Embrace the enchantment of unicorns with this simple face-painting tutorial. Ideal for birthday parties, events, or just for a fun day of play, this guide will help you bring smiles and sparkles to little faces!

Why Choose a Rainbow Unicorn Design?

Unicorns symbolize magic, purity, and fantasy, making them a beloved choice for children. A unicorn face-painting brings this mythical creature to life and encourages imaginative play.

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. Face paints in white, pink, blue, purple, yellow, and any other preferred colors for the rainbow
  2. A set of face-painting brushes, including a thick brush for the base and thinner brushes for details
  3. Cosmetic glitter (optional, but recommended for that magical touch)
  4. Face painting sponges
  5. A cup of water for rinsing brushes
  6. Paper towels or a cloth for spills or mistakes
  7. Comfortable chair for the child
  8. A mirror to reveal the magical transformation

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: Preparation

  • Ensure the child’s face is clean and dry. Tie back any hair to keep the face clear.

Step 2: Base Creation

  • Use a sponge and white paint to create a soft base on the forehead and cheeks, where the main elements of the unicorn will be.

Step 3: Rainbow Mane

  • With your thick brush, paint a curved rainbow starting from the top of one eyebrow, going up across the forehead, and down towards the other cheek. Use stripes of pink, blue, purple, and yellow.

Step 4: Unicorn Horn

  • Paint a golden or yellow horn in the center of the forehead, above the rainbow’s arc, with simple diagonal strokes for a 3D effect.

Step 5: Mystical Eyes

  • Outline the eyes with light blue or purple and add a few lashes with a thin brush to give a dreamy unicorn appearance.

Step 6: Sparkling Details

  • Use a thin brush to add swirls and stars in white around the eyes and along the sides of the rainbow to represent magical sparkles.

Step 7: Glitter Application

  • While the paint is still wet, dab on a bit of cosmetic glitter over the horn and along the rainbow for a shimmering effect

Step 8: Final Touches

  • Add soft pink blush on the cheeks and a touch of pink to the lips to complete the magical unicorn face.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Technique: Practice painting smooth lines and consistent shapes, essential for creating the rainbow and horn.
  • Speed: Aim to paint swiftly as children may be eager to see the result and less likely to sit still for long periods.
  • Creativity: Experiment with different color combinations and designs to make each unicorn face-painting unique.


With these steps, any beginner can create a magical unicorn face-painting that will be the highlight of any child’s day!