What products do you use?
I use only the highest quality hypoallergenic cosmetic grade, FDA skin approved face paints by Wolfe FX, Snazaroo, Fab, Tag, Mehron, Paradise, Ben Nye, Star Blend, Ruby Red and cosmetic glitters by Glimmer Body art, Amerikan Body & Mama Clown glitters.
Some so-called face painters have been spotted at events using acrylic paints which contain all sorts of chemicals which have been shown to give children chemical burns. Protect yourself and your children!
How many children can you paint in an hour?
I face paint 10-12 children per hour doing half or full faces. Faster designs are available for larger parties requiring small quick designs
If you have more in a short time I can bring in other artists I work with regularly”
This can vary greatly depending on what local face-painting artists offer and what designs they may have to do and the age of the children. A competent artist should be able to paint 10-15 full faces an hour . If they are age 3-4 vs 9-10 it may take longer, as younger, more active children often take longer to choose a design.
Do the math on how many they offer to paint per hour. 30 kids in one hour comes out to 2 minutes per face. That is for the child to choose a design, pick a color, get in and out of the face painters chair, and any entertaining banter that may go back and forth. That doesn’t leave much time for the painter to do the design and clean the brushes unless of course they get out the paint roller!
Is there anyone you can’t paint at the event?
For safety reasons I can’t paint anyone with skin conditions such as eczema, or anyone who has a contagious illness,or any sick children as we do not wish to facilitate any spreading of disease or sickness. I won’t paint any child who doesn’t want to be face painted.
If a child is super squirmy, we do our best to paint what we can, but they may not be able to sit still for a long enough time to get a very intricate design.
What hygiene methods do you use?
I wash my brushes, change my water regularly and use 1 clean sponge per child. I use one stencil per child for glitter tattoos with a latex free skin safe glue. (We do not apply glitter tattoos to the face or neck.) All equipment is cleaned thoroughly after every event.”
Set up says a lot about an artist. A kit that has been lovingly put together so your artist can be clean efficient and look good at your event can be impressive. The organization in the kit often reflects on the organization of the artist in general and the effort they put into their business. Many times a proper kit can cost hundreds of dollars or more and goes a long way towards helping the artist be efficient, clean, and presentable to your guests.
Where did you learn to face paint?
I’ve been an artist all my life! I took years of private painting classes, I went to Montclair State College where I majored in fine arts , & studied makeup design at Elizabeth Grady in Boston under David Nichols – a celebrity makeup artist. I was a makeup artist
at 2 salons, did bridal makeup as well as some commercial photo shoots. After working as a graphic artist in the signage industry, doing murals & a lot of decorative painting on furniture for shops & clients, I was asked to do face painting for a St. Baldricks fundraiser. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses to my face painting & requests to do parties soon followed.
Do you do balloon twisting?
I Don’t. I leave that to the professional Balloon twisters. That’s a whole different talent. I wouldn’t want to offer something like balloons if I’m just mediocre at it. Some face painters do balloons & its basically a dog or a sword etc.. not impressive. I specialize in Amazing Face Painting !
I do Glitter Tattoos! I also can do custom skin ink & glitter tattoos. I paint them free hand with temporary skin ink & skin glue & glitter. Most glitter tattoo artists just use stencils! I do that too, but hand lettered /painted glitter tattoos at wedding receptions & Bar mitzvahs are fabulous!
Can your Face Painting match my theme?
Yes!! Let me know ahead of time. I can make a custom face painting menu boards with pictures that match your theme from which the kids can choose. So, whether it is a super hero theme, a princess party, or a jungle animal theme, I can have your party theme options for you. Many party hosts enjoy the flexibility I have of being able to paint nearly anything the child requests.
How much do you charge?
Rates vary slightly depending on date, time, location, number of hours .
Call, email or fill out the info form on this website to get a quote for your event.
Do you offer special rates for fundraisers or non profit events?
Occasionally,depending on location, date, time & availability.
Do you travel?
I paint in Essex Bergan, Passaic, Morris & Union Counties – Northern NJ. I also do events in NYC ( 3 hrs or longer)
2 hrs rate is my minimum for any party or event outside of the West Essex NJ area. Travel over 30 min incurs a travel fee.