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How To Do Face Painting: The Tiger

How To Do Face Painting: The Tiger

Face painting is one of the most fun and popular activities on the children's party circuit today. Here's how to paint a party guest into a savage tiger.

Step 1: Lay The Groundwork

Start by sponging white over the eyes to create tiger eyes. Create a big tear shape in white over each eye, starting round under the lower eye and coming to a peak above the eyebrows. Also, sponge a white muzzle over the person's lip area: this will end up as the mouth on the tiger.

Step 2: Color It In

Pick one light and one dark color (ideally, variations of the same color.) We'll apply the lighter first. Brush around the eyes, blending with the white paint. Take it up to mid-forehead, cover the nose and the cheeks, but save space around the edge of the face for the darker color. Then, add the darker color, up to the hairline, about an inch or so. Blend it both with the lighter color, as well as at the edge of the face.

Step 3: Earn Your Stripes

We have finished our blending process-- now, take your #4 (medium) brush and black paint, and do some stripes. Stripes can be painted in a tapered way: start with the 45 degree angle, starting at the bridge of the nose. Go to a point, flatten the brush, and go to a point. All of the stripes should be angled toward the bridge of the nose. At this point, you can also use the black paint to paint the underside and tip of the nose. From here, paint down the center of the upper lip, then fill in the top lip with black. You can also add some whiskers on the upper lip.

Step 4: Vicious Details

You can stop here, for a basic tiger look. Or, if you want to get more detailed, add some teeth with white paint outlined in black (use your fine brush). You can also put matching glitter on the lips.