The look on a child’s face the first time they see themselves in the mirror after they have been face painted is priceless! There are many parents who would love to be the one that puts that smile on their child’s face, so I thought I would give you a little help by teaching you a simple butterfly face paint!
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The most important part of any face painting is using the correct product. DO NOT use acrylic paint! It is so bad for your skin and can cause reactions with sensitive skin types. You can find my recommendations for face painting supplies at my Amazon store (ps…this is an affiliate link).
The supplies you need are:
- A small face painting set with multiple colors
- A soft sponge (you can use a makeup sponge if that is what is available to you)
- A #12 flat brush and a #4 round brush
- Cotton swabs
- Cosmetic glitter (do not use craft glitter as it usually contains metal)
- Your camera!!
The first step is to apply the white shape around the eyes using the sponge. Face paint is water activated and a little can go a long way. You can always add more but you don’t want the paint to be dripping down the face. You can also use a brush to apply the white.
Using the #12 flat or any small brush, add each of the colors in your rainbow. As you paint the color on the wings, add the dots in the center for the body of the butterfly.
Your next step will be to use a #4 round brush and black to outline the butterfly wings and the center dots. Start right on the tip of your brush and apply pressure as you move, letting up on the pressure as you get close to the end of your line. This will give you a great dimension in the outlines.
The final steps: 1) add some white highlights with the round brush; 2) apply as much glitter as you like (I use a water dampened finger to apply the glitter): 3) use a cotton swab with the color paint of choice dipped in glitter to apply lipstick: and 4) take pictures!!! The best way to take off the paint is with warm water and soap. Makeup remover works as well since face paint is essentially colored makeup.
Let me know if you try out this face paint! The girls just love it…even the grownup ones!
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