The Face Art Beginner’s Guide to Set-up

The Face Art Beginner’s Guide to Set-up

You’ve got your kit all ready to start painting some little faces, now for efficient and tidy set up!
Here’s a couple of tips and tricks to ensure that your space is set-up with comfort and hygiene in mind. By following these steps you’re sure to have an easy breezy time.

Personal Preparations:

  • Make sure you have a smile on your face, good personal hygiene and look put together.
  • Being outdoors happens often when you’re a face painter, so bring a solid windproof jacket with you to jobs. You never know what the weather will turn out like.
  • Carry a water bottle and small snacks like nuts and fruit for longer jobs, as breaks may be few and far between. Stay hydrated and well nourished.
  • Have a repertoire of popular designs in mind, that can be altered to have different colour stories depending on the child’s preference. Some examples, butterflies, fairies, superheroes, wild animals, etc.


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Table Set-up:

  • Two chairs and a table or a tall table and a stool for the child while you stand working, are the best options.
  • Have the child face you, sitting still with their hands in their lap. If they tend to look down, support their chin with your free hand rather than keep it on top of their head.
  • Some children tend to squint their eyes. This can be avoided by gently rubbing a sponge over their eyelids or telling them to imagine that they were going to sleep. Be sure to wring out all excess water so nothing goes in their eyes. With younger kids focus the design away from the eyes entirely.
  • If working on a fidgety child go with a simpler design.
  • If working on a shy child try a smaller design on their hand while they sit on their parent or guardian’s lap. ‘Transfer tattoos’ are an excellent alternative to face paint also.
  • Using sunscreen under face paint acts as a sort of makeup primer to face paint. It helps the paint glide on so much smoother and makes it easier to wash off. Plus, it gives the kids protection on sunnier days outside and helps with sensitive skin.
  • Try to avoid wiping away mistakes. Learn to make them part of the design, plus getting rid of them slows the process down. Doing this will help you become a stronger and faster face painter.


  • Clean your spray bottle or water vessel with a couple of drops of Dettol. You can also use Dettol to disinfect your sponges by adding to some warm soapy water, and your towels, by adding some to the washing machine.
  • Bring plenty of sponges as you only want to be using one per child.
  • Provide wet wipes to clean messy faces, leave the cleaning to the parents though.
  • Working with a runny nose? Keep the design on the upper face only and avoid the nose area.
  • Always check to see if the child has any cuts, open wounds or infections as you don’t want to be spreading illness by painting these children.
  • Keep work space clean and tidy. Tidy between each child if possible to avoid things becoming chaotic. You can clean your paints by using a wet wipe over the surface too. It will help to get rid of mixed paint left in the pan from double dipped flowers for example.
  • Clean brushes with warm water and a good quality brush cleaner or baby shampoo. You can also add Dettol to disinfect.
  • Change painting water regularly and keep it fresh and clean.

Remember to have fun, because that’s what being a Face Painter is all about!

We look forward to you sharing your work with us.

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