Dolphins are marine mammals. They are closely related to porpoises and whales. They are considered one of the most intelligent animals. Dolphins friendly appearance and playful attitude have made them very popular with humans.

Dolphins can make a wonderfully unique face painting.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Notice in the above photo how the pretty young face is not the only thing that is painted. The hair, or at least some of it, gets some coloring also.

Monsters can be any color, any size, anything your imagination can think up.

A monster is any fictional creature that is somewhat hideous and usually produces mental fear by either its appearance or its actions. The word itself, “monster” derives from the Latin monstrum, which is an aberrant occurrence, usually biological, that was taken as a sign that something was wrong within the natural order.

Face painting can extend beyond just the face – arms, neck, shoulders, back – they can all work in tandem and be part of the same theme.

This image shows how some simple face paint can accessorize the shirt being worn.

Colorful Occupier

Colorful Occupier by DJHEAVYD

Painted face Occupy Wall St.

Here’s a face painting from the current Occupy Wall Street movement. Pretty much anything goes in this type of environment.

You should use paints which are specifically made for face painting. Even then, you should spot test for a reaction on a small area of skin such as the underarm area. Children’s skin can be especially sensitive even to non-toxic paints.

Many sizes of brushes can be used in face painting. Of course, different sizes will produce different effects. Just remember that the finer the detail of the painting, the smaller the brush you should use.

You should always wipe your subject’s face before starting as it’s important to paint on clean skin. Wet wipes work good for this. It is also a good time to briefly check for sores, scratches, or other wounds as you do not want to paint on a face with broken skin.

If you doubt your ability to draw freehand on someone’s face or you just want to save some time doing it, you can use stencils to add that professional look to your work. Stencils make face painting quick and easy.

If you think you can’t paint a face and need some help, one way would be to use temporary tattoos. They will speed up your face painting and can add a professional looking touch. Just paint some simple lines to accentuate the tattoos.

“the spaceman” is the name of this one.

Face painting is easy. But if you think you need some help there are books on the subject… and websites for ideas and inspiration. Just do it! …and then share it with the world.

As this picture shows, sometimes a face painting can be painted on the “back” of the face. There are no rules with face painting.

Face painting is suppose to be fun… it is fun! Just do it! Do it now!

Face painting ideas can come from anywhere. Face painting designs can be very elaborate with many colors or be nothing more a couple of lines (to make a mustache perhaps) or anything in between. Let your imagination run wild! Do it now!

If you’re new to face painting and haven’t even bought supplies yet, two must haves are paint and brushes. While most experienced face painters will buy a whole set of brushes, it is recommended you start with just three: one for fine lines, one for medium lines, and one for large areas. Remember that you can also use sponges for the large areas so you could get by with just two brushes (fine and medium) if need be.

Face painting is a very popular form of entertainment in western cultures. Face painters can be found most anywhere where people congregate such as county fairs and street fairs. Anyone can be a face painter!

There are specialty paints which are made specifically for face painting and these special paints should be used exclusively. Other types of paint such as craft paints or watercolor paints are not meant to be used on the face (or any skin for that matter) and should be avoided. Using these other types of paint could cause severe allergic reactions.

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