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5 Things To Know About Face Painting

25 August 2023

Coming up with novel ways to keep the kids entertained can be tough, especially if you're on a tight budget. You might think of face painting as something only professionals can do, but it's cheap and easy to try at home. Here's some tips to help you get started:

You don't need to be an artist

Anyone can face paint! You don't need to be an artist or have any special skills. All you need is a little creativity and some face paint. There are lots of tutorial videos online, and with practice, you'll be able to create amazing designs that will impress everyone. It’s about having fun - so don't worry if your designs aren't perfect. Just have a go and see what you can come up with.

Safety first

Use non-toxic paint since some paints contain dangerous compounds that can be absorbed through the skin and cause health concerns. Non-toxic or hypoallergenic paints are safer. This is especially vital when painting the faces of small children. If you try to paint a child's face who won't sit still, you risk injuring their sensitive eyes or other places. Face paints should also be avoided on youngsters under the age of two because their skin is extremely sensitive. Before your children go to bed, wash the paint off with soap and water.

You don't need expensive equipment

It's pretty cheap to get started - just pick up basic supplies like paintbrushes, sponges, and a few colours of paint. Get on YouTube and check out some tutorials. They’ll show you how to create a wide variety of designs, from flowers and animals to more elaborate patterns, using these tools. It helps if your kids are patient so you can get lots of practice on them - if not, try using another adult as a model. 

It's not just for kids

You're never too old to enjoy face painting. An obvious occasion is Halloween, where you can paint people as creepy zombies, clowns, witches, pumpkins, cats, and more. In the summer, butterflies, flowers and rainbows will be popular. You can even paint faces at Christmas, turning your family and friends into Santa, his elves, and reindeer. Make sure to take lots of photos to look back on.

You don’t have to do it yourself

If you still don’t feel ready to start painting faces, there are loads of places you can go with your family to get your faces painted. Check out fairs, amusement parks, festivals, and community events. You can also hire professional face painters for parties. 

So there you have it - 5 things you need to know about face painting. Why not try it next time you're looking for a cheap and easy way to entertain the kids? You might be surprised at how much fun you have!

Photo by Michael Morse

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