Face Painting Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Keep a Clean and Tidy Kit

Top of the list for any face painter is keeping equipment as clean as possible. Once you’re finished a session make sure you wipe away any paint around your palettes, throw away all of the disposable items in a bin and make sure to thoroughly wash and sanitise your brushes - you can do this with warm, soapy water or with a brush cleaner. For sponges just pop them in the washing machine at 60 degrees which ensures they come out clean and as a good as new!

Create Perfect Tear drops and Swirls

Teardrops and swirls are two things that you’ll need to know how to do in order to be a successful face painter. While it may not seem like a difficult skill to learn, most beginner face painters struggle with this. Here is how you can make them look more impressive.

Make sure the consistency of the paint is right before starting. A thick consistency with not too much or too little water is key to getting a nice opaque line. Make sure you use a rounded brush that has a thin tip.

Begin making a teardrop by touching lightly with the tip of a round bush and then pressing down at an angle. You should have a line that begins thin and ends as a thicker drop.

Making swirls is similar to making teardrops but you must curve and lengthen the line. Remember to vary the thickness of the lines by pressing and pulling up onto the thin tip of the brush.

 Keep a Steady Hand

Whether you are a little nervous or have eaten too much sugar or caffeine it is sometimes hard to keep a steady hand!
Painting any fine details with a shaking hand is near impossible! I have the solution! Just rest your pinkie finger of your working hand on the forehead, cheek or nose of the subject as you paint. This anchors your hand and the support helps you keep a steady hand to paint.

Wait for your base layer to dry

It may take half a minute of your time but trust me waiting for your sponge base layer to dry is well-worth it for that professional finish! Working on a dry base will allow a much cleaner finish with less smudges and bleeding of paint.

Spritz your sponge

Activate your face paint by spritzing your sponge before applying the paint from the pot. This allows for a better consistency of paint but it also much easier to maintain a kit that isn’t drowning in water.

Have faith in yourself

As a face painter it is good to consider yourself as the artist you are! The work face painters produce is incredible and requires great talent which by all means is a form of art, not just a form of entertainment. Sometimes face painters are often overlooked as a person of great talent but this is changing in the industry! We must keep improving and pushing boundaries to improve. If you are just starting out, do not worry, you will get there with practice! Our top tip for amateur face-painters is to remember that you’re going for an overall effect, do not get caught up in the detail. No one is looking too close up, and the harshest critic is yourself. Children are far more prepared to look beyond a wobble in a line and get lost in their transformation to another creature or character. Be confident, have faith in yourself and most of all have fun!
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