Sometimes the right brush makes all the difference. Browse our selection of brushes designed for body art. Each of the brushes we carry have been hand picked and tested to ensure that they withstand repeated use in water, load the paint and distribute it evenly on the skin. Many of the brushes used for face panting can also be used for body painting, however we do have a body painting brush series that is designed specifically to cover large areas and blend on the skin. It is also advised that you have a separate set of brushes for face painting and another for body painting.
Brushes and sponges are the tools of the trade in face painting and in make-up artistry too! But there are differences in what works best for face paints aka water activated/based cosmetic products and what works best for oil based make-up and dry products.
As a make-up artist I have a very large collection of make-up brushes – many are M.A.C. brand simply because as a student and now as a pro I am a member of M.A.C.’s PPID professional discount program. They are expensive and very good! Most of my make-up brushes are 12+ years old and still in fantastic shape (with a few exceptions.) These brushes are meant for use with loose powders, pressed powders, some for use with oil based foundations and almost all are made from natural hair – sable, goat, pony, etc. Not many, however, work with the water activated make-up.
For the water activated make-up I use regular artist’s brushes – mainly those meant for working with water colours. They were created to work with water and therefore hold the colours and the water and let you work and shape the bristles the way you want. Brushes designed for make-up application won’t let you control them that way as they are meant to apply dry products or for applying for coverage, not detail work.
I buy most of my “face painting” brushes at art supply or big box craft stores – where I live the store where I buy most of my brushes is Michael’s. I like using round sables: #2 for detail work and small dots, #4 for lines and almost anything, #6 for stripes, drops, and just about anything. I also use synthetic medium filberts/cat’s tongues (#8 filbert), 1/4″ angle brushes and a 1″ flat brush for some type of designs.
There is a difference between natural fibre brushes and synthetic brushes. Natural hair tends to hold water better and lets you load brushes up very well, and synthetic brushes have more snap and can often last longer. You will have to try them to figure out what you like and works best for you.
I have quite a collection of brushes though and sometimes experiment with different styles and shapes. Deerfoot are interesting brushes, so are rake or wisps, daggers and riggers, and fan brushes also have their uses.