Face and Body Painting 101 – Beginners

Face and Body Painting 101 – Beginners

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Face and body painting is real fun. It may look a bit intimidating for beginners, specially for someone who never hold a brush and pallet before, but painting is an art. It is about self expression and creativity. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Here are some tips I can give to help bring out that artist in you and boost your self confidence.

But before I start, I would like to emphasize that there are many types of face and body paints. There are also many techniques to apply them. I’ll be discussing these in details in subsequent blogs.  For beginners, you can start with the cake type. There are many cheaper brands out there but make sure that they are non-toxic and hypoallergenic, specially if you want to try them on children. The Rainbow Glow Face and Body Paint is a safe choice.

Note that these tips are for someone who has never tried and afraid to try face and body painting. If you think you have that confidence already skip to my next blog.

1.The very first thing you need to do is come up with a design. This will serve as your inspiration. Visualize that image. Think of its shapes and colors. Start with simple images. A flower, fruit, simple images of animals and objects.

 

photo credit Pinterest
photo credit Pinterest

 

photo credit clownatics.com
photo credit clownatics.com

 

 

2. Try to paint your design on the larger part of skin like cheeks, hands and arms. Avoid areas around the eyes, nose and mouth. These areas require great control of the stroke to avoid unpleasant incident like poking the eyes. Don’t worry, as you progress and become more comfortable, you’ll be able to paint these parts easily.

3. Play around with colors. Most compact kits come with brush and simple instruction on how to use the paints. Depending on which brand of face and body paint you purchased, the brush that goes with the package may not be that good. Don’t worry about that. it’s okay to use your finger tips.

4. So there you are. You created your first face or body painting. Does it feel good? Of course!  Try to practice more often to gain confidence. As I’ve said above, start with simple design. And practice makes it perfect.

 

These tips are quite simple and straight forward. My purpose is just to get someone started with face and body painting. Watch this short video.

Simple design to start with your face and body painting

Video credit to Mandi Ilene of YouTube

 

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