Whilst some people might associate face painting with long queues, impatient whining and stained green faces (not to mention the bed sheets and pillow cases!) face painting is actually about so much more than this. I wanted to explore the meaning of face painting as I believe it’s so much more important than we often give it credit for (myself included).
For the children who love having their faces painted, it is a wonderful, magical experience that allows them to stand taller and transform into somebody else for an afternoon. Face paint can literally create a veil between real life and fantasy, enabling even the shyest of children to come out of their shells and be bolder, wilder and more confident! It’s as if they are wearing a mask which dissolves their fears. Anything becomes possible.
One of my personal favourite face painting memories was seeing two tiny tots I’d painted as tigers roaring at their reflections, together, in a bathroom mirror. They had truly transformed into tigers and they were so happy! Another tiny tiger I painted loved his face painting so much that his mother had a giant canvas made of the photograph, to preserve the memory forever!
For the face painters, it is often described as food for the soul. To create everlasting memories and bring such joy to children’s lives is a true gift. We all thrive for that ‘mirror moment’ – the moment we hold up the mirror for the first time and see the child’s face break into a huge grin! It’s truly priceless.
Face painting can also be highly therapeutic and meditative too, as being ‘in the zone’ (whether practising at home or painting on the job) requires considerable focus and concentration. This intensity can often melt away stresses and worries in a heartbeat, which in addition to painting smiles onto kids’ faces, can be a really healing process. I know many artists who have attributed face painting to being massively pivotal in their own personal recovery from physical and mental health problems, as with practise it demonstrates growth, and the vibrant colours exude pure joy. Watching your own journey as a face painter is hugely rewarding, as perseverance really does pay off and your skills develop enormously over the years. Artistic growth and personal growth are often synonymous.
Never underestimate the power of face painting! This is much a note to myself as it is to others. Face painting is truly a magical art form and it is an honour and privilege to have painted thousands of children over the last few years, creating indelible memories with temporary paint.
This year, for the first time since I started face painting about 8 yrs ago, I’m missing Halloween, and I’m actually pretty happy about it! (Ssssshhh, a face painter who doesn’t like Halloween!!?) To be honest, I love all the pretty, frilly girly stuff and abhor the gore! All those cuts and bruises and blood and special FX wounds – not for me! This year I’ll be taking a break in sunny Portugal with my partner and step son and I can’t wait 😍
I have a few Halloween themed face painting events prior to Halloween itself however, so I thought I’d get in the mood and get my paints out. I wanted to create something fun and colourful, with only a smattering of blood! And as unicorns are ALL THE RAGE these days, I figured I’d mix it up.
Unicorns have always been my nemesis – getting their head shape correct has always driven the perfectionist in me crazy! And so I persist. And persist. And persist. I painted this little angelic green unicorn on my leg today, taking a few photos to illustrate the step by step method. Once completed, I said goodbye to her cute little face and zombified the unicorn!
Below is my step-by-step zombie unicorn face paint. I used TAG lime green and metallic green for the head and neck, Cameleon Bollywood pink for the hair, splattered TAG red for the blood and outlined in Diamond FX black.
What shall I paint next? I’m thinking lots of Halloween pumpkins with different faces/ different guises. Let me know your ideas!
Look forward to hearing from you ❤
Want to learn how to face paint? I can help!
Whether you’re a total beginner or starting out professionally, I can help you nail the fundamentals of face painting and increase your confidence at the same time, all in a totally fun, safe, non-judgmental environment!
Demo tiger with alternative muzzle options!
I’ll show you how to create the perfect teardrop, something that took me years of practise! And once the teardrop is mastered, the world of face painting is your oyster. Nearly all designs, particularly butterflies and princesses, are comprised of tear drops.
Teal teardrop princess demo
We’ll also cover double dipping, line work and one stroke painting – all integral for face painting and for making your designs pop!
Double dipping and one stroke painting demo
Half face designs
Festival face painting
Face painting training can be done 1-2-1 or in small groups of 2, 3 or 4 people. I teach mainly at my home in Leicester but I am happy to come to you if there’s more than 4 people and we can create a one off workshop! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you 😘
It’s been a while! I’ve been busy busy painting things that don’t wash off and shifting my focus to teaching face painting.
Training ladies to face paint is something I love doing! We work on a 1-2-1 basis from my home in Clarendon Park, Leicester and concentrate mainly on brush technique and one stroke painting. In my sessions we cover tear drops, double dipping, tiger stripes, one stroke flowers and princess crowns, butterflies, tigers, spiderman, hulk etc etc I can tailor my sessions to what my client is looking to learn.
Client learning ‘double dipping’ for the first time!
There’s nothing more heart-warming than seeing someone who has never really painted before suddenly be able to produce a one stroke flower and perfect tear drops!
Demo faces by me on FAB wipeable boards + homemade one strokes!
Clients leave the session feeling more confident and more inspired. I always take photos during the classes of our work and email these afterwards, along with a list of suggested kit items and recommended brands.
Demo one stroke flowers on my arm
We focus lots on pretty girly designs but have plenty of time for boys designs too!
Tribal design mirrored
Example skeleton pirate face
If you’re interested in my 1-2-1 face painting training sessions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Happy to answer all your questions and queries. Please email me at email@example.com.
Having spent the last couple of months painting mandalas on vinyl records, I’ve been inspired to introduce this style into my face painting doodles. I tend to paint my arms and legs when I’m at an event and it’s reeeeeally quiet! Here’s an arm and a leg I painted recently.
I used the same colour combination on both designs as I just love this contrast! (Need to try with a different combo next time!) These are homemade one strokes with all TAG colours except Cameleon Bollywood pink.
Black, Purple, Bollywood pink, White and Teal, Light Green, White
Last Saturday I had a marathon face painting session at the University of Leicester, who were holding a fun day for the families of the Psychology and Medical Science departments. I painted for 5 hours non-stop & managed only a couple of photos, my favourite being this little cutie!
Her lovely mum also sent me the photo below, which I absolutely adore! Love our smiles and love my jaunty banner put up for me by the friendliest, most accommodating event managers I’ve encountered 😁
Such a lovely day, albeit incredibly busy, and the only food I ate for 5 hrs was some freshly made popcorn donated to me by one of the mums! Really lovely people all round, and really grateful to all the mums who kept telling their children to “stand back & give the lady some space” without any prompting from me!😍💜🌈
Last week on a very very wet day in Whetstone, Leicester I painted at a big bank holiday pub event, alongside magicians, animals, bouncy castles and live music! The relentless rain did not deter the crowds and I was non-stop for 5 hrs, one of the busiest face painting events I’ve ever done! I managed to take a couple of photographs before it got manic, and I was sent the photos of me painting and me with the little rainbow girl by her lovely mum!
Face painting in progress! After applying the rainbow base I work around the driest areas first with white tear drops, creating a butterfly shape.
Voila! The finished face and a happy customer 🙂
Below are 2 more little cuties – a butterfly using TAG unicorn colour combo, and an Elsa-inspired design – both using one stroke. I just love these colours and their smiles!