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How to Hire a Face Painter

Nicole Steeger

Nicole Steeger


Face painters have the ability to transform children and adults into walking works of art. It's no wonder why they are so popular for kids' parties and special events. Face painters add instant fun to any party. Guests big and small love leaving with a fabulous face that makes for a great parting gift. As with any performer, it can be hard to narrow down the professional that is right for you and your event. That's why we asked our face painting members to give us some tips that will help you throughout the looking and booking process. Here's what the experts had to say: 

Know Your Needs Before you even start looking for the perfect face painter, it helps to think about how you see the performer fitting into your overall event. Fancy Faces (Gilbert, AZ) points out that "When hiring a face painter, you should first consider your needs. Do you want quick, fast designs for large amounts of people or are you having a smaller party where the artist can do more intricate designs. If quick fast designs are needed, say for a carnival or school, than look for a face painter that specializes in painting 20-25 kids per hour. Artistry is not as important here, but speed is what you want. For smaller parties like birthday parties, where artistry is more important, you want to hire a face painter that is also an artist. Be sure to look at their portfolio. Remember the samples you are seeing are their BEST work. You get what you pay for in this respect."

Art Matters As stated above, it is extremely important to look at samples of a face painter's work. Seeing their portfolio will give you a real and accurate idea of what they are capable of offering your guests. Plano Party Animals (Plano , TX) suggests, "When hiring face painters the most important consideration is having access to several photos of their recent work. Face painting has becoming a serious art/business and it should be appreciated as just that.  There are face painters who make beautiful art and those who simply learn basic designs.  The artists who do extraordinary work are going to make you look better, make your event more exciting, and contribute to wonderful photos from the event." Make sure you also look at the face painter's client feedback. It is always helpful to get a true sense of what clients have to say about their experience with that specific performer.

Discuss your Expectations Imaginastic Face Painting (Avon, OH) offered some great thoughts on the face painter search process. "When hiring a face painter, you should consider carefully your expectations for the entertainment he/she can provide. While budgetary constraints have a tendency to guide your decision making process, it's important to remember that you have to have realistic expectations for your painter's ability and your guest count. The average age of the guests to be painted as well as any other planned activities that might derail the painters' efforts to paint all of your guests should also be considered. Fortunately, an experienced painter will be able to guide you through the gauntlet of the unknown and provide you with answers and suggestions to questions and obstacles you didn't even know you had. If you have a date, a time and a venue, a professional painter can usually help you to make sure you're getting what you need for your event!"

Ask about Materials Possibly the most important question you can ask a face painter is what kind of materials they use. Face painters should only use FDA Cosmetic Compliant makeup. Not Just Faces (Baltimore, MD) suggests you ask the artist which brands of paint they use. "There are some face painters using acrylic paints, which while are considered non-toxic, are not meant for use on the skin. They should not use any kind of craft paints. Mehron, Snazaroo, Wolfe and TAG are all designed for use on the skin and are water-based." If a face painter uses the wrong materials it could cause serious skin issues for your guests.

Helpful Tips Once you find a face painter you like, talking logistics is very important. Painted You (West Haven, CT) provided us with some questions you should consider when planning on fitting a face painter into your event.

  • Are the kids eating earlier or later in the party? Sometimes it's better to do face painting after the kids eat so the face painting stays looking good longer.
  • Is there a sheltered area for face painting? Hot days and rain are not face paint friendly, but we can still do it in a sheltered or inside area.
  • Do you have additional activities planned? It's good to have a craft, game, banner coloring project, etc. while we are face painting for those who don't want to watch the other children become "transformed". Many face painters have additional services that you can package with face painting. Some painters offer services like glitter tattoos or balloon twisting that could be added as an additional activity, so be sure to ask if you are interested!

- We hope you found these tips helpful. If you would like assistance in finding a face painter, you can reach our Customer Experience Team by calling 866-342-9794 or by emailing info@gigmasters.com. Are you a face painter  that wants to book more gigs? Sign up with GigMasters today. If you leave a comment below we'll even send you a special discount for a new GigMasters membership. What other tips do you have for hiring a face painter for an event?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.