Face Paint Materials

Best Brushes, Sponges and other things you need.
Our recommendations for you.

You have got an idea about which face paint you want to create and which paints you will use? Then let’s jump into this section about the additional materials you need. Here you find the best brushes for face painting. The best face painting sponges. And other material that will make your life easier. Plus, keep your model in mind! There are things that might not directly be on your mind but which make a big difference in our humble opinion.

Some of the face painting materials are available on Amazon, others in local craft stores or online shops and many things, you can just buy at your nearby supermarket or grocery store.

Here are some face painting ideas and here you find the best face paints reviewed. Let’s jump right into the list of face painting materials for your small birthday party preparation or if you want to start a more frequent face painting hobby or even turn professional:

Best Face Paint Brushes

Winner: Eulenspiegel Brushes. Usually, you can’t make much wrong when you chose brushes. We like brushes of most brands and you can simply go for some nice brushes that you like or which are within your budget.
One other thing to consider: for eyebrows, eyelids, lips etc., we recommend not to use any face painting brushes, but cosmetic makeup brushes

Best Face Paint Sponges

Winner: Snazaroo high density sponge. Again, there is not much you can make wrong when it comes to sponges. 

We like most brands and you can just use the sponges that you have at hand. Sponges are very important for body painting as they offer a good way to cover a lot of skin in little time. For face painting, sponges are not that important.

Other Useful Material

For the model: Drinking water. Face paint doesn’t take a lot of time but it is always a great idea to provide a bit of water. If you provide too little, the model will be very thirsty and too much and you have a toilet problem. A bit of water should be fine. Hence, our recommendation to paint the lips in the very end of the process!

For the model: warm light. This is much more important for body painting, but also if there is more than “just” face painting. Models have to stand still and have little clothes on – make sure your model doesn’t feel cold and prepare by setting the A/C on ‘warm’ or put an additional infrared lamp to help with warming up the models.

For the painter: Wet wipes. Mistakes happen and the good thing with face paint is that it is often not too difficult to correct. Just have a package of wet wipes ready. Baby wipes can be a perfect solution for these for additional softness.

For the painter: Mirrors. The model might like to see in the mirror but even more important for the painter to be able to have a look from different sides.

For the painter: Lamps. As a hobby painter, just take some office lamp or standard lamp from another room. It is so important to have the right light so you can work wonders, get all the details right, and make sure that the paint looks good in all angles.

For the painter: Covers. To cover tables, chairs etc. and avoid any paint on it. 

For the painter: Water basin. You have to constantly make sure that your brushes and sponges have the right amount and ratio of water to paint and to clean the brushes after use. Plastic cups are fine. Our recommendation is to use more than one container so you always have a clean water supply.

For the painter: Water spray. Not very high on the priority but it can help to have a small spray bottle for water. 50-200 ml is more than enough as you will just use it to prepare the paint cakes for use. Just one or two sprays usually enough to wet the paint.

For the painter: Paper towel. Multilayered paper towels that can easily absorb spilled water and paint, remove additional paint and be used to rest the brushes on.

For the model: hair clip. Your model will not like to have paint randomly in the hair. Keep some hair clips handy in case you need them. 

For the painter: Water spray. Not very high on the priority but it can help to have a small spray bottle for water. 50-200 ml is more than enough as you will just use it to prepare the paint cakes for use. Just one or two sprays usually enough to wet the paint.

For the painter: Stencils and Designs. Stencils or printed out designs can be a huge help for aspiring face painters.