Fusion Body Art | Sampler Face Painting Palette
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Face Painting is so popular nowadays that the internet is filled with questions about how to use them, which face painting products are best, safety concerns, and more!
We have compiled a list of some of the most popular questions people search on the internet and decided to write the Big Face Painting Blog of Questions so that you can share it with anyone that might want to learn more about face paints and the art of face and body painting.
You can even share this with potential clients or clients who have already hired you or link it on your website so those visiting your site can find answers to the questions they might have and be better informed!
Here we go!!!
If you are wondering which face paint brand is the best, there are many great brands of face paint, and several are reasonable and will provide you with excellent results while keeping you and your skin safe. Here is a list of our top 10 brands:
If you want a more in-depth look at which face paints are the best, you can read our Best Face Paint Guide to learn about some of those brands and what makes them great.
Many people wonder which face paint is best, and we always suggest water-activated face paints as those are easier to use and tend to give the best overall results. But, there are many kinds of face paints that are great depending on what you need them for. Here is a list based on our order of preference for day to day jobs:
Choosing which face paint to use depends on what you need to accomplish. Not all face paints are the same; some are water-proof, some are sweat-proof, some are perfect to use under hot theater lamps, and others are perfect for little kids because they are easier to wash off. Here is a list we made with what face paint to use for each occasion:
If you want to learn more about the different kinds of face paint out there and what are their properties so you can learn what face paint to use, then visit out blog: The Ultimate Face Paint Guide - Brands Comparison.
Choosing what face paint to buy is easy once you know what you need the face paint for. For example, if you look into face painting at a pool party, we will recommend water-resistant face paints like ProAiir and Endura. If you are painting at an animal's suitable event, we will suggest vegan face paints like Fusion Body Art and Diamond FX. Here is a list of our top brands based on overall performance and easy to use:
Here are two links that can help you answer what face paint to buy. These are just two essential palettes from our top-selling brands, but if you read the guide below, you will find more links to products that you can buy and are safe to use and perfect for almost all kinds of jobs.
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Fusion Body Art | Sampler Face Painting Palette
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Superstar Face Paint | Aqua Face and Body Painting Palette - 6 BRIGHT Colours
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If you want a more in-depth look at what face paint to buy, please read our Best Face Paint Guide to learn about some of the brands mentioned above and what makes them great.
People love using face paints all over their bodies, and many wonders: will face paint stain hair? In general, the answer to that question is no, but there are some exemptions to the rule. You should keep in mind the following things when deciding if covering your hair with face paint is a good idea:
Parents usually want to know if face paint will come out of clothes since now and then, kids might smudge their face with their hands and then touch their clothes. It is possible to wash face paint off clothing, but it is not always guaranteed to come out. If the clothes can be bleached, then bleach will usually take care of the stain, but if it is a colored piece of clothing, then you need to keep some things in mind:
Many people with sensitive skin wonder if face paint will cause acne, and in general, the answer would be no. Acne is usually a skin condition and not something that face paint can create, but face paint can make acne worse or create an allergic reaction that might look like acne if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients in face paint.
It is always best to check on the ingredients of face paint before applying it to your face. You can check the ingredients under each product at www.JestPaint.com.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you reduce the chances of a skin reaction when getting your face painted:
It is Halloween time, and people not only are looking to paint their faces, but they are also wondering: will face paintwork on a pumpkin? The simple answer is yes! It will, but you have to keep some things in mind to get good results.
Also, remember, face paint is not water-resistant, so don't leave your painted pumpkins outside, or the face paint will come off.
To face paint your pumpkin, please keep in mind:
Any product can cause a rash since there is always a possibility of being allergic to one of the ingredients, so for those wondering if face paint can cause a rash, the answer is yes, it can, but rarely. If you use safe cosmetic-grade products, it is unlikely that you will develop a rash since professional-grade face paints are made with skin-safe ingredients. Still, if you want to be extra safe, here are a few recommendations we have for you to prevent or reduce the chances of developing a rash while face painted:
We get many people asking us: can face paint go on lips? The answer is that it depends. Most face paint colors can be used on lips without an issue, but some have a warning on their label that says that the FDA recommends keeping such colors away from the lips. This is usually the case for some blue and green pigments. Some people might experience some numbness when painted on the lips with black face paint, although it is very uncommon, and it goes away after a few minutes if you wash the paint off right away.
