Get Your Green On with 11 Fun St Patrick’s Day Face Paint Ideas!

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

February 22, 2021

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Transform yourself into a vibrant pot of gold, a leprechaun or even a gloriously green unicorn with these fun St Patrick’s Day face paint ideas!

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A pack of face paints is a fantastic thing to invest in – not only can it help to transform a rainy day into something significantly more fun, it can also be a lifesaver on playdates, at birthday parties or for those last-minute dress up days at school.

Incorporating some little green shamrocks, four leaf clovers, the tricolour flag or a vibrant rainbow will give you lots of seasonal looks to choose from – and the ideas below are perfect for taking things a step further. Whatever you choose, the kids are sure to enjoy these St Patrick’s Day face paint ideas!

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St Patrick’s Day Face Paint Ideas

Irish Flag

The Irish flag is the simplest – and most effective – idea for face painting this St Patrick’s Day. Green, white and gold (orange is often used instead of gold) from left to right are the colours to go for. You could choose simple designs on each cheek, or even a full face look for real impact!

Simple Shamrock

St Patrick's day face paint idea

Image: Pinterest

Even a simple shamrock design can be highly effective, especially when you add some glitter to really make it stand out!

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Leprechaun Face Paint

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Image: Bodypainting by Belinda Wurmitzer

This is one of my favourite looks! Turn your little one into the ultimate St Patrick’s Day leprechaun thanks to inspiration from Belinda Wurmitzer.

Leprechaun Hat

St Patrick's day face paint ideas

Image: AJ Works

Recreate the symbolic leprechaun hat with this classic look from AJ Works that uses the colours of the Irish flag.

Celtic Princess

St Patrick's day face paint

Image: Tinker Magic

This is a great example of a St Patrick’s day showpiece. Tinker Magic combines lots of four leaf clovers with a strong rainbow and plenty of sparkle to make it all pop!

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Four Leaf Clover

This great four leaf clover face paint tutorial from Snazaroo will help you learn how to create depth and shade, and how to do a simple four leaf clover with a paint brush.

Leprechaun Rainbow

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Image: Paintertainment

This St Patrick’s Day rainbow design from Paintertainment really pops – particularly with red lips – and would be a good design for a variety of ages.

St Patrick’s Day Combination

St Patrick's day face painting

Image: Paintpal

Combine rainbows, a pot of gold and plenty of lucky shamrocks for this look from Paintpal. A glittery red lip is the final pop of colour, while glitter in the pop of gold makes it really stand out.

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Green Butterfly

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Image: Tinker Magic

All the shades of green combine to create this beautiful butterfly face paint look from Tinker Magic.

St Patrick’s Day Butterfly

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Image: Snazaroo

Here’s another butterfly face paint idea from Snazaroo that uses the Irish colours to create a fun look.

St Patrick’s Day Unicorn

St Patrick's day face paint unicorn

Image: Abby’s Colorful Creations

Isn’t this green unicorn from Abby’s Colorful Creations just adorable? The green really pops, especially with the neon ombre eye and glitter.

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St Patrick's day face paint idea

Image: Barbara Breitung / Tappy’s Face Painting

Combine some classic favourites for this St Patrick’s Day face paint idea – classic rainbows, love hearts, shamrocks and a glittering red lip!

Pot of Gold

Leprechaun gold (1)


Use white to create sparkle on this St Patrick’s Day rainbow, with step-by-step instructions from It ends with a traditional leprechaun pot of gold, and you could add a leprechaun cheek design on the other side.

Shades of Green

St Patrick's day face painting

Image: Swish Face and Body Art

Swish Face & Body Art created a variety of St Patrick’s day ideas, from gorgeous green butterflies to a green cat! All of them would work well, and including little shamrocks and four leaf clovers gives everything a real Irish twist!

Kiss Me I’m Irish

St Patrick's day face paint ideas

Image: Abby’s Colorful Creations

Abby’s Colorful Creations designed this St Patrick’s Day look, complete with shamrocks, gold glitter and even a lipstick kiss!

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Have your say! Will you be trying your hand at any of these St Patrick’s Day face paint ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

Get Your Green On with 11 Fun St Patrick's Day Face Paint Ideas - Mykidstime

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Published On: February 22nd, 2021 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: February 15th, 2024 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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