Behind the scenes

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The work you don’t see……

You may wonder why Face Painting costs what it does.

Face painters can only really earn any money at weekends and bank holidays – the times most people prize as being their time with partners and families.

Who would book a Face Painter for a wet Tuesday afternoon in Halifax?

So, one reason why the rates have to be what they are is to keep the business commercially viable.  That doesn’t mean we just work afew hours on a weekend though!

As well as time/overheads for admin, book keeping, insurance, web hosting costs, travel costs and advertising, here are a couple of other things you may not have considered.

Cleaning up

After I arrive home from a face painting gig, the first thing I do (ok, sometimes I have a coffee first…..) is get out all the paints, brushes, stencils and sponges.

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It’s not dirty water, it’s painted water!

They all have to be thoroughly cleaned, which takes a good hour or so.  I use a special soap to remove the excess paint.

Thankfully, my son loves this job! He usually does sponges whilst I attend to the (more delicate) brushes. Then the sponges all go in the washing machine for phase two.

Professional Products

We’ve all been in the discount stores and seen those little face painting palettes  for £1. Unfortunately the cheap products are not only poor performance but they are made with cheap ingredients and more likely to result in skin reactions.

A reputable painter will shop at the specialist face and body art shops.

One single pot of decent paint meeting all EU regulations can cost as much as £13.99 plus postage! The premium brands are worth it though for a professional result. The outlay for these kind of specialist products means that it must be reflected in prices.

Time spent practising

A good face painter makes designs seem effortless but a reputable face painter puts lots of time into improving and trying new designs. Here at Face Ace, the creative juices are always flowing.IMG_20160523_192948

I  love to expand my kit with new paints, glitter and gems.

I also watch online tutorials and share tips with fellow painters.IMG_20151113_200606

I spend many evenings planning new designs, honing my craft and having fun experimenting with new creations.

I adore my practice board.

I have to say though, nothing is quite the same as real skin.  I can often be found daubing my own arms, legs or face.IMG_20151113_193921

Fun for all the Family…..

I am lucky that my family fully support my art. My son is my favourite model. He adds the cute factor to all my designs.

"Do I have to be a Mermaid again?"

“Do I have to be a Mermaid again, mum?”

Luckily, he loves being painted.

Well, I suppose everyone gets tired of being a Mermaid sometimes….

He is a good sport though.

My extremely tolerant partner doesn’t escape the paint brush either……..

Want a Cupcake painting dear? Sure you do....

“Want a Cupcake painting dear? Sure you do….”

I do draw a line at involving the family cat, you’ll be pleased to know.

I never rest on my laurels.

That way, you get a tried and tested design on your special day.