Face Painting – Tips



If you paint it… they will come.

There are a number of professional face painters available that do excellent work, very quickly. Some event organizers may cover the cost to have all the kids done or they may allow the company to set-up and charge your guests for their services. If your event is expected to draw a lot of people, a professional face painting company is your best choice.

The company however should offer a wide selection of face designs that do not take a lot of time. At one event, the face painter was very good, but very slow, which created a long line of anxious kids and annoyed parents.

An alternative to hiring a professional is to contact the local high school to hire a few art students. Face painting supplies are available at most department stores or party supply shops and as long as the designs are kept simple, they would appreciate the challenge and the few dollars you would pay.

You can also do it yourself.  With the right supplies and some patience, any one can face paint.


Suggested Equipment:

  • Face paint
  • Assorted make-up sponges
  • Assorted size brushes
  • Tissues
  • Wet towels
  • Wet wipes to clean the face first if needed.
  • Tall Chair/Bar Stool
  • Mirror



  • Use the good stuff.  Dollar Store may be cheap but you do get what you pay for.  Some paint from overseas may contain some nasty chemicals.
  • Water based make-up is much easier to work with and clean up.
  • Face painting crayons do not work as well as make-up that is applied with a brush or sponge.
  • For a base color or to paint a larger area, use a sponge.   It will go a lot faster.
  • Use the same brush and sponge with the same color to keep from inadvertently mixing.
  • Use two thin coats instead of one thick coat.  Allow to dry for a few minutes between coats.
  • Use hair bands or elastics to keep hair away from the face.
  • Have a plan before you start.
  • Have a few designs on paper for the kids to choose from.
  • If using sparkles, make sure they are non-metallic.
  • Always clean equipment between paintings.
  • Use stencils for quick designs





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