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What You Need to Know About Face Painting Children

Dec 4, 2007
Face painting children is probably one of the most challenging yet rewarding tasks out there. Despite being a tiresome task especially for overly enthusiastic kids who can't wait to see the finish product, face painting children can help you gain patience and skill in doing the artwork quickly.

In face painting children, major considerations should be identified in order to avoid the possibility of accidents and allergic reactions.

If you are face painting children, in a party, make sure that before you begin with any session, you were able to inform the parents first about the whole thing. This is like asking for permission if they would allow their child to have their face painted during the event. By briefly talking to the parents, you can also ask if the child has allergic reactions to chemicals or if they have skin allergies. Make sure that you don't face paint a child that has open wounds, cuts, or rashes on the face or in any part of his or her body. This will lessen the possibility of developing infection and more complicated skin condition.

After making sure that you have no problems with the child's skin, you should start getting the prepared materials to be used. In face painting children, it is very important to use safe materials because their skin is more sensitive compared to adults. In choosing paints for kids, make sure that you use only water-based watercolors that can be easily wiped off or cleansed with water and little gentle soap. To avoid any allergic reactions, always use face paints that have passed under FDA's standard for cosmetics. Never ever use acrylic paints because these will only cause allergies and even skin disorder when used in large amounts especially in sensitive areas of the face and other parts of the body.

Aside from using safe paints, one thing you need to know about face painting children is that you must have lots of handy brushes and sponges that you can use. It is best to designate a brush for each color to lessen the chances of cleaning it. You must also have enough water supplies in convenient water bottle so you can dab the brush or sponge once they need cleaning. Brushes should have soft bristles while sponges should not peel when wet.

What appeals to children:

Children truly enjoy face painting sessions because they are fascinated with the transformation they go through once the face painting session is done. One major consideration in face painting kids is the design that will be used. As the face painter, you must know what the designs that will appeal to kids and what are the face paint designs appropriate for their age.

When it comes to face paint designs, majority of kids would want to copy the latest character from a current movie or a television show. Face paint designs of superheroes or the most popular cartoon character are preferred because it brings familiarity to them. If you would want your designs to appeal to kids, make sure that they are inspired from popular characters.

Keep in mind that little girls would love to have face paint designs that are based on fantasy such as flower princesses and fairies, cute insects such as butterflies and ladybugs, friendly animals such as bunny rabbits and cats, and naughty female characters such as witches. These designs should come in colorful and vibrant colors and should be accentuated with something that shimmers such as glitters.

In face painting little boys, the most popular selection would include superheroes such as Batman, Superman, and Spiderman and scary characters such as monster, skull, pirate, tribal person as well animals like lion, tiger and dogs. When face painting boys, it is best to use subtle tones and colors. For them, the scarier they look like, the better because they will scare people, especially little girls. They also prefer dark colors and accents such as fake blood or gel skins to make the face paint scarier.

In face painting children, always use simple designs because they are fidgety when you ask them to sit down for a long time. Try to face paint as quickly as possible to avoid them from getting bored and ruining the entire session. Also, have a handy mirror at your side so you can ask them to see their reflection after you're finish with the face painting.
About the Author
Philadelphia Tivoli is the creator of the popular "The Comprehensive Guide to Face Painting": A step by step guide to 50 fantastic face painting designs. Start face painting children today and get her designs by clicking here.
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