How to Do Face Painting for Children

By Rebekah Martin
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Children's face painting takes place at birthday parties, carnivals and fairs. Not all face painters are professional. Sometimes, it is just a group of parents volunteering their time at a school fair or fundraising event. It can be disconcerting to paint on children's faces, but it is not that difficult. With a few tips and strategies in place before you even start, it will be a smooth and fun experience.

Face Painting

Step 1

Set out a few designs that you are capable of reproducing on the children's faces. Allow them to pick one of them when they first sit down.

Step 2

Make sure to have the parent's consent before you proceed to paint their face.

Step 3

Clean the child's face off with unscented baby wipes.

Step 4

Notice where the child's bangs are, then pull their hair out of their face with a hair band. You will want to draw your design below where the bangs fall.

Step 5

Put the background colors on first. If you are doing a tiger, those colors would be orange, yellow and white.

Step 6

Use your different tools to apply all the details of the faces.

Step 7

Hand the child a small mirror to look at the painting. Let their hair down out of the band for the full effect.

Tiger Design

Step 1

Paint an area around the mouth white. Paint just under the lip, and just over the lip all the way to the nose.

Step 2

Paint the entire front of the face yellow, from the eyebrows all the way down to the chin. Do not cover the white area.

Step 3

Add orange paint around the yellow. This includes the forehead, closer to the ears, to the very bottom of the chin. Blend it in with the yellow where they meet.

Step 4

Paint eyebrows in white above the eyes. Use a medium brush and follow the child's natural eyebrow, creating points at the end to look like fur.

Step 5

Paint white whiskers around the white patch that you first painted. Add white stripes around the edges of the orange paint.

Step 6

Paint the tip of the nose black, as well as the lips. Add some black stripes alternating with the white ones you just painted.

Step 7

Outline the white whiskers and eyebrows in black and add black dots to the whisker area. Add gold glitter to the face to make it extra special.

About the Author

Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.