Children’s parties are usually associated with a variety of entertainment: games, contests, and exciting shows. In recent years, one of the attributes of the holiday is face painting. The guys are happy to transform into characters and fairy tales, films, cartoons. Face painting masters are often specially invited to a child’s birthdays, to graduation in kindergarten, school. However, if you wish, you can make a drawing with your own hands.

True, parents often doubt the safety of paint, whether they can apply a drawing beautifully. If you buy paints, tools, and practice properly before the holiday, you can save a lot without depriving the child of the pleasure of the theme party. In this article, we will tell you in detail about the pros and cons, and reveal the secrets of mastering face painting for beginners.


Face painting is a type of body art that is mainly used for toddlers. Draw on the child’s face:

  • patterns;
  • faces of animals;
  • flowers;
  • butterflies;
  • fairy-tale characters.

For girls, you can choose images of princesses from cartoons, for boys – superheroes.

For painting, hypoallergenic water-based paints and glitters are used.

Among the advantages of self-applying face painting:

  • a variety of paints and pencils;
  • simple technique;
  • safety for the health of the child;
  • the availability of master classes on the Internet, schemes for drawing a picture in stages;
  • the ability to wash off the paint with soap and water.

Despite the fact that paints are in most cases hypoallergenic, it is still worth doing an allergy test. Apply a small amount of the dye to the area behind the ear. If there is no reaction, you can safely engage in creativity. It is undesirable for children under three years old to do face painting, in case of skin damage, pimples, it can lead to inflammation. Make sure that the child does not touch the wet paint and does not pull his hands into his mouth. As for shy guys, it will not be superfluous to ask the child about his desire to “try on” a vivid image. A quiet boy or girl can be confused by the attention of others looking at the original drawing.

High-quality dyes are safe for children’s health, but you should not buy products that include allergenic and carcinogenic black henna. Brushes thoroughly rinse before applying makeup and at the end of the creative process.

What you need to work with face painting

Face painting paints The main material is paints. Moreover, it is better to choose not separate jars, but to prefer a palette with different colors. In Russia, face paints are not produced, but inexpensive Chinese products are offered on the market. Many masters noticed that dyes from China are rather pale, they believe that in this case it is not worth saving and taking paint of a European or American brand. In addition to the palette, you will need:

  • brushes of different sizes;
  • sponges;
  • sponges;
  • water tanks;
  • sequins;
  • rhinestones;
  • cotton pads, sticks, napkins.

Large brushes are chosen flat, medium – rounded. If you did not have time to buy the necessary accessories and practice with the drawing, you can always order face painting for children for a holiday in the children’s or family club.

How to make makeup at home

Another alternative to safe dye is a DIY mix. To prepare it you need:

  • food coloring;
  • baby cream;
  • starch – 3 tablespoons;
  • warm water – 1.5 tablespoons.

The starch is first mixed with water, then the dye is gradually added. Masters also use natural ingredients as a coloring pigment – carrot juice, beet juice, coffee.

Face painting technique

The process is uncomplicated, but it takes practice and adherence to the sequence of operations.

Applying tone. A sponge or sponge is used, which is moistened in water, then in paint and rubbed on the skin in a circular motion.

Formation of contours. With the help of a thin brush, individual elements and features are drawn: the nose, whiskers of the animal, the wings of a butterfly.

Decoration with sequins and rhinestones. Bright accessories are especially relevant in makeup for girls.

Face painting does not require the skills and abilities of the artist, however, it is worth being careful. You can correct the drawing with a cosmetic disc or a swab dipped in warm water.

Secrets of a successful face painting

  • The child must definitely like the chosen image.
  • Follow the drawing, moving from top to bottom, from forehead to chin, keep the tools straight so that the paint does not spread.
  • If you are doing a difficult composition and the work takes more than 10 minutes, take breaks.
  • To apply tone, in addition to a sponge, a sponge, a fan-shaped brush is suitable.
  • Avoid splashing dye around the eyes.
  • To blend the tone, take a dry brush.
  • When choosing a paint, pay attention to markers with the recommended age (3+, 6+, etc.).
  • To obtain a rich color, the dye is applied in two layers, allowing the first one to dry.
  • If the drawing has several shades, start drawing with the lightest tone, gradually moving to dark.

Never use paints that are not intended for makeup, especially acrylic paints. When working with small children, it is recommended to use stencils. The network offers a lot of interesting ideas for face painting with step-by-step instructions. Mastering drawing skills, you can often give your child a wonderful mood, positive emotions, without even waiting for the holiday.