Face painting little kids – As easy as facepainting looks, it can be pretty challenging! but i am happy to say that despite all these little quirks of my job as a face paint and body art artist /founder of party parlour, I really enjoy interacting with all my little bosses *grin* and putting a smile on their face, and not to mention all the supercool adults who love getting their faces painted too! Face paint isn’t just for halloween and kids parties, I get body art bookings for corporate events, product launches, even for hens’ night too! Here’s Furby and Princess Sofia painted onto some of my client’s guests.
Most of the time however I spend my time painting squirmy little ones, battling their short attention spans, some curious tykes try poke their fingers into your facepaint and I’ve to think up all these creative ways to distract them from doing so! I say any face painter is ready for motherhood any day lol. Sometimes I feel like a nanny – wiping cake and chocolate off their faces, wiping booger of their noses hahaha. I say that’s all in a days work! At times I feel like a baby sitter too in a good way of course.
Singapore stores don’t stock that many brands of face paint. And most of the paints don’t perform too well in terms of pigment and how it adheres to the skin and how it shows up in the light. Spotlight at Plaza Singapura stocks a variety however. Parents often ask me what sort of facepaints I use and whether it is safe, for sure I’ll insist on only the safest, as I am an individual with sensitive skin myself. I reckon some parents look at my tag face paint palette and think that those are regular poster colors *Gasp!*. They arent! Tag’s brand of face paints are akin to cosmetics and are US FDA approved as well as certified non toxic.
What are your favourite bodyart/ face paint designs?
My personal favourite is painting little cat/tiger faces, in fact, my first paid face paint job was for Winktolearn where Mr Lee Han Yang, the owner of the firm hired me to paint his 2 children, as well as Alexandra (his friend’s daughter). The photos were then used for a CD cover of his kids educational product! I still have the photo of the kids back in 2010 on my blog archive http://de-trompeloeil.blogspot.sg/2010_11_01_archive.html
needless to say when I first started out i was still learning the ropes of face painting, I am mostly self taught. Thankfully, I have improved and tese days I give private lessons to parents who are keen, or people who want to learn face painting so they can do so for fundraisers and charity events.
Here are some valuable tips for face painting beginners
These tips also help parents and clients differentiate between Professional Painters vs the less informed painter.
Acrylic craft paints are not meant to be used on the skin – nor are watercolor markers or pencils
Brands: reputable brands of face paint to look out for are Grimas, Kroylan, Mehron Paradise, TAG and Diamond FX. All paints have different qualities so it is worth trying different brands as you become more experienced to see what suits you best.
To get started and if you have a tight budget– consider a few basic colours:
White and Black – very important as used for majority of line work and faces.
The primary colors:Red Blue Yellow
With this three primary colors of facepaint you can get the secondary colors: purple, green, orange,
Also, you can blend it with white to get light pink, light blue, etc!
A good and cheap brand to start with is Snazaroo from the UK!
Also please note: Metallic craft glitter should not be used for face painting. The only safe glitters for face painting are made of polyester, and should be .008 microns in size or smaller. That is the size that the FDA classifies as “cosmetic size” and safe for use on skin.