How to Become a Face Painter For Fun and Profit!

Want to become a face painter? If so, then hopefully this article can help you out. I've been face painting for a while. I started out doing it for fun, then realized that I had a great part-time business opportunity looking at me in the face. So, I started getting paid to paint faces, which makes the whole experience that much more worth it! Let's look at what you need to do to become a face painter!


If you're interested in becoming a face painter, then the first thing you need are the right tools. Fortunately, there are not a ton of tools you need. You need brushes, paints, sponges, water and towels. That's about it!

As far as brushes are concerned, you'll need a small brush and a medium sized brush. You'll want the bristles to be synthetic instead of natural. Natural bristles tend to be scratchy and do not work as well on skin anyway. Synthetic brushes are cheaper, too. Although, non of this should cost you too much money.

Next thing you need are paintings that you can paint of faces. You can not use regular acrylic paints. They're toxic! You have to use paintings that are rated for use on skin. You can get these at hobby shops or online. Personally, I get mine online. It's cheaper and easier. Get a variety of colors to begin with. Actually, get a set, not individual paints. Later, you can replace the colors you use a lot with individual tubes.

Next, you need various sizes of sponges, a couple of saucers to put paints on, and a bowl for water. As far as the sponges, I take synthetic sponges and cut them into smaller shapes. Triangles work well, because they have points that can get into small spaces on small faces.


Finally, you'll need some designs to paint. Start with easier designs. That's what most kids want at birthday parties, anyway. You know, fire trucks and cup cakes. That sort of thing. You can graduate to bigger designs like whole face designs as you get better.

Great places to get ideas for designs are websites and videos. YouTube has a ton of face painting videos. Once you get the basic ideas down, you can look at a video and add your own touches to the design. One thing I do is to take pictures of my favorite designs to keep a record of them for getting face painting jobs and also for tickling my imagination right before I sit down and start to paint.