Face painting isn’t something that just has to be reserved for when taking a trip to the fair. It is something you can do with the kids at any time, and you can bet it is going to provide at least an hour or two of fun.

By the time mid summer hits it gets a bit more challenging on how to keep the kids entertained. Most likely by now you have already blown the summer fun budget, so its time to tighten up the finances a bit. This is easily done with a little bit of creativity.

Now if you really want to extend the fun into a full afternoon then here is an idea.

First get the kids to plan a play. There are full of imagination and ideas. Then once they have designed their version of a script. You can have a whole whack of fun designing the costumes. We won’t go into that with this post, but what we will get into is some face diypainting that goes along with the play and the costumes. So here goes….

Partial face painting

partial face paintingimage source:celestiellepaint

The do’s and don’ts of face painting

In many cases you are dealing with a child’s skin and you really want to be very cautious as to the types of products that you are using…

Purchase the right face paint. Having the right face paint should be your first consideration. Keeping an eye on safety, variety, and quality will help you paint the face of your dreams.

  • Put safety first. Use face paint that is cosmetic grade and contains only FDA compliant materials so it does not cause damage to the person whose face you are painting. Make sure the paint is cosmetic grade and contains a list of ingredients. Improper face paint can cause rashes, allergic reactions, or may even do permanent damage in extreme cases. If unsure of allergens and your client, have the client or parent read the ingredient listing. Avoid the following items:
    • Watercolor pencils, markers, or pens. They may be “washable” on fabric, but that does not mean they are OK for skin.
    • Acrylic craft paints. They may be labeled “non-toxic” but that does not make them skin safe, or “to be used as a cosmetic”.
  • Avoid oil-based paints. They are difficult to remove and easily smear.
  • Gather a variety of colors.
    • At the very least, you’ll need black, white, red, blue, and yellow paint. You can mix these colors to create every color in the spectrum.
    • If you don’t have the time to mix colors, choose a color palette with at least 8-14 colors.

continue reading here for the detailed how to

tigerfacepaintingimage source:parenting

Now this may look really hard, but you are going to love to discover that it is much easier than you thought. Click on the image source for the full instructions.

Keeping it simple:

simple face paintingimage source:shannonfennell

If your little one isn’t great at sitting still for long periods of time, plus you want an easy clean up then go with the partial face painting techniques.

Make your own face paint

Even though you can buy commercial face paints they do contain chemicals and these may irritate the skin. You might want to try this home made version. No matter which paint you decide to use you should always test for sensitivity first.

What You’ll Need:

  • Corn starch

  • Face lotion

  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • Washable paints, natural food coloring, or homemade dyes

  • Small containers

  • Small bowl

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If you liked this post then be sure to check out our previous one that gives you some great directions.

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