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Face Painting Tips for our Face Painting Kits

All of the face painting kits available on this page are made of high quality ingredients which will help you achieve great looking face painting designs that are comfortable to wear and safe for your skin. You can choose from beginner to professional size face painting kits depending on what you need. You can always e-mails or call us if you have any questions.

Choosing the right face painting kit depends on what kind of project you have in mind. If you are only looking to paint yourself or somebody else for a particular event like a Halloween Costume party, you might want to take a look into our Character Face Painting Kits. These kits have been designed so that you have everything you need to re create a specific character. If you are looking into starting your own face painting business but you are not 100% sure or you don't have a large budget to start with, or if you just like to face paint for fun or at small events like church picnics, you can try getting one of our Beginner Face Painting Kits. These kits are small but they have almost everything you need to start face painting. Each kit can paint several faces (likely around 100 or more). If you are ready to become a professional face painter and are looking to get a kit that has everything you need and that can allow you to paint hundreds of faces, then we recommend that you to choose a kit from our Professional Face Painting Kits. These kits were hand picked by us, professional face painters, to help newer artists know what to get. If you still have questions or concerns, please e-mail us or call us so that we can help you choose the best face painting kit for you.

In order to activate water activated face paints like the ones contained in most of our face painting kits, use a damped face painting sponge or face painting brush. First, get your sponge or brush slightly wet, make sure to remove any excess water before activating the face paint. Next, rub the brush or sponge against the face paint cake in order to activate the paint. Make sure to keep rubbing back and forward until the paint has a creamy consistency. If you are using a face painting brush for line work you can also go for a more ink like consistency. If you have too much water on the cake keep rubbing the sponge or brush in order to work that water into the paint and get the right consistency.

Once you have your preferred applicator loaded with face paint you can apply it to the skin. If you are using a sponge make sure to apply the face paint using a patting motion rather than swiping your sponge. Patting gently and consistently gives you a much smoother and opaque base than swiping your sponge. We recommend to use face painting sponges when applying a base coat rather than a brush, or you can use a brush first and then pat out any streaks with a sponge.
When working with brushes simply lay the face painting brush against the skin and move in the desired direction. Make sure to keep a steady firm hand to have good control over your brush.

Using split cakes can look tricky at first, but once you get used it you will find them easy to use. When loading your split cake make sure to move your sponge or brush back and forward following the direction of the stripes. Make sure not to shake your applicator side to side so that the colors don't get muddy. If you want to apply a nice base coat you can use Global Body Art Rainbow Cakes and pat your sponge gently against the skin making sure to keep it moving always in the same direction so that the colors don't get too blurred together. You can always use a fan like movement or a side by side movement to apply it to the face. When using a brush, you will likely want to use a 3/4' or 1" face painting brush and use Global Body Art Fun Strokes or a Global Fun Stroke Palette like the one on our Face Painting 1 Stroke Starter Set. Move your brush in the direction you wish, making sure not to flip your brush so that colors don't get muddy.

Water activated face paints can be removed easily with just soap and water. You can use a soft sponge or cloth to aid in the removal process. Always start by coating the skin with a thin layer of soap. Once you have worked the soap into the face paint, then proceed to rinse. You might need to repeat this process a few times. Always make sure to be gentle, excessive rubbing of your skin can cause irritation. Also, we suggest not to use scented baby wipes since the perfume can cause allergic reactions. If any stains are left on the skin, consider using lotion. You might need to let the lotion set in for a few minutes before wiping it off. In the rare case in which a stain is still visible after this process, please wait for 24 hours before attempting to wash off the area again. Normal sweating and oil production from your skin will aid in the removal process, as well as rubbing against your sheets while you sleep.
Even though all face paints can stain since it depends mostly on your skin type, Global Body Art face paints tend to stain the least. If you are concerned, always try a small patch of the color on the area to be painted and test for stains 30 minutes after. If the color does leave a stain, you might want to consider using a different color if that concerns you.

To remove the paint off your face painting brushes and sponges, we recommend using a brush soap like the Pink Soap by Mona Liza. These soaps are designed to remove oils and pigments off your tools and will do a much better job than regular hand soap. Once your tools have been washed off and throughly rinsed to remove all traces of soap, let them dry out completely before storing them.

Like with all cosmetic products, it is always best to keep your face paints away from a direct light source and in a cool and dry environment. Excessive heat can make your face paints really soft, and excessive light can fade the colors on the outer layers of your cake. An excess of humidity can cause mold to grow and spoil your face paints.
Before putting your face paints away after you used them, make sure to wipe the top clean using a clean sponge (do not use baby wipes since they will leave a fuzzy layer on your cakes), let them dry out with the lids open and then proceed to put the lids back on and store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. You can use laptop cases to keep light away from your cakes.

All face paint standard and pearl colors for sale at JestPaint have been formulated with FDA approved pigments for cosmetic application. All neon colors (except those made by Ruby Red and some by Diamond FX) are considered a special effects product and do not comply with FDA cosmetic regulations although they have been independently tested for skin safety and have been determined safe to be used on the skin by independent laboratories, according to the manufacturer. Neon colors contain pigments that have not yet been tested by the US FDA to be used on cosmetics. They are considered safe for skin by other countries.

Like all cosmetic products, face paints can cause an allergic reaction if the individual is allergic to any of its components. Although face paints sold at JestPaint have been formulated with special ingredients to reduce the chances of an allergic reaction, an allergy free experience can not be guaranteed by any manufacturer. Manufacturers generally recommend that face paints should not be applied to broken or sensitive skin. Test by placing a small amount to the wrist, if reaction occurs within 30 minutes do not use.

Please know that in the US the FDA does not recommend the use of purple, red blue and green makeup colors near the eyes or lips area, regardless of the brand. In general, manufactures claim that their products are unsuitable for children under 36 months due to small parts which may cause chocking (this is related to the kids manipulating the product, not regarding kids being painted).