HOW TO FACE PAINT - STEP 6: HOW TO PAINT TEAR DROPS
Tear Drops are the second most popular face
painting design element, beyond basic line work. Learning how to do good
looking tear drops takes a lot of practice, but once you learn it is like
riding a bike, you never forget.
For starters, like always, you need to have the
right tools. It is important to use a good face painting brush with a nice sharp tip so that the
tales of your teardrops look nice and sharp. You also need to use the right
face paint. It is easier to do good teardrops with face paints that tend to
offer better coverage like wax based face paints. We really like to work with Global Body Art Face Paints because they are super opaque and
flow nicely off your brush.
Once you have chosen the right brush and the
right face paint it is time to work on the right face paint consistency.
Remember to use the techniques we learned on our previous post.
Now it is time to get our hands in the mud and
There are two different ways of making
teardrops, one starts with the tail and then the head, and the other one
starts with the head and then the tail.
To do the ones that start with the tail, the
basic move is very similar to the one we learned with thin to thick lines. You
need to approach the skin with your brush at a 90° angle, your brush needs to
be moving forward as you touch the skin. This will create the tail of your
teardrop; then as you move forward just a little more you have to start
pressing your brush tip down until it lays flat against your skin; this will
create the head of your teardrop. Now it is time to pick up the brush without
any further movements. For this kind of teardrop you can think of an airplane doing a short
landing with a full stop.
The reverse teardrop starts the other way
around. With the very tip of your brush looking to the opposite direction of
where you want the tail to go, you lay your brush on the skin until all of the
bristles are flat against the skin. Then, you drag the brush down while slowly
picking it up so that at the end only the very tip of your brush is touching
the skin, in order to create a sharp tail. To remove your brush simply keep
moving while picking it up completely off the skin. For this kind of brush you
can think of an airplane doing a short take off.
Usually tear drops look great in groups of
three or five, uneven number usually look better than even numbers (although
there is always an exception to the rule). Also, teardrops look better when
laid in a fan like way, either making the taller one in the center and the ones
around it shorter, or the one on the edge of the group taller and the rest
shorter. All teardrops should follow a focal point, meaning that the tails
should be pointing towards the same point to make them flow nicely. We will
learn more about focal point on a later post.
There is no magic way of getting teardrops
right. Only good technique and a lot practice will get you there. Do not get
frustrated if at first your teardrops look really bad; we all started there. It
is a process until you gain muscle memory and they come out naturally.
Although it is always best to practice on skin,
if you don’t have anybody to practice on and you have a hard time practicing on
your own leg or arm, we recommend buying a face painting practice board. They are really easy to wash off
and you can use them as many times as you need to.