Ultimate Buying Guide for Face Painting Kits

It is so easy to get lost in the humongous amount of face painting products! There are at least 20 manufacturers of professional paints, a dozen manufacturers of brushes. Now add the glitter, sponges, stencils, and even brush tub options — all you need to turn nuts! LOL

But don’t worry! We have an EASY and READY TO GO solution for you!

As a team of professional face painters with 10 years experience, we’ve tried and tested almost all existing products on the market and found out THE BEST ones.

In this one-of-a-kind guide we’ve prepared two kits that fill suit your needs 100%:

Beginner’s kit — a starter kit consisting of the main important products to help you achieve amazing results even instantly!

Professional’s kit — a complete professional kit, including Olga’s favorite products. It is basically almost the same kit that Olga has built for herself over years of practice.

Best thing?

You can now purchase the full kit in one place thanks to our partnership with one of the best USA stores JestPaint.com. Worldwide shipping is available.

 

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BEGINNER’S KIT

PROFESSIONAL’S KIT

BEGINNER’S KIT

Paints

White for linework: Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Prime Paraffin White 50 gr

Black for linework: Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Prime Strong Black 50 gr

Glycerin white for background: Superstar Face Paint | Line White 161 — 45 gr

A palette of singular colors: Fusion Body Art — Sampler Face Painting Palette

One rainbow split-cake for sponging colorful backgrounds: TAG Face Paint Split Cake — EXCL Big Happy Swirl 50 gr #9

One small split-cake for one stroke for painting easy rainbows: Fusion Body Art & FX — Split Cake | Leanne’s Rainbow (neon) by Leanne Courtney 30 gr

One pearl (metallic) white for making any regular color softer and shimmery: Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Pearl Fairy White 25 gr

Did you just discover the incredible world of face painting? Then you will definitely find this Ultimate Face Painting Guide for Beginners super useful! 😍

Brushes

Round brushes for linework:
BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint – Crisp Round #1
BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint – Crisp Round #3 – two pieces
BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint – Crisp Round #4 – two pieces

One brush for double-dip flowers: Paint Pal – Pretty Petal Face Painting Brush

One flat 1-inch brush for painting one stroke rainbows and more: Art Factory Studio Face Painting Brush – 1″ FLAT

One filbert brush for building up shapes, larger teardrops and blending: Face Painting Brush – TAG – Filbert #6 (7/16″)

Check out our dedicated article to Best Brushes for Face Painting for more details.

Sponges

You will need sponges for quick paint application on large surfaces.

Splash Face Painting Sponge by Jest Paint – Tear Drop (6 pieces)

You will find more useful tips and tricks and also suggestions for other sponges in our Best Sponges Guide.

Stencils

Bad Ass Mini 1005 – Face Painting Stencil – Scales

Ooh! Face Painting Stencil | Snowflake Wrap #1 (W07)

Ooh! Face Painting Stencil | Star Wrap (W02)

Face Painting Stencil | Tribal Wrap (W14)

TAP 044 Face Painting Stencil – Skull with Crossbones

Glitter

Amerikan Body Art | Loose Chunky Glitter – Cosmic Collision (1oz)

Water tub

Faber-Castell Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot (181520)

Spray bottle

Spray Bottle – Water Bottle with Light Misting Spray Cap 2oz (0028-14)

So you wanna be a face painter… well, the lazy days of getting by with painting simple ladybugs and hearts on kids cheeks are long gone. The jig is up!

And shows like Skin Wars and websites like Instagram and Pinterest are showing the masses just how amazing the world of face and body art can be.

So how do you make your mark amongst a sea of talented artists?

How are you supposed to compete?…

Read “How to start face painting” in our expert article and let the fun begin! 🎉

PROFESSIONAL’S KIT

Paints

White for linework: Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Prime Paraffin White 50 gr

Black for linework: Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Prime Strong Black 50 gr

White for background and blending: Superstar Face Paint | Line White 161 — 45 gr

Black for background and blending: Superstar Face Paint | Line Black 163 – 45 gr

An assortment of regular (prime) and metallic colors, including a couple of neons:

Regular (prime or base) colors — we recommend TAG Body Art.

Pearl (metallic or shimmer) colors — we recommend Superstar.

Neon (UV) colors — we recommend Global.

Check out our Best Face Paints Guide for more information on paints types and tips on how to use them.

Olga’s favorites:

Superstar Face Paint | Ziva (Blue) Shimmer 220 – 45 gr

Superstar Face Paint | Petrol Blue 173 – 45 gr

Paradise Face Paint By Mehron – Red 40 gr

Paradise Tropical Face Paint By Mehron – Mango 40 gr

Superstar Face Paint | Berry Wine 227 – 45 gr

TAG Face Paint – Earth 32 gr

TAG Face Paint – Pearl Old Gold 32 gr

TAG Face Paint – Pearl Copper 32 gr

Large split-cakes for sponging colorful backgrounds:

1. Blue combination for Winter (Frozen) and Ocean themed designs:
Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Rainbow Cake | Frozen Shimmer 50 gr by Jest Paint.

