Face Painting Hacks: 5 Simple Ideas

Are you looking for face painting hacks? Then you’re in the right place. For us face painting has been a quick, easy way to brighten up the most boring of rainy days. But it’s not always easy recreating that anticipation of excitement. Especially when you, yourself are feeling uninspired. Thank fuck for Pinterest! So here they are, our top 5 simple ideas for easy face painting hacks.

Top Face Painting Hacks for Getting a Good Finish

Firstly, not to put down any professional face painters but, the key to a good finish is actually product rather than skill. We were lucky enough to be gifted a Nuonove water based face and body painting kit. And upgrading to this from basic best buy face painting crayons has been a game changer! The key I think using a brush for precision and a sponge for quick coverage.

Try practicing on the back of your hand first!

Next, don’t go too crazy! Take whatever idea you have and simplify as much as you can. Face painting is an impressionistic art form!

Lastly, go for a water based product that will not only be kinder to skin, but will also wash off with ease. This way it’ll be less of a nightmare at the end of the day, it will also make corrections easier to fix.


The quickest way to get an easy yet perfected design. Why not try using them on arms, hands and legs as well.


Don’t worry if you don’t have any face paints. Eye liner works just as well and there are quick a few different and simple designs you can make with one black eye liner. Two of our favourites both for the fun factor and how easy they are, being cats and pirates.

Easy Designs

With Frozen always a firm favourite, why not try a blue blob of paint with some branched out white lines. Also known as a snow flake! Look at that face, he doesn’t care. He just wants his face done did!

Rainbows and bugs are two more easy designs that you can change up easily. For bugs try alternating the colours, to create all different styles and designs. Ladybirds for example are easy to master. They’re basically a circle, with a line through the middle and two dots either side.

This rainbow design is brilliant as it can be broken down into 3 different designs or layered up to create one picture. Why not mix and match each element e.g a sun and a cloud or a cloud with a rainbow?

Even a single rainbow on it’s own is a winner! Minimum effort and maximum fun; 5 quick lines using all the colours, what’s not to love?!

Super Heroes

Super heroes always save the day and face painting is no different. For our next face painting hacks we’ve turned to all the caped crusaders for assistance. The most popular of our face painting hacks is to just paint on an eye mask, rather than a fall face of paint! Not only is it less work, but your final result will pop better and allow for a cleaner finish. I use the same umbrella frame I’ve used for this Spiderman face, for every super hero I do.

For Batman I’ve just blocked the entire design out in black, rounded off the top and added in some bat ears.


Believe it or not, this first dino design was done by a professional. Yep I paid someone at a quite well known, kids activity centre to make my child look like this! What it goes to prove is that most kids really don’t give a crap what they look like as long as they get to embrace their imagination.

The key to a good, basic dinosaur being a full face of green and some sharp looking Jurassic fangs!

For smaller kids, its all about being fast. Use a sponge to get as much colour cover done as quickly as possible. This should allow you just enough time to quickly add in some detail before they begin screaming they’re bored.

Ultimately, have fun! Kids don’t care if you’ve skills. You could be Nicky Tutorials or Banksy and it would mean nothing to them. They just want to play and face painting is an easy way to facilitate their limitless imaginations.

Have fun,

Berrit x

If you’re after more rainy day activities why not try some of our creative learning activities.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Kids of the Wild

    Spidey and Batman look great! And I love the idea of using stencils too, I’ve not thought of them before. We’re big fans of using a sponge for coverage, it saves so much time #kidsandkreativity

    1. Booberrit

      Speed is of the essence with little kids!

  2. I tried doing some face painting on Sophie recently but my skills aren’t the best at this! These are great tips for some quick and easy ideas though and I’ll be taking them on board next time I give it a try šŸ™‚ #KidsandKreativity

    1. Booberrit

      using a sponge and a fine paint brush rather than the crayons you often get made it a lot easier for me. Thanks for popping by!

  3. Kerry

    Great idea! I love a bit of face painting and reading this makes me want to dig out the paints! Although I think I may need to upgrade mine and invest in some sparkly ones (for me as well as the kids). Thanks again for sharing at #KidsandKreativity x

    1. Booberrit

      Not gonna lie, I love any excuse to paint my face too!!! x

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