Reviews on Face Painting Books

Hi everyone!

I’ve been checking out some books on face painting, hoping to find one that is not only easy to use but is full of great new ideas and creative designs! There are so many products out there that it became quite overwhelming but in the end I settled on one e-book called “Easy Face Painting.”

The fantastic thing about e-books are they can be instantly downloaded onto your computer so no postage fees and no waiting for it to arrive. Brilliant! This book was more than I could have asked for when it comes to Face Painting and I’ve already started practicing some of the new designs! I’ve written a more detailed review on my “What I Recommend” page here!

I hope you find this e-book as great as I did. Would love to hear your thoughts!

1 comment March 13, 2008
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Halloween Face Painting Ideas

Halloween can be a scary time for parents trying to fulfill their child’s desires to be a ghost, fairy princess or vampire and it can become quite competitive. Face painting can add that extra something to a child’s costume that will help them stand out from the crowd and it’s fun, cheap and easy to do. The following top 12 boy costumes for Halloween are surprisingly easy to face paint and make the outfit truly memorable.

  1. Cowboy
  2. Pirate
  3. Wizard
  4. Ghost
  5. Spider-man
  6. Batman
  7. Ninja Turtle
  8. Vampire
  9. Mummy
  10. Pumpkin
  11. Monster
  12. Skull

The top 12 girl costumes are even easier to do!

  1. Princess
  2. Witch
  3. Mermaid
  4. Fairy
  5. Ghost
  6. Clown
  7. Puppy
  8. Vampire
  9. Indian
  10. Pumpkin
  11. Cat
  12. Cowgirl

Here are a few designs for the previously mentioned costumes drawn on the blank faces I’ve provided here for your own use. The great thing about these designs is the fact that they can be used at any time, not just for Halloween so include your designs in a folder at any Face Painting Event. For even more designs and tips for Halloween, check out my articles here and here. Happy Face Painting and TRICK-OR-TREAT!

clownClown. This design can be used for both boys and girls and can be any colour. Feel free to be creative and alter the design to add your own individual touch!

witchWitch. Perfect for any little girl and can be easily alter for a boy, this scary design is so easy to do but looks terrific!

1 comment March 6, 2008
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Some New Face Painting Designs

Hi all,

Here are a few new designs for you to practice. These are fun and different and really easy to do. Tell me how you go, which ones you like best and how you would change them to reflect your own artistic streak!

Sunset

sunset

This one works a lot with layering colours to create a beautiful sunset with stars, sun and perhaps even a moon!

Fairy

fairy

Every little girl loves fairies so this one is fantastic for creating an actual fairy on a child’s cheek. Add some lipstick and voila, a perfect fairy.

Dinosaur.

dinosaur

I love this one and it is inspired by Cat Finlayson, an awesome face painter. Use the child’s lips as the dinosaurs mouth so when the kid speaks or bares his or her teeth then so does the dinosaur!

Have fun practicing and trying different things out!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

1 comment February 29, 2008
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A Magical Face Painting Design

This face painting design is by the talented artist Cat Finlayson and one 5th place in the World Face Painting Awards. The theme was “Dreams and Illusions” and Finlayson based her design on a dreamcatcher. The design is breath taking! I wish I could be as imaginative and artistic! Check out her sight for even more fantastic and breathtaking designs here.

Read a review of a book I recommend on face painting here.

4 comments February 28, 2008
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Face Paints

It goes without saying that you need the proper face paints for face painting to insure that there is little if any allergic reactions to the paint. If I child has extra sensitive skin or a skin problem like eczema, then don’t face paint that area. Alternatives is to do a painting on their shoulder or their arm instead.

There are so many choices when it comes to face paint. You can buy the cheap versions are the more expensive ones but in the end there are a few things that are the same with all of them (varying in quality of course).

Colours

  • Black, blue, green, gray, orange, pink, red, white and yellow are the most common colours used and are readily available at shopping centres, craft stores and online.
  • Colours like lilac and fuchsia are a little harder to find but can make a real impact in your designs. Snazaroo has a broad catalogue of colours to chose from so check out that site for more details.
  • Sparkle paint is also available is a broad spectrum of colours.
  • Slightly pearlescent, you can buy electric colours as well that can make a good impact!

paints

Forms

  • Paints can come in pastes and liquids and all are water based to make removal easier to both skin and clothes. The more water you add, the more washed out the colour will appear which can be used in good effect in shading and backgrounds.
  • Some paints come in kits or just singularly in bottle or containers. Take care not to mix colours in their original containers. Always use a clean brush to transfer paint to a clean palette or surface.

Other materials

  • Glitters are lots of fun but make sure they don’t contain aluminum. They most be made specifically for face painting or otherwise the glitter can irritate the skin and eyes. Glitters come in all types of colours in both gels and a dry form.

So I’ve hoped I’ve given you a few pointers. All pictures are from the Snazaroo website and I recommend you have a look at this site to get a real idea of what’s out there in the face painting world!

Read the review of a book I recommend here.

Read another article I wrote on face paints here.