2. Green combinations for Mermaids, Dragons:
Fusion Body Art & FX — Rainbow Cake | Mermaid Splash 50 gr by Jest Paint.

3. Coral-red combination for Tropical designs, Dragons, Tigers etc:
Fusion Body Art & FX — Rainbow Cake | Tropical Tiger 50 gr by Jest Paint.

4. Pinky-purple combination for Unicorns and Princesses:
Silly Farm Face Paint Rainbow Cake — Purple Sprite 50 gr.

5. A rainbow split-cake for all those rainbow-lovers:
Fusion Body Art Face Paint — Rainbow Cake | Bright Rainbow 50 gr.

Learn what types of sponges you need to make the best use of these colorful split-cakes in our article Best Sponges for face painting!

Split-cakes for one stroke:

Fusion Body Art & FX — Spectrum Palette | Tropical Collection by Leanne Courtney, a palette with all main color combinations you may need, with very vibrant colors and amazing paint quality.

Brushes

BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint – Crisp Round #1 – 2 pieces
BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint – Crisp Round #3 – 3 pieces
BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint – Crisp Round #4 – 3 pieces

Take our free “Improve your linework in 3 days” Free Online workshop to learn how to master round brushes like a pro!

Art Factory Studio Face Painting Brush – 3/4″ ANGLE
Art Factory Studio Face Painting Brush – 5/8″ Acrylic Handle Angle

Paint Pal | Face Painting Brush | Beautiful Butterfly – 3/8″ Angle

Paint Pal | Face Painting Brush | Romantic Rose – 1/2″ Angle

Prima Barton | Creative Series Face Painting Brush – Flat 1″

Face Painting Brush – TAG – Filbert #6 (7/16″)

Paint Pal – Pretty Petal Face Painting Brush

The Face Painting Shop Brush – Flat Pointy – Flora #8

Cameleon Face Painting Brush – Medium Filbert # 2 (short green handle)
and Cameleon Face Painting Brush – Blender # 1 (short green handle).

Want to learn how to use blending brushes? We study it in detail at the International Face Painting School and these two designs are part of the curriculum. You can learn how to paint it too!
Take a class to find out how! 😍

Sponges

Splash Face Painting Sponge by Jest Paint – Tear Drop (6 pieces) – 2 sets

Jest Paint – Hydra Face Painting Sponge

Finger Dauber Face Painting Sponge – 6 units

Stencils

Bad Ass Mini 1005 – Face Painting Stencil – Scales

Ooh! Face Painting Stencil | Snowflake Wrap #1 (W07)

Ooh! Face Painting Stencil | Star Wrap (W02)

Face Painting Stencil | Tribal Wrap (W14)

TAP 044 Face Painting Stencil – Skull with Crossbones

Bad Ass Mini 1206 – Face Painting Stencil – Dots

Diva Stencils | Face Painting Stencil | Forehead Henna Bits (00648)

Ultimate Graffiti Eyes Stencil Kit

Half Ass Face Painting Stencil Set – Organic #0

See more suggestions in our Ultimate Face Painting Stencils Buying Guide.

Glitter

Amerikan Body Art | Loose Chunky Glitter – Cosmic Collision (1oz)

Liquid Bling Face Painting Glitter Gel – Brilliant Gold 1/2oz #1

Liquid Bling Face Painting Glitter Gel – Chrome Silver 1/2oz #2

Tip: We compiled two detailed blog posts about glitter and gems for face painting and body art! Check out our Glitter Blog: types of glitter and adhesives and Festival Glitter Shopping guide articles!

Chunky glitter creme

Amerikan Body Art | CHUNKY Glitter Cremes – BIOSPHERE – 10 gr

Amerikan Body Art | CHUNKY Glitter Cremes – VENUS – 10 gr

Amerikan Body Art | CHUNKY Glitter Cremes – ASTEROID – 10 gr

Amerikan Body Art | CHUNKY Glitter Cremes – PISCES – 10 gr

Want to become a professional face painter? 😎🏆

Then you certainly need to check out our Ultimate Guide for Professional Face Painter where we’ve covered all essential topics.

From safety, techniques, designs, insurance, business license, and even self-promotion.

Water tub

Loew Cornell Face Painting Brush Washer | BRUSH TUB II

Spray bottle

Spray Bottle – Water Bottle with Light Misting Spray Cap 2oz (0028-14)

Additions

TAG Display Face Painting Brush Wallet

Art Factory | Lush Brush Liquid Soap – 5oz

Now you know exactly what you need to either use face painting for a fun experience with your friends or to prepare your entire professional kit for becoming one of the best artists in the industry.

What’s next?

Make these buddies do the best job for you!

Take a class at the International Face Painting School and achieve impressive results in no time!

Take a Class at the International Face Painting School

 — Olga Murasev

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