Getting started with Face Paint

Face paint is easy but you need to have a few basics and be confident enough to practise! You don’t need lots of expensive equipment, just a few essential tools…

That’s it, that’s all you need to get started but there are always extras like face paint sticks, gems, glitters gels, biodegradable glitters and stencils.

You can go to town on colours but really when you get started you just need the basics. If you have some ideas of the faces and colours you want to use then start with them. You can always add more later.

Snazaroo does have some great sets, if it’s just for one occasion don’t be put off by the small paint pans, they can create up to 50 faces!

Learn Your skill

The most important lesson to learn is to take your time to learn your skill. This isn’t about being an artist, just because you can paint doesn’t mean you will be a natural face painter. Youtube is full of tutorials to help you learn the basics. So watch a few and start simple. You can learn to do a few faces well and then expand from there just don’t be too ambitious. This is supposed to be fun, any mistakes can be wiped off.


As long as the child is happy that’s all that matters!

  1. Make sure the skin is clean and dry
  2. first apply a layer of white underneath any strong colours as a barrier
  3. For your base colour, damp your sponge don’t soak it, squeeze out any excess, dab it onto your colour, then press onto the skin. If it’s too wet, you may get streaks.
  4. If you want a deeper colour, leave the base to dry and then reapply on top.
  5. Work from light to dark
  6. Sponges for larger areas
  7. Brushes for detail
  8. Mix your own colours
  9. Practice, practice, practice!

You need to learn your skill. You can practice on yourself, friends and family.

Mermaid crown Snazaroo

Hygiene, keeping things clean

If you are face painting for fun or if you want to make a career out of it hygiene is everything. You need to look after your brushes and your paints, after all, they are coming into contact with skin. Whenever you are face painting you need to have some shade to work in and when storing your paints, they should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Once you’ve finished painting wipe any excess moisture or dirt from the paint surfaces and replace the lids. You can buy hygiene wipes for this. Rinse your brushes in hot water, sponges in hot soapy water and both left to air dry before putting away. Every 18 months replace your paints and tools.

Face paint is not just for kids!

Whatever you child wants be this fancy dress season, let your imagination run wild with Snazaroo.

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