Embrace the wild side of creativity with this zebra face-painting guide, designed for kids and beginners. This look is perfect for jungle-themed parties, school events, or any day your child feels like walking on the wild side.

Why Choose a Zebra Design?

Zebras are unique with their striking black and white stripes, making them a captivating and recognizable choice for face-painting. This design is not only fun but also encourages imaginative play as children can pretend to be their favorite safari animal.

Materials You’ll Need

Before we start, let’s gather all the materials you’ll need. Having everything ready beforehand will make the process smoother and more enjoyable.

  1. Non-toxic, hypoallergenic face paint in black and white
  2. Face painting sponges
  3. Fine and medium paintbrushes for details
  4. A bowl of clean water for rinsing brushes
  5. Face wipes or a clean cloth for mistakes
  6. A comfortable chair and a drop cloth or apron to protect clothing
  7. A headband or clips to keep hair out of the face

Now that we have everything ready, let’s get painting!

Step-by-Step Face-Painting Design

Follow these steps to create a fantastic face-painting design. Don’t worry if you make a mistake; remember, it’s all part of the learning process!

Step 1: Prep the Canvas

  • Start with a clean, dry face. Use a headband or clips to keep hair away from the face.

Step 2: Base Layer

  • Use a sponge to apply white paint evenly across the entire face, avoiding the eye area. This serves as the canvas for your zebra stripes.

Step 3: Eye Area

  • Carefully sponge around the eyes with white paint, creating a mask-like shape that extends to the temples.

Step 4: Creating Stripes

  • Dip a medium brush in black paint and draw zebra stripes on the forehead and cheeks. Start with a few key stripes and then add smaller ones to fill the gaps.

Step 5: Nose and Upper Lip

  • Paint the nose black, extending the paint down to the upper lip to create the zebra’s muzzle.

Step 6: Detailing the Mouth

  • Use a fine brush to extend thin lines from the corners of the mouth towards the cheeks, mimicking the zebra’s mouth structure.

Step 7: Chin Stripes

  • Add a few black stripes under the chin and along the jawline to continue the pattern.

Step 8: Ears

  • Paint two small triangular shapes on the forehead above the eyebrows for the zebra’s ears, filling them in with black paint.

Step 9: Finishing Touches

  • Use a fine brush to add any final details or touch-ups to the stripes, ensuring they have sharp edges and clean lines.

Step 10: Dry and Set

  • Allow the face paint to dry without touching it to prevent smudging.

Step 11: Reveal the Wild Side

  • Show the child their reflection so they can see their transformation into a zebra.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Practice painting stripes on paper or an arm before moving to the face.
  • Experiment with different stripe patterns to find the most authentic look.
  • Keep a steady hand and use face wipes to correct any mistakes.


With this guide, you’ve turned a child’s face into a wild safari adventure, ready to gallop into a world of imaginative play.