What to do and what to avoid when face painting



  • Do visualize the finished face before you start.
  • Do use sponge for large areas. Use brush to provide definition.
  • Do be patient and apply very thin layers – you can apply multiple layers on top of each other once the previous layer dries.
  • Do have plenty of tissues at hand. You’ll need these!
  • Do try special effects. The paint will work as basic glue. To create bumpy noses or big eyebrows, soak a bit of cotton wool in the paint, place on face, cover with a piece of tissue, and paint. Puffed rice or wheat makes ideal warts.



  • Never use acrylic or crafts paints or any other paints not intended for human skin. Just because the paint is marked “non-toxic” does not mean it can be used on the skin.
  • Don’t paint over open cuts, wounds or rashes.
  • Don’t apply thick layers of paint – otherwise it will crack upon drying (this is worth repeating).
  • Don’t apply paint over another color/layer unless the previous one is dry.

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