Butterfly Face Paint: SFX Tutorial Series, Part 6

This Halloween season, we’re teaming up with talented special effects makeup artists to bring you a series of exclusive SFX makeup tutorials. In our sixth release of the series, PRO artist Angie Lum creates a vibrant, luminescent butterfly face paint look featuring a collection of cult favorite SFX makeup products from Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Follow along as Angie walks you through each step of this popular Halloween makeup look!


Shop The Look

Make Up For Ever
12 Flash Color Palette
$99

Cozzette Beauty
Infinite Matte Shadow
$12


Cozzette Beauty
Stylist Creme Liner
$18


These are the products she used: 

Total Cost: $240.15

Get the look for less! Use a moisturizer, setting spray, nude lipstick and lipliner, and black eyeliner that you already have on hand. Opt for individual cream paints instead of the full Make Up For Ever Palette:

Total Cost: $58

Step 1: Prep skin and cover up your brows.

Angie preps her skin with Embryolisse 24-Hour Miracle Cream and follows up with a full-coverage foundation base. Then she applies water-based Kryolan Hydro Spirit Gum over her eyebrows to hold down her eyebrows before applying white creme makeup to conceal them.

Step 2: Map out and fill-in your butterfly design.

Using a dark brown artist pencil, outline the shape of butterfly wings on both sides of the face. Create faint lines so you can easily cover up your tracing in the following steps.

Fill in your outline with a light blue creme makeup.

Step 3: Apply shading to the tops and bottoms of your wing outline.

Using a dark blue creme makeup, apply shading to the tops and bottoms of the butterfly wings. Slowly fade the color in towards the inner parts of the face, almost like an ombre effect.

Step 4: Set creme makeup in place with matte eyeshadows. Define shading.

Lock the creme makeup in place using matte eyeshadows of the same color. You’ll be using two different shades to cover the different blue colors. As you’re setting the makeup, accentuate the shading inside the wing design by applying more of the eyeshadow color to the tops and bottoms of the wing design.

Step 5: Outline your butterfly design & set in place.

Apply a black creme or gel eyeliner to the outer border of the wing design, creating thicker lines towards the top and bottom rounded edges of the wing design. Once you’ve outlined the full design, go back over the outline with a matte black eyeshadow to set the lines in place.

Step 6: Line your eyes!

Using a black liquid eyeliner, line the upper and lower lash line of your eyes. Create a winged outer corner for dramatic effect.

Step 7: Create delicate detailing inside the butterfly wings.

Dip back into the creme eyeliner from the previous steps and create thin, delicate lines inside the wings. These are the veins of the butterfly wing. There is no right or wrong way to draw these lines, but follows Angie’s tutorial video above to see how she completed this step.

Step 8: Outline the butterfly wings again, this time in white.

Using a white creme pencil, outline the wings again for more definition. Do not go over the black outline, simply trace the outside edges of the black.

Step 9: Apply glitter inside the butterfly wings.

Time to get that iridescent, ethereal sparkle! Angie uses Eye Kandy Glitter Sprinkles in shade Marshmallow to create this effect. Apply all over the inside of the butterfly wings.

Step 10: Complete the look with false lashes and a nude lip!

Finish your look with voluminous false lashes and a pretty nude lip. Angie uses Ben Nye lip liner and lipstick for her classic lip look down below. Her lashes of choice were Lashes In A Box style #23.

Visit our YouTube channel for more step-by-step SFX tutorials. A special thank you to artist Angie Lum (@angielum) and Lei V Artist Agency for bringing this Butterfly Face Paint vision to life.

Watch our other SFX Tutorials:

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CATS with a Twist by Andie Piazza

The Nun by Janet Cake

Glam-Gore Scary Witch by Rachel Quattlebaum

Glam Halloween Clown Makeup by Kelly Tull

Need something specific to create your SFX Halloween looks? Shop Camera Ready’s extensive collection of top special effects brands here. Also, check out these Top 10 SFX products loved by PROs.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact our Customer Experience Team for a comparable alternative, or to see if we can order the exact product you need.


Mallory Hatten
Beauty Editor / Camera Ready Cosmetics