How to Use Face Painting Crayons

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How to Use Face Painting Crayons
Draw features directly on the face with special make-up crayons. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Face painting crayons are non-toxic, kid-friendly face paints used to quickly apply theatrical and costume make-up. Similar to lipstick and eyeliner, face painting crayons have a soft consistency and may be applied directly to the face, eliminating the need for separate brushes and sponges. The crayons come in a wide range of colours and several different sizes. You can use face paint crayons alone or in combination with traditional face paints to apply make-up quickly at a party or carnival.

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Things you need

  • Traditional face paint
  • Make-up sponge
  • Lipstick or crayon-sized face painting crayons
  • Pencil-sized face painting crayons
  • Make-up crayon sharpener

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    Moisten a make-up sponge with water and swirl it in traditional face paint. Apply the face paint all over the face to make a base. Certain costumes -- a clown or ghoul, for example -- require a white or coloured base. It is easier to apply the base with a sponge than to colour the entire face with a crayon. If you don't have traditional face paint, you can break up a piece of a face painting crayon and dip your sponge in it for the same effect.

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    Block in large areas with lipstick or crayon-sized face painting crayons. Draw directly on the face with the crayon to make war paint stripes, a clown nose and mouth, black circles around the eyes, hollowed-out cheeks and any large features needed for the desired design.

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    Draw finer details or outline large painted areas with pencil-sized face painting crayons. Use the finer points to draw freckles, eyelashes, whiskers, wrinkles and any small details needed for the desired design. Keep the pencil point sharp with a make-up crayon sharpener made specifically for use with make-up crayons.

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    Wash off face paint with soap and warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • Only use crayons specifically marked as face painting crayons. Do not attempt to use traditional crayons, coloured pencils or pastels to paint faces.
  • Avoid working in excessive heat and sun; face painting crayons may melt in extreme temperatures.

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