After 10 years of selling the best face paint brands on the market and testing literally almost every face paint brand out there we decided it was time to create the ultimate face paint brand comparison guide for all of our customers and every one that face paints and wants to understand the differences between face paint brands and what each is best for.
This post will likely evolve over time as new products and brands hit the market, so make sure to visit it often to see the new additions!
| "Comparing over 30 brands of face paint is no easy work as each painter has a different opinion, but we will try our best at giving you and in depth review" |
We will start by breaking down the basic difference between most brands, including the base ingredients, and we will then talk about what you should look for if you are trying to do line work versus base work, or stenciling. Last, we will provide you with a full chart comparing each face paint brand that we know of.
As we get to try new products and test them, we will add swatches, gifs, videos and more, and we will provide you with links to more in depth information about each brand so that you can read all about them.
Face Paint's Base Ingredients - The BIG Difference
Although there are several base ingredients used in face paints, a few make the biggest difference in the performance of your paints, so we will cover those that matter the most when comparing different face paint brands. When we talk about base ingredients we are referring to the ingredients that give the paint its consistency and act as a medium for the pigment. We have ingredients that work as the main element, and others that are there as preservatives, perfumes, etc. We will cover the main ingredients within this section.
Paraffin Wax Based Face Paints
Paraffin Wax is a petroleum based wax that is solid at room temperature but it starts to melt once temperatures go above 37 degrees Celsius. A lot of the most popular face paint brands out there are made with paraffin wax including brands like Diamond FX, TAG Body Art, Kryvaline regular line and Wolfe FX face paints. Paraffin Wax face paints usually have a clay like consistency and can be activated using water.
How to Activate Paraffin Wax Based Face Paints
Many professional face painters like to work with paraffin wax based face paints because they dry quickly, provide very good coverage and allow painters to create very intricate details. Paraffin based face paints don't bleed, so you can create sharp lines with sharp edges, unlike some glycerin based face paints that tend to bleed a little creating a more fuzzy looking edge.
Diamond FX Face Paint - Small 12 Color Essential Palette
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by Diamond FX
Product Code: DFXPA107
This is a good palette to test out the DFX colors or to use for a few events. The palette is 7.5" × 3.5" × 0.25". The pots may be hard to use with sponges because of their size, though it is doable.
This product includes:
- 12 Essential DFX colors, 6gr each. Yellow, Pink, Light Green, Medium Green, Brown, Black, White Orange, Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue and Purple
- One small round and one small flat brush.
Esta es una buena paleta para probar los colores DFX o para usar en algunos eventos. La paleta es de 19,05 cm × 8,90 cm × 0,64 cm. Las pastillas pueden ser difíciles de usar con esponjas debido a su tamaño, aunque es posible.
Este producto incluye:
- 12 colores esenciales DFX, 6gr cada uno. Yellow, Pink, Light Green, Medium Green, Brown, Black, White Orange, Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue y Purple.
- Un pincel redondo pequeño y uno pequeño plano.
| "Professional face painters love Paraffin Wax based face paints when it comes to creating intricate line work" |
Since the paraffin comes from petroleum, the ingredient itself is vegan and no animals are hurt to create it, unlike with beeswax based products that can not be considered vegan. Keep in mind that we don't know of any professional face paint brand using beeswax as an ingredient, but some face painting crayons and glitter pastes out there do use it as a replacement for paraffin wax.
Paraffin wax face paints tend to be harder to smudge and have a more glossy like finish compared to glycerin based face paints.
Glycerin Based Face Paints
Glycerin is a viscous liquid that can come from animal or plant sources. The one used for face paints comes from plants, so it is also vegan. The biggest difference with paraffin wax is that glycerin is softer, yet its consistency doesn't change much when exposed to higher temperatures, so it is a bit more stable in the heat than paraffin. Extremely hot temperatures will make it turn into a cream, while paraffin turns more into a sticky marshmallow like consistency if over heated.
Glycerin based face paints are specially good for creating soft smooth looking bases since it is very flexible and blendable, unlike the paraffin wax that can feel a bit tighter on the skin since it is a bit thicker.
