Tutorial: Gorgeous Masquerade Mask

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Masquerade masks are in style any time of year, and the level of bling on this one gives it particularly high value in the eyes of clients. I hope you enjoy using the design this year.


Metallic split cake
Global dark blue face paint
Liquid bling
Jewels or bling clusters
#3 round brush
#1 round brush
Cosmetic glitter


Begin by sponging the mask shape onto the face. I used Silly Farm Mermaid Pixie split cake for this design, but any metallic split will work well. Other favorites of mine are Kryvaline Glowgaze and Silly Farm Brilliant Bling. You may need to clean up the edges of your design with a wet paper towel or wet wipe, so keep some handy for this purpose.

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Allow glitter glue adhesive on the back of your bling cluster to become dryish and tacky before you apply it to the center of the design between the eyes on the forehead.

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Next, load your #3 round brush with Global dark blue, which has an iridescent purple shine as it dries and flows beautifully for line work from the brush. Create the swirls around the edge of your mask. Also add small teardrops around the central bling cluster.

Load your #1 round brush with Global dark blue and carefully outline the entire mask. This extra line adds a delicacy to the overall design.

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Carefully apply a line of liquid bling between the swirls and the narrow line you’ve outlined your mask with.

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At this point, the eyes look a little lost in the mask design, so add a final flourish over each of them with your #3 round brush and Global dark blue to bring the entire design together and enjoy!

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Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to see more of her face painting tutorials, or check out where she writes as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.