Painting People: Tiger





Introduction: Painting People: Tiger

About: Hello all! I'm Michelle, a college sophomore studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. My interests vary wildly, though, so expect to see quite the variety from me!

Hello there! Welcome to this tutorial on how to do a simple full face tiger paint. I hope you enjoy! If you like what you see and don't mind dropping a vote my way, that would be awesome too!

Step 1: Supplies

Here's a list of some suggested products.

  • Face Primer
  • Face Paint in White, Orange, and Black
  • Makeup Sponge
  • Brushes in Various Size

I only used the Nyx Angel Veil because it was what I had on hand and what I've been using under my daily makeup as of late. I do, however, recommend the Wolfe Brothers face paint. It goes on nicely and washes off easily as well. It's a bit of an investment, but if you plan on doing face painting on any sort of regular basis it might be nice to have.

As for the brushes, a wide flat brush is nice for the white and orange and I suggest a #3 round for all the work in black.

Step 2: Primer and White

Start off with clean skin and spread primer all over your face.

Then move on to the white. I suggest outlining the white with a brush and then filling it in with a sponge. Fill in the chin area and then up from the eyes. Try and keep it all as symmetrical as possible.

Step 3: Add Orange and Blend

Next fill in the orange. I suggest a wide, flat brush and fairly thinned out paint, if you're using the wolfe paints. Then blend out the lines so they're not quite so harsh. I used a little white paint on a sponge and dabbed it along the edges, trying to maintain symmetry.

Step 4: Give the Tiger Its Stripes

This part is much easier to picture than to describe, so I suggest looking through the pictures and then using them as inspiration for your own look. As I said before, maintain as much symmetry as you can. It's a lot harder than it seems to manage that, especially if you're doing your own makeup.

To get the thin-to-thick lines to work, start with very light pressure on your round brush and increase pressure to make the line thicker, then lighten up pressure again to make the line thin.

Step 5: That's It!

That's all you have to do to get a nice tiger look for Halloween, on stage, or whatever else you have in mind.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have a fantastic day!



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    Just beautiful artwork! I can almost hear you growl (or maybe purr). :-)

    You rock Tiger Lady. Great ible. Enough details so someone could do it themselves.

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    That's so amazing just tried it out on my little bro and he now looks awesome and won't let mum take it off
    Thank you

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    Great 'ible! When I first saw your face, I thought you must have airbrushed the white and orange sections. It's cool how smooth you got the transitions between colors. It makes the black details really pop.

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    good job.: ) i will vote for you and use this tutorial for my halloweeny costume.

    I especially like the white and orange shapes on your face at the beginning of the tutorial-------very compelling.

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    superbe travaille qui fait trais belle apparence de tigre

    this make you amazing?

    I don't, actually! I just Google image searched 'tiger' and used what came up for inspiration.

    excellent ...color sel is very realistic...a true tigress

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