Superhero mask tutorial

Posted by Elizabeth Mackinney on



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 to see other face painting tutorials by Beth. She also writes for as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.

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