Base Ingredient And Features Of Face Paint Brands

Our customer service staff frequently gets questions about face paint bases across different brands. We have tried to put together some basic info that might help aspiring face painters get an idea of which type of paint will work best for them depending upon specific application requirements.

Most of our face paint brands are glycerin based, which generally stay very comfortable on skin after application compared to wax base. They are ideal for blending and not widely used for line work. Second commonly found paints are wax based, which tend to dry faster and stay longer than glycerin based paints and are popular for line work and layering. Acacia Senegal Gum base found in brands like Global and Kryvaline Creamy line, is known to provide adhesive and skin conditioning effects.

Cream based paints are easy to apply directly, stay smooth on skin, and have longer drying time. Powder based paints can be applied dried or wet depending on specific application. When applying dry, apply a very thin layer of primer on skin before applying powder. An alternative for primer is to wipe the area with a wet wipe, which will leave enough residue to hold the powder. Mix with a mixing liquid and apply for durable applications resistant to sweat.

Alcohol based paints are popular for professional applications, outdoor events etc as they tend to be waterproof and sweatproof and can be used in pool parties etc. Alcohol based paints are mostly intended for airbrush applications.

Grease basedpaints are extremely durable formula used by professionals and clowns. Harder to remove than face paints, grease makeup is not generally used by face painters. Grease paints do not dry and should be set with a setting powder and after use requires oil based makeup removers for removal.

Our major brands and their base information



General Features and properties


Ben Nye
Kryvaline Creamy Line
Mehron Paradise
MiKim FX
Ruby Red

● Smoother Cakes
Longer Drying Time
Ideal for blending
Not recommended for linework or details
Setting powder for durability
Water Activated
● Generally more comfortable on the skin 


Diamond FX
Kraze FX
Kryvaline Regular Line
TAG Body Art

Wolfe FX

● Harder Cakes
Dries Fast
Ideal for linework and details
Great for layering
Can be used for blending
● More Durable
 than Glycerin based 
Water Activated
● Some brands may feel tight or dry on skin after drying

Acacia Senegal Gum

Global Body Art
Kryvaline Creamy Line
● Adhesive and skin conditioning
Water Activated
Cream Based Mehron Fantasy FX ● Creamy
Dries slowly
Ideal for base work
Not recommended for line work
● Durable with setting powder

Apply directly without any water
● Feels comfortable on the skin
Powder Based Mehron StarBlend
Ben Nye MagiCake
Ben Nye Lumiere Luxe
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande
Ben Nye Luxe Sparkle Powder

● Apply dry over a primer
● Mix with mixing liquid to apply wet
● Can be sealed with a sealer for durability 
● Generally these jars are fragile and re-potting is recommended

Grease Based Graftobian Foundation
Jim Howle
Ben Nye Clown Series
Mehron Foundation
Kryolan Foundation Sticks
Kryolan Supra Color

● Used by professionals & clowns
● Do not dry and should be set with setting powder
● Sweat resistant and durable
● Cannot be easily removed like face paints
● Remove using an oil based makeup remover

Alcohol Based

European Body Art
FAB Hybrid
Graftobian FX Aire

● Waterproof and Sweatproof
● T
heme parks, outdoor events, pool events
● Use
 directly or after thinning
● Generally apply in an airbrush machine
● ProAiir DIPS is a brush on product
● Hybrids may be used on the face