Definition of face paint in English:

face paint


  • Bold-colored paint used to decorate the face.

    • ‘In the seventeenth century, reprising themes from the long rhetorical tradition, Jean de La Bruyere and other writers had vilified face paint on the grounds that it was a vehicle of feminine deceit.’
    • ‘Men and women wore elaborate face paint and feather headdresses.’
    • ‘The girls who wore bikini tops were also painted down with body and face paint all riding on the shoulder of boys and screaming into megaphones.’
    • ‘Football players put black face paint under their eyes to deflect the sunlight, although one high school football player stated that he used it like ‘war paint.’’
    • ‘At one point Blake briefly sees what appears to be a female Native American in face paint.’
    • ‘Make-up and face paint are better than wearing masks which can restrict breathing and/or vision.’
    • ‘While I liked to consider myself above average - and I could stretch it to beautiful wearing the right clothes and face paint - well, wearing ordinary clothes and covered in dirt did not make me a stunning sight.’
    • ‘By the end of the day the sun had melted their black face paint while old St Nick was the colour of fresh beetroot in his beard, long white gown, red cape and bishop's mitre.’
    • ‘In its own way, as we shall see later on, the Fogg portrait similarly touches on the role played by cosmetics in defining identity and posits analogies between oil paint and face paint.’
    • ‘She had had his number painted on her face with red face paint.’
    • ‘He bought a $12.99 wig, donned gray jeans and applied face paint he made out of baby powder.’
    • ‘‘White face paint was fashionable in Roman times and normally derived its color from a lead compound,’ said Prof. Richard Evershed from Bristol University.’
    • ‘So we all dressed in rags and painted our faces with black face paint.’
    • ‘A study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology showed that eye black grease, a form of face paint smeared on the cheekbones, does reduce glare and improve contrast sensitivity.’
    • ‘The face paint will not reduce the natural sensing capabilities of the soldier, and is nearly odorless, and it will not cause any health hazards such as skin irritation or due to possible ingestion of material.’
    • ‘The Chief is one of the last remaining college team mascots modeled after Native Americans - the kind usually portrayed by white students wearing face paint and ‘traditional’ native costumes.’
    • ‘Virgo sat up and rubbed his eyes, leaving a dark smudge of mascara and green face paint across his fingers.’
    • ‘In the Amazon, native Amerindians wear face paint and traditional tunics.’
    • ‘He imagines face paint that would change colour to match your emotions, or skyscrapers that move up and down.’
    • ‘She found some vampire teeth, white face paint, plastic witchy nails and hair gel.’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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  • face painting

      • ‘The festival kicks off around 1.30 pm and there will be a plethora of distractions for youngsters, from street entertainers, to a bouncy castle, rodeo bull and even face-painting.’
      • ‘Amid its various hotels and restaurants there are streets of stallholders offering face-painting, hair-braiding, retro photography and some original craftwork.’
      • ‘The Daneshouse Trust Marquee hosted face-painting, sari dressing and henna painting, and there was a woodland festival in the park, including chainsaw sculpture, willow-weaving and wood-carving.’
      • ‘An afternoon of games and face-painting is planned to celebrate the official opening at St James's Hospital, Leeds, tomorrow of the third national centre for the treatment of children's liver diseases.’
      • ‘Later, the older kids will man the face-painting, lucky dip and sponge-throwing stalls in the hope of raising a little more to put towards their next school camp, but fundraising is deliberately kept low key.’