1. Use cosmetic paints, products specific to be used on faces and skin. “Safe and non-toxic” means you can eat it, not put it on your skin. Get face paints, and powders that specifically say they are to be used on the skin
2. Use only cosmetic grade glitters, those found in the make-up section of the store, not the craft section
3. The most popular face paints are “cakes.” They are very hard, then, when you get them loosened up with a small amount water, feel like soft butter and are easy to paint with.
4. Get a variety of cosmetic sponges and paint brushes, from #2 sizes to at least 3/4 inch wide. Those little brushes that come with the inexpensive face painting kits are useless. The bigger brushes and sponges will put paint on fast and easily. At a minimum you will use: 2 -3 sponges (one for black, one for white), a wide brush, a medium round brush (size 3 or 4), and a tiny detailing brush. Professionals carry 10 to 40 brushes and a variety of sponges with them.
5. Bring bobby pins, or glitter hair gel to pull their hair away from the face when you paint. If you don't, remember where the bangs went and plan your design around that.
6. Use fresh, clean rinse water.
7. Bring a roll of paper towels or face clothes. Most professionals use black hand towels as they look cleaner. Remember, if the brush is too wet, the paint will run. Use the towel to pull excess water out of the brush.
8. Keep unscented high quality baby wipes at your table. Use these to clean those faces that are dirty, and then wipe off your paint cakes when they get dirty.
9. After each child, clean your hands so you don't spread germs. You can use antibacterial wipes or gel.
10. If you are new to face painting, avoid the eyes and the lips. These areas are the most delicate, prone to infection and allergies. You can create great designs, and not touch these spots.
11. Put the back ground colors on first, then finish with the outlines and details.
12. Have cheat sheets, photos or sketches of what you want to create. Put about 6 ideas up where people can see them and choose what they want before they get to your work area.
13. Always obtain the parents consent before you do face painting or any type of work on children.
14. Make sure to bring a child safe mirror, so they can see your finished work.
15. Always carry your camera. Take photos of your work - with permission. More important, take photos of you working! They are not really buying your amazing artistry. They are buying a way to make the crowd happy. Ask those standing around to take photos of the crowd having a great time because of you.
16. If you want to go professional, paint whenever you can, until your calendar is full of paid dates. It is better to do something for nothing, than nothing for nothing. There are many charities and community events that would love to have you at their events. However! Find ways to pull leads from the crowd. See more in 500 Tips and Tidbits to Boost Your Income -Inexpensive Rainmaking Ideas in Dry Times For Family Entertainers: Face Painters, Clowns, Magicians and More
17. Keep your work area clean! You don't want parents thinking their children will get diseases by sitting down with you!
18. Buy liability insurance.
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