Paradise Face Paint By Mehron - 8 Color Basic Palette
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Product Code: MHPA107
This palette contains eight 7gr waterbased face paint colors in Mehron's Basic color line. Each palette comes with a small flat brush. The palette does not open flat, the mirror leans back at a slight angle, which makes it nice for painting your own face or using as your face paint mirror at your table. The dimensions are 4" X 6 1/4" x 1/2"
Professional face painters love to use glycerin based face paints to create beautiful backgrounds that will not crack or flake off with movement.
How to Activate Glycerin Based Face Paints
| "There is nothing smoother than glycerin base face paints. They are ideal to use as a base and perfect for blending colors smoothly" |
Brands like Superstar, Paradise from Mehron, Graftobian and FAB, are all glycerin based face paint brands. Glycerin based face paints tend to be a bit easier to smudge than wax based face paints and provide a more matte look than paraffin wax based paints. Still, they come in beautiful bold colors and can withstand normal wearing conditions and look beautiful all day long if not rubbed or exposed to sweat and or water.
Acacia Senegal Gum Based Face Paints
Acacia Senegal Gum is a naturally occurring gum that consists of the hardened sap of various species of different trees, because it comes from plants it can be labeled as vegan as well.
Fusion Body Art - Spectrum Face Painting Palette | Carnival Kit
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by Fusion Body Art
Product Code: FBAPA100
What is included in the Carnival Kit?
This Kit includes 6 Fusion Body Art mini Split Cakes: Fire Flames, Wild Berry, Bold Rose, Snow Queen, Jungle Snake and Leanne's Rainbow. It also includes a solid cake of white and 5 split cakes with two colors: Strong Black/ Henna Brown, Cardinal Red/Orange Zest, Magic Magenta/Bright Yellow, Magic Dark Blue/Light Blue, Deep Green/Lime Green.
What are the dimensions this palette?
The case is approximately 8 3/4" x 4 2/16" x 3/4". Each container is approximately 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1/2". There are approximately 10 grams of face paint in each container. The containers are removable.
What is the Carnival Kit face painting palette best for?
This face painting palette contains cakes that are great for a wide variety of designs for boys and girls! I love this kit because it truly has basic split cakes and the most needed solid colors all in one palette! It is great as a travel kit, as a walk around kit, a fundraising kit, a gift for a new face painter or for your regular gigs for those who like to keep a small condensed kit.
How to apply, remove and store Fusion face paints?
Add water to your brush or sponge and then load the paint onto your tool, rather than spraying the paints with water. Sweep your tool across the cake until you have created a light creamy paste. Fusion Body Art Paint removes easily with soap and water. Store in a dry and cool place away from a direct source of light. Keep out of direct sunlight.
What else should I know about Fusion Body Art face paints?
All Fusion Body Art Prime and Pearl colors are made with US FDA and EU compliant high-quality ingredients and are hypoallergenic. They contain no perfume, parabens or lanolin to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Fusion Body Art face paints are vegan and they are not tested on animals. Fusion Body Art paints are manufactured in China under the strict supervision of the Fusion Body Art team in Australia, using a formula designed by Fusion Body Art. All pigments for Prime colors are made in the USA, as well as all FD&C and D&C pigments used on the Pearl range, which guarantees the use of only the safest and highest quality pigments. Check out the bottom of the Fusion Body Art Category Page for more information on this amazing line of face paints!
Wash with soap and water, some colours may stain skin temporarily. Keep lids closed when not in use. All cosmetics can, on rare occasions cause allergic reactions. Do not apply to sensitive or broken skin. Test by placing a small amount to the wrist, if reaction occurs within 30 minutes discontinue use. FDA recommends not to use Pink Sorbet, Magic Magenta, Royal Purple and Fresh Lilac around the eye area. Use within 12 months of opening. Not tested on Animals. Vegan Friendly. Gluten Free. Perfume Free. Paraben Free. Because this product can stain other surfaces, please avoid contact with carpets, fabrics and upholstery. Access Fusion Body Art MSDS here
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glycerin, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, PEG-32, Water (Aqua), may contain: Iron Oxides (1332-37-2)(CI77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI19140), FD&C Red 40 (CI16035), FD&C Blue 1 (CI42090), Ultramarines (CI77007), D&C Red 7(CI15850), Mica (CI77019), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000) Conforms to (EC) No. 1223/2009. FDA and EU Compliant. Made in China.
