Title: Fantastic Faces: Transform Yourself into 12 Dramatic Characters
Author: Helen Casey
Photos: Cameron Slater
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Activity
Book format: Paperback
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Description: Transform yourself into 12 dramatic characters by following the step-by-step instructions.  From the frightening to the funny, there’s a look to make you the star of the show.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: This is a fun book with lots of great ideas on different faces to paint. ‘Fantastic Faces’ is paperback book with thick and glossy pages filled with lots of colourful images, photos and text. The book is almost A4 size and has twelve different designs for kids to try when doing face painting.

Unlike many other face painting books, this one is created by the National Theatre, which makes these designs a bit different from your normal face painting ideas. At the beginning of the book is a small introduction with tips on what to do plus a page showing the typical kit needed to do all the different faces (and more) shown in the book. I like these tips as I didn’t even realise you could use anything other than water based paints, and there are different ways to remove the two types of face paints which I didn’t know.

Fantastic Faces book page image one
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The twelve different faces are all fun to do and are not too complicated to create. Every finished painted face is pictured in a photograph on the left with step-by-step intructions and photographs showing all the steps on the right of every double page of the book. The instructions are all broken down into easy steps and it is really easy to understand everything you need to do to re-create the look you see on the left. There are even tips on how to adjust certain features or colours to change the looks even further.

Apart from all the photographs the text is easy to read and the whole book is very colourful which just makes this so fun. I like all of the different face designs but I’m especially excited to try out the zombie, as there are tips on how to use tissues stuck onto the face in a particular way to add special peeling skin effects. Until now I didn’t know how to apply anything extra to the face (in fact I never even considered doing it while face painting) and this book adds some fun ideas. I also like the old face of the witch and the tips on how to get a stone effect on skin!

Fantastic Faces book page image two
©The Strawberry Post


I’d recommend this book to everyone who’s interested in face painting. It’s not only easy to use but has lots of fun ideas on different faces that you’ve probably not thought of trying. And because it’s written but someone working at the National Theatre, it makes you feel you are creating really professional painted faces!

Do you like this book?  Have you ever had your face painted?  What characters would you want to paint your face as?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