10 Best Face Paints 2017

Face painting!

A classic favorite for parties, street festivals, holidays, sporting events and many other types of events for both kids and adults.

On our list below, we highlight the top ten best face paints and provide you with a few useful tips that will help you choose the right kit for your needs.

Whether you’re looking for something for a children’s birthday party or a Halloween party for adults, we’ll show you the top choices below.

Who’s Doing the Painting?

Will an adult be doing the face painting or are you looking for a kit that kids can use?

Some of the kits are designed for younger users: fewer paint choices, simpler designs, etc. If you’re having a birthday party or sleepover and you want to let the kids be the artists, then any of the sets except for number 1 will be totally appropriate.

Number 1 (Ava and Frank Professional Face Painting Kit) is ideal if you need something that an adult can use to paint kids’ faces, other adults’ faces or their own face. The products and tools are a little higher in quality and there are more color options.

Top 10 Face Paints Table

PictureName# of colorsPriceRating (1-5)
PictureName# of colorsPriceRating (1-5)
1. FACE PAINTING KIT for Kids and Professionals 16$$$$4.8
2. Face Paint Kit For Kids By Bo Buggles 10$$4.8
3. PaintFun 24 Piece Face Paint, Body Paint & Glitter 12$$$4.7
4. Face Paint Kit for Kids by Blue Squid 12$$$$4.7
5. Face Paint Kit for Kids. Best Quality Face Painting Set 12$$$4.7
6. Beetastic Face Painting Kit for Kids 8$$4.6
7. Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack 12$$$4.4
8. Snazaroo Classic Face Paint 1$4.3
9. Face Paint, New and Improved, Safer than Ever 5$$$4.2
10. US Toy Face Paint Sticks Costume 6$4.2

Additional Tools

So, we’re not going to lie. Some of the utensils in these types of kits suck! It’s just the nature of this product (budget friendly options might have great paints but they skimp on the accessories. Ugh!).

When you buy a face paint kit, find out as much as you can about the paintbrushes. Are the bristles securely intact in the brush?

The sponges will probably be fine, but they won’t last forever. If you buy replacements, then look for round and tear drop shaped sponges. Even better if have both types (especially if you’re aiming for more professional results).

Safety First

Even the best face paints may not be safe on certain skin types. If you have allergies to certain cosmetic products, safe face paints with certain ingredients still might cause you problems.

Some have sensitive, delicate skin that might have an allergic reaction to products or chemicals that are deemed safe and follow all guidelines and regulations as a cosmetic product.

We can’t stress enough the concept of testing a small patch of skin (preferably out of sight) to make sure there is no sort of allergic reaction.

Make sure you read the ingredients label carefully before you purchase. Look for paints that are free of:

  • Parabens
  • Latex
  • Nuts
  • Lead

You’ll find a few good vegan choices on our list (number 1, number 2 and number 9, for example).

Be Clean!

Make sure you wash the paintbrushes and sponges between uses (be hygienic!)

When it comes to removing the face paint, here are a few useful products that will help you get all of it off:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Makeup Remover
  • Baby soap and water
  • Vaseline
  • Baby oil
  • Baby lotion

Whoa, baby!

The reason baby products are recommended is because they are usually the most gentle, even on adult skin.

Makeup remover wipes will also work. If you’ve purchased a quality paint, you should have no issues removing it. Cheaper, lower quality paints are the ones that cause the most problems and stain your clothes.

If it does get on clothing, wash it off as soon as possible.

Top 3 Best Face Paint Reviews

1. FACE PAINTING KIT for Kids and Professionals

If you’re aiming for professional results, then you need a professional kit, and Ava and Frank have some of the best face paints to help you achieve this.

This kit comes with 16 water-based colors that are latex-free, paraben-free and nut-free. They’re quick to dry, stain-free and they won’t smear, yet their easy to remove.

The accessories are pretty good, too. You get three different brush sizes and one large sponge and all of the colors are arranged on the reusable pallet.

While this doesn’t contain any face templates or instructions, it’s still the top kit on our list. Look into downloading some free templates or watching some tutorials if you’re in need of some ideas. There are plenty of resources available out there!

2. Face Paint Kit For Kids By Bo Buggles

This kit may have fewer choices, but they make up for it by giving you more paint in each dish. Since they provide you with all of the basic colors, it’s easy to blend and mix in order to achieve the colors you need. They’re water-based and easy to remove.

This is a great for those of you who aren’t artistically gifted, and by that, we just mean that you’ll appreciate the fact that the kit comes with 30 stencils!

There are two different sized brushes, two sponges and the paints themselves are vegan (paraben-free and lead-free).

Another great option that kids or adults can use.

3. PaintFun 24 Piece Face Paint

This is one of the most popular kits because it comes with both paint dishes and paint crayons. You also get two brushes, two sponges, 10 colors, two glitters and a double-ended sculpting sponge. Everything you need!

The paints have the FDA seal of approval (always important when you’re dealing with face paints) and it’s easy to remove without the mess.

It’s a great kit, but we would have loved some face painting suggestions or more tips on application, which would be very useful to first time users.

Other than that, the kit is great! We definitely recommend it.