¿Qué se incluye en esta paleta de Fusion Body Art Spectrum?
El kit Carnival de Fusion Body Art incluye 6 mini Fusion Body Art mini Split Cakes. También incluye un envase de blanco solido y 5 envases con dos colores.
¿Cuáles son las dimensiones del Carnival Kit?
La caja mide aproximadamente 22,22 cm. x 10,47 cm x 1,91 cm. Cada envase mide aproximadamente 3,81 cm x 3,17 cm x 1,27 cm. Hay aproximadamente 10 gramos de pintura en cada recipiente.
¿Para qué es mejor esta paleta de pintura facial?
¡Amo este kit porque realmente tiene los split cakes más básicos y los colores sólidos más también, todo en una paleta! Es ideal como un kit de viaje, como un kit de paseo, un kit de recaudación de fondos, un regalo para un nuevo pintacaritas, para tus trabajos habituales y para aquellos a quienes les gusta mantener un pequeño kit condensado. Puedes leer sobre cada split cake en la sección Split Cakes. Cada envase es mas pequeño que los Split Cakes originales.
¿Qué más debo saber sobre las pinturas faciales Fusion Body Art?
Todos los colores Fusion Body Art Prime y Pearl están hechos con ingredientes de alta calidad que cumplen con las normas FDA de EE. UU. y UE y son hipoalergénicos. No contienen perfume, parabenos o lanolina para reducir el riesgo de reacciones alérgicas. Las pinturas faciales Fusion Body Art son veganas y no se han probado en animales. Las pinturas Fusion Body Art se fabrican en China bajo la dirección y la estricta supervisión del equipo de Fusion Body Art en Australia, utilizando una fórmula diseñada por Fusion Body Art.
Acacia Senegal Gum based face paints have a consistency and behavior somewhere in between wax based and glycerin based face paints. They are thinner than paraffin based paints but not as creamy and soft as glycerin based paints. They can be used for line work with a similar result as paraffin wax paints, and have a similar glossy finish to them. They are equally resistant to rubbing as wax based paints but not as resistant to heat.
Because they are made with a plant base ingredient, just like glycerin based paints, they can be considered somehow more natural than paraffin wax based options.
How to Activate Acacia Senegal Gum Based Face Paints
| "Acacia Senegal gum based face paints are somehow of a hybrid between paraffin wax based and glycerin based paints" |
Brands like Fusion Body Art (except for some colors), Cameleon (except for some colors), Kryvaline Creamy Line and Global Body Art fall into this category of face paints. So far, we don't know of any other brand that uses Acacia Senegal gum as their main ingredient.
Alcohol and Castor Oil Based Face Paints
These two ingredients are mostly found in water and sweat resistant face paint brands. Their combination allows for an opaque and smooth finish with a matte look that can resist water, sweat and friction for extended periods of time. Both ingredients are plant based making them another great vegan option. Keep in mind that although those ingredients are vegan, some brands like Endura and ProAiir Ink are not vegan because they also use shellac. But products like ProAiir Hybrids and DIPS are alcohol based and Vegan.
ProAiir Alcohol Based Hybrid Airbrush Body Paint Set | 6 UNICORN - 1oz Bottles #14
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by ShowOffs Body Art
Product Code: SOBAPAK110
This kit will get you going with the new line of ProAiir Airbrush Paints! Add a few bottles of darker colors for outlining and shadows, and you are ready to paint at any Unicorn or Princess party. Save a little $ and then make a lot of money with this great product! The Unicorn Kit includes soft creamy colors that are perfect for Unicorns, princesses, butterflies, sunsets, kittens and so much more!
This kit contains ProAiir: Amethyst, Banana, Mint, Princess, Sherbert, Sky Blue in the1oz Bottles. This kit comes inside a plastic zippered pouch.
Info from Show Offs Body Art:
What makes ProAiir™ Hybrid different from all the others?
· Goes on smooth and provides unbeatable durability. Applied correctly, designs can last up to 3 days.
· Shelf life open bottles 3-5 years. Unopened bottles shelf life 10 years.
· Vast selection of vibrant colors including Fluorescent.
· Fantastic coverage for all fantasy makeup artist's needs.
