If I were to pick the most essential brushes for face painting I’d say it would definitely be Round Brushes and Flat Brushes. You will need a #2 Round (or any Fine Round Brush) for fine detail and a #4 Round (or any medium sized round brush) for most of your line work, dots, curls, swirls, stripes and detail.
And you’ll need 1 inch and/or 3/4 inch Flat Brushes because they’re the perfect shape to pick up multiple colors from a split-cake/ rainbow cake in one brush stroke!!
I’d recommend to begin with 2 of each of these brushes – the more brushes you have the better…you don’t want to be washing brushes in between clients every single time, you’ll be much more faster if you simply have more brushes.
As for sponges, you’ll want at least 3 (you can cut them in half to make 6)to practice with to begin.
You need sponges to apply a lot of paint over a big area very quickly and to use with a split cake/rainbow cake.
Which brushes can you not live without as a face painter?