While you may have envisaged a long sun-drenched six week break spent in the garden with an abundance of BBQs and water fights, the reality of a Great British summer is always a little more soggy. Face painting is the perfect rainy day activity, allowing the whole family to have fun and let their creative juices flow, and all without a screen in sight.
Snazaroo have recently launched a new range of mini theme packs, each including a handy pallet with everything you need to create a complete face paint look. The range has ten different design options, so whether your hoping to turn your little monster into a shimmering ice fairy, terrifying tiger, or swashbuckling pirate, smiles are guaranteed. Each pack contains a three-step guide to avert any design disasters, and means the kids can get fully involved with the painting themselves.
The beauty of face painting is, of course, that when the painting has finished the fun has only just begun; fill an afternoon with imaginary play, allowing your children to create worlds where blue pirates and fluffy bunnies collide. When the fun is over simply sweep the paint away with a wet cloth and soap- no tears or mess required!
We've compiled some handy tips to ensure you can get the very best face paint results (and we won't be held responsible if you're roped into the school fÃªte for years to come€¦)
- Make sure you're applying the paint to clean and dry skin.
- Push any hair away from the face using an old headband to ensure smudge free application.
- Be confident with your dabs and strokes, working in continuous lines as opposed to sketching motions.
- To build coverage and deepen the colour allow the base layer to dry fully before re-applying.
- Remember to rinse and dry the brushes and sponges before packing them away so everything is ready to go for the next imaginary play session.
Finally, enjoy! Face painting isn't about creating the next Picasso, it's about letting imaginations run free for hours on end; the odd wobbly brush stroke is all part of the fun!