Do keep in mind that if your lips are going to get painted with face paints, the person applying the paint should use a disposable applicator or use a tool that has been sanitized before being used, and that will get sanitized right after as well.
Yes, face paint can be used on hair; in fact, many people use face paint as a temporary hair color product for a costume. You just need to keep in mind that since most face paints are water-activated, the paint will come off if you get sweaty or wet.
A few things to keep in mind when using face paint to color your hair:
1 - If your hair has been bleached, some dark face paint colors can stain your hair for a few days.
2 - You can always use Hair Spray to help set the color and prevent rub off.
3 - You can use neon / UV face paint colors to dye your hair; it will look awesome once exposed to a UV or Black Light.
4 - To wash it off, use shampoo and rinse with warm water.
Face paint can be used on paper to create awesome getting cards or art pieces. Just make sure to use thick watercolor paper because regular paper can get too wet.
You can work with face paints as if they were watercolors, adding more or less water depending on how thin or dense you want your colors to be.
A few tips to keep in mind:
Face paint expires and goes wrong, but it takes a long time since most good quality face paints have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial ingredients that help keep the face paint from going bad.
Keep in mind that most face paint brands will have a little symbol of an opened can with a number over or around it. That is the Period After Opening symbol and indicates how long the product is suitable for once opened. Although you should always pay attention to that, most face paints are still suitable for a lot longer if properly stored and cared for. Here are a few tips to help you prevent your face paint from going bad:
When done properly, face painting is a very safe activity, using suitable materials and techniques. Keeping that in mind, like any makeup product or pretty much any product out there, there is always a tiny chance of an allergic reaction if someone is allergic to any of the ingredients used or if there is any cross-contamination.
A few tips to keep you from getting sick after being face painted:
Just as we mentioned before, anything can cause an allergic reaction, but face paint is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction if you use the proper materials and technique.
Just make sure to follow some important tips, and you should be fine:
Yes, face paints are safe, so long you use the right kind of product and technique. You should always use face paints that are cosmetic grade and FDA compliant, preferably bought from professional face paint stores since they have the knowledge and expertise to select products that have been properly tested and certified, unlike big box stores and costume stores.
If you are getting painted by someone else, always make sure to hire a professional face painter that has been properly trained, used the right products, and knows how to apply the face paint safely and in unsanitary conditions.
A few things to keep in mind to have a safe face painting experience:
Face Paints are not acrylics hence acrylics can not be used as face paints since they have some harsh ingredients that are not meant for the skin, and they also use pigments that are not approved by the FDA to be used on skin due to the fact that they can cause some permanent scars over the skin. If you Google Acrylic Reactions on the skin, you will find hundreds of images of damaged skin due to acrylics being used as face paints.
If you ask any acrylic manufacturer, they will tell you that their product is not meant to be used on the skin. It might say "non-toxic," which means that normal exposure to the product while doing what the product is meant to be used for won't cause any injuries. That does not mean that the product can or was designed to be used on the skin.
Please avoid using acrylics as face paint; regular water-activated face paint is the right product for that, and it can actually be as cheaper or cheaper and much safer. For less than $15, you can get a full set of perfectly safe face paints that can paint dozens of faces.
The answer to this question is yes and no. Face Paint is a cosmetic product, but it is not designed for prolonged wear, unlike makeup. Some pigments, for example, are ok only if used now and then but not on a daily basis. Since makeup is designed for everyday use, you can use makeup as face paint, but we don't suggest using face paint as makeup every day. It is a lot more pigmented and not truly designed for everyday use.
So long you follow the instructions on the label, you will be fine and should have nothing to worry about.
Not all face paints are vegan; some might have carmine, lanolin, shellac, or beeswax. You should read the ingredient label carefully. Most professional face paint brands are indeed vegan and never tested on animals.
