How to Mix Face Paints


Face paints are specially designed for use on facial skin. These paints are water-based, which require wet brushes and sponges in order to be applied. Mixing these paints works best on the spot, using water and a little creativity as you apply the paint to the skin or as you build the design. Practice is the surest way to get the colors and results you want in your face paints.

Things You'll Need

  • Face paintbrushes
  • Paring knife
  • Empty pill box
  • Consider the colors you want to make when mixing the face paints. For example, to make a rich orange color, put more red than yellow in the mix. For a cooler purple color, load the mixture with more blue than red. Play around with ideas for the colors you want to create.

  • Dip a face paintbrush in water and load it with the first color. Make sure to load an even, medium amount onto the brush. Dip the brush in the second color just along the tip of the brush.

  • Stroke the brush along the face or palette you are working on, allowing the colors to blend together. This mixing technique will create a blended, dual-color look to show off the two separate colors and the color they create together.

  • Load a sponge with the first color you would like to mix. Dapple the color onto the face or palette you are working on and allow the color to dry. Dip the sponge into the second color and dapple over the first color to create a new color. This technique will create an opaque color on the skin.

  • Make your own mixed color cake. Many face paints come in square or round cakes, which can be cut into segments and mixed together. Take a sharp paring knife and cut out a small wedge from two colors. Each wedge should only be about 1/4-inch wide.

  • Place the two wedges side by side into a pill box square. Pill boxes are ideal to store face paints in. They have small, square cavities which can be sealed off from air and will not leak when water is mixed in them.

  • Dip a sponge or brush into water and swirl over the two newly combined colors to create the new, unique color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice mixing colors on a sheet of water color paper before applying to the face.


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