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How To Face Paint, A Complete Guide

By Hollie Copeland

Face painting is an activity that is becoming more popular in the contemporary world. Interest has increased in this activity, and a large number of people are inclined to learn the art of face painting. To learn the art of face painting people can adopt different ways. Some people take admission in the institutes that teach the rules of face painting; some read books or guides, and some search different websites. All of these ways can be productive if the person has an interest in this activity and really wants to learn about it. There are some professional painters who paint extraordinary designs on faces, to the extent that the face looks like the character that is made on the face. These experts can guide beginners by giving their precious guidelines and introducing some significant concepts.

Face painting is an easy task, but a few tips are imperative and should be considered to avoid any mishap in this field. The face is a sensitive part of the body, so it should be treated with special care. Face painters must know the consequences of their actions and the quality of their paints.

You can use normal paint brushes to do face painting, but if you are painting a design that needs a large area to be covered with paint, use a sponge instead of a brush. Using sponge is good, because applying the paint with a sponge means that it will dry quickly. Always let the first colour dry before applying the second one. If you forget to wait for the first colour to dry, the colours will get mixed up and you will have to start all over again. Be sure to apply the face paint thinly, because thick layers will crack on drying.

The importance of tools used in the face painting cannot be ignored. The painter must select the right tools and then he/she must be familiar with the correct way to use the tools effectively. There are some techniques that can be helpful for the painters.

Apply a base paint according to the theme. If you are making for Halloween then usually grey or dark brown base is used. Whatever is the base, it should not be so dominant that the actual painting is not clear. Some face painting designs does not require a base; it all depends on the design you have selected.

Use paints that are free from harmful effects and make sure that the person does not have an allergy to these products. Also, test it on the hands first to see if it is easily removable. Remember markers and water colour paints are harmful, so select paints that are especially for the skin.

Use an appropriate brush; for example, use makeup brushes for special effects. For fine lines, use a thin brush, or even a thin marker pen can do. But, if you want to apply paint over a large area, do it with a soft sponge instead, as it will be quicker and can give a smoother affect. After paint, wait for a while so that it dries off; otherwise, it all might just mix up and you will end up having messy face paint.

When painting around the eye, you have to be very careful and try to avoid letting any paint matter get too near to the eye. Have the person close his eyes while you are painting, in order to avoid letting it get watery. STEP 8: The lips do not require any kind of paint, as lipsticks are always there to save the day. So, in case you want to give some good effect to the lips, avoid painting it; instead, get any dark coloured lipstick, like a dark brown colour, which will be best for a horror affect and a pink or red lipstick for some sweet, funny affect. If you want special affects, go for natural things like tissues, cotton, and rice for mushy eyebrows, ghostly affect, fangs for vampires, clown nose etc. When washing off, use a good cleanser and wash off everything well. Apply a gentle moisturizer after the painting.

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Copeland, Hollie "How To Face Paint, A Complete Guide." How To Face Paint, A Complete Guide. 11 Jul. 2010. 25 Oct 2014 <>.

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