Imagine you offer to be the beloved face painter at a friend’s child’s birthday party. You have done this before, where you have everything you need on hand in the comfort of your own home. You arrive, the party starts, and you realize that you don’t have a sponge with you and none that the people hosting the party have are suitable! You can’t do your best; the kids are upset… Not the most pleasant experience, right? Regardless of whether you are just in the very beginning of your face painting journey or have been doing it for some time, it is always useful to have list of a ready-to-go face painting kit items that you can use to impress friends and family members at social gatherings!
Seems self-evident, I know. But there are many things to take into consideration when it comes to this main ingredient of a successful face painting experience. First of all, consider the kind you want. Water-based face paint is the most common choice, but don’t forget that if you’re painting faces for performers, due to the sweat and movement they might not last all that long and come off mid-show. That being said, for most other occasions water-based paint is the most desirable option as they are light and easy to work with. Cake face paints (based on the old-style pancake makeup used in theatre), liquid make up, crayons and various glitters are the types of paints most people opt out for depending on what they want to accomplish. One other factor that you must take into account, especially if you only paint faces from time to time, is the expiration date. Yes, face paint does expire, and there is no way that can be good for the skin. You can suspect it has occurred if your paint has changed consistency or colour. Check the date on the packaging before you actually need to start painting so that you don’t end up not having anything to paint with or, even worse, giving an unpleasant rash to your models.
Brushes! Synthetic ones work perfectly when you need precision, they usually remain firm and have a nice spring to them (if you invest into good ones, of course), whereas animal-hair ones work best for watercolor. Sponges, which have already been mentioned, are another important must-have in your face painting kit – crucial for good coverage and to avoid streaking! Consider owning a water spray to avoid getting your sponges too wet. All of these, plus a bowl of water (make sure it’s not ice cold so it doesn’t end up being an unpleasant surprise for your model), hair clips for the ladies and gentlemen with longer hair, hand wipes so you don’t end up covered in paint where you might not want it and a mirror to show of your accomplishments to your model and you are good to go!