How did you get started doing this type of work?
I first got my start in face painting because of my daughter. Every fair festival, theme park anywhere we went if there was face painting she HAD to get her face painted!!!! I've always been an artist person and thought I'd give it a try. So I researched and started painting mine and my daughter's faces everyday! She loved that!!!! LOL. I love what I do.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Remember that face painters generally want to make kids happy. This means allowing enough time to paint each child's face. Know that it is recommended to book for an 1 1/2 - 2 hour time frame.
I use professional cosmetic grade face paints and glitters made especially for use on skin. I DO NOT use craft paints. Just because something is labeled "washable" or "non-toxic" does not mean that it is safe on the skin. These products contain harsh chemicals that can damage and irritate sensitive skin or severely irritate the eyes. My kit includes Wolfe Brothers, Diamond FX, and TAG which all have been specially formulated for safe use on skin. Whoever you choose to face paint at your event PLEASE find someone who uses FDA approved paints that are safe for skin! Just because it says NON TOXIC does not mean it should be used on the skin. Acrylic paints should never, EVER be used on skin (even watered down) as it can cause permanent damage!