How To Face Paint
Learning to face paint is an enjoyable art skill. The good news is that even a complete novice can learn this fun and creative skill. Face painting is nothing new. It’s been used for centuries in tribal or religious ceremonies, for celebrations and for wars. You can use face painting to turn your face into your favourite football team colours. Face painting is also great for birthday parties, carnival celebrations, Halloween and any fun events.
What you'll need:
Water base face paint
Face paint stencil (optional)
Cup of water
To face paint you need paint that is made especially for applying on human skin. Choose quality water based face paints and you’ll be able to wash it off with soap and water. The face paints come in various colours and paint size pots or palettes. The paints can contain glitter for a sparkling effect on the face, or ultra-violet paints to glow in the dark at nightclubs. You can be overwhelmed with the range of colours and different face paint effects on offer. But, it’s best to start with the basic colour ranges like blue, yellow, green, black, orange, white and red. Get used to working with those basic colours first. Practice applying and mixing the colours to get the effect that you want.
Sponges are needed if you are painting large areas of the face or painting one colour base. There are sponges made for face painting and you can cut them up to create more sponges. The cut edges can be used to create sharp edges or lines. If you are using different colours to face paint, it’s a good idea to use different sponges for each colour being used. This will save you washing the sponge out after each colour use. There are also stipple sponges which are used for creating stubbles or scratches. Experiment with applying face paint with sponges. Test out the different effects you can create, just by bending the sponges and dabbing paint with them.
Face painting brushes will be needed for doing small or detailed designs. They come in various sizes and shapes. You will find you may need only three sized brushes to get started. Mostly you will need a small pointed size brush for really detailed designs, a soft medium sized brush for bolder design strokes and a large brush for filling out outlined designed areas. There are specialized face brushes for creating certain effects. For example, there’s a fan shaped brush for creating a feathered look to edges and the angled flat brush is great for blending together face paints. Get used to working with the basic shaped brushes. Add the specialist brushes as your face painting skills gets more professional. You’ll have a set of brushes in your face painting box that will be called “my favourites” which you use very often.
Visualize first what you want the face to look like after painting it. This will save you some time and effort. If you are not ready to do your own design, you can use free face painting stencils which can be found on some sites online. You can use the stencil as a guide, until you are confident to do your own designs. Wipe the willing models face clean with a face wipe before you begin to paint.
When you apply your first colour of paint to the face, wait for it to dry before applying another coat. This is when you will need some patience. Rushing to paint another coat before it dries will mix the colours and the outcome can look terrible. Remember that adding more water to the face paint will make it thinner. This will help you out when creating shading effects, if you want the colours more vibrant don’t add water. Use the cups of water to wash out colours from your brushes or sponges to prevent colours mixing. If you make any mistakes or want to start again, use the face wipes to wipe the paint away.
After completing your face painting masterpiece, you can take a picture for future record. This will show you as you go along how you’ve improved on your face painting skills. The face painting design can easily be washed off with soap and water because its water based.
Face painting doesn’t have to be complicated designs, the simplest of designs can be best. If you have a children’s birthday party coming up, you can practice your skills on the childrens faces with the parents consent. Learning to face paint can be a great money saver, especially if you have children. Be as creative as you want and enjoy face painting.
Always clean the face before painting. Make sure sponges and brushes are also clean.
You can buy quality face paints from costume shops or online sites.
Never use paints like acrylic for face painting they can cause serious skin reactions. Always use face paints only.
Take care when painting around the eyes.
Never use face paint on someone who has a skin allergy or skin problems.