Face Painting Tutorial, Part 3 - Sponges, Glitter and Other Tools Face Painting Tutorial, Part 3 - Sponges, Glitter and Other Tools
Sponges are used to apply base paint in large areas. The type of sponge you use can range from a high density large sponge cut into smaller pieces, to the make-up triangles or circle pads found at beauty supply stores. For sanitary purposes, you should throw out the sponge after using it.
Sponges are dampened before dipping into base paint. It is important not to use too much water on your sponge as this can create a blotchy or runny look. Depending on the type of base paint, you either apply it like shoe polish in circular motions, or wipe it on evenly.
Caring for Sponges
Use one sponge per color and dispose of when done. If the sponges are used on your face, or of your own children, you can wash with warm water for reuse, going very easy on the soap as this can build up with time and cause skin irritation.
Brush vs. Sponge
A successful face painter uses both, depending on the design. Sponges are advantageous for applying large amounts of color onto the face, while brushes work best for lines, details and applying powder and glitter.
All That Glitters
Glitters come in gels, sticks, loose form, translucent powder, glue, paints and sparkling and metallic colors. Glitters are used to add pizzazz or soft pearlesque effects.
Powder or loose glitter can be applied with a brush or your fingers for a light shimmering effect. If applying gel glitter, be sure to lightly dab the brush onto the face, as sweeping motions may smudge the design. If you find the gel is too thick, simply add water to thin it out. Most face paint glitters are made to adhere to the paint, provided it is still wet, so be sure to apply it before the paint dries. Never use glitter around the eye area or on children prone to touching their face and rubbing their eyes. Snazaroo's glitter page shows you these reflective nano wonders in action, sprucing up designs of fairies, robots, butterflies, swirls, flowers, scenes, rabbits and dolphins. Glitter is also a must for Mardi Gras masks.
Glue is also used in face painting, but not any old Elmer's or typical glue - this is a special water-soluble face glue used by face painters, clowns, and theater companies. You may need extra adhesive for glitter, small sequins or feathers (for masks).
When you are purchasing your makeup supplies, also pick up some baby powder, baby wipes, towels, water cups, brush cleaner, Q-tips and eyeliner. Eyeliner comes in a variety of colors and can be sued to create clean, thin lines.
Seal the Deal
To waterproof the designs and combat against smudging, a sealant can be sprayed over water-based paints. Ben Nye sells an excellent line of sealants.
Back to Reality: Removing Face Paints
Most paints will wash off with just soap and water. If you make a mistake while applying the design, just rub it off with a Q-tip or baby wipe. You can use cold cream, or a melt away cream.
Avoiding Face Break Outs
First, start with using a quality, hypoallergenic, FDA approved water-based make-up, never grease-based as that can cause break outs. Apply the pant conservatively, and if you know there is a certain area of your face prone to breakouts, avoid painting that area.