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Post by Sweet Treats by TJ on Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:04 pm

Hi All,
I noticed that Im having a little trouble with the kids when is comes time to paint around there eyes. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to paint or sponge close to the eyes with out making the children feel uncomfortable or irritated while face painting. I use TAG and Wolfe paints. Does anyone else have problems when painting around or on the eyelids? Some designs dont look complete unless the eyes are done. Suggestions Please.

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Re: Face Painting around the eyes!

Post by HillbillyDiva1 on Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:31 pm

If you need a fine line there is a brush you can get it's actually for nail art and it's bent at an angle so it doesn't look as close as it is. Check beauty supplies like Sally's. Also if you tell them that you have never poked anybody that stayed still. If they have brothers or sisters in line make it a competition who can be the stillest.
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Post by elantaura on Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:36 pm

If the child is young/ unpredictable or figety, I dont take it too close. 99.9% of the time they will be happy and so are the parants.
The other thing if they are ok or older, I get them to lookup i.e. eyeballs not whole head then ask them to keep lids closed but roll eyes down/look down.

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Post by Denise Cold on Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:38 pm

Make sure that your sponge is not too wet! That's when it starts seeping into eyes. Don't soak your sponge and wring out, spray it instead and then the water and paint stay on the surface and it's easier to get the right consistency and won't seep on your client.

I don't like using eyeliner unless they are over 12 because they can't keep their eyes closed long enough for it not to smear onto their lids. Yes, it looks better with the finished look but most kids are not good models.

As far as under the eyes, I noticed that Brian Wolfe sponges as close as he can but then just finishes it when he's doing his line work and runs a little black line down there or wrinkles for "man" type designs and it looks great.

If I'm doing a skull or pirate type eyes, I'll use black eye shadow instead of paint so that there isn't a "sticky" feel to the eyes. This has really helped me with boys and men that want the full face but don't like getting painted. I should probably get some starblends so I can do this in white too for spiderman and tigers.

Last choice, just because it's an extra step, is keeping translucent powder or even baby powder in your kit and "setting" the eyes like you would foundation. I use this when I've painted dragon or snake eyes on because the paint is a little thicker and takes awhile to dry. It tones down the colors a bit but it's better than the design being ruined by wrinkles in the makeup...it's also more comfortable for the client.

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Post by helena on Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:40 pm

Use snazaroo or starblends, or just outline around the eyes in the shape of the animal/thing you're doing and leave the actual eye bare.
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Post by mlittlefriends on Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:52 pm

Yes,I use starblend powder on the eyes of the littleones.
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Post by a face painting mom on Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:03 pm

I use the end of the sponge with the flat side up and swipe slowly in a back and forth, but upward direction, and that usually gets me pretty close the the under eye. For the lids, I like to use Vi from sparkling faces style eye liner, it is really just above the crease, so they don't notice it, and can't mess it up. Look at her you tube vids, she is great, the she uses this a lot.
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Post by Gamezgirl on Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:53 am

Sweetreats...you say you are having trouble, is this because YOU are nervous and uncomfortable? Or are you just have technique problems getting the sponge in to area to finish it? Or are the children complaining? There are so many ways to answer your question depending on what exactly the issue is. Smile
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Post by anniel on Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:58 am

I noticed working with a fellow artist this weekend, that she tends to totally avoid the eye area, but pulls off beautiful work that the parents and kids are still pleased with...
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Post by amy from the ville on Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:18 am

i used to be nervous going around the eye because of maybe getting paint in the kids eyes or i might freak them out. Then i realised that what i would do is nothing compared to parents rubbing their kids with facewipes/ water/ suncream etc. I got over it pretty fast. They cant open their eyes when a sponge is on top anyway. I always swipe downwards first so if they do decide to peek or something the pressure of the sponge closes their eyelid naturally and the kid gets the idea.
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Post by amy from the ville on Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:20 am

BTW mlittle friends i LOVE that girly dragon mask. Never thought of that! Awesome!!
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:42 am

it depends on the kid..if they keep squinting their eyes a lot, i don't put a lot around the eyes. I just go over it quick with a sponge..
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Post by Stacia on Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:01 am

I typically have only had trouble with boys, so now when they ask for something that includes paint near eyes I say "Now Spiderman (or whatever else they've asked for) has a white eye, that means I'm going to put paint right on your eyelid, but I promise it doesn't get in your eye as long as you keep your eyes closed...are you ok with that?" after that they usually have absolutely no problem with me doing it...I've only had one kid decide on something different that wouldn't go over his eye. I try not to go over eyes with brushes on littler kiddos, you're more likely to drip in eyes with brushes so I reserve that for girls that are old enough to be used to makeup or older boys who will endure it because they REALLY want to look scary. I use the spray the sponge method too so it's nearly impossible to drip paint with a sponge that way.
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Post by Perry Noia on Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:47 am

I tell them to close their eyes gently like they are sleeping (often I'll make silly snoring noises while I'm painting to let them know that they are still "sleeping")... some of them scrunch up their eyes and get funny wrinkle marks, but I clean it up as best I can and keep going. I really try to avoid brushing anything too close to their eyes because they might move and have me poke them in the eye with the brush. Make your sponge relatively dry for that area so that the paint doesn't seep into their eyes, that's when it might irritate a bit. Spritzing doesn't work as well with Snazaroo, but I wring it out a lot for those areas.
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Post by anniel on Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:30 pm

Perry--love the idea of snoring sounds! Brilliant!
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Re: Face Painting around the eyes!

