A clown, mermaid, tiger and dragon are some easy at-home face painting ideas. Each of these styles is simple and requires only a handful of steps and little to no experience painting faces.
Beginning face painters should avoid oil-based face paints because of their tendency to smear. Painting a clown face simply involves drawing a black triangle both below and above the left eye, and then putting red circles on each cheek. To paint a tiger on someone's face, sponge white paint around the eyes and orange paint over the nose and cheekbones and between the brows. Draw tiger stripes on the forehead and cheeks with a paintbrush, and paint a small, black heart shape at the tip of the nose. Complete the look with black paint outlining the white paint.