When correctly applied, cosmetic glitter adds a glamorous, feminine touch to face paint without irritating the skin. Mixing glitter directly into paint, however, gives paint a gritty texture and masks the reflective surface of the glitter. For a sparkly, successful design, first apply the face paint, then add the glitter afterwards.
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Things you need
- Make-up sponges
- Make-up brushes
- Face paint
- 1 tsp cornstarch (for each colour)
- 1/2 tsp cold cream (for each colour)
- 1/2 tsp water (for each colour)
- Food colouring
- Filbert brush
- Cosmetic grade glitter
- Clear gel
Mix a batch of homemade face paint. To do this, combine the 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon water, 1/2 teaspoon cold cream and a few drops of food colouring for each colour. You can also purchase ready-made face paint at costume and Halloween stores in liquid, solid or crayon form.
Apply a base coat of face paint with a make-up sponge. Use face paint crayons or a different sponge for each colour. Block the base coat in large shapes.
Draw small details with make-up brushes, using a different brush for each colour.
Dip a filbert brush or your finger into the cosmetic grade glitter. Cosmetic grade glitter is finer than craft glitter, and it won't irritate or abrade the skin.
Dab glitter on your face wherever you want sparkle. To apply glitter to non-coloured areas, coat the target area with clear gel before brushing on glitter.
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