I’ve been lucky that Snazaroo Party Face Paint have kindly gifted me a set of their party face paint to try.
Normally, the idea of using face paint fills me with dread.
I just envisage not having a clue where to start.
As a self-confessed less than artistic person, I need all the help I can get.
To work on the arts and crafts side of my motherhood journey.
So this was the perfect opportunity for a novice face painter like myself, to get creative and step out of my comfort zone.
Being one of life’s planners, I obviously had a practice run on myself while The Little Lady slept.
I set up my laptop and used the Snazaroo website for inspiration and accessed their How To Guides.
There’s a wide selection of character’s to choose from, including animals, princesses, pirates, flags and even Disney Character’s.
I opted for Captain Jack Sparrow.
The paints are easy to apply. You don’t need a lot of water, just a dab to dampen the brush or sponge.
I made the mistake of using too much water on the sponge to start with, which made the paint runny on my skin. Not to worry – the paint came off my face easily with a baby wipe and I could start again with less water.
The paint also comes off the brushes easily when you dip them in a cup of water. Super handy as my Jack Sparrow braid required assorted colours.
As you can see, I am no way an artist.
But thankfully the How To Guides are easy to follow.
So even people like myself stand a fighting chance of creating a face painting that resembles a character.
I know I need to brush up on my artistic skills but the paints themselves are so easy to use.
Easy to apply.
Once applied, they do last.
They’re also easy to wash and wipe off. The instructions recommend hot soapy water but a scrub with baby wipes works well too.
When I think of face painting, I also think of mess.
But the Snazaroo Party Face Paints come in a handy tray and they don’t run all over the place.
It was amusing to watch Ella’s expression when she woke up from her nap. She studied my painted face with enthusiasm and shouted ‘pirate!’ at me.
Woohoo – my artistic attempts had not been in vain.
‘Do you want your face painted like mammy?’
We had an afternoon without The Man (as he was at the match) so bonding over face paints it was.
I showed her the designs and she picked Elsa.
A pretty simple design to follow and paint, which I’m thankful for as she refused to sit still.
Again, I had this parenting fantasy that we’d sit together in harmony as she allowed me to paint her face.
I even set up a mirror in front of her so she could see what I was doing.
But being the independent, stubborn Little Lady that she is, she kept taking the brushes and sponges so she could do it herself.
I managed to get the blue base and white stars on her face, but the finer details such as the hearts, were a little trickier as she kept moving.
Then came the glitter.
Oh how she got excited.
I dipped the brush in the pot and started dabbing at her face.
Before I knew it, she had swiped the brush out of my hand and picked up the pot. She was scooping the glitter and spreading it across her face.
Although the perfectionist in me started getting agitated, I realised that it wasn’t about how perfect the character’s were.
It was about having fun together over an activity.
She was happy.
I was happy.
And so we played pirates and princesses together.
With the chaotic nature of our everyday lives, sometimes it’s nice just to slow down.
And immerse yourself in child’s play.
Forgetting the pressure of adult life.
By slapping on some face paint.
And pretending to be a pirate for the afternoon.
Love Missuswolf xxx
This post was written in collaboration with Snazaroo