Butterfly Face Paint Design, Simple Cheek Art Steps

by Philadelphia Tivoli · 109 comments

I thought I’d share one of my favorite face paint designs with you -a small butterfly that you can do in under 1 minute! You can change the colors if you wish, and maybe combine it with more face painting around the eyes, its up to you!

Step 1:
Use pink paint and a small brush to paint 4 petal shapes (the wings).

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Step 2:
Outline the wings with black paint.

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Step 3: Use black paint to paint in the antennas.

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Happy Face Painting,

Philadelphia Tivoli
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Colleen Wed at 9:03 am

love this one you did it again.
kep the tips coming.
Thanks
Colleen

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Joanne Soper Wed at 10:35 am

love it ! show us more!

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patience Thu at 4:20 am

Thanx for the wounderful tips i realy enjoy them.

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Kaity carlson Thu at 4:36 am

That was cool, I really liked it! All though I am in china, so I probably won’t be able to practice it… Oh, well, I still Liked it! :-)

Kaity
Carlson

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Anna Thu at 4:55 am

I was needing to be able to create a butterfly that was simply and easy. Thanks. It was so easy I created my own butterfly in seconds.

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Michelle Thu at 5:14 am

Thank you for sharing your free mini course about face painting, I haven’t try any of them yet because I don’t have any materials to practice. Can I ask for more designs Thanks.

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Marion Thu at 6:08 am

I love it! So simple, yet so effective….love your site, keep ‘em coming!

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LIANNE RANDLES Thu at 6:10 am

love the butterfly, it’s great in other colours too. this simple design is great for children who don’t like a full face done, and it’s also great to do on hands and arms.

thanks, keep the good idea’s coming

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Norma Thu at 6:28 am

Simple, yet appealing. Keep up the great tips. Thank you so much.

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S Thu at 6:35 am

I love the simple butterfly! Easier than how I have been doing them!!

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Rachel Thu at 6:36 am

Awesome butterfly. Would love a tip on spiders for the cheek.
Love ya work

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ELyse Thu at 6:58 am

this is sooo easy. i’ve been needing to learn how to paint a butterfly. it so much easier than what i have been doing. and it looks so much like a real one

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granny jane martin Thu at 7:06 am

I LOVE the lessons. The website offered i have not been able to open, thus no response from me, that is why I have replied to this website. Hope this goes thru OK. I clown at the hospital as well as other places and face painting is such fun. In my youth I was an Art Minor, plus 4 yrs of art in high school, so the drawing is fairly easy for me, but am learning new techiques and materials from you….for which i am very grateful.

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Shery LaChappelle Thu at 7:29 am

Very Cute and easy design. Thank you

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Andrena Thu at 7:31 am

In fact your face-painting steps makes face-painting such an easy beautiful task. Thank you!!!!

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janet Thu at 7:40 am

I love the little butterfly, can you show us more like that

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Evelyn Smith Thu at 8:32 am

Thankyou so much!
Everything that you have ever sent to me has been so useful!
I’m so glad that I found your site, it’s made my life as an entertainer so much easier.
Thanks again!
Evelyn

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Wendy Lowery-Corns Thu at 8:37 am

Thank you for all your tips………..What a simple butterfly. I’ll be using it on the 19th and the 26th of this month!! Keep it all coming. It’s great.

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Wen Thu at 8:43 am

I love the simple butterfly, how I could get more of these beautiful and little designs by email, I will love to learn more. Thank you very much.

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Catherine Thu at 9:00 am

Hi everyone yes I liked the butterfly design tryed it and tryed until got it right and really liked the outcome I tried the colour torquise for the butterfly with a bit of glitter for the head looked pretty cool according to my niece.

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Patricia Thu at 9:14 am

Fun and looks easy to accomplish. Thank you,

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april Thu at 10:17 am

Your creations are beautiful. Your talent is amazing. I have learned many new techniques, and appreciate the knowledge I obtain from your examples. Thank you so much!

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shereen Thu at 10:19 am

The less than 1 minute butterfly is great. I will use that in the near future. I am new to this and have not actually purchased paint yet!

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CARRIE JONES Thu at 10:27 am

I LIKE THE BUTTERFLY DESIGN TRIED IT ON MY FRIEND DAUGHTER USNG GLITTER PAINTS AND ALL HER FRIEND WANTED ONE TOO

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Miguelina Perez Thu at 10:38 am

I loved the butterfly. Quick and easy. Great idea about adding the glue. Thanks!

