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Bay Area Birthdays
4.7
from 145 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 287 hires on Thumbtack
Niema Q.
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Our face painting/balloon artist was really great with the kids. She had a sweet demeanor and even came dressed as a character from Frozen. I thought you did a great job on the face painting. To be honest I didn't think the balloon animals were just ok. But I thought her face painting was really nice. The parents seem to like it as well. I recommend people hiring her. Her bid was much more expensive than the other bids *$100 more* But I figured because she can do balloons and paint faces she would be worth it. & I liked the professional website and payment option. In hindsight I probably would've asked to get no balloon animals and paid a little less. Otherwise, I think she did a great great job. I gave a 5 for professionalism, demeanor and face painting.

Ani's Fantastic Face Paints
4.6
from 124 reviews
  • 266 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie H.
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Annie was very friendly and the kids enjoyed her. She has an artists syle to her graphics and the characters were nicely painted. The color on some could be more vivid. I would hire her again. She may want to include in her post that the fastest way to communicate with her is via electronic mail on Thumbtack.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 144 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol T.
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Tina was wonderful with the kids. The parents said she was the best face painting artist ever. Tina was very professional and at the same time let her hair down with the children. They love her and all the different designs she offered. Couldn't be happier that we hired her.

Simply Artsy Face Painting
4.8
from 61 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Jess S.
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Jennifer is highly professional, friendly and extremely talented. She did a fantastic job painting the faces of almost 30 children in under 3hrs, as well as offering glitter tattoo's. All the children loved it and many parents commented on her great work. I would highly recommend Jennifer!

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Henna Happens
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
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Jean T.
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Barbara came to a house party where we were honoring a teacher retiring. She was early and wanted to help us get ready. She offered to stay until everyone that wanted a tattoo got one. Quality of work was excellent. I highly recommend her.

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Joyful Expressions
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leigh S.
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Sarah Joy was very professional and did great work. We needed a henna artist for a school dance so she worked on quick designs the week before so that she could work efficiently. She started working right away without direction and she offered several choices of designs. Kids described her as polite and appreciated that she asked if they were happy with their designs.

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Noella's Henna Artist
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Lana M.
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Noella was hired for our 29th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley wine event at Mounts Family Winery. She was incredibly professional, genuine, kind, talented, and reasonable priced. Our guests came away with a unique gift and experience of henna tattoo art that they could enjoy for the entire weekend and days to come. We are so thankful to have come across someone with so much talent! Thank you Noella! Your beautiful spirit shines through your art! Lana Mounts Mounts Family Winery

  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Anne G.
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Wonderful artist! She was on time, great with our crowd.

Sharda Dance Academy
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
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Alpa was wonderful to work with!!! She was very quick to respond to my questions and accommodate my requests. She even ordered white henna just for my party. Everyone at the party loved her work!!! If I ever need a henna artist for another event, I will definitely be contacting Alpa!! Thank you so much!!!

Dainty Artist
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Zeba J.
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Sobia is a great henna artist. She is always so creative with her work that one doesn't get disappointed. The outcomes are amazing and look beautiful.

Nazirah's Henna Creations
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Taheerah B.
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Best Henna artist in the Bay Area. She does beautiful freehand from wedding designs to eid designs too fancy party design. Practice makes perfect and she's just about perfect

Tattoos by Ross K Jones
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Igor U.
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    I've got over a dozen tattoos, and Ross has done the best of them. He does great lines, genius shading and always has an awesome color scheme. Not only does Ross know how a tattoo should look, he knows how to execute it. He's a real artist. If I have an idea, he can draw it up like I want. It always comes out way better actually. I really like that he works out of a private studio. No wing nuts off the street.

    Cassie Levy Face Paint
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Meg B.
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      Cassie is an amazing artist who is also terrific with kids. Her face paint designs made our Halloween costume party the best!

