With younger children, it’s not unusual to find those who prefer designs which don’t cover the entire face. Also, while they want to be painted so they can join in the fun with the other children at a party, they sometimes don’t care for the feeling of being painted. I ran into a little girl for whom this was an issue at an event last weekend. This type of design is a good one for children like her. It’s cute, but minimalistic, so it can be painted quickly, and you don’t get too close to the eyes.
Load the smoothy blender with white Starblend powder. Tap your applicator over the container to remove the excess white. I find that boys, particularly young ones, don’t mind the light feeling of the powders around their eyes as much as they do the wet paint. In case you encounter a child who is adamant that you not get close to the eyes with powder or paint, you can omit the white Starblend and simply move on to the next step.
Using the #5 round brush or edge of a filbert, create a fireman hat shape over one eyebrow with red.
Add a yellow stripe above the brim and a silver badge in the center. Fill in the rest of the hat with red. (My model looks like he’s falling asleep, but I just had a tough time getting a good photo for this step.)
Outline the hat and add details with your #1 round brush and black. Using the filbert or #5 round brush, add several Dalmatian dots on either side of the eye by the hat.
With a few highlights and white dots and starbursts to fill in the empty areas of the design, you’re finished, and you’ve got a happy little boy with a non-invasive design which will allow him to play while he’s wearing it without too much worry of smudging.
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz, and she services Elgin, Illinois, the NW Chicago suburbs, and northern Chicago, as well as the eastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by Facepaint.com to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials.