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Book Review: The Face Painting Book of Eye Designs for Boys


The Face Painting Book of Eye Designs for Boys is the fifth book in Snazaroo USA Inc.’s series of face painting books.

A book devoted to boy designs is a great idea – we all can manage fast girl designs, but boys are a bit of a challenge.  This book really does deliver a large selection of designs that will actually work for painters in real life face painting situations.

This one features the work of Kristi Darby of Pigment Pie Face and Body Art from Kansas City, MO (  Kristi is an excellent artist and all the designs in this book are really do-able and eye-catching.

Kristi did all the painting and provided the photos but the accompanying text was written by Snazaroo USA Inc. (Matthew Cole, Gary Cole, et al)  I found the written instructions overly detailed and not necessarily matching the photos I was looking at.  They also tend to be repetitive regarding adding highlights, etc. on each design.  If you have some experience painting you could just skim them and follow the photos instead.

For example, the Black Eye (page 10) instructions detailed using black, green and yellow as well as the blue and maroon, but the photos of the black eye Kristi painted show no evidence of those colours actually being used to create the very nice black eye.  The use of the green and yellow make an aged bruise, but Kristi’s is a fairly fresh one.  And using black, I would not recommend that myself as it would overpower the rest of the colours and is NOT part of a real bruise.

The layout of the book is easy to follow – two pages per design, one with step-by-step photos and instructions and the facing page has the final photo and more instructions for finishing the design (fairly standard for most step-by-step books.)  This example is my personal favourite – the Alien.  I can see this one being a huge hit with the boys (and girls too!)

Another very effective design is the Zombie Eye – something easy and fast for those squirming boys who want to be a zombie but can’t sit still for the whole full face treatment!

The book doesn’t provide any specifics or visual aids on techniques or brushes.  It goes straight into the step-by-steps which is great as you get more designs, but it may leave beginner painters hanging a bit on exactly how to get going (if they are complete newbies – tip: buy my book too if this is the case!)

There are 25 designs in total and all are worth trying out .  Most designs would be within the reach of newer painters with a little trial and error as none are technically difficult.  Most designs have a total of four photos, but several have three and there is one with five.

I definitely would recommend the book as we all need more boy designs!

Links to purchase:  Snazaroo USA  where it is at an introductory price of $12 USD, or at your usual face paint retailers (suggested retail price is $15 USD.)

Author: Shannon Fennell

Multidisciplinary artist, world traveller, make-up artist, and cheese lover. I follow a low carb lifestyle to keep my diabetes in remission. Canadian expat in the UK.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Face Painting Book of Eye Designs for Boys

  1. Thank you very much for this information! I love the designs I saw in your review, and will likely get this book.

  2. Thanks for the book review! It is so nice to know a fellow face painter’s opinion of a book prior to purchasing, A lot of good to know info!
    ~ Kate

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