We highly suggest reading this blog post about Vegan face Paints as it has all of the information you need to know about vegan face paints, which brands are vegan and which ones are not, what ingredients to look for, and more!
Good professional cosmetic grade and FDA compliant face paint is non-toxic and can be used on the skin safely so long you follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Keep in mind that not all non-toxic products are meant to be used as face paint; non-toxic is not the same as safe to be used on the skin. Markers can be non-toxic, meaning you won't die of poisoning if you accidentally get some ink on your fingers, but that is not the same as saying that you can paint your entire face with markers. The non-toxic label applies to normal expected use. No one expects markets to be used as face and body paint, for example.
Some face paints are waterproof, while others are not. There are primarily two kinds of waterproof face paint: alcohol-based and silicone-based. Alcohol-based are the most popular ones, and there is a large variety of brands to choose from.
Alcohol-based face paints usually have castor oil as well to help make the product almost 100% waterproof and very water and sweat resistant.
You can read more about waterproof face paints on this blog: Water Proof Face Paints.
Also, you can browse a large selection of water-resistant face paints on our website.
Although it is widespread for people to say that face paints are water-based, in reality, water is just a small part of the product; most are paraffin wax based, glycerin based, talc based, or Acacia Senegal gum-based.
The correct term would be water-activated, as most face paints are indeed water-activated.
Liquid face paints also don't have that much water, but they do have more than the solid kind. Liquid face paint also has acrylates (a thick liquid substance not to be confused with acrylics).
You can browse a great collection of water-activated face paints at JestPaint.com.
Face painting requires practice; although it is not rocket science, it certainly requires a lot of practice, training, and investing in good products to become a professional at it.
If all you want is to play at home with your kids, then you can learn how to face paint fairly easily; although the results won't be stellar, they are just good enough to have a good time. Suppose you instead are thinking about learning to face paint so that you don't have to hire a professional for an event. In that case, I suggest you think twice since achieving the results of professional-looking face painting does take time and practice.
You can take a look at our Quick and Easy designs to learn some really fast and popular designs: Quick and Easy Face Painting Butterfly.
You can get face paints almost anywhere, but the best place to get your face paint is online at professional face painting supplies stores. Here are a few reasons why:
We run our own online professional face paint store, and we are always happy to help you choose the best products for your needs and budget. We are www.JestPaint.com, and you can call us or email us anytime (within business hours) to get all of the answers you need.
Yes! Face Painting over beards and doing glitter beards is the best! You can face paint over a beard using airbrush body paint and an airbrush compressor for faster results, or you can use regular face paint with a paintbrush. Just make sure your face paint is really nice and thick, and you will need to go over it a few times.
If you want to do a glitter beard, then add some aloe vera gel to your glitter and spread it all over; just make sure to use cosmetic-grade glitter.
Most professional brands of face paint won't crack if properly applied. What is most important is not to make the application too thick. The paint should be thin enough that it will move with the skin but opaque enough that it won't look translucent. A little bit of practice usually helps.
You can always go for Glycerin Based face paints if you want a smoother look since that base is more flexible and usually does not crack.
In the image above, you can see that the painter applied too much face paint, making a thick layer of paint that cracked.
All professional brands of face paints are safe for babies if you follow the manufacturer's instructions. Although in some countries, particular face paint organizations have set their own rules, the truth is that the regulatory agencies have not set age limits on face paints. They do suggest following label instructions, so if the label says not to paint kids under a certain age, then we highly suggest that. Most importantly, use common sense. A baby that was just born, or a baby that looks like it has sensitive skin or whose parents warn you about them having sensitive skin, allergies, or other skin conditions, should not be painted, in our opinion.
So, in summary, what you should do when asked what face paint is safe for babies is:
1 - Read the label of the face paint you are about to use and see if it mentions any age restrictions and for what reasons.
2 - Ask the parent or adult in charge whether the baby has any skin conditions or any condition that should prevent him from getting painted.
