In this article, I will discuss the basics of face painting. So, how to get started? The main accessories needed to create fabulous designs are a set of brushes and paints. Firstly, a series of good quality brushes with nylon tips is very important especially for children's faces, as this creates a lovely smooth texture.
I use varying sizes of face painting brushes with flat, fine, medium and large tips, which is essential when creating different designs. Professional grade brushes can be found at specialist craft shops or on line. I prefer to use "good grip" brushes, to prevent them from slipping out of my hand. As well as brushes, make-up sponges or natural sea sponges are an integral part of any face painter's kit, particularly useful for applying face paint to a large area of skin.
Next, we come to the actual face paints we will be using. It is essential that you use high quality non-toxic face paints, preferably of a professional quality, especially if you want to start a face painting business. I recommend that you buy a varied selection of face paints and it is a good idea to use at least several paints with a glitter base, which is really popular with kids.
I would suggest having a variety of bright colours and also a lot of dark colours to create different skins on people's faces. Stick to the rainbow spectrum and you can't go wrong. In addition, greens and browns are important to create nature scenes and greys are useful for Halloween scenes.
Whilst writing about face paints, I must mention some recent advice by the American FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which has issued a warning for consumers to stop using face-paint products manufactured by Fun Express Inc.
These face paints were made in China by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Ltd. The products are being recalled following reports of children suffering rashes, itchiness and skin irritation, according to the FDA. Tests on the face paints confirmed that the products were found to have unacceptably high yeast and mould counts. Children's skins are more sensitive than those of adults and they are also more prone to allergies, so don't take any chances and stick with a reputable brand.
The other basic necessities you will require are a flat surface, such as a table or desk. Also, have two chairs, one for the face painter and one for the person who is going to be painted. You will need to have a pallet for blending the colours (an old plate will do) and a jug or bowl of water for rinsing out brushes. Keep a supply of paper towels or washcloths close to hand, to wipe off any excess paint. And there we have it - everything you need to begin face painting!
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