2 comments February 21, 2008
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Face Painting that makes you go WOW!

the world

This face painting instantly appealed to me (though I think it’s actually done on the computer) but either way it’s a cool idea and makes a fantastic first impact. It’s something that I’d like to replicate but would need a lot of patience and an eye for detail. I don’t know if I, let alone the child, would be able to sit still long enough!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 21, 2008
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Face Painting Half Face Art

Certain designs work well when you’re not painting the entire face. Not only are they quicker and easier to do, they can look pretty fantastic! The follow two designs I have drawn on the blank side faces but you can practice on either blank faces I have posted.

The first one is of a mermaid. Instead of drawing a mermaid on one cheek, I’ve just added scales, little gills and shell decorations with green hair spray. This design would make any little girl feel like a magical mermaid.

mermaidMermaid.

Adding purple lipstick and glitter will make this design really stand out!

The other design I’ve posted is a monster/demon/dragon design. I was really impressed with how this turned out and if you use layering of colours, you can really make the design stand out. Add red and gold glitter and add red spray paint to the hair and you have a pretty convincing monster on your hands. Try different colours!

dragonMonster.

The sharp white teeth really make the design!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 20, 2008
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Face Painting Cheek Art

You will always have that one kid who is determined to have a pony or a dragon face painted onto their face and the sense of overwhelming confusion (with a hint of panic might set in). How on earth do you paint a horse on a kid’s face and make it look like a horse? Well there is no need to fret. In fact what I’ll tell you next is not only easy but quicker and uses less paint then doing a whole face. Cheek painting. If one stubborn kid demands a unicorn then you can with no worries at all.

Like the blank faces I included in an earlier post, I’ve included some blank side faces for you to print and practice with yourself. Soon you’ll have the hang of it and no kid shall ever push you off balance ever again (in regards to face painting that is.)

side boy blank

Here is a boy’s face side on.

And here is a girl’s face side on.

side girl face

You can include these in your face painting folder, displaying designs for children to choose from.

To give you a few examples of cheek face painting, I’ve posted two designs, a dragon and a unicorn. Be creative and imaginative and try different colours, shapes and glitters!

dragonDragon

unicornUnicorn

Tomorrow I’ll go into face painting designs for half the face that look pretty awesome. Happy face painting!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

2 comments February 19, 2008
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Popular Face Painting Designs #2

Hi all! I hope you liked the designs I posted yesterday! They are so easy to do and kids absolutely love them! Today I’m going to post a couple more designs that are in some cases the most easiest to do and the most wanted by a lot of kids.

Little boys love being superheros. In one of my karate classes, a little boy trains with his spider man outfit under his white training uniform! He’d wear the mask if his mum would let him! Spider man is one of the easiest designs to do as well!

spiderman

Spider man

This design requires only black, red and white paint. You can use a thick black eyeliner pencil to draw the lines. You can also colour the kids hair with red hair spray to give it an extra something!

butterfly

Butterfly

All little girls love butterflies and the wonder of this design is it can be any colour, shape or pattern! Every design can be unique! Add glitter and lipstick as a finishing touch!

pirate

Pirate.

I wasn’t a conventional little girl and whenever I got my face painted, I wanted to be a pirate! My cousin, who is the same age as me, would also get a pirate and we would attempt to scare everyone in sight, taking no prisoners! This design has all the proper pirate characteristics. An eye patch, a bandanna, a scar and of course, whiskers!

snowflake

Snowflake

This design of a snowflake is a little tricker to do and I suggest you practice this one quite a bit. The result though can be quite impressive. Little girls would look like ice princess with a snowy face and lots of glitter.

teenage muntant nijia turtle

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!

This one is so easy to do! Just a purple (or one of the other colours) eye mask and green skin. I also spray painted the kid’s hair. Just make sure you do the right colour for the right turtle! Purple is for Donatello, blue is for Leonardo, orange is for Michelangelo and red is for Raphael!

Let me know how you go with these designs. Give them a go and you’re sure to be a hit at any party or fair!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 19, 2008
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Popular Face Painting Designs

I’ve mentioned before how kids don’t plan on being difficult, they just are (and this goes for a lot of grown ups too!) so you’re asking for it if you ask the kid straight out what design they want without setting any boundaries. You’ll have the kid that wants to be Optimus Prime (a transformer for those who, like me, would draw a blank) or the kid who just can’t make up their mind! You’d be surprised, though, how many kids want one of the classics. A puppy dog, a rainbow, a tiger, a skull. These are so easy to do and you can be creative, altering a design to give it your own artistic flair! Practice on the blank faces I’ve provided on this site and try a couple of the following designs that I use almost every time I face paint.

puppy

Puppy Dog.

This is a dalmatian but you can do the spots any colour even strange colours like pink and purple! The big red tongue makes the design fun and that much more puppy like!

rainbow

Rainbow face.

You can do the whole face in a rainbow design or just one cheek with any colour you desire. To make this design really stand out, use colour hair spray to create an even bigger and better rainbow design!

tiger

Tiger.

This design is pretty straight forward. Use layers of colour to give the face depth. Start with a white base layer and then yellow and finally orange, leaving certain colours exposed. To make the application of the stripes easier, use an easy to remove eyeliner pencil to outline the shapes before filling it in with black face paint.

skull

Skull

Lots of little boys love this face, delighting in scary their parents and siblings. This is also pretty easy, requiring only black and white face paint.

Try out these designs for yourself and keep posted as I’ll be putting up some more face painting designs for snowflakes, pirates, dragons and many others! Happy face painting!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 18, 2008
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