Day 30 : DIY Kids Face Painting!

painted-face-kittyHere we are! Day 30! I did it! Personal goal achieved. Now that my house is filled with art, knickknacks and 30 days of creations, I’ve learned a lot about the DIY world out there. It’s vast and grows everyday.

People are so creative. They take something and build upon it. Just when you think you saw something innovative, something even better comes along. I’ve also learned a lot about chemistry. Mixing household items (such as baking soda and citric acid), and the chemical reactions they make. Watch out Apocalypse! I’m virtually prepared to duplicate anything with a bit of string, baking soda and a clothespin!
Most of the DIYs I tried were successes. I’d have to say the only real “Pinterest Fail” I had was the Sharpie Mug. Need I say more…probably not. Better in pictures than in reality and functionality.

So, on with the last of the Summer Series DIY : Thanks for staying with me.
Staying with the Halloween theme, I will share some face painting techniques for my last post. Face painting ideas are all over YouTube. There are plenty of videos that probably even have exact character you are going for. Why re-invent the wheel? Take what they say into consideration and have fun improvising and making it your own. If you’re good enough you can try your hand at birthday parties and be the center of the party!


First, you should get some good paints if you are going to keep doing this. The cheap paints tend to smell funky (like formaldehyde or something) and they are translucent and dull. I ordered mine online so plan ahead if you need to order. The muti-colored Tag cake paints are the coolest. With a swipe you can load it up and apply paint quick. On YouTube there are even tutorials on how to make your own cake paints.
Example below of crap paints (top pots) vs. good TAG body Art paints:


I like Tag, but I still need to expand my collection. The generic paint pots at the top suck. They are some crap paints that smell bad.  There are several good online companies for body art.





Second, get some nice brushes and sponges. I know brushes can get expensive ($10 a brush) so opt for a kit at Hobby Lobby that has 10 different sized brushes in it. The best brushes are the ones that you can make swirls and smooth thick to intricate lines. That was a mouth full. You can test it on paper first to see what I’m talking about.






From the left to the right: My favorite is the tapered brush on the left. I even use it for everyday eye liner. The second has a semi good stroke but falls short. The right brush is a hard brush to paint with, as you can see it’s old.


Start Painting

Now that you’re ready to paint. Find a good example online or create your own.
For little ones, they don’t hold still, you need to be quick. Take a makeup sponge and swipe your cake paint until it’s loaded. Start painting rainbow sections to form the base color. This is where I get a little messy. whoops. But it doesn’t help when the kids are moving all around. So keep out of their eye area. It’s more sanitary this way anyway if you have to do multiple kids.



After you have a dark base, get your precision brush and add the black outlines.  Go back over with white if needed or add to the colors that faded.


More Inspiration:

Tip: Paint boys’ faces above the eyes. Make super hero masks such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Spiderman, Hulk etc…


Photo credit: Vaness Hernandez Painting: S.Tortora


Matching kats


That’s it! The more you practice the better you get! Line em’ up and start painting.
Note: Remember safety. Avoid eyes and lips for sanitary reasons unless you are cleaning tools in between or have an ample supply of sponges.










Disclaimer: In this DIY series, I will be finding the best or at the least, very interesting projects. I will try them out and blog about it. At times I will alter the project and make adjustments. I am not making any claims to be the owner or person or entity from which the DIY projects originate. If I cross a boundary of copyright it is unintentional and upon knowledge I will remove the conflicting post herein. Otherwise stated, I am the owner of the photos in my posts.

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I love to get my face painted at parties. My son always does batman so I do superman. It’s so easy to do as well. We will certainly take your tips about paint choice and put them to use on our next activity.

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