HOW TO FACE PAINT - STEP 5: CREATING A SMOOTH BASE COAT
The first step for almost all designs is to
create a smooth base. Start by activating your face paint color as explained on
our previous post using a face painting sponge like the Splash Half Moon sponge by
Once you have a nice load of face paint on your
sponge, gently pat the sponge against the skin making sure not to press too
hard since that could hurt the individual you are face painting and it could
cause for excess water to be released from the sponge and make your base coat
runny. We don’t recommend for you to use swiping motions since that tends to
look streakier. Pat around the area you wish to cover making sure that your
base coat looks smooth and that you get a full coverage. If needed, load your
sponge again and continue painting.
You can use the rounded edge of your sponge to
smooth out any harsh lines that your sponge might have left. There is a great
sponge called Droplet Sponge that has fully rounded edges so it
is great for creating smooth bases with no harsh lines.
If you do not want to cover the entire face
then use the edge of your sponge to shape your design. You can change the shape
of your sponge by squeezing it with your fingers to the desire shape.
You can also load two different colors at once
on your sponge to create a gradient look. Simply load one color at the time and
then apply the same way you would with just one color, keeping in mind that the
direction of your sponge needs to be such that colors don’t overlap. Meaning,
always keep one color towards the outside of the face and the other ones
inwards. Otherwise, rather than creating a gradient the colors might mix
together or create a patch work look.
Another option is to use Rainbow Cakes to create base coats with several
colors. To load a rainbow cake you will need to get your entire sponge moisten,
but make sure to squeeze all excess water out of your sponge before loading it
with face paint. Then, set the sponge so that the longer end of your face paint
sponge is perpendicular to the stripes of your rainbow cake and swipe in the
direction of the stripes back and forward until your entire sponge is fully
loaded. Don’t get too stressed about using Rainbow Cakes since this is an entire technique on its own
and we will go over it in a future post.
Now, you can apply the face paint by patting on
the skin with your face painting sponge. You can make vertical or horizontal
movements, or move your sponge in a fan like way keeping one edge of your
sponge always on the same spot while the other one rotates clockwise or counter
You can also create a smooth base using a Kabuki style brush if you
need to cover a large area. We will go over that on a future post.
There are a lot more of sponging techniques that can be done with
different sponges but we will touch on that on a future post.