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Face Painting Ideas

Omkar Phatak
Looking for some cool ideas for face painting, are you? Your search ends here. We've put a host of ideas together for you.
Face painting is a very ancient art, which dates back to our cave man ancestors. They enjoyed painting their faces in various natural colors, with symbols denoting spirits, animals, and other supernatural beings.
Even today, face and body painting remains a widely followed activity among tribes of Africa and other tribes around the world.
This activity is a lot of fun and it makes for some colorful and memorable celebrations. Be it a game or any other contest, supporters like to paint their faces to show their support for their team. Occasions like Halloween present even more opportunities. Kids must be encouraged to be a part of such activities.


  • Make sure that you use FDA-approved paints, that are specially designed for face painting. Make use of natural products and chemicals that are not harmful to the facial skin and can be easily removed. This will also prevent allergic reactions of the skin.
  • Don't use acrylic paints for face painting, as they don't come off easily and are harmful to skin. Washable markers should not be used, as they are harmful.
  • Maintain hygiene while painting faces and wash brushes after you finish painting one face and switch to another. Be careful with using the glitter near a kid's eyes. It is best to restrict its use.

Some Cool Ideas

Kids love doing all sorts of 'out of the box' things. Face painting can best be done by adults. Before beginning, it's best to have a sketch of the design/graphic that is to be depicted. With this face painting will be easier. Let the base color dry before applying other colors and paint thin layers to avoid cracking of paint after drying.

Joker or Pantomime Face

This is one of the most popular and simple face ideas. A joker face is easy to paint and the classic pantomime face is very expressive. All you need is white, black, and red face paint.

Halloween Ghost Faces

Scary faces are something which help in creating the spooky Halloween mood. You can improvise to create witch faces for girls and warlock faces for boys. You can create vampires and zombies. There is a great variety of ideas when it comes to scary faces.

Pirate Faces

If you are a fan of 'Captain Jack Sparrow', then pirate face ideas will be a hit with you all. You can create various pirate faces by drawing mustaches, beards, and eye patches.

Flowers and Designs

This is one of the best ideas for girls. You can draw flowers of different types and colors on your faces. You can also explore random designs or patterns which make for great ideas.

Animal Faces

Animal faces are the most popular ideas for kids. You draw some whiskers here and a nose there. That's all it takes to make an animal face. You could be a tiger, a chipmunk, a monkey, or any one of your favorite animals.

Cartoon Faces

Kids enjoy getting their faces painted as cartoon characters like Tweety, Bugs Bunny, or any of their favorite ones. Try out cartoon faces.

Comic Characters and Action Heroes

Comic characters and action heroes like 'Spiderman' and 'Batman' make for some of the best ideas for kids.
Face painting is a fun activity which kids enjoy any time. These ideas can be effectively used in demonstrations and protests to denote slogans and messages. Exploring arts like these is a lot of fun and everyone should try it out once. It is an opportunity of transforming that familiar face of yours into something else, just for the fun of it.