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Joan Langdon Thu at 10:44 am

Very cute but faster using a butterfly brush.

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Stephanie Thu at 10:46 am

Thanks for another great tip. I really enjoy all the info. Your the best. Keep it up.

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Denise Thu at 11:57 am

i love the butterfly can you show more quick and simple designs.

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Carol Burgess Thu at 11:59 am

Love all of the tips and help you have been sending me. ANy info on one stroke painting and also what brushes to use for what on the face. I am never sure what brush to use or what brush would work per technique. Thank you so much.

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Murray David Thu at 12:44 pm

Responding to where is Murray, well must say I am a observer, and find this subject very relaxing and interesting. So pass on to all Murray has not left the building.

Be well to all

Murray David

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Tonya Thu at 12:46 pm

Cute! I’d love to see other easy designs too!

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Carol Sexton Thu at 1:03 pm

Very Nice, I am just getting started, I haven’t painted anything or anyone but I am anxious to get started.

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Lena Thu at 1:24 pm

Cute!

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Laura Thu at 2:11 pm

This was a very nice technique — I do a lot of butterflies, having gotten a lot of tips from prior issues — I really love the simple, fast designs, because children often do not want to sit for very long!

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Sharon Thu at 5:52 pm

Love the quick little cheek ideas. I do these for my grandkids and their friends. Maybe they’ll let me practice some of the Halloween ideas too. Thank you so much for these little e-mails…they keep me inspired!

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Pamela Thu at 5:57 pm

Love the butterfly. I would really like to see a ladybug. The site and tips and techniques are absoultely wonderful.

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Dawn Blackerby Thu at 6:23 pm

This is great. We painted the kids faces for our kindergarteners halloween party. They loved it. do you have anymore ideals for cheek painting?

Dawn Blackerby

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Larissa Thu at 6:25 pm

Wow!
That’s very simple and very effective…
I’ll be sure to use it when I go facepainting this Sunday =D

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kerri caldwell Thu at 8:36 pm

I think what you are doing is great. I really like the video blogs. I save those and refer back often. I have already used some of your Halloween cheek art at a festival last week. Thank you for a jump start into this field.
Kerri Caldwell

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Janet Chenhall Fri at 8:05 am

that’s fantastic! Thanks for that. How do you get your lines nice and fine? Mine always seem to bulky

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Elechi Fri at 8:36 am

I am very pleased with what you have been sending to my mail box i would like to say a big thank you for that.My name is elechi oddelm,i am a makeup artist and i school too.I am a Nigerian and i reside there,Lagos to be precise.Your mail has given me some many items which you cant get in my country and it is actually given a uper hand too.Iwould like to know if there is a course i can undergo,i would like to specialize on face painting,special effect makeup and beauty makeup.I want to take my country to another level and empower young people with the knowlegde which i wish to gain from your organisation.please could you mail the courses you offer and the amount involved.Thank you and have a great day.

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Vicki Powell Fri at 8:41 am

Lovely, thanks very much for the inspiration and ideas

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elsa laksono Fri at 8:45 am

oh sorry i just came from singapore, and just open my email, i like very much what u do, so fantastic. How u can draw so smooth and make line thick and thin? may be u can share with us. I try but it’s difficult to draw and sometime it different with what i want or in the picture.

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Sharon Canino Fri at 11:51 am

I love your tips that you send me and this butterfly is one that I can practice on. I can only do 1/2 of a butterfly as I can’t seem to make both sides the same. So this way I have a new one to practice. Keep your e-mails coming. If you ever have face painting classes here in Ventura County let me know as I will definitely attend.

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Janice Fri at 12:44 pm

I love your paintings, i have been doing them on my grandson,

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Lorraine Fri at 12:58 pm

It think your website is fantastic and i get most of my ideas for my face painting here. I enjoy learning the new techniques and design ideas from your site also…. so, thanks for sharing all your face painting info, look foward to hearing more in the future!!!

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colleen Fri at 4:46 pm

So pretty,and simple,my niece is going to a party tonight as a cat.This one will test my skills.Will let you know how it turns out.Might post a photo if she permits.

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Vicki Fri at 7:50 pm

little pink butterfly is just too cute! thanks for sharing

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Melissa Murphy Fri at 10:21 pm

oooh! pretty!

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sherri moche Sat at 9:30 am

GREAT IDEA!
THANKS!

