Face painting or children’s body art is gaining momentum more and more. Now, at many children’s parties, you can see cute animal faces or recognize your favorite characters in make-up.
Face painting is a special water-based face and body paints. They are easy to apply and just as easy to wash off with water. Such paints are hypoallergenic, therefore they are widely used for painting children’s faces.
But in addition to aesthetic pleasure, face painting also carries a psychological load, helps to relieve mental and physical stress and helps to easily get used to the image of your beloved hero and beat him. And if you are planning a children’s holiday, or you just want to please your child, then you can master this simple lesson yourself.
- To be honest, I am not a professional in this field, but I have experience of communication both with children and with paints. And today I want to share it with you.
- Before starting the master class, I will give several recommendations, which I came to through trial and error.
- Never force a child to put on makeup if he does not want it, not all children tolerate the touch of brushes on their face and body.
- Before starting to paint, move a dry brush over your face so that it does not come as a surprise to the baby.
- Do not offer him the drawing that you like, the child will wear it, not you. Even though you have to look at it.
- Do not draw for more than 10 minutes, a small child gets tired of sitting still in one place. If you see that he becomes uncomfortable, let him jump or breathe freely (some children are afraid to breathe when they are painted on their faces).
- Be sure to keep a small mirror in front of you, the child just needs to see what is being painted on his face, besides, it will distract him and help him to relax.
- Talking to your child about something interesting during the procedure, it also helps him to relax.
Here you go. Valuable instructions have been received, now we can proceed directly to practice. Here I will show you how you can create multiple images from one base.
For face painting you will need:
- I use Snazaroo Paints.
- We need 2 brushes # 1 and # 5-6.
- Sponge or sponge.
- Cotton pads, sticks, napkins.
My niece Olya agreed to become a guinea pig. We tied her naughty bangs under the bandage.
Kitten, bunny or tiger cub?
Apply white paint with a wide brush to the areas between the nose and upper lip. With a thin brush, paint the tip of the nose with black, then draw a strip from the nose to the upper lip, circle it and round it up. It turns out cheeks. Dots and antennae can be applied to them. Apply white color to the bridge of the nose, and slightly blend it with a sponge so that there are no sharp boundaries.
Our basic framework is now complete. Several animals with characteristic features can already be made from it.
Any color is suitable for the Kitty, we chose blue, applied it to the face along the contour, without capturing the eye area, and drew triangular ears above the eyebrows. The red tongue on the lower lip, in black, emphasized the coat and ears a little. We deliberately did not capture the eyes to show that we can not touch them, because in some children the area around the eyes is very sensitive.
For the Bunny, we chose a pink color, applied it completely to the entire face, except for the cheeks, they are white. The paint was shaded with a sponge, it turns out a more even color. We grabbed the cheeks a little to smooth out the borders of the flowers.
Draw a rectangle on the lips and below in white. We mark the teeth in black, make some strokes near the eyes and nose.
Then you yourself can think out the characteristic features of the animals. For example, a mouse has a gray color, round ears, a small tongue or small teeth. The squirrel has an orange color, triangular ears with tassels, you can have a small tongue without a tongue.
And one more beast is the Tiger. You can draw it on a basic basis, but we changed it a little for a change.
The base is white on the upper lip and eyelids, and above the eyebrows. The rest of the face is covered in orange. Draw the nose in black, as if we circle it from below and mark the wings of the nose.
We circle the eyes from above and below making them feline. We draw in black the lower lip, dots on the cheeks. And tiger stripes on the face.
You can draw fangs sticking out of the corners of the lips, but we have a kind tiger, and we did not draw them.
This concludes my master class on children’s face painting. I would be glad if you need it. Good luck with your creativity!
Face Painting Lessons for Beginners
Face painting is an excellent option for additional income for creative people, a way of self-realization and spending time with children. A professional make-up artist can be a person with any level of training in fine arts.
The artistic direction is taught in professional courses, it is also possible to self-study through free video online. We’ve handpicked the best beginner face painting tutorials for self-study at home.
To get started, you need a simple set of a brush, a six-color palette (yellow, red, blue, white, black, green – mixing, you can get any other color), hairpins for long hair, a mirror, a sponge, water and clean napkins. When mixing dyes, it is recommended to use more white paint for bright, clear shades.
You can mix in a special container on a palette, in any small container or directly on the skin. Be sure to use a water-based paint that is suitable for use on leather and avoid getting large amounts of water into the palette.
Before starting painting, you should make sure that the model is not allergic to paint by checking the reaction on the back of the hand.
Draw lines and details with a brush, apply a background with a sponge. Each paint has its own brush. The substance for face art is a cross between gouache and watercolor.
The usual squirrel and kolinsky brushes used for canvases and paper do not do well in tracing on a volumetric body. Face painting loves synthetic fiber. The first strokes can be trained on your own hand, until you develop dexterity and confidence.
Art requires investment. Professional makeup kits are expensive. Plus, the need to update tools and supplies provokes regular expenses.
You can start with a minimal arsenal, over time, replenishing the case with new products.
Each artist organizes the portable box in his own way, placing paints with brushes, spray guns with alcohol and water (in case of correcting or correcting the work), sponges and applicators for lips, stencils and useful little things.
It would be a deep mistake to think that a person with an art education does not need to learn the art of face painting at all. There are certain rules and laws in force in any creative field: composition, color science and others. However, face painting has specific techniques and methods.
The thickness depends on the degree of pressure.
When dry on the skin, the pattern becomes firm. Any touch and even rubbing is safe for the integrity of the composition. Soap and water are enough to remove the art. The pigment is washed off without residue, stains, streaks or eating into the skin.
Aqua pencils have an oily structure, are easy to handle, do not require the use of water, are easily applied and removed with micellar water.
Of the minuses – a pale result, the inability to superimpose colors on top of each other and draw thin lines.
You can diversify the arts, add gloss and shine using glitters. The main types of glitter: dry, liquid, gel-based.
The former are sold in the form of loose shimmering powder in jars, sachets and spray bottles (the most convenient option). The latter are intended for easy application of the design contour, but the liquid texture requires a long drying time.
Still others are large, small, of various shapes, with the effect of fish scales and multi-colored shimmer.
For especially sensitive skin, the makeup composition can be prepared independently from the available components: chalk, clay, food coloring, glycerin, baby cream, gouache, starch, alcohol. From the listed ingredients, four colors can be prepared by mixing in various combinations. Natural blends work well, are gentle on the skin and are easy to rinse off.
The decoration of the body-painting with rhinestones gives the picture volume and a more original look. Crystal blanks can be made with your own hands using glitter glue. Compositions can be made in advance or immediately draw a drawing with glue, followed by decoration with glass beads, beads, beads, rhinestones.
At the start, even a professional artist is unlikely to get neat lines and a finished drawing. However, hard training will certainly bring success. Often it becomes a start in the development of other areas of activity: body painting, visage, mehendi, artistic painting, biotattoo, theatrical makeup, airbrushing, lettering.