Halloween calls for full cover face paint! Check out our great Halloween makeup ideas for frightful fun.
Children’s skin is sensitive. The best kids’ face paints are non-reactive mineral products with no nasty chemicals. Pure Poppet face paints are designed to give you special effects, not side effects, even if you’re going for a full face effect.
Kids have limited patience, so make sure you have everything ready before you sit them down for makeup. Hopefully, you will have agreed on a design before you begin! YouTube is a great resource for watching step by step instructions, but don’t be convinced to do anything too complicated; try to simplify. The most effective faces use a few colours and don’t take hours to apply.
Face paint is the finishing touch to your child’s Halloween costume, so have them fully dressed and any wig or hair style completed before you start. Pop an apron or old shirt over their costume if you’re concerned about getting makeup on their clothes. Make sure it can be removed without smudging the child’s face.
Witches and Warlocks
For wicked witches and warlocks, start with a base colour of green, then highlight with yellow on the middle of the nose, the chin, forehead and upper cheek bone. Paint black or purple paint along the bottom of cheek bone, apply a line in a half circle on the chin and sides of nose and blend to soften a little. White or yellow eye shadow gives the eyes a sunken appearance. Create menacing eyebrows in black with a high angle and add a few black wrinkles (white shading along each line will make them stand out). Finish the look with black or dark green lipstick and glue-on wart! If you choose to add elements like warts or Frankenstein’s bolts, please use a child safe adhesive.
To create this look, the face is reduced to white and black planes, with the eyes ‘popping’ out of black empty sockets. Consider extending the look down the neck, chest and hands. Painting white bones and blacking out the rest of the exposed flesh will chill your audience to the bone!
A more modern take is the South American ‘Day of the Dead’ festival inspired faces, with wide grinning mouths extended across the lower half of the face. Girls might like to incorporate a wreath of flowers on the temples and across the forehead. Sequins and stick on jewels can brighten up the monochromatic look.
The base colour here is white. Shade in the temples and create sunken cheekbones with an unhealthy purple pallor. Purple eye shadow with a touch of red or pink under the eyes gives a tired, sinister impression. Iconic arched eyebrows and a ‘widow’s peak’ hairline in black will make your child instantly recognisable as Count Dracula. Bloody red lips are a must, but be wary of using fake blood as some of them stain badly. You can always use a red crayon to create a dribble of blood running from the mouth. Just add fangs and watch people run from your path!
Frankenstein’s monster is a very shabby creature, so his makeup doesn’t have to be perfect! Start by sponging on a green base. Create the characteristic square head shape by using unhealthy purple shadows down each side of the face, from temple to chin. Paint in low black eyebrows and brooding black eye shadow. He needs a slightly wavy black frown line across his forehead. Blend this in a bit so that it is distinct from the black stitch marks, which can be painted on with a fine brush. Glue plastic bolts on either side of the forehead if you choose, and add a lurching walk to finish the look!
Not all kids are willing or able to sit still for makeup when there is trick or treating to be done! A full face cobweb is a quick, easy and effective way to get your child into the spirit of Halloween without too much fuss. Centre the web on the tip of the nose and draw 5-6 black lines radiating outwards. Then sketch in the connecting bars of the web. A hairy rubber spider is the perfect accessory!
Top tip: Take photos of the kids BEFORE you set out to visit neighbours and friends, whilst they look fresh and fully made up. By the end of the night, they’ll be too tired to pose, and bolts, spiders and fangs will have fallen by the wayside.
Halloween makeup ideas are a great opportunity to let kid’s imaginations run riot. If you choose products that are child friendly and which will wash off easily, you’ll create some magic memories with fewer tears at the end of the party.
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Clown face ideas for kids face paint fun don’t need to be complicated. We’ve created some simple versions of the classic face paint styles used by the professionals so you can bring the circus to town!
Classic Clown Face Paint
There are several classic clown styles we are used to seeing on stage. The ‘Auguste’ style is the traditional circus clown. Begin with white (or another very light colour) over the eyes in a large arched-window or dome shape, extending well into the forehead and completely covering the eyebrows. Next a huge white smile is applied to the lower face. Outline both shapes in black. Make a vertical black line running from just above the upper eyelid, down the middle of the eyelid, and ending about half an inch below the eye. Complete the mouth by drawing a dark outline of a smile shape around the mouth (within the larger white mouth shape). Fill this in with bright red. Finish the face by brushing on red blush to the apples of the cheeks and adding a red nose. Now you are ready to squirt water at anyone who sniffs your plastic flowers!
Character Clown Face Paint
Character clowns are simply exaggerated versions of people, like the classic "sad clown". Let your child’s mood guide you! Start with a blank canvas of white face paint all over the face, from hairline to just below the jaw. Create exaggerated features, based on the character or emotion you are portraying.
For a traditional sad clown, blend black with the white face paint on the lower half of the face to produce an unshaven look. Leave the area around the mouth clear for a downturned smile in white (outlined in black), with a smaller red downturned smile inside it. Fill the eye sockets with bright blue or green and add sad eyebrows and perhaps a tear or two. A red nose completes the face.
