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Fun Face Paint Ideas for Kids

Updated on April 28, 2013

Children love to pretend to be someone or something else, so face painting is a great way to encourage their natural creative impulses. Face paint ideas for kids are useful for Halloween costumes, performing in school plays, or simply having fun on a gloomy day. Face painting is also a good activity at carnivals or other family-centered fundraising activities.

Choosing Face Painting Ideas for Kids

Little girls often like face painting designs for kids that are sweet and feminine. Some of their favorite choices include butterflies, hearts, rainbows, unicorns, and fairies. Pink and purple are popular color choices and many designs include glittery accents.

Little boys tend to prefer face paint ideas for kids that are a bit on the scary side. Monsters, dragons, skeletons, lizards, snakes, and spiders are some of the more popular requests from children in this group. Common colors used in face painting designs for boys include blue, red, green, brown, and black.

Popular cartoon characters are good face painting choices for children of both sexes. Simple messages such as "Happy Birthday!" or the name of the child's school also tend to be fairly popular.

When making face painting designs for Halloween costumes, be prepared for requests for animals and clowns. Many children also like to dress up as old men or old women since the idea of being an adult appeals to a child's desire to be taken seriously by the grown ups in his or her life.

Necessary Supplies

If you're interested in face painting, you'll need to purchase paint that is made for this purpose. Snazaroo is the most popular brand of face paint in the United States. Never use regular acrylic craft paint or washable markers for face painting.

Other helpful items for your face painting kit include:

  • Stencils for common face painting designs
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Glitter
  • Makeup brushes of various sizes
  • Makeup sponges
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Soap and water
  • Small hand mirror

If you're going to be doing easy face painting designs for several children at once, it's a good idea to find a high stool for the child to sit on. This will reduce the strain on your back while you're working.

Learning How to Face Paint

You don’t need to be a professional artist to be a successful face painter. In fact, most people who enjoy face painting learn from following tutorials in various books or watching video demonstrations on sites like YouTube.

If you’re new to face painting, remember that practice makes perfect. Having a willing and patient child model to practice on is ideal, but it’s fine to practice on paper first to get a feel for how to make a particular design if you don’t have a live model readily available.

Since simple face paint designs are temporary works of art, always take pictures of every design that you do. Having a file of images to refer to will help you identify where you need to improve your skills. Your portfolio of work will also be useful if you ever decide to try to earn money by setting up a face painting booth.


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      Kat 5 years ago

      Great ideas . Im excited to try them, because tomorrow i am working a spring fling. .-. I am worried but anxious . :)

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      Kay Mitchell 6 years ago from California

      I am a face painter myself and a hoping to invest in an air brush in the near future!! Would make it so much easier and quicker. Plus I could do more intricate faces. Great hub!

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      Dana Hinders 6 years ago

      I love face painting, but I've never tried on anyone other than my own child. And, with the way he squirms, I imagine it's a tricky job! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my hubs!

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      We always have face painters around during parties so I know how children get really excited to have their face painted. As you've said, face paints just let them imagine themselves to be somebody or something else! Simply magical moments for kids :)

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      Jennuhlee 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Love this hub, creative and so cute! Great ideas, thanks for sharing:]