Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How do I remove face paint?

Oh how long are the lists of products and big debates on which way is the best way to remove face paint.

 I'm here to offer you my advice and help. You can take or leave but, I promise I will never steer you wrong. First, can we establish the fact that FACE PAINT is actually MAKEUP... whoa, did I just blow your mind? Take it in for a minute, digest it.. ok.. ready? Let's move on.

 Now, if you think logically for a moment the best way to remove makeup is to use makeup remover...correct? Yes.

 As a makeup artist I have tried soooo many makeup removers and in my professional opinion there are a couple of hands down winners.

My first choice is Neutrogena Makeup Wipes or (the Generic Target brand) and Neutrogena eye makeup remover. I tell my own clients including those with children to use a makeup wipe like Neutrogena  to remove most of the face paint (makeup) then, wash with a mild face wash or tear free shampoo. This method works beautifully and there is little to no staining even with the toughest Teals and Red colors.

My second choice is a more expensive but, a green choice and that is Josie Maran's Makeup wipes. These are slightly more expensive than Neutrogena and the Target brand but, is really a lovely product that removes almost all traces of makeup, dirt and oil. They leave the skin feeling clean and hydrated.

My third choice is a yummy cleanser from Philosophy called Purity made simple. I actually use a Neutrogena makeup wipe first then,cleanse with this cleanser and a wash cloth. All traces of makeup are removed and my skin is left feeling moisturized and comfortable.

There you have it in a nutshell. Makeup Wipe + Mild Cleanser = Awesomely clean, comfortable non stained skin.

If your client doesn't have these products you can recommend using coconut oil or almond oil on a cotton ball to remove traces of makeup after the skin has been gently washed with a tear free shampoo or facial cleanser.

 If you have a great,winning makeup removing method please feel free to share it here below.

Until next time...
Happy Cleansing my friends.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Horse/Pony Step by Step tutorial

It's been a while since my last tutorial. I posted a question on my facebook page the other day and asked what "On the job" designs do you still struggle with? Horse and Unicorn were the overwhelming majority winners so, I put together my version of a Horse or Pony face painting design for you.

 I used the following products:
Cameleon Retro Colorblock with a 1/2 inch brush. I picked up just a little bit of the brown on the edge of my brush to give an outline to my design,Then I added white lines with my #3 round brush and finished with black on a #3 round as well. Starbursts and dots just glammed up the design a little to make it slightly more feminine and girlie.

If you are interested in learning more "On the Job" Style designs from me leave me a message here or email me at  to come teach in your city. I always give handouts, guides and in some cases include step by step sheets for you to keep and practice after my class is over.

This is a freebee and just a sample of things you can learn in my classes.
Feel free to print and use at your next event. I only ask that you do not sell it as your own.

Happy Painting my friend.
Shawna D.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Art of Beauty Workshop with Shawna Del Real

It's been a little over 2 years since my last LA workshop. So many of you have been demanding that I teach a class locally. I am excited to be doing this again. I will be teaching the Art of Beauty a hands on workshop that is a fusion of Makeup and face painting techniques.

In the first part of the day I will guide you through the different mediums and tools it takes to create masterful beauty and face painting designs.

During the second portion of this workshop you will learn how to use those multi-media products and create beautiful, photo ready, seamless designs.

In the last portion of this workshop you will learn how to breakdown your designs to be used for different events.

After the class is finished there will be an opportunity to have your designs photographed and used for your own media and print.

Date: Feb, 8th, 2015
City: Los Angeles, CA
Location: TBA
Cost: $125
What to Bring: Your face painting kit, a small makeup kit, a notepad and pen, a camera or cellphone camera, a model if you choose to (cannot be another face painter or makeup artist) or a practice head.

Booking fee required to hold your place in this workshop: $25
Booking is on a first come first serve basis. Workshop is limited to 10 Students. Booking fee is non-refundable.
Please send $25 via PayPal to
Remainder of your tuition is due no later than February 1st, 2015.

Cash is only accepted via cashiers check or money order. Please call or email me to set that up.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Face painting designs

This Christmas I have created a few new face painting and Makeup designs to share with you. I like to create a design then, do different versions of it. Maybe one for women and girls, one for Men and Boys and a fast version of all of them. It's always great to have some quick ones in your back pocket for the faster paced gigs. Some of these were designs I wore to my gigs and other's were painted on my clients. I was just lucky enough to capture a few of the designs I painted to share with you here.

Anyway I hope you are able to draw inspiration from these to create your own Christmas Face Painting designs. I Hope you are blessed this Christmas season and have a great Christmas Day with your family and friends.

Women's Christmas Elf design
Women's Christmas Bulbs design
 Girls Christmas Tree Mask face painting
Women's poinsettia Mask face painting design
Girl's Angel Wings Mask face painting
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