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Nancy :~) Sat at 9:52 am

The easiest butterfly I’ve seen so far… Thanks for sharing…I’m going to try painting some tonight in different colors and dots

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Michael Sat at 9:40 pm

Very quick, easy and cute..great for the big crowds/kids parties.

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neil stewart Sun at 9:42 pm

its a quick and easy painting very nice

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Jan Sun at 10:30 pm

Hi Phil….thanks for all the tips you have patiently been sending…sincerely appreciate them. Your tips are great and have been really useful. I love the videos too. Great ideas to simplify face painting !!
Recently i saw a friend of mine using a simple method to draw multi tone flower petals…it was as first and so easy.
Just have to load the brush 1st with the colour that you want to be the core of the flower and than load with the next (not immersing entire brush) and third colour on the tip (if you desire). Than all you have to do is press the brush (tip facing out) and make equal 5 or 6 petals…and you get a great flower. I am sure you would already know this ..:)

Thanks again !!

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Ariane Mon at 12:13 am

I learnt to use this design for butterfly with you guys. It has been heaven on earth since then. I’ve painting half of a butterfly on half of the face and it has saved me a lot of time and also looks way better thaen the ones i used to make. This little one is also a life saver. Now i leave the parties with all the kids and the adults painted. Thanks to you.
Kikinha Polkadots
Newark, NJ

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rowena saclao Mon at 2:59 am

your tips have been very helpful to me since i started here.and i’m very thankful to you!i am sorry i have’nt been active lately coz of my other job,i’m into visual merchandising and i work for a department store here in Manila but i make it a point to check on my mails every now and then.in fact i have already made an album on all the tips i get from you.and this butterfly design will definitely be a helpful addition!thanks again!

Rowena Saclao
Manila, Philippines

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Kim Hamilton Mon at 5:59 am

Love the cheek art – can’t wait to have a go myself!

Kim

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jules Mon at 2:11 pm

How sweet…wot a neat design !

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Roberta Stone Mon at 2:13 pm

That’s a really great one. I’m more of a paper and painting on paper artist than a face painter, but I’ve been recruited on occasion and really like it. I’m doing an event next Saturday so we’ll see how it goes.

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MARIAM Tue at 6:49 am

thank you . your butterfly is so beautiful

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Patty Kotow Wed at 12:20 am

I love the quick and easy way. Now if you can give us more for a boy that would be great. I know my grandsons would love to have something that I could do on them in a matter of minutes. Maybe something like a race car or a wolf or something a bit more on the boy side of things.

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lynda messenger Thu at 7:45 am

I think every thing you send is of great interest and alot can be learned I take not of all your email and find them very useful

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Keri J Thu at 3:51 pm

Thanks for the tips, i facepainted at a grand opening of a new bakery last weekend, and so many of the little ones just wanted a spider or butterfly on their arms! It saves time too! ..have any tips for a small but great looking spider? some of mine came out looking more like a crab!…kids still liked them tho. Im trying my painting at the markets tomorrow.

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Carol Sexton Fri at 11:56 pm

Thankyou for the tips, they are all very nice. I want to start painting but really haven’t had the time to sit and concentrate. BUT I do plan on doing it very soon. I want to be able to use it with the children at church. Thank you again, it is all very much appreciated. And GOD BLESS YOU!!

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kellie dougherty Sat at 6:04 pm

Thats realy cute

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Mrs. Bunny, The Clown Wed at 1:05 pm

That is so pretty and so simple to do. I am impressed!

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Maria Thu at 9:25 am

Love it because it is simple and quick :)

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Christina Thu at 10:40 am

love it.

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debby Thu at 1:00 pm

I really like the butterfly one hope I can do it justice

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Jo Gillett Thu at 8:33 pm

It looks so easy! – but I bet my doesnt look the same! I will have fun practising though.

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Maz Sat at 6:06 am

What an awsome way to do flutterbuys,nice and quick for those long lines of excited little girls :)

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Bonita Evans Mon at 5:14 am

Cute, simple & QUICK! Also to Jan re: the flower petal tip – Nice one, thanks!

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Lolita Varga Mon at 1:47 pm

I like your designs, it’s easy with you!!! thanks

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patches the clown Mon at 4:22 pm

it’s great for beginners. You make it very easy.

