How To Use Texture To Enhance A Superhero Mask

There are many mask versions inspired by the Wolverine, but if you’d like to take your superhero masks to a new level, adding some unusual texture with stencils is a great way to do it. This is a very basic mask shape, but the stencil details make it special.


TAG yellow face paint
Paradise dark blue face paint
TAG royal blue face paint
TAG orange face paint
Paradise light blue face paint
TAG pearl sky blue face paint
Diamond FX white
Diamond FX black
1/2-inch flat brush
Liner brush
#2 round brush
BAM stencil – Prismatic BAM2008
BAM stencil – Mini Dots BAM2035


Begin by painting yellow in the center of the face with your 1/2-inch flat brush.

On either side, use 1/2-inch flat and Paradise dark blue mixed with TAG royal blue to create the sides of the mask.

Load your sponge with orange and sponge over the top of the yellow with the Mini Dots BAM2035 stencil.

Load your sponge with a dryish combination of Paradise light blue and TAG pearl sky blue. Position the Prismatic BAM2008 stencil over the blue portions of the mask and sponge over the top of the stencil onto the dark blue portions of the mask.

Load your round rigger/liner brush (or a #2 round brush) and outline your design. You may choose a larger round brush to create the eyebrows, or you use the smaller brush and press down harder so that it widens the brush.

Use your #2 round brush and Diamond FX white to add some highlights here and there on the mask, and you’re finished.

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.