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How to become a face painter

by constructaquote - 2 July 2019


From kid’s parties to festivals, carnivals, and community fetes, face painting continues to be popular with both youngsters and adults wanting to bring a little pizzazz to the party.

What does a face painter do?

You’ve guessed it! A face painter can usually be found at children’s birthday parties, carnivals, theatres, and theme parks. They often see people’s faces as a blank canvas and create beautiful designs such as butterflies, unicorns and dolphins onto people’s faces in a bid to get them into the party/carnival spirit and atmosphere.

What skills does a face painter need?

To become a face painter you don’t necessarily need any formal qualifications but you will need to learn about different skin types, hygiene, brushes and products, makeup and design and there are plenty of online courses to help you learn.

Working with children will also mean that you could be asked to present a DBS certificate. If you already work as a teacher, nurse or other profession that works with vulnerable people then you might already have one. If not then contact a DBS agency to get them to organise one for you, says a report in the Daily Mirror.

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According to Net Mums, it takes time and dedication to build up this kind of business and let’s face it, most children’s birthday parties as well as festivals and events take place on weekends so it may be difficult to make a full-time job out of it. Most face painters charge by the hour and insist on a minimum booking time of 2 hours and the key to this type of work appears to be referrals so it is vital to get your name out there through your friends, family, and customers who can provide positive reviews on your work.

Is being a face painter profitable?

The more events you attend the more people you meet and hopefully the more profitable your business will become so reputation is everything. Depending on how many face paintings you create in a day will also determine how much money you make.

Insurance for face painters

If you’re planning on going professional and attending festivals and children’s parties, one of the smartest moves you can make is to make sure you’re fully insured.

Given that you’ll be working with children and makeup you’ll need to ensure that you’re protected against claims made by parents, other members of the public, and even event organisers by purchasing public liability insurance.

Were you also aware that if you employ anyone – paid or not – to help you, that employers’ liability insurance is imperative? The risk of physical loss or damage and the possibility of claims alleging your liability may pose a serious financial burden – you might want to make sure, therefore, that you seek suitable insurance quotes.

5 face painting courses

Face painting online course – Reed offer an online face painting academy diploma that includes instruction videos.

Donna’s face painting – a full-day course that covers brush techniques, equipment, design, marketing and products.

Follies Face & Body Art – from workshops and training courses, Follies Face & Body Art offers newbies one-stroke face pointing, fantasy festival eye design, henna, and special effects makeup.

Rainbow Faces – offering workshops with both practical and hands-on experience, Rainbow Faces includes demonstrations on simple and bespoke designs.

John Academy – this course consists of various modules that are all geared towards helping you learn about many face painting ideas for kids. The design contents are divided into three sections: beginner, intermediate, and advanced face painting ideas. 

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