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Hi, everyone! I’m Consie and I blog over at Atop Serenity Hill about face and body painting, cake decorating, photography and anything else that comes along on my creative journey. I am so happy to be here today (thanks, Teresa!) to share 5 face painting tips for birthday parties or any other fun events!
1. Use the correct paint!
Face paint is essentially colored makeup. It is NOT acrylic paint or craft paint and those types of paint should never be used on the face. You need to use face paint designed specifically for the skin. Some craft stores carry the Snazaroo brand of paint. This brand is just fine and can be picked up at your local stores. If you have the time to order face paint, I would highly recommend buying either the Wolfe or Paradise brands. The coverage is wonderful! For a complete list of all the supplies I use at a birthday party, click here.
Don’t let your party be the first time you try to use face paint or paint a particular design. You will only frustrate yourself and the kids. Practice different strokes on your arms or legs and let your kids in on the fun by using them as the models for the face paint designs you will offer.
3. Keep the designs simple and limited to just a few!
The butterfly above can be painted in any color and with the addition of glitter and lipstick will make all the girls very happy! My most popular designs include a butterfly, a puppy, a kitty, Spiderman, a snake, an angel and a dragon. Another alternative to hand painting the designs is to use stencils. They are quick and produce beautiful results.
4. Be comfortable with your setup!
I use a director’s chair for my model and stand in front of them to paint. I keep my supplies on a table within easy reach to my right (I am right-handed). You might be more comfortable sitting in front of your model. Just make sure that your back is not too out of alignment. You will definitely feel it the next day!
5. Take pictures!
I can’t stress this enough. Face painting only lasts until the next bath! The best time to get the perfect picture is as soon as the painting is done. My absolute favorite part of face painting is the look on a child’s face when they see themselves in a mirror for the first time! Priceless!
Thanks for letting me share these face painting tips with you today! I hope they will help you create a fun-filled, stress-free event that will bring many happy memories! If you like to be social, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter! ~Consie
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