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How To Paint On A Mask For The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Look

Jenna Maxwell May 14th 2018


Creating a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume Look

Once upon a time, deep in the underground sewers of New York City, lived four teenage anthropomorphic turtles. These teenage turtles became schooled in the art of Ninjutsu by an anthropomorphic rat sensei named Splinter. Now using their martial arts skills to fight crime in the city, these teenage turtles are not only a unique breed of heroic crime fighters, but they clearly also have their own brand of special charm as well. Each one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is named after a renaissance artist, namely Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo--but they seem to answer just as well to "Dude." The summer of 2014 brings a feature film starring Leo, Mike, Don and Raph--so it's time to get your best Ninja Turtle look ready for action.

If you are planning on becoming one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween or any other dress up occasion, you already know that a mask is an essential part of the costume look. If you are considering painting on your Ninja mask rather than having to tie one on for an entire night, COWABUNGA! Painting a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask is easy. Follow our step-by-step instructions to get the masked look just right!

Here are the items we're using to create this look:


Follow These Steps to Create this Look

Step One:  To create our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle face, we are using Mehron's Paradise Palette in the basic color collection. (#DD507) We are painting our model to become Michelangelo, but you can use whatever the appropriate mask color is to create any of the individual Ninja Turtle characters. Michelangelo wears an orange mask, Donatello wears a purple mask, Raphael wears a red mask and Leonardo wears a blue mask. Using a medium sized brush, add a little bit of water to the mask color paint that you have chosen and paint along the upper edge of the brow line in order to paint the top side of the mask. Following along the brow line gives you an easy guide to create your mask shape. Loading your brush with more of the chosen mask color paint, paint along under the eye sockets and over the bridge of the nose, creating the lower edge of the mask. Fill in the mask with the face paint, being very careful when face painting in the eye area.

Step Two:  Using the green face paint found in the same face paint palette (Mehron Paradise Paint Palette-Basic), add a little water to the paint and load the brush with the green color. If it's easier for you to use a sponge applicator, feel free to do so. Paint the rest of the face areas green, taking the color up to the hairline and down to the chin line. Let the paint dry and apply a second coat or touch up any areas that have skin showing through. Try to make the green color as opaque as possible.

Step Three:  Using a very narrow brush and the black face paint from the same palette, (Mehron Paradise Paint Palette-Basic) thin the black paint with water so that it spreads easily and load this paint into the slender brush. Very carefully outline the mask shape and around the sides of the face where you've painted on the green color.

Step Four:  Add expression lines to the mask if desired. For a child or a girl Ninja Turtle, you can add glitter to your face paint if desired. Use your imagination and have fun with your design!

Now it's time to gear up in your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume. His cohorts Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo have joined Michelangelo for pizza before they grab their favorite weapon and head out to the streets to fight bad guys. Our female Raphael Ninja proves once and for all that indeed, there can be legitimate sex appeal as well as heroics found within a half shell. Creating a bodacious, gnarly or even radical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle look with real turtle power is easy, not to mention fun. Have a shell of a good time!