3 - Make sure the baby wants to get painted. In our opinion, if a baby is crying and looks unhappy, then you should not paint them.
4 - If the baby is a newborn, we do not suggest that face paint be applied, mostly if you have used those paints and brushes with people before, as their immune system might still be developing and they could catch something from your brushes, sponges or used paints.
5 - Always ask about allergies.
6 - Be extremely sanitary when painting babies; here is a blog post you can read: Top 10 Safety and Hygiene Tips for Face Painting - The Ultimate Guide.
We often get asked if it is ok to face paint with acrylics and the only answer to that is: no. Here are the main reasons why you can't use acrylics to face paint:
Here is a picture of a reaction to acrylics being used as face paints
The question of if you can face painting a baby often comes since parents love to see their little ones turned into cute little critters, superheroes, and princesses, and the answer to that question is: it depends. It depends on a few factors that we will go on and list below. So please, if you want to know if you can face paint a baby, read the following list of important factors to keep in mind:
If you want to know if you can face paint with water colors, the real question would be: are watercolors designed for the face? And the answer, unfortunately, is no. Watercolors are designed to be used on paper and other surfaces but not on the skin. This is due to the fact that watercolors have pigments that are not allowed; some have been banned from being used on skin based on USA FDA regulations. Some of those pigments can be very harmful to the skin if left on for hours or if a lot of skin is exposed to them. Just because some people don't react to them, it doesn't make them ok.
Also, remember that the "non-toxic" label only applies when using the product as directed by the manufacturer. So, a little bit of watercolor pigment in your fingertips while you paint that you will then wash off in a matter of minutes is not the same as wearing a full face mask for eight hours straight.
Many people write to us wondering what face paint the legendary rock band Kiss uses; they want to replicate the look for Halloween, or even some bands that play Kiss' covers want to look like them.
Their makeup is fairly simple; they use "clown white" as a base, which you can get from Ben Nye.
Then they do the star with a black makeup pencil, which you can also get from Ben Nye:
And then you can use regular lipstick for the red lips. It is that simple!
Alex is an amazing artist that makes the craziest makeup tutorials and has a YouTube channel by the name MadeYewLook. Many people come to us asking us what face paint does MadeYewLook uses, and the answer is almost all of them!
We have seen her use Graftobian Pro Paints, NYX Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Sugarpill eye shadows, Skin Illustrator palette, and more! She can make almost any brand of face paints or makeup work because, really, what matters the most is not the product she uses but the skills she has!
The joker was a really big hit in 2019 and still now, so a lot of people were wondering what face paint the joker used. It is not a question with one answer since, as the makeup artist explained, she used different kinds of makeup products depending on the scene and what was needed. But, she was kind enough to share with everyone the list of products she used on her official Instagram page, and here is the list of brands, some of which are available at JestPaint.com:
Although not many people come to us to ask what face paint Slipknot uses, we know that many fans and people wanting to look like them want to know the answer to this.
The answer is not simple as their looks keep changing and they use a lot of masks with some make and special fx products added. In general, if you want makeup that can last through long hours of sweating and moving, you have to go with grease makeup and or alcohol makeup.
Clowns are very popular characters, and many people wonder what face paints clowns use, and the answer to that question is: it depends on the clown!
Some clowns use powder-based makeup products, like StarBlennds, while others still use traditional clown makeup and grease makeup, like Ben Nye. Some clowns like to use regular water-activated face paints, mostly if they wear very little makeup since water-activated face paints are not very sweatproof. I have heard of a few who airbrush their makeup and use alcohol-based airbrush paints since they are long-lasting and have good coverage.
We have been lucky enough to visit Disneyland and Disney World a few times, and we have seen their artists at work! Many people wonder what face paint Disneyland use, and for the most part, they use Kryolan Aquacolors and Wolfe FX face paints. We have seen an occasional container of another brand here and there (probably because they could not get what they needed from their regular brands sometimes), but that is what they use for the most part.
You can achieve the same great looks those artists create at the parks with either brand. You will need to practice because face painting requires practice, dedication, and talent.
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