• Jenny Rapti

Minimal face painting kit - party essentials

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Shopping for face painting products can be frustrating and time consuming, especially if you have no previous experience and you just need to find a basic -and affordable- set for your kid’s birthday party.

I know! I’ve been there! And I ended up spending so much time online trying to decide what paints and brushes to buy and then trying to figure out what quantities I would need for x children and how much of this and how much of that…! *sigh*

Sounds familiar?

Well, that's why I decided to make a list with all the essential products and tools you’ll need to keep the little ones happy with face painting at the party without spending hours on research and money on buying things you eventually won't use.

For a basic face painting kit that can paint from 60 to 80 faces approximately, you will need:

1. Good quality, hypoallergenic, water based face paints

Make sure to get good quality face paints that are hypoallergenic and safe to use on the skin. Look for water based face paints that will come off easily afterwards with soap and water. Professional brands like Superstar, Snazaroo and DFX are always a safe choice and they have small palettes with many colours that you can choose from. I little palette will be more than enough for 1-2 parties.

2. Brushes

There is a huge range of brushes for face painting and new ones keep coming out all the time. Brushes for line work, for filling, for flower petals, for animal fur…. And the list goes on. All you’ll need at the beginning is one thin round brush (No0 or No1), one larger round brush (No3), a small filbert brush and a wide flat brush (half inch or ¾ inch). If you’re buying them from an online face painting store, you can be sure they’re all fit for purpose but if you’re looking to buy them from a craft store then synthetic water colour brushes are the ones that will work best with face paints.

3. Sponges

You will use them to lay down the base colour –or colours. Face painting sponges are usually circular and you can cut them in the middle with scissors to get two half circles. Keep in mind you will need one per face so you might want to look for a bag of 12 or 10 round sponges.

4. Two cups, a towel and a mirror.

These are all things that you probably have around the house. Two cups for water, a towel to wipe the brushes and a mirror so children can look at their painted faces. Gather these beforehand and keep them nice and tidy on the face painting table.

Extras: Glitter and a rainbow one-stroke paint

They might not be essentials but if you want to take your face painting one step further and make kids -and parents- go wow, some glitter and a rainbow paint will help with that. One-stroke paints can be used with a wide flat brush to create instant rainbows. Sprinkle some iridescent glitter on top and it's magic!

Be very careful to buy cosmetic grade glitter and not craft glitter which can be dangerous for the eyes.

And you’re ready to paint some faces.

Good luck!


A basic face painting kit can paint around 60-80 faces

P.S. Feel free to leave a comment if you found this article helpful or you if you have any questions.

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