Super Face Painting Tips to Impress Your Kids

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There is something about face painting that children really seem to love.  Maybe it is related to their fascination with dress-up, with putting on a costume and pretending to be a super hero or a princess or something else.

As such, of course, many parents consider hiring a clown or other Right Choice Children’s Entertainment face painting Toronto artist for parties but you may find that this is something you could do yourself.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or complicated—like an award-winning makeup job in Hollywood or Broadway.  You can do simple face painting with very little knowledge and experience; but here’s a few tips to get you started.

Always Use Quality Face Paint

This might seem obvious but many people don’t read labels. I can’t blame you: you are busy planning a party and running errands, let alone your work schedule and family time. But it is important not to skimp on the face paint quality.  Children often have more sensitive skin than life-seasoned adults, so make sure you use water-based paint whenever possible.  They are easier to work with and also easier to clean.  They are also easier to fix if you make a mistake—which is common for the inexperienced face painter.

Always Use Clean Sponges

With every application make sure to use a clean makeup sponge.  Again, this might seem obvious, but in the heat of things—when you have a line of children waiting—it might seem that you can just reuse the same sponge if you aren’t changing colors.  But children can have different sensitivities and using a new sponge for each child (and for each different application of paint) ensures the most hygienic environment.

Always a 3-step System

As it is with most makeup, you can apply face paint in a series of steps. The easiest—and most common—series to follow is only 3 steps. First, apply a base layer of color using a wedge sponge. Start with lighter colors and then layer darker shades over the top.  Second, draw the picture or the details of the design with brushes and color them.  Finally, add the finishing touches as necessary.

Always Use Unscented Wipes

When it comes time to clean up, make sure to use unscented wet [facial] wipes.  This is clean and efficient and prevents unwanted staining of your household towels.