- Small or medium paint brush. Available at craft and art supply stores. (Makeup brushes are also fine.)
- Makeup sponges, available at drug stores.
- Eyebrow pencil (although the dark face paint with a paintbrush will also do.)
- Have kids close their eyes to keep from getting distracted.
- Place your open hand on top of your child's head when applying makeup for stability.
- Sketch out detailed designs and difficult shapes on paper before applying makeup.
- Draw lines in quick, single strokes after practicing the shape on paper.
- Dip the makeup sponge in water before putting makeup on it. Don't make it too wet, though, just damp. It will help the makeup go on smoother.
- Squeeze end of sponge to get into tough spots (under eyes.)
- Tap shadow brush before applying to skin to let loose powder fall.
- If possible, start with lighter colors.