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Face Painting for Kids

Many little faces of tigers, cats and other cute animals running around at a birthday party is quite a cute sight! Children have such vivid imaginations that face painting can be one of the most fun additions to any occasion where children are the main focus of attention as they will get to transform themselves into different animals or fairytale characters and have a great time. That being said, while face painting is a great way to add variety to a child’s birthday party and might seem like a very innocent practice, there are things to consider when it comes to children specifically.

Face Painting for Kids
Face Painting for Kids

Parental consent

If you’re going to a children’s party, make sure you are aware of whether the parents are actually okay with you painting their child’s face. While adults can obviously decide for themselves, it might not always be the case with children. Even if a child seems excited, you can never know what their situation is – the parents might not want their kid’s face painted due to cultural or religious beliefs, or the child might have allergies that you have not been alerted about.  That can cause an unexpected end of the party that no one wanted!

Materials you Use

I bet you have seen people covered in glitter and gems head to toe in some music festivals or parties, and it indeed looks cool. However, consider the fact that a child’s skin can be a lot more sensitive than that of an adult. Aim for water-based, natural, allergen-free paint to avoid allergic reactions or other types of skin irritation. Also, while glitter for an eyeshadow might look great on adults and children alike, be careful, as children are not always so conscious of their bodies. As they run around and play, they might rub their faces and eyes, causing any materials on their face to end up in their eyes. It can be painful, cause damage and ruin the entire celebration for the child, so better avoid painting areas that are susceptible to damage like that. One more thing – gems. Those usually need some type of glue to get attached and actually stick, so consider very carefully whether that is safe for a child. What is more, if the children are young and active, they might peel the gems off, which consequently might end up in their mouth and that is never a great situation.

Materials you Use
Materials you Use

What Should I Paint?

While adults are a lot more prone to behave and be aware of their face and thus more elaborate artwork can easily be created to transform them, consider the fact that children are a lot more active and tend to become quite messy while playing their games. Thus, it would be wise to not cover them up too much or too intricately but instead add a couple of fun details that would stay on their faces in the midst of active games and fun. Moreover, kids won’t have the patience to sit around for ages while you keep adding tiny details to their look!

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