Face Painting - CPD Certified

Accredited Online Course | Recognised Certificate Included | Unlimited 24/7 Lifetime Access

International Open Academy


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Offer ends 21 September 2019
Study method
Online, self-paced
30 Hours
30 CPD points / hours
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price

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Color, art and fun combine into our most joyously vibrant course yet! Our experts will teach you the art of face painting – From working with children at festivals to otherworldly Halloween looks, face painting is a transformative practice. With just paint, you can turn into a comic book vixen, mottled mermaid, or cotton candy kitten! Join us on a journey through the types of face painting: children, adults, Halloween, and special effects. As you watch our transformation videos, you’ll learn the secrets only the experts know!

• Lifetime access – No time limits – Study at your own pace
• Internationally-recognized CPD accredited course
• Start learning straightaway from any laptop or mobile device in any country
• Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

What students will do:

  • Learn about the paints, glitters, materials and prosthetics that will transform you!
  • From safety guidelines to unconventional materials, our experts will guide you on what you need – and what you don’t!
  • Watch step-by-step tutorials, learning exactly how the experts do it.
  • Learn how to deal with difficult children (and parents!)
  • Understand the correct set-up for festival face painting.
  • Learn how to create your own looks.
  • Build a daily practice, growing your confidence and skill.
  • From spooky to kooky, learn how to create and execute great face painting looks.

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Our face painting experts will take you from the very basics - the types of paint, glitter, brushes, and sponges you should use - to expert subjects like using horror prosthetics! Along the way you’re going to get information on how to safely paint children, how to monetize your business, an inside look into creating a horror look, and so much more great information.

Course Syllabus:

Module 1: 1 Introduction to Face Painting

  • Overview of Paints and Glitters
  • Overview of Tools, Kits, and Supplies
  • Designing a Look – from References to Imagination
  • Painting Techniques, Textures, and Stencils
  • Safety First: Good Practices and Guidelines
  • How to Make Money Face Painting

Module 2: 2 Face Painting Designs that Kids Will Love

  • 10 Tips for Painting on Children
  • Inspiration for Children’s Face Painting Designs
  • Imagination Tutorial: Robot
  • Animal Tutorial: Butterfly

Module 3: 3 Face Painting Transformations for Adults

  • Inspiration for Adult Designs and Looks
  • Character look ideas
  • Art look ideas
  • Nature look ideas
  • Supernatural and imagination look ideas
  • Being respectful
  • Animal Tutorial: Cheetah

Module 4: 4 Freaky Designs for Halloween and Horror Fans

  • Conceptualizing Horror Makeup
  • Anatomy Tutorial: Skeletal Design
  • Undead Tutorial: Zombie Design

Module 5: 5 Incorporating Special Effects Makeup

  • Materials and Supplies for Special Effects
  • Creating Wounds and Gore
  • Tutorial: Mouth Slashes with Stitching Design
  • Using Prosthetics
  • Teeth, Fur, and other Accessories
  • Tutorial: Vampire Design

Who is this course for?

Anyone who would like to be a face painter will benefit from this course! With in-depth video tutorials and expert advice, you’ll be able to confidently learn about this fascinating skill.


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

Face and body painting artists have a wide and fascinating variety of careers to choose from! Some make a good living working festivals, birthday parties, and events. Others use Instagram and YouTube to build their brand, becoming sponsored by companies to work as Brand Ambassadors. Yet others work as Special Effects Artists on movie and TV sets or use their artistic vision on fashion shoots.

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Sandy asked:

Is it possible to download/print the coursework for reference in the future?


Since you will have unlimited access to the content of your Face Painting course, you can always go back and review it on your account.

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Estee asked:

Does the certificate display the number of hours - 30 ? do you provide transcripts ? Thank you


Once you complete your Face Painting Course course, you will receive a certificate of completion, issued by IOA. It will include your name, course completed, date of completion and certificate number.

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