In face painting, as in any art form, there are no correct answers. There are, however, some incorrect answers. Namely, those that result in a face paint job that’s less than outstanding. If you want to learn how to face paint like the pros — not just for your next Halloween party or child’s birthday but for everyday life — we’ve got you covered with these insider tips and tricks from professional face painter Andrea Carasco. Andrea has been painting faces professionally for almost two decades. She travels the world as a character specialist and her designs have appeared everywhere from magazines to music videos with an emphasis on high-end events and red carpets.
Know your tools
The first step in making a beautiful face painting design is to select the right brushes. The best brush types for face painting are synthetic bristles because they are cleaner, easier to use, and more hygienic than natural hair. Synthetic brushes are easier to clean and disinfect, will last longer, and are less prone to breakage and damage. There are several types of synthetic brushes you should have on hand. Good quality makeup sponges are great for applying paints and paints can be applied straight from the bottle with a synthetic brush. Use a clean, soft natural-hair brush to apply finishing touches like glitter or glitter glue.
Plan your design
It’s important to do some planning before you start Houston face painting. This will help you decide on your design, colors, and order of application. Like any artist, you’ll want to start with a blank canvas. You may think you can grab any old face and start painting, but that’s a mistake. You have to consider the age and medical conditions of your subject before you start painting. And if you’re painting at a party or event, you have to consider the event’s aesthetic, too. If you’re working with a child or teen, ask what they want on their face. If they don’t have a specific design idea in mind, offer some ideas and help them come up with something fun. If you’re working with an adult, think about their job, hobbies, or favorite hobbies.
Stay LOADED with color
It’s tempting to go for the most vibrant or decorative colors, but resist the urge. You don’t want your design to be over the top. You want it to be just right. When painting on skin, you want to use colors that are much more subtle than those used in typical face paints. The best paints for face painting are water-based paints. The best colors to use when face painting include: – Blue – Blue is a great color for an eye-catching, Halloween-inspired design and it works well with other colors like orange and black. Blue is also a very natural color for skin, which means it will look great when you’re done. – Green – Green is another great Halloween color that can be used as a base for a design. It can work well with blue, orange, and purple. – Yellow – Yellow is a great color for children’s faces. It’s a bright, vibrant color that will really stand out. – Purple – Purple is a great color to use for an adult’s face. It’s not as obvious as the other Halloween colors, but it will still be a great addition to an eye-catching design. – Orange – Orange is another great color to use for Halloween, but it can also work for autumn or Christmas-themed designs. – Red – Red isn’t a typical Halloween color, but it can be used to create a very eye-catching design. It can be used as a base color or a decorative aspect with other colors. – Black – Black is a great color to use for designs that are supposed to be spooky or creepy. It can also be used as a base color in designs that combine orange and purple. – White – White is a great color to use for designs that are supposed to be elegant or whimsical.
Masking is key
If you have any areas on your subject’s face you don’t want painted — be it the eyebrows, around the eyes, or the mouth — you’ll want to mask those areas off with tape. Masking the eyebrows off will help you avoid accidentally painting them. Masking around the eyes will ensure that you don’t accidentally paint the eyelashes or get paint in their eyes. Masking around the mouth will help you avoid accidentally getting paint inside their mouths. It’s also important for people who don’t want their mouths painted. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to paint the entire face at once. Paint in sections, and then use the tape to mask off the rest of the face while you finish painting that section.
Face painting is a beautiful art form that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you want to learn how to face paint, start by reading up on the basics of color theory and applying those concepts to skin tones. Before you start painting faces, you have to have the right tools for the job. Look for paints made for skin and synthetic brushes made for delicate painting. While you can’t predict what someone’s favorite colors might be, you can use these tips to create beautiful and elegant designs for anyone.