Post by Sweet Treats by TJ on Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:37 pm

Thanks everyone for such great suggestions. I'm new to the face painting scene but have found it to be a hidden talent. It is mostly the lil boys that squinch up there face the lil girls dont give me much of a problem. Dont ask me why that is.

I think i will try the starblends havent purchased any of them yet. Can someone tell me more about that product? Im assuming that is more of like a powder that how do you apply to the face. Does anyone have any link tuturials for applying the starblends.

Thanks again for all the positive responses, Im looking forward to trying some of your suggestions. Wish me luck!

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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:17 am

I have several approaches. I always tell them to close their eyes gently(like they're sleeping) & not tight. I'll show them w/ my eyes. I also let them know that if they close their eyes too tight it'll make their eyes water & the paint will run. If this doesn't work I modify the design to not paint on the eyes. I usually say something to the parents like, "It looks like he may be a little sensitive to having his eyes touched, so I'm going to not paint on them. I always want my model to feel comfortable." or, "This is my little girl special & since I want you to like me later when you remove the paint, I won't put anything on her eyes." This gives me an out to why I painted on other kids designs, but not their child & lets the parent know I'm sensitive to the child's needs & the parent's needs.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:34 am

In my experience, kids seem to be way more comfortable with Starblend around their eyes as opposed to a wet paint. The powder doesn't make them feel like it's going to get in their eyes. Anytime a kid squirms when I am about to paint their eyes, I switch to Starblend and they have no problem. Even had a mom comment on that once, she thought it was really cool.

If they still eem uncomfortable, I just say somethign to mom that the child seems uncomfortable with the paint around their eyes, and I am just going to skip that part. It won't look exactly like the photo but it will still look great. I have never had one disagree.
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Post by Caswell Designs FP on Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:57 am

Great ideas everyone. I too tell kids to pretend they are taking a nap and it works most of the time. If a kid seems sensitive, I just don't paint around the eyes.
If you decide to get Starblends, I highly recommend the white and black. I use those often for eye designs. Kids don't even notice they are going on.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:13 pm

Liz Caswell wrote:If you decide to get Starblends, I highly recommend the white and black. I use those often for eye designs. Kids don't even notice they are going on.

Exactly! I just tell them to keep their eyes closed until I blow away the excess powder. I love Starblends
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Post by clowngirl on Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:20 am

I've just bought my first Tag Neon Rainbow and each time I've used it, a little has gotten in my eye & it stings so I'm apprehensive about using it on kids this weekend. I'm not sure if it's because I've used too much water or not. I have so far found that I need to use more water than I do with Paradise or Snaz to get it to work & that that the cake feels dry again very quickly (I guess the sponge is soaking a lot up). I'm not sure if I've gotten paint in my eyes with Paradise or Snaz, if I have, it hasn't stung. I have a big order of Tag on it's way so I hope I don't encounter this problem with all the colours. Any advice would be appreciated. So far I'm thinking I prefer creamier paints, if 'creamier' is the right way to put it

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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:51 am

For around the eyes I have several things I do.

If the child is very young I won't paint the eyes at all. I use a lot of artybrush techniques that are quick, give the wow factor & don't scare the little ones as much.

For older children I ask them to close their eyes like they're sleeping(I will show them an example of the wrong way to close their eyes & the right way w/ my own eyes & they almost always relax). I will gently lift their eyebrows w/ my thumb to remove the eye wrinkles. I also will tell the children that if they close their eyes too tight they'll water & the paints will run. I use a sponge that is not too wet & has just the right amount of paint on it. I also start my sponging between they eyebrows & say, "I'll be sponging just like this w/ little pats. Now I'm going to move onto your eye, but I'll be real gentle. See, it's no problem at all. Now the other eye..." All this is comforting & reassures the child & helps for a great design.

These techniques work w/ most kids, but there will be some that nothing works w/ & their eyes may water before you ever touch them Smile
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Post by Denise Cold on Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:00 pm

Cream the sponge until there are no bubbles visible on the surface of the paint...yes, if it's too wet it will seep into their eyes. I never dip my sponge and wring out if I'm doing a rainbow cake because I find as soon as I go to press the sponge, hidden water comes out no matter how well I squeezed the sponge. I spray the cake and sponge with a misting bottle. I found some that are only about 4" high at Dollar Tree and they've lasted all summer since June.

Thanks for the tip about the eyes watering, Linda, I didn't know that would cause it, I just thought it was a pain because of the wrinkles. One boy with long eyelashes was squinting so hard he poked himself in the eye!

I've been avoiding neon cakes because of the lack of FDA approval but I broke down an got another one because they are so popular and no one seems to have problems with them. They are harder to cream up...I find them a little harder and thinner than regular paint so you have to work at it a little longer and re-swipe more often.

I actually prefer pearls now because they are so much easier to blend in the TAG line over the regular paints.

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Post by Kat's FacesForFun on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:11 pm

I completely agree about the starblends!! I LOVE them for black and white around the eyes. Spiderman became my friend instead of my enemy after I started using starblends. Skulls were possible on littler boys. SO happy with them. Here is a GREAT video that convinced me to get them.

http://www.youtube.com/user/sillyheatherb?blend=1&ob=4#p/search/0/msAt5o_4sVU
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Post by clowngirl on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:51 pm

Thanks, Denise. I spray the sponge & cake too, but I suppose I could still be using too much water

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