Are you interested in learning how to apply face and body paint like the pros? There are some pretty amazing face and body painters out there, especially on Instagram and YouTube. If you want to create some amazing face and body paint designs like these painting pros, then follow these tips for applying body and face paint:
Prep your skin
One of the best ways to excel at applying face and body paint is to prep your skin carefully. When you’re painting anything, from your face to a piece of furniture to a wall, it is super important to prep and prime the surface before actually applying any paint. And your skin certainly isn’t any different! Face and body paint are best applied on skin that has been prepped well, and that means cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing the skin.
For the face, make sure to start with a gentle scrub designed for the face, since the skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body. After you’ve gently exfoliated your facial skin, you can move on to applying a light moisturizer. Once you’ve prepped the skin on your face, you can do the same with the rest of your body.
We recommend using light lotions rather than thick creams to moisturize. While it is super important to smooth out any dry cracked skin with moisturizer, you also don’t want your skin to be greasy. If the skin on your face or body is feeling too greasy or oily, you should use a foundation primer to even it out, so that the paint goes on smoothly and stays put rather than moving around.
Time to paint
Now that you’ve thoroughly prepped your skin, it’s time to get to work and paint. We recommend working in your bedroom rather than your bathroom, as there can be a lot of moisture in the air in your bathroom that gets in the way of the face and body painting process. Make sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully when working with face paint or body art makeup. Some paints can be used as they are, but other face and body paints need to be mixed with water to use.
You should also use brushes with synthetic bristles and work carefully and slowly and in smooth motions to ensure the evenest distribution of color. And don’t forget, you are new to the face and body painting process, so it is more than okay to make mistakes! Don’t get too frustrated if you can’t duplicate something you’ve seen in a tutorial or a photograph exactly. Many of the body painters you see on platforms like Instagram and YouTube have been honing their craft for quite a long time.