Face painting is popular at all kinds of events including festivals, parades, birthday parties and holidays. In order to paint faces, you will need water based paint in multiple colors, soft brushes, sponges, basic designs and glitter.
Water based paints are ideal for multiple reasons. They are generally easier on the skin. Unlike latex or oil based paints, they do not block the pores or deprive the skin of oxygen. Water based paints need no special cleansers to remove them from skin or clothes, so parents do not have to worry about cleaning up messes. Water based paint is also safer to use on children and near the nose and mouth. Avoid the eyes as much as possible. You can buy water based paints in individual pots or pallets.
High density sponges offer better coverage and reduce streaking. Try cutting the sponge into wedges to cover a broader surface and have the option of a fine edge. Soft brushes help the artist to be more precise and are more comfortable for the person being painted. Basic designs are available in books, magazines and kits. Animal faces, butterflies, flowers and super heroes are popular requests. Glitter adds sparkle and a special touch.