It's the time of year for Easter egg hunts, and with lines of children, you'll need some quick designs to get through them quickly. Fortunately, an egg is one of the simplest shapes to paint, and by adding details with a sponge, it keeps this floral egg design quick and easy.
• Pink or magenta face paint (Global)
• Yellow face paint (TAG)
• Orange face paint (TAG)
• Light blue face paint (Paradise)
• Green face paint (TAG)
• White face paint (Diamond FX or Wolfe)
• Black face paint (Diamond FX or Wolfe)
• Small filbert brush
• #2 round brush
• #5 round brush
• Large petal brush
• Cosmetic-grade glitter
• Rainbow split cake (Kryvaline Summer Sunset)
Small filberts are great for creating shapes quickly, and I prefer them to round brushes because of the event coverage they provide. Load your small filbert (approximately 1/4- or 3/8-inch) with yellow or the color of your choice, and create an egg shape on the cheekbone.
On either side of the yellow egg, make a smaller orange egg and blue egg. For the blue egg in front, it should overlap the yellow egg a little. For the orange egg in the back, the yellow egg should overlap it so that it appears to be in front of the orange egg.
Load a sponge from a split cake which complements your egg colors and choose a favorite stencil to add designs to each egg.
If you have lots of time, you can color coordinator your cosmetic-grade glitter and eggs, but for quick work, use a poofer bottle to add iridescent white sparkle, since it goes with all colors.
Load a #5 round brush with green and stroke up over the bottom edge of your eggs to create grass.
Load a petal brush with white and then dip the tip in magenta. Add press flowers and rows of petals coming up from the top and bottom of the eggs and grass.
Load the #2 round brush with black and outline the eggs and grass.
Load the #2 round brush with white and add highlights to the eggs, white dots to the centers of the flowers, and small dots and starbursts around the design.
To simplify the design further for speed, only use one or two eggs, outline in white instead of black, and use fewer press flowers. This can be an extremely quick design with more simplification.
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in Elgin, Illinois, and her artwork has appeared in The Colored Palette and SkinMarkz magazines. 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.