· Dries instantly allowing rapid layering without worry of stencils lifting colors.
· Completely water repellent enabling application in hot or rainy conditions without smearing or running.
· Smudge proof formula sets instantly and won't rub off or damage clothing. Not sweat proof under extreme heat.
· Formulated for ultimate flowability without separation of pigments.
· Almost no mist or fog created when using in closed areas (no more nose hairs filled with paint).
· Fluorescent colors will not need a white base to POP color. Pigment is great under black light too
· Ready-made formula never requires diluting. Screw on adapter caps right on bottles and go!
· Perfect for any application on prosthetics: sprays directly on foam masks and other materials.
· Hypoallergenic formula safe for use on sensitive skin. (Cosmetic alcohol content identical to that in liquid eye liners)
· More sanitary, doesn't collect mold like water base products can.
· Aromatic fragrance is pleasant to the senses.
· Do not apply if your customer have allergies to fragrances
· FDA compliant and made in USA!
· AFFORDABLE and comes in larger quantity size bottles too!
Directions for use:
· Set air pressure between 10-15 PSI (may vary by compressor - keep it comfortable).
· Shake makeup bottle VERY WELL! Then secure to airbrush with adaptor caps.
· Use with adequate ventilation, keeping away from flames.
· Best when applied to clean, oil-free skin. Wipe skin with wipes, never apply makeup foundation to skin before applying ProAiir. That creates a barrier over the clean skin. Apply to SKIN is best!
· Lightly hold stencil against skin, if applicable.
· Ask customer to close eyes when spraying and hold breath when spraying around nose.
· Spray between 2-4 inches from skin for best color and control. LESS IS BEST!
The two most popular brands in the market using these ingredients are ProAiir by ShowOffs and Endura by European Body Art.
| "Alcohol based face paints are a great option for events that involve water and for situations in which you need the paint to last longer than a day" |
You can find these paints in a solid version that uses an activator that has alcohol and castor oil in it, or in liquid form ready to be used. Either way, they can be used for line work and base work but they are not as easy to blend together using a sponge or brush because of how fast they dry on the skin. To blend colors it is best to use an airbrush or blend them while wet on your brush or sponge.
Because the alcohol tends to create a short stinging/hot sensation if applied near the eyes as they dry, we always recommend to keep these paints away from the eyes, mostly if dealing with small children. Also, they are harder to remove since they are designed to withstand friction, sweat and water, so it is best to keep them away from sensitive skin areas as removal will require some friction, soap and water.
How to Activate Alcohol Based (Solid) Face Paints
Some alcohol based face paints are called hybrid, these ones are better to be used on the face since they are easier to remove compared to non hybrid brands.
ProAiir Solids | Hybrid Water Resistant Face Paint - Primary Palette with 1 oz ProLong Activator
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by ShowOffs Body Art
Product Code: SOBASPA100
THIS ITEM CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED WITHIN THE USA AND CAN'T BE SHIPPED TO APO/FPO/DPO. In order for your package to be shipped using air mail, the package can not be over 25lbs and it can't have more than 48 Fl Oz of Alcohol Based products. If these conditions are not met, we will contact you to arrange a different shipping method.
What is the size of this face and body art makeup container?
This product contains 6 colors, 7 grams each for a net weight of 42 grams. The palette is 3 and 1/2 X 4" with a snap closure. This product also contains a one ounce bottle of ProLong Activator to be used with the palette.
What is ProAiir Solid Best for?
ProAiir Solid is a highly pigmented hybrid formula in dry cake form. ProAiir Solids are great for professional face painters and cos players who are looking for a water resistant, sweat-proof, and smudge proof option. This product was designed for great coverage and durability. When applied correctly, this can create designs that last up to 3 days. You can swim in this make up, but highly chlorinated pools may dull out the color over time. This palette is a great way to have all the SOLID colors in a small kit to get started!
How to apply and remove this face and body art makeup?
Apply ProAiir Solids with a sponge, or brush by activating with ProAiir Prolong. DO NOT use water to activate this product. ProAiir Solid Hybrid dries very quickly, so if you are going to use a sponge to apply it, we recommend blending colors on the sponge, and then patting the colors onto the skin, or using a stipple technique to merge colors. Make sure to apply Proaiir Hybrid directly to clean skin, free of sweat, lotions or traditional beauty makeup. These colors remove easily with liquid soap, baby oil, or makeup remover.
To remove, use liquid soap FIRST by lathering it onto the skin until you see the makeup break down. Then wipe clean with a wash cloth or rinse with water. Water alone will not remove this product as this is an alcohol based, water repellant product. Prolonged wear will help loosen the face and body paint for easier removal at the end of the day.
What else should I know about ProAiir Hybrid face and body art makeup?
ProAiir Solid is manufactured in the United States, certified "skin-safe" and uses only FDA compliant cosmetics ingredients and pigments for all of the Regular and Metallic colors. This product is also vegan as it uses no animal ingredients or by products and is not tested on animals. Please note that Solids are Phthalate-Free, this will cause small cracks and bubbles to form on the cake. You are able to smooth out the cracks by using ProLong.
ESTE ARTÍCULO SOLO SE PUEDE ENVIAR DENTRO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS Y NO SE PUEDE ENVIAR A APO / FPO / DPO. Para que tu paquete se envíe por correo aéreo, el paquete no puede superar las 11.34 kg y no puede tener más de 48 Fl Oz de productos a base de alcohol. Si no se cumplen estas condiciones, nos pondremos en contacto contigo para organizar un método de envío diferente.
¿Cuál es el tamaño de este producto?
Este producto contiene 6 colores, 7 gramos cada uno para un peso neto de 42 gramos. La paleta es de 8,89 cm X 10,16 cm con una tapa. Este producto también contiene una botella de una onza de ProLong Activator para usar con la paleta.
¿Para qué es mejor ProAiir Solid?
ProAiir Solid es una fórmula híbrida altamente pigmentada en forma de pastilla seca. Los sólidos ProAiir son excelentes para pintores faciales profesionales y cos players que buscan una opción resistente al agua, al sudor y a las manchas. Este producto fue diseñado para una gran cobertura y durabilidad. Cuando se aplica correctamente, puedes crear diseños que duran hasta 3 días. Puedes nadar con este maquillaje, pero las piscinas con mucho cloro pueden opacar el color con el tiempo. ¡Esta paleta es una excelente manera de tener todos los colores SÓLIDOS en un pequeño kit para comenzar!
¿Cómo aplicar y remover este maquillaje?
Aplica ProAiir Solids con una esponja, o pincel activando con ProAiir Prolong. NO uses agua para activar este producto. ProAiir Solid Hybrid se seca muy rápido, por lo que si vas a usar una esponja para aplicarla, te recomendamos mezclar los colores en la esponja y luego aplicar los colores en la piel, o usar una técnica de punteado para mezclar los colores. Asegúrate de aplicar Proaiir Hybrid directamente sobre la piel limpia, libre de sudor, lociones o maquillajes de belleza tradicionales. Estos colores se remueven fácilmente con jabón líquido, aceite para bebés o desmaquillante.
Para quitarlo, usa jabón líquido PRIMERO haciendo espuma sobre la piel hasta que veas que el maquillaje se descompone. Luego limpia con un paño o enjuaga con agua. El agua sola no eliminará este producto, ya que es un producto repelente al agua a base de alcohol. El uso prolongado ayudará a aflojar la pintura para una remoción más fácil al final del día.
¿Qué más debo saber sobre el maquillaje ProAiir Hybrid?
ProAiir Solid se fabrica en los Estados Unidos, está certificado como "seguro para la piel" y utiliza sólo ingredientes cosméticos y pigmentos que cumplen con las normas FDA para todos los colores regulares y metálicos. Este producto también es vegano, ya que no utiliza ingredientes animales o subproductos y no se ha probado en animales. Ten en cuenta que los Solids no contienen ftalatos, esto causará pequeñas grietas y burbujas en la pastilla. Puedes suavizar las grietas utilizando ProLong.
Keep in mind that when we talk about alcohol based paints we are referring to cosmetic grade alcohol (SDA 40-b) bot rubbing alcohol.
You can read more about water resistant face paints on our Water Proof Face Paint blog post.