Whiteface or Pierrot Face Paint
French mime, Marcel Marceau is a well known example of a whiteface clown. Their makeup usually involves a full face of white paint with very little colour or just a few understated features.
The first step is to paint the entire face white, ensuring eyebrows are covered. Hollow out the eyes by rimming them with black paint. Add a pair of small eyebrows about an inch above the real eyebrows. Use black to create other small features, like a teardrop flowing from one or both eyes. Some people simply draw a black or red dot on both cheeks. Make a small red pout about half the length of your child’s real lips to finish the design.
Top tip 1: If you see areas that look smudged or uneven, use a sponge and a little water to wipe away the paint in that area. Dab the area dry with a towel, then reapply the face paint.
Top tip 2: Using lots of dark colours, especially in the eye area, can quickly transform your amusing clown face into something quite sinister. Unless you are going for a Joker-style scary clown, best to avoid heavy eye makeup!
Top tip 3: Clown face paint is usually quite thick and can take a bit of work to remove. Using a kids face paint product that comes off easily (like Pure Poppet’s natural play makeup will make clean up time easier.
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There's no need to hire a professional face painter for your daughter’s birthday party. All you need are some giggling girls and a party pack of natural, non-toxic makeup for kids from Pure Poppet. Creating a beauty salon in your own home is so simple - and best of all you can be happy knowing that there are no nasties to worry about. It's the most fun they will ever have! Now that’s what I call party entertainment.
Become a Makeup Artist
Little girls will love the huge range of makeup crayons, lip balms and mineral powders available to them from Pure Poppet. They can take it in turns to become a makeup artist and create masterpieces on their friend’s faces. No idea how to apply? No worries. Use the stencils provided to create playful and fun designs just like a pro. Use the crayons directly onto skin for a made up look, or add a dab of water to magically create colourful face paint.
Open a Nail Salon
Every little girl loves to have her nails painted like Mum. With non-toxic nail polish, every girl at the party can have their fingers and toes painted in a rainbow of colours with no allergy concerns. It’s safe on delicate skin, unlike other store bought varieties, and will wash off once the party is over.
Open a Hairdressing Salon
Set up a line of chairs and let the pampering begin. Use our non-permanent hair colour packs for bright and beautiful locks! Knowing your daughters can colour their hair ‘just for the day’ is a brilliant way to entertain them, without worrying about washing it out for school on Monday. Every little girl will become an A-list celeb for the day! With pampering, nail painting and makeup the girls will feel fabulous.
Make the next birthday party for your daughter a beauty-do that will put Hollywood to shame. Girls will walk in pretty and walk out ready to take on the world. If you are looking for something extra to add into their goodie bags you can always include a pot of shimmery mineral powder or a crayon in their favourite color, allowing them to continue the fun long after the party is over.
Non-toxic makeup for kids is the only way to go for face painting, nail decorating and creative hairdo fun! Check out the range of packs available at Pure Poppet today.
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Quite a few websites offer makeup games for kids, but they tend to be a bit repetitive and not much fun for kids who like hands-on play and interacting with their friends. Remember that makeup is not just for girls - games are twice as humorous when the lads get involved! Here are the 5 best games for kids who are ready to have some real makeup fun!
Hygiene and Safety
Before you start, it’s important that your games are safe and clean. Children’s skin is sensitive, so use non-reactive products. Unfortunately some childhood infections are easily spread, so have a think about how you can minimise transfer between kids. Keep a good stock of sponges and cotton buds on hand, for example, so that you can use a fresh one for each child.
One great idea is to give each child their own little set of makeup to enjoy. Pure Poppet have brilliant little ‘play packs’ which could double as lolly-free party favours. You can also raid the clearance bins at department stores or check the budget priced range at the chemist supermarkets, but be aware that cheaper make up may well be full of harsh chemical nasties. Pre-teenage girls usually have HUGE stocks of their own makeup. Why not encourage them to BYO!
Top tip: Stock up on generic face stickers (coloured stars, hearts, circles or squares). These are safe, easy for kids to use, and very effective in lots of different makeup looks.
Now, on with the games!
Re-create the Look
You will need: makeup and mirrors for each person and colour printouts of your chosen makeup ‘look’.
Aim: to copy a makeup style from the picture to your own face.
Don’t be limited to choosing styles the kids are already familiar with (like Disney princesses) - challenge them with a dramatic ‘Chinese Opera’ face or ‘tribal war paint’ idea.
Winner: the person who does the best interpretation of the theme on themselves!
Note: older kids might enjoy the challenge of watching a YouTube video and then trying to match what they have just seen.
Best Face on a Theme
You will need: makeup and mirrors for each person.
Aim: to create an interpretation of a specific theme. Choose a theme like ‘futuristic’ or ‘superhero’ or ‘underwater’ and let the kids go wild!
Winner: the most effective reflection of the theme is the winner.
You will need: lipstick, tissues, sticky labels, paper and pen for each person.
Aim: to match each person to their lip print.
