Why I love face painting

I’ve had a busy few weeks – lots of children’s parties, fundraising events and the all-important painting the kids at home! Painting faces never fails to give me an enormous buzz and always puts a huge smile on my face, no matter what else is going on in my life. I’ve been reflecting on what it is I love about face painting so much and thought I’d share the list with you.

face painting swirlsI love the instant connection I get with a child from the minute they sit down in front of me and we start discussing face painting designs, their favourite colours and (normally with the girls) how their chosen colours will co-ordinate with their party outfit.

I love the sweet conversations we have whilst I’m painting them and the look of intense concentration on their face, as they try their very best to keep really, really still.

I love the way they always screw their whole face up tightly when I ask ‘can you close your eyes for me’ – I always have to demonstrate and explain ‘like this – pretend you are asleep’….

I love, love, LOVE the look on their face as I hold up the mirror for them to inspect their finished face – the split second of non-recognition, followed by the massive smile and twinkle in their eyes as they realise my face painting has surpassed all their expectations.

face painting green monster

I love the way children come back again and again, asking for ‘another look in the mirror’ and the huge grin that follows once they’ve checked the face painting is still intact and they’ve managed to eat all their party food without smudging it.

I love that the minute I sit down with my kit laid out, I am ‘in the zone’. I have attended parties where I am situated 2 feet away from the bouncy castle generator for hours (a shocking racket, I can assure you), where I’ve been by the speakers blasting out awful Katy Perry/Justin Bieber/CBeebies hits and other ghastly pop songs and where there are 180 small children screaming, dancing and racing around in excitement. BUT the moment I pick up a brush or sponge, the background noise seems to disappear and all that exists is my kit and the eager little face sitting in front of me.

I love my kit – I’m incredibly ‘OCD’ about it and like nothing more than cleaning and organising all my paints, brushes and glitters and making it all look neat and pretty in my kit box.

face painting pretty eye design I love experimenting with new colours and designs and I love browsing the web, being blown away by the ability of face painters across the world.

I love coming home from an afternoon’s work covered in glitter! I can’t think of many other jobs where this would happen!

I am very fortunate to have such a fulfilling and creative job and can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing….

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