Face Painting Fun
By Amanda Formaro
Face painting is something that all kids enjoy, boys and girls alike. A face painting section is a fun addition to any party and the designs are limited only by the painter. Perfect for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions, follow these tips for optimum results.
It’s important to note that you can’t use just any paint and apply it to your child’s skin. Even if a product says it’s non-toxic that does not mean it’s safe for skin application. Some craft paints, and even water color paints, can cause allergic reactions or promote redness on skin. Choose only paints made specifically for face painting. There are several brands available on the market and most major craft supply stores will keep them in stock on a regular basis. If you want to add pizzazz by using glitter, use only those approved specifically for face painting. Check for FDA approval for cosmetic use on both paints and glitter. Choose face paint in pots, crayon form, or both for this fun and decorative undertaking.
There are several things you will need and a few thing to consider when setting up a face painting station for kids. First and foremost, you or whoever will do the painting, will need a comfortable chair and chair or stool for the children to sit in. Have a few towels handy to drape around each child as they get their design, this also makes a handy place to wipe excess paint if it gets where it isn’t supposed to!
Items to have within reach include:
- Baby wipes
- Cotton swabs (for small touch ups)
- Hand held mirror (for viewing)
- Temporary tattoos
- Hat with slips of paper to put names on
- 1 paint brush for each color
- A few gentle sponges
- Face paints
- 2-3 bowls of clean water
- Paper towels
- Face painting stencils and/or rubber stamps (optional)