How to Be a Good Face Painter

Three Methods:PaintsSponges and BrushesFace painting Designs

Face painting is a fun attraction which is present at a variety of parties and kids events. Most often, it's an activity that's offered at carnivals, fairs or birthday parties. If you've got the aptitude for basic painting skills, and are going to have a celebration for children, then face painting is a great skill to have.

Method 1

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    Get the right paints.
    • There are craft paints and alternative non-toxic paints that are on the market. Though these paints are nice for a variety of various crafting projects, they're not the right paints for face painting.
    • Get paint developed specifically for this sort of application.
    • This type of paint is called cosmetic paint and can be easily purchased online or at most craft stores.
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    When starting out, get a variety of common colours (you can begin mixing them for exotic colours later). For now, get used to painting with them. Try them on paper first, or on any medium you would like.
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    Store the paints in a cool, dry area out of the sun to prevent the paints from drying out.

Method 2
Sponges and Brushes

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    In order to use the face paint, you need to purchase the right applicators.
    • These include sponges and brushes in exceedingly different shapes and sizes.
    • There are sponges obtainable that were specifically created with the aim of face painting. You can also use the soft side of the common ones you buy in the shop for this purpose
    • Purchase the brushes and sponges online or at craft stores in advance so you can get a feel of using them.

Method 3
Face painting Designs

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    You can easily find designs for face painting online.
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    Get an idea for face painting by watching videos online or better still, watching a professional do it. You can go to a carnival and quietly observe so you can get an idea of how to do it.
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    Find a friend who has done face painting before and ask for their advice and opinions.


  • Make sure your area is neat and organized! Have one cup for "swishing" and one that remains as clear as possible to rinse after. Use whatever is needed to have a quick set up and break-down.
  • Make small talk with the clients, but don't talk so much that you become annoying.
  • Bring along a friend to make it more fun. If there's a lot of downtime, having a friend around can help you from getting bored. You'll have to split the profits with him/her though, so don't bring someone if you don't think it's necessary.
  • Make sure you don't have a lot of paint on your brush, or else it may smudge.
  • Add Bedazzler gems, as they are self adhesive and are cheaper than face paint branded gems, but just as good. Glitter is great too, but only cosmetic- never craft glitter as it is made of tiny metal foil squares that can damage eyes.
  • Be sure to let paint dry a bit before adding another coat.
  • Be friendly and inviting! Smiling never hurts anyone!


  • Be careful mixing black with other colours, for it will smudge easily.
  • Don't let any little kids touch the equipment.
  • Only use FDA approved paints.

Things You'll Need

  • FDA-approved face paint (e.g. Snazaroo, Mehron, Grimas... etc.)
  • Applicators (Brushes and Sponges)

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