What can I do in my designs, that is
inexpensive, that has the greatest impact?
"It's in the little things"
Once you have gotten down the basic techniques of face painting you will
find there are a number of things, little things, you can do that will take
your good design and make it a great design. The important part, is most of
these steps will cost you less than a penny, but change the child's smile into
a resounding WOW!
There is no question that you can purchase all of these products from many
good face paint suppliers or perhaps at your local cosmetic counter. I'm going
to mention the SNAZAROO products, since I am most familiar with them. Also,
for the record, you know when you buy SNAZAROO face painting products you are
always getting FDA approved/safe products.
Glitter powder: This type of powder is very easy to find. It is a very fine
pearlescent powder that can be applied directly to the skin or on top of a
design you have already painted. The shimmer or shine will make that
butterfly, painted on the face come alive. This product usually comes in small
jars but goes a very long way. You only need a very small amount. The best way
to apply the powder is to use a quality cosmetic foam applicator. You can also
use your finger or a brush but you will waste a lot. If you use just one or
two colors on your design, even in small quantities it makes a great
difference. You can see many designs using this product at
http://www.snazaroo.com/glitter.htm The product sells for a suggested
retail of $4.99 and it comes in eleven colors (blue, gole, green, lilac,
orange, pink, red, silver, turquoise, white, yellow).
Glitter gel: This is a product using a FDA approved glitter suspended in a
safe gel. If you don't use SNAZAROO, make sure it is FDA safe. Metal glitters
can cut the eye. Only use products that are compliant with FDA guidelines.
This is one of my favorite products and both girls and boys love the results.
I like my glitter gels much thinner than what comes from the factory. I just
add water and stir. Not only does this make the product go much further but it
makes application easier. For a boy, using a thin brush, paint on a thin 1/16
inch line around his "Batman" logo or other design. It will make it just about
fly away. For a girl you can do the same, or add it as very small dots on a
mask to make it look like her face includes gems and jewels. If you are doing
a full face tiger design you can make the stripes in gold and silver, or
silver and orange. This product is available in fourteen colors and has a
suggested retail price of $4.99 (black, blue, gold, green, multi-colored,
orange, pink, pink/silver, purple, red, silver, turquoise, gold dust
[opalescent], turquoise/silver). On the glitter powder or gel you can make an
application per child, for less than one penny.
Last but not least you can get great results by adding peal and stick
plastic bindi gems. You can see some good examples of these at
http://www.snazaroo.com/Mar01/gems.htm SNAZAROO sell these in two designs
(tear drops and assorted) in sheets of 100 for $5.99. These are perfect for so
many designs. They are the perfect compliment for the princess mask for
jewels. Other applications might include one to act as an earring to one of
the ears on a little boy for the pirate face. My personal favorite is to
simply paint a 3/16" band around a finger and the wrist. Then, take the round
gem and add it to the finger to make a nice ring. For the wrist add three tear
drops below the painted line and you have created a fabulous bracelet. This
takes less than 20 seconds! You can see the gems and all the other products at
http://www.snazaroo.com/products.htm or see them at your local supplier.
On both sheets of gems you will receive 100 gems in a wide range of colors
(everything from diamonds to rubies to emeralds). The sheet of tear drops are
all the same popular tear drop shape. The assorted sheet of gems you get a
wide range of sizes and shapes from rounds, to rectangles to tear drops.
Either way, these are sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
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