      Jasbin's Henna
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Nicole D.
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      We hired Jasbin for an office Diwali celebration and she did such a fantastic job! She was friendly, polite, and showed a strong work ethic. I thought her rate was very reasonable and her work is beautiful! We really enjoyed having her in the office. If I ever need another henna artist, I definitely know who to call!

      About

      I try to be an above average face painter and balloon artist. Bringing joy to children

      About

      I offer a henna body art work on skin. These are temporary tattoos. I am available for weddings, parties, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, as well as any other celebration.

      • 6 years in business
      About

      I do Indian designs which are intricate as well as Arabic style which are bold. I am friendly, very flexible, and travel to your event. I also make my own henna which is completely natural. I love applying henna because it is a fabulous way to unleash your creativity and I get to meet wonderful people and be a part of their special day in a small way.

      About

      Soul Imagez is a tattoo shop and parlor in San Jose, featuring tattoo artist, Joshua Ortega. A true artist, Joshua Ortega works with you to create the perfect pattern for your tattoo. Choose from his book of original drawings, or create your own design. A methodical drawer, Joshua won’t stop until the pattern is perfect and ready to be tattooed.

      About

      I make my own henna mix using a personally tested recipe with carefully chosen pure ingredients for safe, non-toxic, healthy, and very strong, dark, beautiful, lasting henna color. No toxic black henna! No chemicals! For tattooing, I am careful and clean. I follow OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards, use sealed-sterilized tips and tubes and new sterile needles every time.

      About

      I create a different level of face paint with more intricate designs and unique face painting style. To see the child's face smile one the get to see their face painted.

      About

      I am a talented henna artist specializing in designs from Africa, Middle East and India. My designs are available for parties, events, bridal henna, baby showers, bat mitzvahs, eid and private appointments.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      How long does a henna tattoo stay on?

      Typically a henna tattoo stays on anywhere from one to three weeks. Henna artists work with henna paste, also called mehndi, which dyes the skin for a short period of time. An important part of Indian culture, the use of henna has become increasingly popular in the United States, with henna artists providing henna tattoos for weddings, as event entertainment and for other special events. Henna artists typically apply their designs to the palms and backs of the hands, the wrists, up to the elbows, and from the feet up to the knees. To preserve the rich color of your henna tattoo and help it set, avoid water as much as possible within the first 24 hours of application. The color will be richest during the first week. Brides may want to have their henna tattoos applied one or two days before the wedding for optimal results.

      What is the meaning behind henna tattoos?

      Henna tattoos, as they are called in the United States, have a long tradition in Indian, African and Middle Eastern cultures. For centuries, the leaves of dried henna plants have been ground into a fine paste to be used as a temporary and nontoxic skin dye. This form of body decoration has been used in celebrations, weddings and ceremonial rites of passage in many cultures. Often in Hindu weddings, henna artists decorate the hands and feet of the bride (and at times the groom) with intricate designs. In some Muslim traditions, henna artists paint women with henna designs as they are in their final stages of pregnancy. In the United States, popular culture has adopted this beautiful body art and henna artists provide brides (and sometimes grooms) with temporary henna tattoos. Henna artists are also a popular choice for entertainment at corporate events, birthday parties, bachelorette parties and festivals. Henna artists may charge anywhere from $10 to $300 per hour.

      How much does it cost to get a henna tattoo?

      Nationally, the average cost to hire a henna artist is between $100 and $180 per hour. Rates will vary by location and the experience of the individual henna artist; it’s possible to find artists who charge less than $50 per hour. Some henna artists charge an hourly rate, especially for corporate events or festivals where they are providing service to multiple people within an hour. They may also charge flat rates for bridal and wedding services or special events. Here are some examples of average cost:

      • Hourly rate: $65-$85 or more per hour. Price is dependent on event size and number of attendees.
      • Starting rate for minimal palm designs: $15 or more.
      • Henna tattoos covering the hands and wrist and bottom of feet up to the ankle: $175.
      • Henna tattoos covering the hands to the mid-arm and feet to above the ankle: $300.
      • Henna tattoos covering the hands to the elbow and the feet to the knee: $450.
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