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Linda Tue at 10:15 am

Hi Philadelphia
This little butterfly is so pretty and quick to do – ideal for the wriggly child or the first-timer who isn’t too brave to have their whole face painted. Several of the same in varying sizes, like a flock of butterflies, would look good too as would a few embellishments in gold or silver or even maybe little stick-on jewels for an older child or teenager wanting to look glam!
Thank you
Linda
UK

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laura Thu at 2:21 pm

My question is will you or do you show how to paint characters or disney designs? I ask because i have seen clowns that have painted really nice disney and character designs for the cheeks.. Iam really interested to learn

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Mishel Thu at 3:22 pm

Wonderful to have easy instructions. Can’t wait for more designs. You make everything look so easy!!!!!!

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Raquel Fri at 9:49 pm

nice and simple plus butterflies are my favorite

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ventura Fri at 11:01 pm

Its easy and cute, I liked!! and I will like to see more designs like this one small and great!!

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Philadelphia from FacePaintingTips.com Sun at 10:33 pm

Hello everbody, thanks for your comments, its awesome to hear from you all :-)

To answer Laura’s question: I can’t show you Disney Characters because of copyright infringment. You’re not likely as a face painter to be sued by disney because you painted minnie mouse on a couple of kids, but as a web business that sells guides, I’d rather play it safe.

And to Linda, your silver and gold embellishments… thats a great idea!

Happy Face Painting,

Philadelphia Tivoli

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Lisa Bailiff Wed at 1:19 am

I am brand new to face painting and this is the best thing I could have found online. Please keep up the simple and quick designs as I am needing all the info that is out there :)

p.s. If you have any tips on just starting out (the best brushes, paints, sponges, techniques, etc) It would be welcomed

Thank you, Lisa

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dora marroquin Thu at 9:23 pm

I just think is awesome, I work with kids at church I a really want to learn how to do it

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dora marroquin Thu at 9:23 pm

thank u very much

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Chandra Fri at 8:24 pm

Awesome butterfly….i added a trail of gold dots to make the butterflies look as though they are on the move….loop the loop…and the kids love it and so do I. Thanks.

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Jo Jones Wed at 4:38 pm

very cute, you could use this with little flowers, vines etc;

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glenda Thu at 8:24 am

great design, simple to do. thanks

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ROM Thu at 3:52 pm

I think the designs are nice but being a tattoo artist i think that the designs can have a little more detail.

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Bonita Evans Thu at 9:36 pm

What I like most is that these designs offer a nice foundation. There will always be room to add details according to the artist’s whim & creativity. Perhaps, one day, Philadelphia will offer a more advanced technique/design e-book or videos. I think there’s a lot of potential for growth here! :)

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Shannon Sat at 12:45 am

thanks! this is the perfect design; been searching all night. appreciate the pics. simple enough to do with a line of kids and looks finished. thanks!

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howaredsy Sun at 5:46 pm

I love it!! im doing it 4 field day

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Elizabeth Whisenant Sun at 5:28 pm

Thanks, I needed that alot I have A lot of trouble doing it but not anymore!

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Paula Thu at 5:07 pm

Its easy to do
I love this butterfly

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jesikah Thu at 2:14 am

I think it looks realy cute. in a couple of weeks its my best friends sisters 7th birthday and my friend georgia asked my if i would like to do the face painting for the kids at the party, so i am trying to find some ideas to copy off. And i think your is great.

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:04 am

AWSOME

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:04 am

AWSOME

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:04 am

AWSOME

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:04 am

AWSOME

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:05 am

COOL BUTERFLY

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:05 am

COOL BUTERFLY

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:05 am

COOL BUTERFLY

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Katie Lucas Sat at 11:05 am

COOL BUTERFLY

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sarah Sun at 9:56 am

i love art!!!!!!!

p.s. good butterfly

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paulette Fri at 7:04 pm

Great instruction! You make it easy! Thanks! :)

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icekat Thu at 11:36 pm

i love face painting

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MARISHA NARINESINGH Sun at 2:30 am

simply beautiful

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gem Sun at 8:35 pm

wow lovely so simple but nice xxx

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Grace Thu at 5:11 pm

Thank you so much! I have to face paint for a kids carnival at my church and I NEVER have face painted before. I was desperately looking for something simple and pretty. This is easy and good looking, unlike other websites, where while it was very pretty was complex. Thanks!

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minnie mouse cakes Mon at 1:49 pm

The way this operates is the pink is the base portion of your
nail. Click here to see the entire collection from Kim, Khloe, Kris, Kylie and Kendall.
However, during the fall and winter months, you will usually
see deeper, more earthy tones, like: forest green, Bordeaux wine, and the ever classic:
black.

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