Why are there no "cheap" parties?
I want to provide the best face painting in North Carolina. That takes time and if you want the quality of face painting that you see here on my website, I need the time to accomplish that.
Technically, I get paid the same hourly rate or less than you might be quoted, but I don't try to stuff as many guests as possible into an hour unless that is the goal (like a "Free to Public" event.)
Instead of an hourly rate, I've moved to adjusting the price of my parties depending on how many guests are coming, the type of painting requested and what you want to accomplish. So if you are a parent who wants to have the best face painting in the Charlotte area, you would have a small "Deluxe Party" of about 10 - 12 guests. If you are having a grand opening for your business and want to paint as many as possible, you would choose the "Free to Public" option and get the best quick face painting you've ever seen, if our past clients comments are and indication.
Non-refundable retainer deposit
Because I am reserving the time and date you requested, the deposit you pay is non-refundable. I will send you a Paypal invoice (for the contract amount + travel time fee if applicable) through your preferred email and you will follow the link and pay online. You may pay the whole amount or just the deposit portion but some type of payment has to be made for you to be considered "booked." If you fail to pay a retainer, I will not be coming to your event. After you've paid, If you have to cancel I keep the deposit. If you've paid the whole amount, I will keep the required deposit portion.
I'm having a Corporate Event. How do you handle those?
If you are offering face painting "free to the public" I charge a little more per hour and there is a $300 minimum so that I can bring a line manager. It is a high-stress situation for the painter (me) and the people waiting in line and I am using more supplies and trying to continuously paint without break for two hours or more.
I require a paid line manager to help move the customers along smoothly and keep order in the line. They also help me end at the appropriate time in a professional manner which is a good reflection on your company. The price is included and is required.
If you need additional painters, it's approximately $200 per painter for the two hours. If you want multiple painters longer than two hours, the PPH can be negotiated.
What paints and supplies do you use?
I only use professional face paints which are technically called makeup. I mostly use Global from Australia for my rainbow cakes because I like their color combinations and bright vibrant look and their non-staining qualties. I also use Mehron, Wolfe FX white and black and FAB & TAG shimmers.
I’ve noticed that many so-called “face painters” are using acrylic craft paints. This is a really bad practice but it happens a lot at free or donation type booths. Acrylics are basically house paint. They are non-toxic (won’t kill you if swallowed) but that doesn’t mean they are safe on your child’s face and are known to actually cause allergic reactions. Sometimes they'll claim “I’ve never had one complaint!” but that doesn’t mean it’s right to do (or even truthful…how do they know what happened when the children got home?) They are simply using them to save money and gambling that your child won’t have an allergic reaction. If you do see someone doing this…tell them you expect safe paints for children and hopefully we’ll put a stop to it.
How do you remove face paint!
I’ve created a Youtube video showing how effective my “Lather Lift” method is for lifting paint off the skin. I paint myself nearly 3 times a week for events or practice and this method always works (on good paints!) The only time paint is hard for me to remove is when I paint my eyes black or a darker color. When that happens, I use the lather lift technique on the rest of my face, rinse with water and then use a q-tip with a little baby oil and gently wipe the paint from my lash line.
Basically the lather lift is using a very soft washcloth, strong paper towel or soft sponge with lathered soap (white foam) on it to bond to the paint and lift it from the skin and then wiping it away. Sounds so simple yet some parents and people will scrub their kids or themselves raw with rough cloths and strong chemicals.
I don't recommend baby wipes for removal because many of them have a reactive ingredient methylisothiazolinone (MI) which can cause a reaction in some people. I've stopped using wipes with that ingredient in them in my kit. Please don't use them unless you are sure. Honestly, I don't find they work well but you could rinse one out and use it as a washcloth if it doesn't have MI in it.
Here's a link to the Youtube video showing how to do the lather lift:
What do you bring to the job?
I will bring my professional kit called a Craft-N-Go and a tall chair or step stool for the guest to sit in. My kit which consists of the palette of makeup, water, towel, sponges, spray bottle, glitters, wipes, brushes, hair clips and anything that helps me do my job better. I have laminated menus to choose from depending on the type of party and I bring a camera so that I can have photos for social media. Please let me know of allergies or problems with taking photos.
Denise on the Job
Acrylic Paint Reaction