Dive deep into the world of face-painting with our enchanting dolphin design. Perfect for beginners, our guide will help you capture the grace and beauty of dolphins, making it a hit at any event!

Why Choose a Dolphin Design?

Dolphins symbolize playfulness, intelligence, and freedom. Their serene and friendly nature makes them a favorite among children and adults. Choosing a dolphin design not only resonates with ocean lovers but also offers a refreshing, aquatic touch to any gathering.

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, water-based face paint in shades of blue, white, black, and silver
  2. Assorted face painting brushes (fine, medium, thick)
  3. Soft face painting sponges
  4. Clean water for rinsing brushes
  5. Paper towels or a cloth
  6. Mixing palette
  7. Optional: cosmetic glitter for a shimmering effect

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

  • Clean your workspace.
  • Arrange all materials for easy access.

Step 2: Face Prep

  • Clean the face gently to remove oils and dirt.
  • Keep hair away from the face using clips or bands.

Step 3: Base Application

  • Using a sponge, lightly apply a pale blue or sea-green base to simulate water, focusing on the cheeks and forehead.

Step 4: Sketching the Dolphin

  • Using a fine brush and dark blue paint, draw a simple dolphin shape starting from the temple, curving around the eye, and ending at the cheek.

Step 5: Filling in the Dolphin

  • Fill the dolphin shape with a mix of blue and silver using a medium brush. This creates a metallic aquatic sheen.

Step 6: Dolphin’s Features

  • Paint a small, black eye and a smiling mouth on the dolphin.
  • Add a dorsal fin on top and tail fins at the end using the dark blue paint.

Step 7: Water Details

  • With white paint and a fine brush, add small wave patterns around the dolphin to simulate splashes.

Step 8: Final Touches

  • Consider adding a few silver glitter spots for a magical shimmer.
  • Allow the design to dry completely to avoid smudging.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Paper Practice: Before applying on the face, practice the dolphin design on paper.
  • Use Reference Images: Look at pictures of real dolphins to get the shape and details right.
  • Experiment with Colors: While blues are common, feel free to experiment with purples, pinks, or even rainbow dolphins!
  • Ask for Feedback: Whether from the painted person or observers, feedback helps refine your technique.


Dolphin face-painting is a beautiful way to bring the ocean’s charm to any event. With this beginner’s guide, you’re all set to make waves with your artistic skills.