How to pick the right face painter for your party.

Posted on 24. Mar, 2011 by in Uncategorized

So, you are thinking of hiring a face painter for your event; how do you choose the right one? There are few basic things that you should ask any one that you are considering hiring. You want to make sure that you are paying a true professional that is going to be using appropriate FDA approved products on the faces of your little ones. Here are some basic questions that you need to ask…

  • Do you have a valid business license?
  • Do you carry liability insurance?
  • Do you use FDA approved cosmetic grade face paints and glitters?
  • How quickly can you work and how many children can you paint?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How much experience do you have working with children?

Each of these questions will help you to determine if the face painter that you are considering will meet your standards. Never hire a painter that does not use FDA cosmetic grade paints. Craft acrylic paint is not meant for use on the skin. It is meant for wood and glass. Some children have been known to have  chemical like burns from placing acrylic paints on delicate areas and leaving them on all day. Some of these paints are manufactured with a latex that can actually absorb the sun’s rays and hold heat into the skin thus causing it to burn that area.

Also craft glitters are not intended for the skin. Some of these glitters are made with glass, and others are made with products that can scratch the skin. It is never safe to put craft glitter on your face. Always use cosmetic glitters that are manufactured for make up usage.

Making sure that you painter has a license and insurance helps protect you. Someone that is interested in being a true professional will make sure that they have taken the proper steps to be operating business by the city and state guidelines. Also, it is important to know the level of experience that your painter has. Someone that is just starting out may take longer to paint and lack the experience that a veteran painter can offer. Someone that has experience with children is also important. You may find a great artist but perhaps they lack the patience that is needed to face paint at a children’s birthday party. It is okay to ask how much experience they have working with kids. After all, your child is the most precious gift you have. Make sure that the painter enjoys what they do and likes kids, then each guest will have a positive experience at your party. Most of all, the birthday child will have a magical memory of happiness provided the right person is picked for the job.

If you keep these basic questions in mind then you will be able to pick the right painter for your event!


Master artisan and member of the FPBAA, WCA, and FPF


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