Christmas Blog: Inspiration gallery, Tutorials, Step-by-Steps and Tips for holiday season

Christmas Blog: Inspiration gallery, Tutorials, Step-by-Steps and Tips for holiday season
Kelli Zermeño — 18 December 2017 —

The holiday season is in full swing! No matter what the weather looks like where you live, there are classic colors and design elements that will certainly add the jingle into your bells as you paint your way through the holidays.

Christmas Design Ideas

These designs will add some holiday spirit into your portfolio, and to ensure we make it onto the Nice List, we’ve made it easier for you to learn with links to YouTube tutorials and several fabulous step-by-step photos. So stock up on shades of red, green, gold and icy hues so you can Jingle Bell rock this holiday season!

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O Christmas Tree
These beautiful evergreens can be interpreted in so many ways. Whether creating a beautiful full face look or speeding up your line by utilizing a fun one-stroke design, feel free to incorporate jewels, glitters, liquid bling and more to deck your tree out

Christmas Tree face painting

Holly Berries
When painting these beautiful green leaves, elaborate with swirls, stencils and liquid bling to transform a simple holly cluster into a glorious work of art. Be sure to practice your swirls to get a natural flow that is pleasing to the eye. Olga’s Holly Design tutorial will help you recreate this deceptively quick look.

Holly Berries face painting

These beautiful red flowers are a great way to add a floral element to your designs. This design by Olga Murasev also utilizes a round brush for double dip to create flower buds and some liquid bling for added sparkle.

Check out our “Tools for perfect Double Dip Flowers” article and find out how to incorporate these beautiful buds into your work for eye-pleasing details!

Poinsettia face painting design

These adorable flyers will light up your customers faces as sure as Rudolph’s nose! Incorporate fun one-stroke technique and stencils for a quick and impressive look, or go all out and recreate one of these designs from Olga Murasev, Arjhay Body Art or Lisa Joy Young!

Christmas Reindeer face painting designChristmas Reindeer face painting design

Christmas Decorations and Lights
Easy to recreate looks like these incorporating strands of lights and ornaments will help you create impressive designs that won’t take a ton of time. Be sure to keep your linework clean and don’t be shy with the glitter!

Christmas Decorations and Lights face painting design

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
Get creative with this iconic wintery fellow! From classic snowmen to beloved characters, the options are endless! Add a touch of creative fun by incorporating your client’s eyes into the eye of your character like Paty DeLeon. Recreate this Olaf cheek design as well as this classic snowman design from Olga Murasev.

Snowman face painting design
Check out our “Secret tips to obtain a flawless design in face painting” article and learn how to get your designs Instagram worthy… we all wanna be Instagram famous! 😎

Or, try your hand at this cute eye design with this handy step-by-step guide thanks to International Face Paint School graduate Kristin Olsson of Krusedull. You can see how using a star stencil and some simple shading really make this design pop!


Ice Queen
While her majesty isn’t technically Christmas, her frozen appearance is a perfect pairing for iconic holiday weather. Snowflake and ice designs are always popular and she is, well… the queen of ice! Get creative with your variations, here are a few designs to inspire you. Please view these tutorials for the “Frozen” Elsa Crown and Snowflake Princess.

Ice Queen Snow Princess Elsa face painting design

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
This Dr. Seuss classic is sure to bring a smile to even the naughtiest child in your line! Try your hand at these variations by artist Monserrat Villalobos, Ashlea Henson, Lisa Joy Young or this one from Olga.

Grinch face painting design

Here Comes Santa Claus!
You can’t have Christmas without jolly old St. Nick. Whether you’re adding his iconic hat over a child’s eyebrow, or transforming them with a full beard, these designs are sure to imbibe the Christmas spirit.

Santa Claus

This chilly willy fella will surely make a splash (get it?!) at any event. Get your sponges and snowflake stencil out to recreate this Olga Murasev Pretty Penguin design.

Penguin face painting designPenguin face painting design

Yeti (Snow Monster)
This loveable giant will be a great addition to the category of “there’s never enough boy faces!” Try your hand at Kristin Olsson’s Yeti… then let loose and create one of your own!

Yeti (Snow Monster) face painting design
Yeti (Snow Monster) face painting design
Tip: These step-by-step photos are a great way for you to gain understanding of layering colors, shading and a proper order of operations while painting. When you enroll in the International Face Paint School, you will get comprehensive knowledge of shading, color theory, positioning and more.

Fine Art

Face painting isn’t all swirls and cartoons! The human body can become a living canvas. The creativity and beauty inspired in these designs are absolutely breathtaking. Special designs like these look amazing in your portfolio and are so much fun to create.

Fine Art face painting design
Tip: Don’t limit yourself! Get creative with your canvas. Allow yourself to be inspired by nature, works of art and beautiful patterns.

Transforming Your Regular Designs for Christmas

Don’t completely remove your butterflies, princess crowns, kitty cats and other popular designs from your holiday portfolio.

Adding classic Christmas colors and a variety of frosty blues can transport your summer butterflies into a winter wonderland.

Additional elements like snowflakes and holly really give the finishing touch. See how simple it is to convert a beautiful butterfly into a holiday-inspired wonder by watching this Christmas Festival Butterfly tutorial with Cameron Garrett.

Transforming Your Regular Face Painting Designs for Christmas

Creating original designs takes planning, strategy and an understanding of balance. Check out our article on “How to create your own original designs” to show you how to be a trend-setter.

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Santa’s Workshop

Consider investing in a few special tools to help you achieve beautiful results. Stencils with snowflakes, stars, or even holiday sweater themed designs add fun and texture to your work.

BAMS Stencils with snowflakes, stars
Tip: Check out the BAMS Facebook page for a full line up of their new holiday amazing stencils!

Daubers and droplet sponges come in several different sizes. These handy tools can increase your speed and add a creative touch. Use them to create strands of Christmas lights, multi-toned ornaments, snowballs… get creative. Shops such as Jest Paint, Art Factory,, and Silly Farm carry a great selection of holiday themed tools and paints.

Do NOT forget the sparkles! It’s Christmas, after all. Cosmetic glitters, beautiful chunky glitters, liquid bling and more! Let your imagination run wild! You can purchase glitters from any of the shops listed above, or you can also purchase from glitter specialty shops like Glitterballs by LG London, Vivid Glitter or Sugar Face & Body Art.
There is an art to beautiful glitter application, check out our article “Clever Ways to Use Glitter” to make sure your designs shine bright.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We really have the best job. We get to create living art, light up children’s faces and go to parties for a living! Even if you don’t normally dress up while you’re working, consider embracing the holiday spirit. Throw on some festive leggings, an ugly Christmas sweater, or even go all out with an elf-inspired ensemble.

Tip: Your attention to detail and fun adds that much more value to the service you are providing.

What is your most popular Christmas design?🎅🎄☃️ Submit your favorite holiday designs in the comments below!👇👇👇

 — Kelli Zermeño

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