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Face Painting Ideas For World Book Day

World Book Day, held each year in early March, is the biggest annual celebration of books in the UK and Ireland. As well as enjoying a host of fun reading events, many schools get into the mood by getting the children to dress up as their favourite book characters.

If your kids are joining in the festivities and you’re short of both inspiration and time, here are a few quick ideas from face paint manufacturer Snazaroo that will help transform your little bookworms into real page-turning heroes.

Pick a versatile pack like the Snazaroo Rainbow Face Painting Kit (£10.99) and as well as a palette of eight colours with which to create a whole library full of faces, it includes everything needed to apply the paints, plus helpful step by step instructions that mean even the novice face painter can achieve true literary heights.

Potter Magic

The hero of Hogwarts, beloved by millions of children the country over, is one of the most requested on the face-painting circuits. Grab a pair of Harry’s trademark glasses, a wand and a little imagination when it comes to the face paint and - abracadabra – a magical fancy dress costume. Here’s how:-

  1. Using a sponge and paint from Snazaroo’s Rainbow Face Painting Kit, apply blue paint in a patch over the left eye and in a wide swoosh down from the forehead and over the right eye, down past the mouth.
  2. Rinse the sponge and apply yellow paint to fill in the gaps.
  3. With a brush, paint small white stars across the face, then using a brown or black paint a simple broomstick on the left cheek.

Knock Spots Off The Rest of the Class

Want to ensure your child is ‘top dog’, then you could do worse than immortalise one of the pups from Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmations. This cute face is perfect for both boys and girls and is so effective that only a black or white top is needed to finish the look.

  1. Using the sponge, cover the face with white face paint.
  2. Next with a brush, paint a black patch over the eye and several more over the rest of the face. Remember to keep the edges wavy so it looks more natural.
  3. Then, still using the black paint, fill in the tip of the nose and bring a line down to meet the top lip, which should also be painted black.
  4. Finally, using the brush and some red or pink paint, outline the bottom lip and add in a panting tongue and the transformation is complete!

In addition to the peace of mind that your child’s costume is word-perfect, you can also be reassured that all Snazaroo face paints are specially-formulated to be friendly to even the most delicate of skins. Water-based, they are also easy to remove with just soap and water.

For more great ideas, and to find your nearest retailer, visit snazaroo.com.

Snazaroo face paints are also available online at Amazon.co.uk.

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