Face painting is really what you make it. For a few dollars, you can buy fancy face painting kits that include a few colors, or you can spend hundreds of dollars on huge sets with dozens and dozens of options. It's all up to you. If you are just going to be doing a little bit of face painting fun at a few kids parties, for example, you can also go with Crayola's Non-toxic Washable Kid's Poster Paints for an easy-to-use, easy-to-apply and easy-to-clean face painting option. Keep in mind that other craft paints might not be safe for use on skin, and you should check the ingredients to minimize the chance of allergic reaction. Even those listed as non-toxic and washable could cause an allergic reaction from ingredients like nickel, or simply be difficult to wash off.
- Decide on a design. As someone who is face painting for a bunch of kids, it is a good idea to decide what designs you are capable of doing. Pick simple shapes with a few color options and only a few that include lots of colors. Simple things to work with would be stars (adding a few simple lines can make them shooting stars), hearts, smilies, butterflies, and rainbows. Paint them out and see how hard and how long it will take you to paint your design idea.
You can also turn faces into cats, dogs, or other animals which can be done quickly and easily. Add things as you think of them. Before you begin with each child have them choose their design and the colors you will use.
- Wipe the area clean. Use a cotton pad dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the area. Avoid the mouth and eyes. It is a good idea to steer clear of these areas while painting all together, so don't worry about washing them.
- Begin painting. Using a fine bristled brush, carefully paint your design on the area. For most kids, you will have one shot because they will be getting impatient. Try to do the design fairly large to cover the area they want painted, and include any detail that you have.
- Finish with fun. You can add a dash of glitter for extra fun. If you go to the craft aisle, you can find super-fine glitter which works very cool for such projects.
Clean up is a breeze if you use non-toxic washable poster paints. If you don't, you will need to warn parents that make-up remover will be needed in order to get the face paint off. This is a project that you can have at a kids' fun night, a mini-fair, or even a small sleepover or birthday party. It's all fun and you can learn each time you do it. Kids will also challenge you to come up with better and better designs increasing your abilities.
Have fun and relax. Try and get it right the first time, but if you slip up, then keep alcohol pads nearby to wash it clean and start over. Starting over is very easy with non-toxic washable poster paints. Also remember to have water to clean your brush (or make-up remover for real face paints) and a wide selection of clean brushes. For most, a short-bristled, thin kid's paint brush suffices. Have fun and create a world of great designs.