Definition of face paint in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 found some vampire teeth, white face paint, plastic witchy nails and hair gel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Amazon, native Amerindians wear face paint and traditional tunics.’
    • ‘He bought a $12.99 wig, donned gray jeans and applied face paint he made out of baby powder.’
    • ‘At one point Blake briefly sees what appears to be a female Native American in face paint.’
    • ‘She had had his number painted on her face with red face paint.’
    • ‘‘White face paint was fashionable in Roman times and normally derived its color from a lead compound,’ said Prof. Richard Evershed from Bristol University.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He imagines face paint that would change colour to match your emotions, or skyscrapers that move up and down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So we all dressed in rags and painted our faces with black face paint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Men and women wore elaborate face paint and feather headdresses.’
    • ‘Make-up and face paint are better than wearing masks which can restrict breathing and/or vision.’
    • ‘Virgo sat up and rubbed his eyes, leaving a dark smudge of mascara and green face paint across his fingers.’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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  • face painting

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’