How To Use Multicolor Face Paint Cakes Without Smudging

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Multicolor cakes are the coolest thing to hit the face painting industry since the wedge-shaped sponge. Artists can now create awesome sunsets, dazzling flames, scary scales, and all sorts of other neat effects with a single load of paint. These split paint cakes can create the smoothest gradients possible.30-stitch-face-painting

The technique does take some time to perfect however. This quick guide will help you track down the source of those smudges so you can learn the secret to crisp rainbows and one-stroke spring leaves.

Gradients Using A Brush

Loading a brush is as simple as you would expect. Try to find a brush that fits the size of your rainbow pot to get crisper edges between your lines. Make sure to load both sides of the brush with even pressure. Smudged lines are easy to avoid, and are usually caused simply by having too much or too little water.

If you have practiced and practiced with a high quality brush with decently firm bristles and still cannot get your multicolor single stroke designs to show up clearly? Experiment with different brushes and different paint brands. We recommend Wolfe face paints for the crispest rainbows – quality really does matter, so choose a brand that you know applies smoothly.

Gradients Using A Sponge 

Sponges require a little modification of technique. You have to work twice as hard to work the paint into the sponge before applying – this makes life harder for professionals who are working on many clients and need a fresh sponge for each face. Make sure that you use a flat-edged sponge, such as a half round or wedge, for shaper lines. Apply even pressure as you load the sponge and use a slightly wiggly motion to lather the paint a bit.

Applying the paint to the face takes practice. Some people find good results with a true single stroke motion, but larger areas require dabbing. The dabbing motion will solve the majority of sponge-related problems regarding single load applications. Higher density sponges may work better than the softer ones, so play around with a few different options to see what you like the most.

The only thing left to do is practice! You might have to fill your arms and legs with flower petals before getting the feel for using multiple paint colors in one load. The more you try, the clearer your lines will come out, and the more you’ll enjoy the dazzling aesthetic effect that combo pots are capable of creating.

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Kate is a painter and designer. Her work of art is highly appreciated on her personal blog. She also freelances for many publishers.