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Getting your face painted isn’t just for fairs and festivals! Face paint is a fun way to encourage dramatic play in kids- and helps them really get into character! Plus it’s just fun!

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My boys have always been dinosaur OBSESSED. We own too many dinosaur books to count, plus millions of dino figures and toys.

My youngest LOVES to be painted like a dinosaur, and since he’s 2 and doesn’t sit still as long as my daughter I need to use quick designs with him.  Here are step-by-step instructions for creating a DINOSAUR with face paint!


Face Painting Ideas: How to Create a Dinosaur Face Paint look for kids! Super quick and easy- great for toddlers!


Step-by-Step Dinosaur Face Paint Tutorial


To face paint a dinosaur you will need the following:

Face paint in yellow/green, white, black, blue (optional)

makeup sponge

A fine paint brush




Step 1: Paint the Mask

Using your makeup sponge and yellow (or green) face paint, paint a mask around the eyes.

The mask should stretch from the forehead down to the nose/cheeks.

You can use the brush to refine the edges if you wish.



Step 2: Add the Horns

Now it’s time to add the dinosaur’s horns! Pictured is a Triceratops- so there are 3 horns. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post you can see an example of a dinosaur with 4 horns- 2 on top and 2 on the bottom.

Using the white face paint, paint tear drop shaped horns on the top the the mask. About 1/2 of the horn should overlap the mask.

You will want to load your brush up with a lot of face paint so that you can cover the mask color.


Step 3: Outline the Dinosaur

Next load  your paint brush with black face paint and outline your entire dinosaur- mask and horns!

Don’t worry about making these outlines perfect- especially if you are working on a small child.



Step 4: Add Embellishments

Now it’s time to make the dinosaur pop! Using black paint, add in some lines around the eyes, nose, and forehead for wrinkles

Add in a few dots or freckles in blue (or any color you wish) to add a little depth.

And you are done!



(Interested in the Panda Face Paint shown above? Check that out here: Panda Face Paint Tutorial)


Alternate Dinosaur Face Paint Idea:



Above you can see a green dinosaur face paint alternative. This design has 4 horns around the face and none of the nose.

(Interested in the FOX above? You can find that tutorial here: Fox Face Paint Tutorial)


Check out these other DINOSAUR Activities and Ideas:

15 Dinosaur Crafts and Activities for Kids

17 of the BEST Dinosaur Books for Toddlers- and Older Kids too!


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