Simple Face Painting Ideas

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Halloween is just around the corner and while many kids are over-the-top excited for it, many adults cringe at the thought of finding and purchasing or making a costume for their kids or themselves.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming and can be as simple as a closet assembled outfit and some clever face painting.

The great news is that you don’t have to be a professional artist to pull off some of these simple face painting ideas.  You may want to purchase some non-toxic, water based body or face paints but can also use eye and lip pencils from yours (or your partner’s) makeup collection at home.  More and more stores, from thrift shops to department and drug stores carry products specifically for face painting and don’t cost very much at all.  You can also visit costume stores, dance supply stores and craft stores.

Before applying any face paint to the entire face, it’s a good idea to test it on a small patch of skin to determine if you, or your child, has an allergy or skin sensitivity to the product.   Water based paints are generally less irritating to the skin and are quite easy to wash off with soap and water.

Keep in mind that a little pre-planning is always a good idea.  Search for face painting pictures and face painting templates on the internet, try ).  Once you’ve decided what design you will use, map out the colors you’ll need to create your face.  Determine whether you need an all-over color as your base or if you will simply be creating shapes and filling those in.  If you are not comfortable with drawing smooth or straight lines, dot out your desired shape and connect the dots into a line.

Quite often, the creams or liquids used for face painting tend to smudge quite easily.  You can help to remedy this by pressing a translucent face powder on top of the paint in order to help set it and also to reduce shine.  Q-tips and sponges will come in handy for blending, smudging and fixing minor boo-boo’s along the way.

You can easily add a little extra oomph to any face paint by using crafts like feathers, jewels, or glitter to add flight to a butterfly’s wings or to give your superhero some sparkle!

From animated movie characters to monsters and animals alike, the possibilities are endless!

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

One Response to “Simple Face Painting Ideas”

  1. Magna Goerke says:


    I’m a local insured professional facepainter and support safe makeup practices as I know you do : ) I thought I’d add a few points to clarify safety a little more. It’s a little alarming when you read the labels of some of the ‘cheap’ facepaint out there and they say ‘not to be used on children under 8 years old’.

    Snazarro is the safest facepainting product to use on skin and you can get it often at Michaels and always at Jazz-Ma-Tazz Dance Supplies in Abbotsford. Be careful to only use cosmetic grade glitter on faces. Craft glitter is usually metal and has sharp corners that can damage the eye if it gets in there. Never use craft paint on skin. They often contain carcinogins in them, cause allergic reactions, and hard to remove. Non toxic just means ‘it won’t kill you if you eat it’ so also use caution with that label.

    Stick to products meant for the face (mom’s makeup is great) or get a simple Snazarroo kit at Michaels. It’ll last a long time, goes on nice, and best yet, comes off great!

    Here’s contact info for Jazz-Ma-Tazz (I have no affiliation other than I’m a customer)

    Jazz-Ma-Tazz Dance Supply
    3-2543 Montrose Avenue
    Abbotsford, BC V2S 3T4
    (604) 855-9166

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