Face painting can turn a ho-hum fundraiser into a kid's dream. A face-painting booth is an easy activity for a youth or auxiliary group, and painted faces make kids' birthday parties memorable. You don't have to be a pro make-up artist to turn out professional and fun face paint-designs. There are some very easy kids' face-paint ideas that anyone can manage.
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Face Paint Animals
Face painting brings out the wild in kids, so practice up on your animal painting skills. Cats--including tigers and leopards--are surprisingly easy to create. The most important elements in the design are the triangle nose, the mouth outline and the whiskers. Once you've got the basic shapes down, it's easy to customise the feline face--orange, black and white stripes for a tiger, pale gold base and brown details for a lion, for instance.
Eye Designs and Cheek Tattoos
You don't have to do full face mask to make kids happy. Painting designs on a part of the face is one way to cut down the time spent painting faces and refine a few designs that can be customised for each kid. Cheek "tattoos" are among the easiest types of face-paint designs. Perfect a few simple techniques and designs--flower shapes, suns and stars, a rocket ship and sparkly lines are a good basic repertoire to start with..
Eye designs are a bit more complex, but their versatility makes them worth learning. A few swirly lines framing the side of one eye accented with sparkly colour and a flower motif can be enough to make a little girl feel like a princess. Repeat the design on both eyes, and you have a complete eye mask.
Off the Face Painting
Why confine yourself to the face? Other exposed skin parts also make a wonderful canvas for face paints. Paint motifs on the back of the hand, or trace a tribal band around a wrist or upper arm. Be creative--paint a wavy rainbow down the front of the arm and end it in a shimmering pot of gold on the back of the hand, or paint a twining vine of violets around a wrist. Don't forget ankles, calves and even the tops of feet in flip-flops as spots to use for face-paint designs.
Face Paint Butterflies
The face is the perfect canvas on which to paint a butterfly with its symmetrical lines and designs. Use the nose as a centre dividing line to help keep the butterfly wings proportionate. Paint curly lines from the bridge of the nose up onto the forehead, creating antennae that curve out over the brows. Paint wing shapes around the eyes, bringing the colour above the eyes and down onto the cheeks. Blend stripes into the wing colour, then outline the wing shape with a darker colour. Finish up by adding details to the wings. The simple, basic design can be varied by colour and design to create an almost unlimited variety of butterflies.
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