Petrolatum Based Face Paints
Petrolatum based paints are usually the ones designed for clown and theater makeup, commonly referred as grease paint. These paints are very thick and can be applied with a makeup sponge. They do not need water to be activated since they are used directly out of the container and sponged onto the skin.
| "These are mostly used by clowns and theater performers" |
Petrolatum or petroleum jelly is a petroleum based product, and as such it can be considered vegan. It has a very thick almost solid cream like consistency under room temperature and it is almost not affected by heat.
Because they are very oily they need to be set with a setting powder so they do not transfer when exposed to friction or rubbing, but once set they are very sweat and water resistant. Most theater performers and active clowns prefer this kind of makeup over the water activated kind because of its resistance to sweat, but your ability to do detail work is very limited, usually requiring you to work with grease pencils or crayons, or using powder based paints over the grease makeup since detail brushes will not work well with this kind of paint.
Removing grease paint is not super easy and it usually requires the use cold cream, soap and water, or other oil based makeup removers designed to remove oil based makeups.
Mehron and Ben Nye are two of the most popular manufacturers of this kind of paint, and although their popularity is in decline by face painters in favor of easier to work with products like their water activated counter parts, they are still high quality products with a niche market.
Talc Based Face Paints
Talc based face paints are solid at room temperature and can have a clay like consistency or a pressed dried powder consistency depending on what other ingredients they are mixed in with.
Talc is a mineral and as such it is considered vegan.
The most common talc based face paints are dried pressed powders that are applied dry using a smoothie blender applicator. They can be applied directly on the skin or over a primer if you want a more opaque and vibrant look. If you set them with a sealer they are fairly sweat and water resistant. They can double as eye shadow and blush. Some talc based face paints are creamier than others depending on how much glycerin is added to the formula.
How to Activate Powder Based Face Paints
| "Use them with a primer and sealer for a water and sweat resistant result that will last all day!" |
One of the most popular brands of talc based face paints is StarBlend, but there are several others like Ben Nye Magic Cakes (that although a pressed powder they need to be activated with water), Lumiere Powders, Ben Nye Studio Color Rainbow Palette and Elisa Griffith palette.
Acrylates Based Face Paint
There are not that many brands that use this liquid polymer as a base. We know that VIBE from European Body Art and Global Body Art (for their liquid paints) use it as a base ingredient.
Liquid face paints with acrylates as a base are fairly sweat and water resistant, yet easier to remove than alcohol based face paints, so they are a great alternative to alcohol based face paints when painting young kids or over sensitive skin areas like the eyelids.
| "Great alternative to alcohol based paints with similar long lasting and durable results" |
How to Activate Acrylates Based Face Paints
If you are looking for an alcohol free alternative to paint on events were some water and sweating might be involved, acrylates based face paints are a great solution, just as pressed powders with primer and sealer. If a child gets hot and sweaty the paint softens but it does not drip. They are easy to remove with soap and water.
Cosmetic Grade Silicone Based Face Paints
Currently there is only one brand of face paints in the market that uses cosmetic grade silicone as a base: Body Color Cosmetics. The combination of this base with the isododecane and dimethicone on their activator creates a water proof and smudged proof formula. This kind of face paint has a clay like consistency when in the cake, and once it is activated it has a similar consistency to that of paraffin wax based face paints. It is good for line work and base work. Based on the manufacturers claims and a test video we watched, it takes about as long to dry once on the skin (or even a bit longer) as regular water activated face paint does, which is great for blending, unlike alcohol based face paints that have a shorter drying time which makes it a bit more challenging to blend colors on the skin with.
Also, because they do not contain alcohol, they are perfect for painting little kids as they will not get the usual sting that alcohol based face paints create when first applied.
We will provide a GIF and more information soon, once we get to personally test this brand!
Best Face Paint for Line Work, Base Work and Stenciling
Rather than talking about brands, what matters the most in this case is the base ingredients. Based on what we covered above, each base ingredient is better for a specific face painting technique.
Best Line Work Face Paint
As we mentioned above, paraffin wax and acacia Senegal gum based face paints are best for line work. They give you sharp lines with clean edges and tend to flow better off your brush with a more ink like consistency than glycerin based face paints. There are some exemptions to every rule, and that is the case for Superstar, that although it is a glycerin based face paint, it works very well for line work as well, maybe not as good as the paraffin and acacia gum based paints, but almost as good.
