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10 Best Face Paint For Cosplay, Kids, & Pros Reviewed By Jest Paint
Every year we receive hundreds of emails from parents, cosplayers, and professional face painters asking us what the best face paints for Cosplay, kids, and pros are, so we decided to condense all the information we usually give each person that asks into this blog.
Face painting is a popular thing to do year-round, and with so many Cosplay competitions around the country, we figured people need to know which face paints are best and why.
The 10 Best Face Paints for Cosplay, Kids, and Pro Face Painters
The list below is in no particular order as all of them are great products, each one fulfilling a different purpose. We will not under each brand what they are good for and why.
- Fusion Body Art: this is probably one of our favorite brands of face paints and the one we use the most because of its versatility. It activates with water and a brush or sponge and gives you a bright, opaque, and vibrant coverage when appropriately applied. All of their Prime and Pearl colors are FDA compliant (based on label information), meaning they meet the standards of cosmetic products, which makes it a great brand for kids, as it is also hypoallergenic and free from things like paraben, gluten, and perfumes. Professional face painters also love Fusion Body Art because of their bright colors, exquisite quality for line work, and outstanding coverage. And of course, all of those qualities make it a great brand for Cosplayers in general, unless they expect to be exposed to a lot of sun or water, in which case we will suggest other brands further below. Fusion designed each color to make it as easy to wash off as possible (from your skin), which is one great thing to keep in mind if kids use these paints.
Superstar Face and Body Paints: another great brand that our customers love (and we do too) because of their incredible color selection, its smooth and creamy consistency, and the most awesome range of shimmery colors ever! Superstar is also fully compliant with FDA regulations based on the label, so it is another great brand for kids thanks to its high quality and safe ingredients. Professionals love Superstar, too, because no other brand is as smooth, and their color selection is huge! This is a good brand for Cosplayers as well because their large color selection means that you are likely to find a close match to any color you are looking for for your next costume.
Diamond FX Face Paints: Diamond FX face paints were released around 2009 and quickly became a massive hit with professional face painters because of their ability to provide you with paint that won't bleed if properly activated, allowing you to create really detailed work. Diamond FX regular and metallic face paints also meet FDA requirements according to their label, making them a perfect choice for kids. Cosplayers have also been using Diamond FX face paints for years because of their quality. This is overall a great brand.
TAG Body Art: this brand is another great choice and one we have used many times as well. Just like with all the other brands above, we always keep some TAG face paints with us. TAG has an incredible range of split cakes that professional face painters love and use. Performance-wise, it is very similar to Diamond FX and shares the same qualities, so it is a good choice for the Pros, kids, and Cosplayers.
Wolfe FX Face Art: Wolfe was the first face paint brand to present a formula that was wax based, which was game-changing back in the day. Cosplayers have used Wolfe FX face paints and special FX products for over a decade now, and you will see their brand represented at almost every haunt convention. Having said that, it is also a great brand for kids as, based on its label, all of its colors are FDA-compliant and hypoallergenic. It shares the same qualities and properties as Diamond FX and TAG Body Art, and like all of the brands above, it activates easily with just water and a brush or sponge. A special note about their black, it is awesome but also a bit harder to remove than Fusion Body Art or Superstar black, so if you are painting a little kid, or planning to cover large areas of the face and or body with black, maybe don't use Wolfe FX if easy removal is something you care for. Their white paint is a favorite among professional face painters, and we strongly recommend you to check it out.
ProAiir: if you are looking for water-resistant and sweat-resistant face paints, this is it! ProAiir has you covered, literally! ProAiir Hybrid Airbrush Body Paint is the preferred brand by Cosplayers and Pro-face and body painters that need long-lasting, sweat and water-resistant results that can still be fairly easily removed at the end of the day with just soap and water, no special remover. Although it is formulated to be safe for kids based on the manufacturer's claims, keep in mind that ProAiir is alcohol based, so you feel a little sting when first applied until the alcohol evaporates, just like you would with medicinal alcohol. Also, important to notice that there are two kinds of ProAiir, Inks, and Hybrids. Inks are even longer lasting and more resistant to water and sweat, but much harder to remove, and we would not suggest using them on kids except for small temporary tattoos on arms and or legs.
Paradise by Mehron: Paradise is another great smooth brand that professionals love because of all of its skincare ingredients included in its formula. You are not just getting your face painted; you are almost getting a beauty treatment. Paradise face paints are very smooth, smudge-proof when dried, water-activated, vegan, and hypoallergenic. Of course, based on their label, they are also FDA-compliant. Paradise has a beautiful range of matte colors with unique shades that no other face paint brand has.
Starblend by Mehron: Starblend face paints are a great product, different from all of the above, because these are dry pressed powders that do not need water for application. Think of them as a giant eye shadow, but much more pigmented and opaque. Pro painters love them because of how easy it is to get fast coverage with them and because they are very sweatproof, so they are especially good for hot and humid weather. Cosplayers like them too because they are very light to wear. You almost don't feel them, but they are not smudge-proof, so you need to seal them with something like Ben Nye Final Seal if you want them to last a long time.
Global Body Art: this is another popular brand of face paint that recently was re-formulated and shares very similar qualities and properties as those that Diamond FX, TAG, and Wolfe FX have. It is a water-activated paint that provides great coverage, brilliant colors, and a smudge-proof finish. Their non-neon colors are FDA-compliant and hypoallergenic based on their label, making them a perfect choice for kids.
Kryolan Aquacolors: Kryolan face paints are one of the first, if not the first, face paint brands that became available. They are known for their bright colors, insane color selection, and beauty makeup qualities (like color consistency with every batch of face paint). Kryolan also adds several skincare ingredients to its formula, making it a preferred brand among old-time pros that started with Aquacolors and continue up to this day loving this brand. Kryolan Aquacolors are safe for kids to use, but because it tends not to dry to the touch fully, we suggest using a setting powder or spray to keep the makeup looking good for longer. Cosplayers have also used Aquacolors for a long time because of how flexible and light it feels on the skin.
These are our top 10 Face Paints For Cosplay, Kids, & Pros. What are yours? Leave us a comment with your suggestions and what makes you choose a brand over others.
As professional face painters with over 30 years of experience we have tried many brands of face paints and we truly think the ones above belong to the top ten!