Each person makes a print of their lips by kissing a tissue. These are handed to the adjudicator who arranges them on a table. It might be handy to label each one on the back! Players view the kisses and write down who they think made each one. Swap answer sheets. The adjudicator identifies the owner of each tissue and the players mark the score sheets.
Winner: the person who guesses the most correctly.
Note: this game is particularly amusing when the boys play!
Mrs Pomfrey's School of Makeup & Beauty
You will need: basic makeup, chairs, a small table and makeup remover.
Players are divided into pairs. Each pair has a turn at performing whilst the others watch. ‘Mrs Pomfrey’ sits in the chair in front of the makeup table with her hands held behind her back. Her partner kneels behind her and puts his/her arms through hers and tries to apply the makeup, as Mrs Pomfrey leads her audience through a lesson in makeup application. As the ‘arms’ player’s view is completely blocked by Mrs Pomfrey’s head, the results are hilariously inaccurate!
Winner: the funniest act and most accurate application should each win a prize.
Note: Don’t attempt mascara or eyeliner - nothing pointy near the eyes!
Draw a Face Design
You will need: paper with a blank face already drawn on (find a template face on the internet), coloured markers, magazines or pictures for inspiration.
Aim: to create a fabulous makeup design on paper.
Either give the kids a theme like ‘skulls’ or ‘celebrities’, or just let them use their imaginations.
Winner: the neatest and most creative design.
Note: this game is good for the beginning or end of a party, as people are arriving or things are winding down.
With a bit of preparation, makeup games for kids can be lots of fun. Make sure you get some photos!
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Transform your little snow lovers into Anna, Elsa and Olaf with our easy face painting ideas, inspired by the Disney movie Frozen. Kids of all ages love to dress up and sing along to this cartoon classic. Whether you’re planning a special morning at the movies, or just an afternoon of fun at home, here are some fun makeup ideas for the characters from Frozen.
Choosing a character
There are lots of great personalities in Frozen, but the easiest ones for face painting fun are Princess Elsa, Princess Anna, Olaf (the snowman) and Sven (the reindeer). Once you have your character ideas in place, choose child friendly makeup like the Pure Poppet range which is easy to apply and doesn’t contain any chemical nasties. What’s more, when it’s time to “Let it Go” and take off the makeup you’ll be pleased you chose a water soluble, easy to remove product.
Top tip: have some pictures of the character you are going to create on hand as you work. These will be handy for your own reference as well as keeping your child busy while you transform them!
Elsa is the older sister, gifted with the ability to create snow, so her signature colour is icy blue. Start with a light foundation, moisturiser or tinted sunscreen. This will help the colours adhere to your little one’s skin. Elsa has thin arched eyebrows and ‘cats eye’ liner. In the movie, she wears purple eyeshadow, but any shade of blue or mauve will be effective. Wash the colour over the whole upper lid to the brow, then deepen it over the eye. Raspberry lips in a shimmer lipstick will give her a glamorous smile. A pale pink blush on the roses of the cheeks will stop her from looking too cold. If you have a snowflake template (or a steady hand!) you might like to add a few white or blue snowflakes across her cheeks to make it very clear this is Elsa.
Anna is the determined and courageous younger sister. Start with a foundation similar to Elsa’s. Give Anna her signature pinky-orange eyeshadow. She doesn’t need Elsa’s sophisticated eyeliner, but when you put a rosy blush on her cheeks, twirl a bit on the tip of her nose to show how cold she gets. Emphasise her youth with a sprinkling of freckles (dotted on in brown pencil), concentrated over the centre of her face and nose. Plain lip balm or pink tinted gloss will finish off her pretty, natural look. If you are using a setting powder, you might want to use it to add the unique streak visible in Anna’s hair.
Olaf is a bit of a clown, so don’t be afraid to be quite bold! Start with a white base all over the face. Draw brown eyebrows half way up the forehead. Next, add a black circle around each eye, from the (natural) eyebrow to the top of the cheek. Make the outline thicker at the top, as it crosses the brows. You can even draw a black dot on the centre of each eyelid for truly cartoon-like eyes! Now colour an orange carrot all the way down your child’s nose. Using black again, draw a half-oval shaped smile around your child’s mouth, and fill it in, leaving a rectangle of white from below the nose to the upper lip for his two white teeth. Cheeky and cheerful!
Sven is a great choice for kids who don’t have the patience for full face makeup, as you can easily create a recognisable reindeer across the upper face. Start with white eye sockets, from below the eyebrow to about 1 cm below the eyes. Next sponge brown over the eyebrows and cross to the temples, down the face until level with the nostrils. Blend in the edges so you don’t have a tidemark across the face! Next, sponge on white over the nostrils and lower nose. Use a black pencil to draw in the tip of the nose. Splotch some large white dots over the brown areas of the cheeks and voila - instant reindeer!
Encourage your children’s imaginations by helping them to get into the spirit of the Frozen characters with these easy face painting ideas. They’ll be trilling “Do you want to build a snowman?” all afternoon!
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