

Tag Green Face Paints - Pearl Green

Tag Purple Face Paints - Pearl Purple 

Loew Cornell Round No.5 Brush

TAG One Stroke #8 Flat Brush (21/32")

TAG #10 Filbert Brush (5/8")

Loew Cornell Round No.1 Brush

American Body Art Pixie Paint  "Blue Monday "

Amerikan Body Art Glitter - Holographic White



My name is Natalia, I live and work in Russia, the city of Yaroslavl. I do face painting for 7 years. One of my favorite destinations - belly painting, (so great to see how kids who have recently been in the tummy are already beginning to walk, talk and learn to draw) in my collection of 40 drawings for pregnant women. I've won a lot of face painting contests and now I want to teach you how to create beautiful drawings on faces. The most beautiful thing when you show your child the finished picture to see his shining smile

My Instagram page, and facebook where you can find all the work.