The Face Painters’ Blueprint Book – It’s in her DNA!

The Face Painters’ Blueprint book:  Local face and body painter- Liz Bylett shares the secrets of “How to Face Paint ” after 25 years in the business.

Liz ‘s career in face and body painting  started when she saw face painters working at a local festival- “I was mesmerised” she says and stood and watched the face painters  creating  these amazing designs. “I always knew that I didn’t want to work in an office”. The combination of the joy on the children’s faces combined with her love of art and all things creative, she decided there and then that this is the career she would pursue.

Armed with a small palette bought locally, she practiced on her then willing boyfriend. (Whom she has now been married to for 25 years, “he obviously didn’t mind too much!” She says). “It just took off from there, I started to paint at events and parties and then, found that I couldn’t cover all of the events that I was being contacted for so I started to train up other members of the “Follies team”.

After 28 years of teaching at her own Follies Academy, for companies, in colleges across the UK, training across the world, demonstrating at shows for large make up companies, she has condensed the basic knowledge of “How to” face paint  into this fabulous compact book  The Facepainters’ BlueprintPublished by Herkimer

The book takes the reader day by day or week by week over 7 simple stages through all of the processes of how to face paint

From health and safety; to where to buy products, through each of the application stages, then onto face painting designs.

It’s a fabulous tool for any mums, school PTA’s, individuals who wish to learn to face paint for children’s parties, to paint the children for events at school, to start their own successful businesses or just for fun.

It is clearly laid out and can be used on its own or alongside the available training videos. 

Liz believes that anyone can master this skill if they are shown how to. “I have loved my time as face painter; met some fabulous people, travelled extensively, enjoyed the creative side of my job and bringing pleasure to many. Now I wish to share that skill and open that opportunity up to an even wider audience with the book and training videos”

The book officially launches on Saturday 9th July with a launch party that welcomes many of The Follies Academy now successful face painting business owners and past and current students.

The launch party also combines; Face and body painting, provided by Follies, The Living Art Show and The South East Body Paint Project. Live music from The Mofos, food and drink, plus photographers working against a beautiful Kentish country back drop and a couple of Harley Davison’s for the photo shoots!

If you wish to purchase a copy of the book or to get more information about the training please contact Liz at Follies /

Face Painting Parties by Follies in Kent & London

Children’s Parties – Follies Face & Body Painters Kent London

Children’s Parties Follies Face & Body Painters Kent London and all the home counties. A recent children’s party Follies were booked for. The Children looked fantastic

Face painting for Children’s parties, children love to have their faces painted. Allow us to transform your children, with fabulous face painting designs, letting their imaginations run wild with beautiful girls face paint designs such as fairy princesses, (pink and with glitters of course!) or transform those boys with fabulous face painting designs into scary ghoulish monsters! Our face painters are always up to date with the latest face painting ideas and trends and tools and techniques and will have great fun with your children at your party.

Body Painting Circus Theme


The theme for Warpaint 2016 was Circus…our lovely model Dulcey, carried this look beautifully.Our concept was the lion tmare with the image painted on the back of the lion Tamer with her head in the mouth of the lion! The big top features heavily- we wanted to celebrate all of the traditional circus themes in this look, with the addition of the usual sparkly Follies glamour!

This Body painting design was created using large particle glitters from Kryolan, glued with a water based  glue, Pros aide for example.

Mistair, airbrush and paints were used to create the lions face on the front and Kryolan and Snazaroo colours plus Cameleon were used on the body, finishes were added with Mehron gold powders and mixing liquids.

The bustle you may recognize form an event earlier this month! Nothing like a Recycle!

This look was created for Warpaint. We can do the same at your promotional event.

Pop Art themed Body Paint Shoot

Follies body painter Dee Love joined forces with the lovely Karla Powell for a body paint extravaganza for this photo shoot with Roger Charles.

Check out the magazine article published in Scratch magazine below plus the behind the scenes you tube video of the day and the final looks.

Body artist Dee Love @ Follies Face reveals, “Personally I like to sketch my ideas out, so I know where I’m going to place the design on the body; Then I write myself a colour chart, For this pop art shoot wewanted bright, bold colours that were vivid with no sheen, and I knew with a UV mix I could achieve a comic book quirk. The superstar palette gave me a fantastic range of flesh-coloured tones to create the effectof the words exploding out of the body, I adore the size of these paints you can have nine colours of similar tones out on the table and they don’t take up loads of room and they’re great to blend with”So, when I start, I sketch out the design very quickly onPagesto the body in a mild light brown close to the natural skin colour, to give me a rough guide of placement of the words, I then get onto the background colours as soon as possible, The lighter colours such as yellow one first, so the fabulous bright red ‘Ka Pow” would go over the yellow with ease,”l always make sure the first layer hos completely dried before applying any other detail of colour over the top, such so the green or yellow highlights on ‘Ka Pow” and ‘Boom’ . As time is of the essence in body pointing I’m never left twiddling my brush, if the base coat layer is drying on one side of the body, I move over to the other and get the next background done. With ‘Ouch’ I pointed the pink wording first and the blue expression bubble round with a small flat head brush so the point appeared flat and not blobby when moving the point around curves, Of course the real coming together of the piece was the block and white outlines and highlights, these took the least time to do, but achieved a lot and were the finale of the project, In other designs it’s not always great to rely on block outlines to create this type of illusion of good work, but it does work, is the foremost quality with comics and some street art,

This pop art look was right up my alleyl”

Dee attended her body art course with Follies 10 years ago and has worked with us ever since creating some amazing pieces of art work- We are proud to have Dee on our team-

She says of our courses ” Great tuition, fabulous professional products, clear instruction and plenty of encouragement and opportunity to have a go.

A must for any budding body artiste!


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