How to Face Paint for Fun Fairs

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How to Face Paint for Fun Fairs
Animal designs are a common choice in face painting. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

If your organisation needs a fundraiser, few events raise as much money and generate as much attention as a fun fair. No matter what the cause, people will pay admission to enjoy the rides, games and activities like face painting. Face painting can take many forms and requires a relatively small budget, making it a great choice for smaller events. In order to face paint for events like fun fairs, you need some basic materials, a few design techniques and a bit of creativity.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Printer
  • Portable table
  • Folding chairs
  • Non-toxic face paints
  • Paint box
  • Make-up brushes
  • Brush holders
  • Make-up sponges
  • Facial tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Unscented hand wipes
  • Plastic cup
  • Hand sanitiser

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    Practice a variety of designs. Animal and floral designs, and pop culture are popular choices for face painting. For example, a child may want you to paint their face as their favourite superhero, while an adult may want a more abstract or beautiful design. Keep within your ability level. Offer designs you can execute with confidence.

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    Print images and compile them with your sketches to refer to while painting.

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    Design and print a brief set of rules for face painting at the fun fair. State what the service costs; show them examples of your work; talk about safety issues. You should not paint faces of children under three years of age. Very young children may have adverse reactions to non-toxic paint.

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    Set up a portable work table in the area where you will paint faces. Clearly display your list of rules on or nearby the table.

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    Set up folding chairs for yourself and your fellow painters, and your customers.

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    Arrange your supplies on the table, including a make-up box with variety of non-toxic face paints; high-quality make-up brushes; holders for the brushes; make-up sponges; facial tissues; paper towels; unscented hand wipes; hand sanitiser; a plastic cup filled with clean rinse water and your image references so that you can refer to them during painting.


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    Paint the outline of your design with a fine-tip make-up brush. For example, if you wish to paint a butterfly, paint the outline of the wings over each eye, lower forehead and cheek. This will give you a set area in which to work.

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    Fill-in the outline with base colour, using make-up sponges. This colour will serve as the background colour for the rest of the design. For example, a cat design will use the colour of the cat's fur as the background colour.

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    Fill-in the background colour with accent colours, using make-up sponges. These colours will layer on top of your background colour, creating colour gradations in your design. For example, a floral design will begin with a background colour and gradually change through colour gradations until it reaches the middle of the flower.

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    Add accent lines with a fine-tip make-up brush. These lines will accent the gradations of colour and define shapes within your design. For example, accent lines on a dragon design include scales, claws and folds of its wings.

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    Check your reference sketch frequently to guide you in painting your designs.

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    Go over the outline again with a fine-tip brush to ensure it has not been smeared or covered in the painting process.

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    Rinse your brushes thoroughly with clean rinse water and sanitise your hands after finishing each design.

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    Discard any damaged sponges or brushes.

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