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Whether you're taking up painting faces as a career or a parent wanting to give your child a treat, you'll enjoy better, easier results by using professional face paints.

Avoid the pitfalls
The best quality face paints are a delight to use; poor quality paints make the whole process time-consuming, which isn't ideal when painting faces on excited children! Worse, some paints can harm delicate young skin.

You might be tempted by grease-based makeup crayons and sticks, or theatrical makeup. We'd advise against them. Their greasy characteristics make it tricky to paint precisely, they smudge easily and can be difficult to remove. It's also harder to make colours blend – a critical point when you're mixing face paints!

Water-based is best
You'll find the best professional face paints are water-based. They're quick-drying, and just wash off with soap and water. If they get on clothes, they'll come out easily with your usual washing detergent. And they make mixing face paints to get exactly the right shade much more straightforward. One of the best manufacturers we've found is Snazaroo, who offer a range of both palettes and individual colours.

Safety first
Another important bonus with water-based face paints is that they're non-toxic. You don't want a child to suffer a rash or allergic reaction, which can sometimes happen with grease-based makeup. It's always best to check on a small area of skin, such as the inside of their arm, before you start.

A myriad of colours
There's a great variety of professional face paints available. Palettes, usually with a few basic colours, are really intended as starter kits. Most professionals go for individual face paint tubs, which give them a huge choice of colours, plus the options of metallic and sparkling finishes.

However even the standard palettes can be quite versatile, as mixing face paints to produce any shade simply requires blending the primary colours (red yellow and blue) in varying amounts.

Brushes and sponges
Finally, to complement your professional face paints it's worth investing in a selection of good quality brushes, and high density sponges for applying background colours.

With all the right tools, you'll be fully equipped to take up face painting step-by-step. It can be very rewarding!

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