Embark on an underwater adventure with this mermaid face-painting tutorial! This simple guide is perfect for beginners looking to add a touch of magic to parties, dress-ups, or playtime.

Why Choose a Mermaid Design?

Mermaids symbolize mystery, beauty, and the allure of the ocean. This design is a favorite among children who adore these mythical creatures, making it a perfect choice for sparking their imagination.

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 ocean colors: aqua, blue, green, and purple
  2. Shimmering white or silver face paint for highlights
  3. A set of face-painting brushes, including a thin brush for details
  4. Face-painting sponges
  5. A bowl of clean water for rinsing brushes
  6. Paper towels or a clean cloth
  7. Glitter (cosmetic grade) for a sparkly finish
  8. A comfortable chair
  9. A mirror to reveal the final 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: Prepare the Canvas

  • Ensure the child’s face is clean and free from oils or moisturizers.

Step 2: Ocean Base

  • With a sponge, apply a base layer of aqua or blue paint, blending out from the center of the face towards the edges but avoiding the eye area.

Step 3: Mermaid Scales

  • Use the edge of a sponge to dab on scales with green and purple paints. Overlap colors slightly for a gradient effect.

Step 4: Define the Eyes

  • Paint a gentle sweep of blue or purple over the eyelids, and add a little shimmer near the inner corners of the eyes.

Step 5: Highlighting

  • With shimmering white or silver paint, add highlights above the eyebrows, on the cheekbones, and down the nose to mimic light reflecting off water.

Step 6: Details and Accents

  • Use a thin brush to draw delicate wavy lines down the cheeks and forehead to represent water or seaweed.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of glitter over the wet paint for a sparkling effect.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

  • If desired, add small seashell or starfish designs near the temples with a detail brush.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

  • Allow the face paint to dry completely. Advise the child to avoid touching their face to prevent smudging.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Scales Technique: Practice creating scales on your arm to perfect the technique before applying it to the face.
  • Steady Lines: Train your hand to paint steady, precise lines by practicing on paper first.
  • Mixing Colors: Get comfortable blending colors on a palette to achieve the perfect mermaid hues.


With these easy-to-follow steps, you’ll have a beautiful mermaid face-painting that’s sure to make a splash!