Help! I Want to Be a Face Painter!

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So, I am back again to talk to you about another freelancing opportunity that you can start from the comfort of your home. It’s face painting! I’ve been a professional face painter for around 7 years. It’s an easy way to make an income, especially during the summer months.

What do you need to know about the face paints themselves? Here’s a quick rundown.

First, there are a variety of different face paints. You should always purchase face paint, not acrylic paint, if you plan to paint faces, because the colors are safer for the skin.

Foe one of the cheapest options, try Snazaroo. I’m not a huge fan of Snazaroo, because I paint professionally, but for school events, to practice techniques or for last-minute needs, it works fine. It’s the cheapest option if you’re starting out. You can get a set for under $20.

The next kind of face paint I’d try is theatrical paint, like the Paradise palette by Mehron.

The paint is highly pigmented and lasts longer than a set of Snazaroo paints. Several of the colors are not to be used on the lips or eyes, so you may want to carry specific eye/lip-safe colors in your kit. I carried liquid eye shadows and lipsticks to make sure I only used what was safe on children.

A Mehron set may set you back $30 +

My personal favorite, top-of-the-line paint is Diamond FX. It was my go-to paint for children’s parties and festivals. A single palette will cost you at least $50 in most cases. I purchase a separate white and black to go with this palette. (For around $75 total, I can paint between 15 and 25 full faces. I price full faces at $7-$10 each and smaller face paints start at $2 (quarter size)).

You receive brushes with most kits, but Diamond FX and Mehron give you the best brushes.

Once you decide on the palette you want, you should think about learning the ropes. There are many forums dedicated to face painting as well as videos on YouTube.  Check out my link for a quick tutorial on making a full-face fantasy cat.

One Quick Reminder…

Before you ever sign up to be a face painter at an event or festival, make sure you purchase liability insurance. Some children may be allergic to the paint, and the last thing you want is to have to pay for hospital bills. (For this reason, I put out a notice of liability in front of my tent and also carry wet wipes to remove paint from the skin quickly).

That’s a quick run down on the paints I use most commonly and about how much they’ll cost you. Have you tried a different face paint or price differently? Let me know below!


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