Great party face-painting ideas for kids include cartoon characters, fairies and animals. Good face-painting ideas for adults include science-fiction and horror movie genre characters such as Michael Myers and Hannibal Lecter.
Good face paintings for children are relatively quick to complete, easy to wash off, and match some of their interests. Younger children may not be able to sit still long enough for intricate designs. Children commonly prefer face paintings of their favorite super heroes, pets and television characters. As of August 2015, some popular animal ideas include butterflies, snakes, frogs, turtles, cats and puppies. Other paintings popular among kids include clowns, princesses, mermaids, Batman and Spiderman.
Adults are able to sit still for more-detailed designs and may prefer shock value over simplicity. Designs popular among adults include characters from horror films, fantasy films and Halloween designs. As of August 2015, some popular designs include Catwoman, skeletons, witches, zombies and vampires.
Adding special effects can significantly improve a basic face-painting idea. Materials such as puffed rice and cotton make life-like warts and eyebrows, respectively. Similarly, glitter, sparkle paint and rhinestones add to the look of a fairy or princess, while using a dusting of powder enhances the look of a ghost.