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Beginner’s Guide to Face Painting

Is the experience with painting you have limited to abstract strokes on a sheet of paper that you then leave there and never look back? Or perhaps you are a skilled painter looking to transfer your art from a still canvas to a dynamic human body? Whatever the reasons are behind you deciding to pick up face painting, hopefully you will find something useful in this post to start you off.

Beginner’s Guide to Face Painting
Beginner’s Guide to Face Painting

From zero to party hero

So, you’ve never held a paint brush in your hands. You have never taken a single art lesson and you do not think that the ability to paint well is among your innate abilities. Yet, you decided that you want to try out face painting, be it to entertain your children, peers, or simply pick up a new hobby that can be of use in social situations. Worry not, it is all doable! Just take a few matters into account. First, consider purchasing a beginner’s kit. It will include most of what you need to start your journey towards becoming a face painting pro. However, do see what is listed as the items included in the kit. You probably don’t want one that has an extensive variety of colours as it will be more expensive and if you are just beginning to learn, you will not get to use most of them. Good brushes are key to success, so don’t be too cheap on those. Get a kit that includes a couple of differently sized brushes for large strokes and intricate details. If you wish to give someone a full-face makeover, sponges are also important because they help you cover large chunks of skin without visible stroking marks.

If you want to start very very basically, there is always the option of face stamps or stickers. Those are a great way to liven up the make up in a way that does not require elaborate skill! When it comes to paintings you choose for your first attempts, do not take up a project that is excessively complicated. First, consider the fact that you will most likely be trying this out on a human, which means that they will have to sit there for a very long time until you get it right if the project is very elaborate. It is always a great option to start off with small accents, such as some glitter or cat whiskers, to save time for your model and also for you to see satisfying first time results.

Beginner’s Guide to Face Painting
Beginner’s Guide to Face Painting

From canvas to face

So, you’re not new to painting; there are a few works of yours hanging in your living room and you know how to use brushes and paint properly to achieve impressive results. A couple of things worth considering before your first try on human face include distorted perspectives and skin. If you are used to painting on canvas, the surface you work on is most often smooth and even. Human face, however, is not that at all, so consider the changes you need to make in how you paint based on that. Also, human skin holds paint differently than canvas – if you want to make a painting on someone’s face that lasts or if you want to make changes as you go, the process will look differently than if you were painting on canvas. Make sure to take that into account for the best outcome possible!

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