How many times have you been to fairs and other events where there is face painting going on, and you thought that you would like to try your hand at using face painting paint yourself? It can get pretty expensive to get your kids’ painted, especially if you have a few kids, and maybe even some of their friends, who all want to get done too. You can easily learn how to use these yourself, and do up their faces before leaving home.
Getting the Right Paint
You can’t just use any type to do this. For instance, regular acrylics or watercolors that kids use are not meant to be used on the skin. Even if they say “non-toxic”, it doesn’t mean that they are safe for use on the skin. It is best to stick with actual face paint that is made specifically for the skin. Never use any that contain metallic glitter, as it is not safe for use on the skin.
Here are some tips that will help you to do some really cool face and body art:
• Always use clean tools, such as brushes and sponges. Clear water and a little bit of mild dish-detergent is the best thing for cleaning your tools. Rinse completely after cleaning. Make sure your hands are clean before you start working as well.
• Stick to simple designs at first. Unless you are really artistic and used to painting, it is best to stick with the easy stuff, like hearts, butterflies, etc. You can get stencils that will allow you to easily do more complicated designs, such as flowers, skulls, peace signs, animals and more.
• Cover large areas with your sponge. You will get a much smoother effect if you sponge larger areas with color rather than painting them with your brush.
• Use a fine brush for outlines. You don’t want your lines to be too thick, and a fine liner brush is ideal for doing this stage of face painting, and other small finishing touches and details.
• Use thin coats. If you put it on too heavy, it will look gloppy. Instead, start out with a thin coat, and if you want it darker, keep going over it with thin coats until you have achieved the color you want.
• Keep a stock of tissues or wipes on hand. You are going to make mistakes, especially in the beginning, so it is best to always have tissues or wipes nearby so you can “erase” the mistake and start over.
Once you have practiced on your own kids, you can start doing it for all of their friends and the rest of the neighborhood kids. Who knows… you may even end up doing using your face painting paints at kids’ parties, carnivals and other events, and make a bit of money doing it.