Face painting brushes

How to choose the best face painting brush set


Learn about the best brushes for face painting

In this post we have gathered some of the most important information so you can choose the best brushes for your face painting kit

Think of any professional and their box of equipment. If you are going to start a career or hobby having the best equipment for the job is so important . If a carpenter goes to work with a rusty saw his work is going to be substandard.

Its the same with face painting. A face painters brushes are probable one of the most important piece of parts of your kit!

The first thing to be aware of when choosing your face paint brushes, is to check that they have synthetic bristles. Face paint is a medium that doesn’t work well with natural brush hairs as they are too soft and will not give you the best control when working on the skin.

We realise it can feel overwhelming choosing your first set of face painting brushes. In this lesson, we will share our favourite brushes.  These would be the ones we use for every event and having this set you can cover pretty much every beginner’s design. We suggest buying professional face paint brushes for safety reasons, however, there are plenty of craft brushes that we use that are perfect for face painting. So shop around and again just make sure they have synthetic bristles.

Note: Brush handles have numbers (#) on them to indicate the size of the brush.

The typical brushes you will need to start with are:


Liner brushes #1,2 and 3 – to create small lines, outlines and tiny details. 

Round brush #6 – for thick lines and filling in large areas

One-inch flat brush – for rainbows and one-strokes

One-inch angle brush – for creating elegant side designs

Filbert brush 1/4 inch – for creating unicorns, ears, filling in shapes etc.

Petal/flora brush – for creating flowers 


Face painting is much easier to do with a set of high-quality brushes or ones that you have gone into the art store and bought by handling and selecting the best to your knowledge instead of choosing cheaper craft brushes.  The type of brush you choose has a direct effect on how your face paints look.


Cheap brushes often mean the bristles come loose and end up in your paints or on the client when you are painting.  They are also not stiff enough to create sharp edges or stop the paint from bleeding.


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Watch this little example tutorial and we will add another with more detailed information very soon!