Tutorial: Superhero Mask
• Metallic purple face paint
• Metallic blue face paint
• Metallic silver face paint
• Metallic black face paint
• Diamond FX white
• Diamond FX black
• 1/2-inch flat brush
• #2 round brush or liner
Use your #2 round brush to trace the shape of the mask on your model’s face with silver. It may be difficult to get the sides symmetrical, so try to line the mask up with the corner of the eyes.
Create the eye shape using the metallic black and the #2 round brush. For this design I used an organic triangular eye shape which comes up over the outer edges of the eyebrow.
Fill in the rest of the mask with the metallic colors and your 1/2-inch flat brush, putting the blue and the silver in the center area, and gradually transitioning to metallic purple and then metallic black as you move to the outer edges of the mask.
Make a center diamond shape entirely silver, and sponge more silver lightly as shown above and below the eyes on the mask. Load your liner or #2 round brush with Diamond FX black and outline the mask.
Add inner outlines as shown on the photo below to represent the seams and to accent the center diamond shape.
Add white highlights to the mask. At this point, you could stop and be totally finished, but if you’d like to add a shadow, place some black along the bottom edge and carefully blend down to create a small shadow. This will give the mask the illusion of standing out from the face a little.
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by Clownantics.com to see other face painting tutorials by Beth. She also writes for Examiner.com as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.
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