Tutorial: Basic Superhero Mask

Sometimes kids want a plain superhero mask that isn’t affiliated with any specific superhero. They want a bold design that says, “I can save the world, but I don’t have to be Captain America to do it.” This basic mask is the perfect design for those kids, and you can dress it up, as I did for one boy on Halloween, with some cool BAM textures.


TAG Light Blue Face Paint
TAG Royal Blue Face Paint
Diamond FX or Wolfe Black Face Paint
Diamond FX or Wolfe White Face Paint
Mehron Paradise Black Face Paint
Graffiti Eyes Stencil or BAM Dot Stencil
1/2-inch Flat or Filbert Brush
#2 round brush
#5 round brush
Sponge or dauber


Begin by loading your 1/2-inch flat or filbert brush with TAG light blue and creating a basic superhero mask shape as shown in the photo. After you’ve created your basic shape on the face, double load the brush with TAG royal blue and light blue and run it around the outside edge of the mask shape.

Load your #2 round brush with Diamond FX or Wolfe black and add an outline to the mask. If you’d like to add a texture to the entire mask with a BAM stencil, such as Prismatic, which is one of my favorites for this, use a sponge and your metallic/pearl white or the royal blue.

Use the #5 round brush to create superhero eyebrows. With the small round brush, add extra lines on the mask above and below the eyes, as well as some small lines at the corners of the eyes.

Use a sponge or dauber and a dot stencil to add texture to the temples on the outside and inside of the mask with Paradise black.

Finally, use the small round brush and Diamond FX or Wolfe white to add highlights. I would suggest putting these at the corners of the eyes and along the slanted lines above and below each eye.

Enjoy your finished superhero mask. The great thing about these masks is that you can use the child’s favorite color, vary the shape, vary the textures, and come up with limitless mask ideas. Don’t forget to share your own creations in the comments.

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary artist for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to see other face painting tutorials by Beth. 

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