Unleash the king of the jungle! Our simple lion face-painting guide is perfect for beginners looking to add a touch of wild fun to any child’s day. Whether for a themed party or just for a roaring good time, this tutorial will help you turn any youngster into a fearsome lion.

Why Choose a Lion Design?

The lion is a symbol of strength and courage, making it a popular and empowering choice for kids. It’s also a versatile design that can be both friendly and fierce, adaptable to a variety of events and preferences.

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. Yellow, brown, black, and white water-based face paints
  2. A set of brushes, including a thick brush for base application and a thin brush for details
  3. Face painting sponges for blending colors
  4. A bowl of clean water for rinsing brushes between colors
  5. A comfortable chair for your mini lion
  6. Paper towels or a cloth for potential spills
  7. A mirror to show off the final roaring result

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 Your Canvas

  • Ensure the child is sitting comfortably. Clean their face with a baby wipe to remove oils and dirt for better paint adherence.

Step 2: Base Creation

  • With a sponge, apply a base layer of yellow paint all over the face. This will be the lion’s fur, so don’t worry about getting it perfectly even – a little texture looks great!

Step 3: Muzzle and Eyes

  • Use white paint and a medium brush to create a lighter area around the mouth and nose for the muzzle. Paint the eyelids white to make the eyes pop, resembling a lion’s light eye area.

Step 4: Nose and Whiskers

  • With the black paint and a fine brush, draw a small nose at the tip of the child’s nose and add some simple whisker dots on either side of the muzzle.

Step 5: Defining the Mane

  • Dip a thick brush in brown paint and dab around the face’s perimeter to create a textured mane. Blend the edges into the yellow base slightly for a natural look.

Step 6: Adding Details

  • Use the thin brush and black paint to draw the lion’s mouth, define the eyes with gentle strokes, and add some eyebrow details to give expression.

Step 7: Final Touches

  • Enhance the mane with light strokes of white paint to give it dimension and depth, mimicking the light catching the tips of the mane’s fur.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Texture Techniques: Experiment with different sponge and brush techniques to create fur-like textures.
  • Expressive Features: Practice the lion’s facial features like the eyes and mouth on paper to ensure you can replicate them on a moving canvas.
  • Efficient Process: Since kids can be impatient, find ways to apply the design quickly without compromising on the final look.


With these easy steps, your little one is now ready to rule the savannah (or the backyard). This simple lion face-painting will be a roaring success at any event.