Frequently Asked Questions
What type of products do you use?

All the products that are used are non-toxic, FDA compliant, and water-based. All glitter is cosmetic grade.

How is the face paint removed?

1. Use a dark washcloth as body makeup will stain fabric.
2. Lather soap into the washcloth - preferably tear free soap if the painted area is around the eyes.
3. Rub the washcloth LIGHTLY on the painted area in small circles.
4. Softly wipe the lathered areas away with the washcloth.
5. Rinse the washcloth free of paint as needed.
6. Repeat until all the paint is removed.
Note: Some colors will "stain" more than others, especially if the skin is dry. To remove these areas, allow body lotion or olive oil to sit on the area for 10 minutes, remove, and repeat the removal steps above. Using hard scrubbing motions will embed the color deeper into skin pores and cause irritation.

How long does each face take?

Full face designs take between 5-10 minutes depending on the detail needed and if extras like jewels or bling are applied. Smaller or fast face designs are between 2-4 minutes. Personal or original requests vary in time.

What types of designs do you do?

I am what I refer to as a "happy face painter." I paint butterflies, rainbows, flowers, princesses, super heros, sports, animals, etc. I do not paint gore, skulls, zombies, etc.

Are you insured?

Yes. I carry public liability insurance.

How long does the face painting last?

It is recommended to remove your face painting before sleeping at night. Face paint can rub off and stain pillows and sheets.

What steps do you take for hygiene?

Each child will receive their own sponge for their design. The sponges are then washed in hot soapy water and thoroughly dried before being used again.
Brushes are washed between each color used using a three pot system (one container with Brush Bath and water and then two separate containers with water). Brush Bath is a water sanitizer, brush cleaner, and make-up remover - all in one - specifically designed for Face and Body Painters.

What should I look for when choosing a face painter?

The products being used should be products designed for use on the skin. Acrylic craft paint is not designed for use on skin even though it states that it is non-toxic. On the material safety data sheet for a craft paint company, it clearly states that acrylic paint was designed for decorative painting projects. If it happens to get on your skin - soap and water should be used to remove it - this is listed under FIRST AID MEASURES and clearly represents that it should not be used on the skin.

Cosmetic glitter. Craft store glitter is generally made out of metal and has sharp edges. This type of glitter can scratch the eye or skin. Cosmetic glitter is made of flexible plastic and has rounded edges to prevent scratches.

Hygiene. Is the painter's supplies clean and organized? Cleanliness, while not always a sign of good hygiene, is a good visual indicator. Of course, I would recommend the steps that I stated above as guidelines for good hygiene.

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