Step into the cosmos and transform your little one into a creature from outer space with our easy-to-follow alien face-painting guide. Ideal for beginners, this design will be a hit at any space-themed party or creative playtime!

Why Choose a Alien Design?

An alien design is a perfect way to spark creativity and encourage imaginative play. It’s a versatile look that can be customized with various colors and shapes, making each face painting unique. Plus, it’s gender-neutral and universally appealing to all kids fascinated by the mysteries of the universe.

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. Hypoallergenic face paints in green, black, white, and any other cosmic colors
  2. A set of face-painting brushes, including a thick brush for the base and thin brushes for details
  3. Face painting sponges for smooth coverage
  4. A small bowl of water to rinse brushes
  5. Clean towels or facial wipes for mistakes or cleaning
  6. Cosmetic glitter (optional) for a galactic effect
  7. A comfortable seating area with good lighting
  8. A mirror for the big reveal

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

  • Start with a clean, dry face and secure any loose hair away from the face.

Step 2: Base Layers

  • Use a sponge to apply a smooth, even layer of green paint all over the face, avoiding the immediate eye area.

Step 3: Eye Enhancement

  • Paint large, black circles around the eyes to give the appearance of big, alien eyes. Fill in the circles with black paint.

Step 4: Cosmic Cheeks

  • Add bright, circular spots on the cheeks in a contrasting color, like bright blue or purple, using a sponge.

Step 5: Mystical Mouth

  • With a thin brush, paint a small, black line for the mouth, giving it a slight curve to suggest an enigmatic alien smile.

Step 6: Galactic Details

  • Use a fine brush to add white stars and tiny galaxies around the cheeks and forehead.

Step 7: Alien Antennae

  • Draw two antennae stemming from the top of the forehead with black paint, adding small orbs at the ends in a bright, contrasting color.

Step 8: Final Touches

  • If desired, add a gentle dusting of cosmetic glitter over the face for a stellar sparkle.

Step 9: Setting the Scene

  • Allow the paint to dry, asking the child to remain still for a few minutes to prevent smudging.

Step 10: Reveal the Universe

  • Show the little space explorer their new alien look in the mirror and watch their imagination take off!

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Try out your alien designs on a practice pad before moving on to the face.
  • Experiment with different brush strokes to find the best way to create smooth lines and circles.
  • Remember that symmetry is not essential for an alien look; unusual and asymmetrical designs can add character.


Your kid is now a delightful extraterrestrial, ready to explore the universe of their imagination. Enjoy the cosmic journey!