Line Work with Wax Based Face Paints
Line Work with Glycerin Based Face Paints
Line Work with Acacia Senegal Gum Based Face Paints
Line Work with Powder Based Face Paints
Line Work with Alcohol Based Face Paints
Line Work with Acrylates Based Face Paints
Every paint, except for dry pressed powders and petroleum jelly based ones can be used for line work, and the more you practice the better results you will have. But, wax and acacia gum based face paints tend to be the best ones and the ones you will have an easier time with achieving great sharp looking line work.
Best Base Work Face Paint
Glycerin based face paints are the ideal kind of makeup for doing smooth bases and blending colors. Their elasticity and the fact that they take a bit longer to dry once applied make them the perfect option when painting the base of your design. You can achieve great results with other kinds of face paints, but the ideal product, because of its creamy properties, is one that uses glycerin as the main ingredient. Keep in mind that most face paints have some level of glycerin in them, which is why all can do a good job, but some are just better than others.
You can watch some quick demos below on blending using different kinds of face paint.
Blending with Powder Based face paints
Blending with Acacia Senegal Gum Based face paints
Blending with Wax Based face paints
Blending with Glycerin Based face paints
Blending with Alcohol Based face paints
Best Stenciling Face Paint
Working with stencils can be complicated sometimes and it requires some practice in order to master them. But, there is a trick that can make your job easier. Try using dry powders over regular water activated face paints for stenciling. The dry pressed powders won't bleed under your stencil which is one of the main issues that face painters deal with when using stencils. Just keep in mind that you have to apply a thin layer otherwise the powder will cake up and create fallout when you remove the stencil.
Don't forget to check our "Face Painting with Stencils - Instructions and Best Stencils Guide" blog post for an in depth review of how to work with stencils.
The second best option for stenciling is a glycerin based face paint since you can get a thick creamy load that isn't too wet or inky. You want to make sure that your sponge is dry and the paint is hardly wet at all. Test it on the back of your hand to make sure that it won't drip under you stencil before stenciling on your design.
Stenciling with Powder Based face paints
Stenciling with Water Activated face paints
Most Durable Face Paint
The durability of face paint depends on several factors including the raw ingredients, the weather conditions, the person wearing it and if any sealers or primers were used.
The most durable kind of face paint is the alcohol and castor oil based ones as well as the newly developed silicone based ones. These kinds of face paint don't need a primer or sealer to be able to resist water and sweat. Another great option is pressed powders when used with a primer as a base and a sealer on top. This makes the powders almost as good as alcohol based face paints.
Test: how do different kinds of face paints react to water?
A third option, as mentioned before are acrylates based face paints. These provide good resistance to water, sweat and friction without the downsides of alcohol based paints. Keep in mind though that the most durable option is still the alcohol based kind.
Test: how do different kinds of face paints react to water and rubbing?
Regular water activated face paints are fairly resistant to rubbing if the individual is not sweaty, but they are not resistant to water. On super humid and hot days water activated face paints can start running down the face as the person sweats so you might want to first set the face with powder or switch to using pressed powders for bases since those are more sweat resistant, even if not applied with a primer and sealer.
Test: how do different kinds of face paints react to friction?
Face Paint Brands Comparison Chart
At Jest Paint we have tried almost every brand of face paint that exists, and we have done hundreds of hours of research on what users think of different face painting brands to create the most comprehensive face paint brand comparison chart in existence!
This chart will be updated regularly as we try new products and as new products are introduced to the market. Please keep in mind that parts of the chart are based on our own personal opinion and experience and each painter might have a different opinion.
Click on the image below to open the full face paint comparison chart and download a copy for yourself if you wish. Keep in mind that all of the information is copyrighted by Jest Paint LLC so the chart can only be downloaded for personal used and can not be published elsewhere without our permission, or otherwise modified, edited, etc.
You might still be wondering what is the best white face paint, or the best black, or you might want to learn more about vegan face paints or water proof face paints so we would like to share some links with you (more links will be added as we write new blog posts):
Best White Face Paint
Best Black Face Paint
Vegan Face Paints
Water Proof Face Paints
White Face Paint Tips