Halloween Tips for Parents

Not everyone can – or wants to -hire a professional for Halloween.

If you still want to get into the spirit of the season, here are a few tips help you have an awesome Halloween!

1) Avoid the face painting crayons

Crayons for Face Painting? Really? Why did that ever seem like a good ides to anyone? They are usually cheap and nasty. At Face Ace, I would NEVER use them. The shape of them means they cannot be applied with any precision. What’s more they will drag the skin- creating a Halloween look for all the wrong reasons. Snazaroo is a good choice for parents/kids and can be found in lots of craft/toy shops. It gives reasonable results and isn’t too hard to work with.   https://www.snazaroo.co.uk

2)Make your own fake blood and gore!

Kitchen ingredients can be so much fun to experiment with. Kids will love helping. Last year, I tried treacle, red food colouring, jelly, beetroot juice, jam, cornflour… Just be careful of staining – test first! Green jelly watered down can be slime, custard can be pus. Endless possibilities!

3). Look for the Rainbow!

Children tend to see the good a in a design so don’t be too critical of your painting. Build the drama by telling them how spooky they look as you paint them but not letting them see until the end. By the time you get to the mirror moment, they will believe it (even if you’re not convinced.)

4)Team homespun with shop bought.

Could your handiwork be improved on with some carefully chosen store bought accessories like fangs or a clip on nose?

5)Try letting the kids loose with the face paint!

Many children like to face paint themselves, my son used to love it. It may not look how you’d envisaged but your kids can have a fab time being creative. You’ll be surprised how precise they can be if you put them by a mirror.

6) Get crafty with the costumes!

Children really enjoy making their own outfits too. I know kids Halloween costumes are cheap as chips in Pound shops but don’t deny your child the simple joy of cutting out silver moons and stars to stick on a witches hat or designing their own monster mask. Come on – we all did it!

7)Less is more

Full faces covered in paint on little ones are destined for disaster. They will either be too itchy for a child to keep on or get messed up when they eat. Keep to small designs or at least those avoiding the mouth and eyes.
Some hairy eyebrows, a spiders web or pretend stitches are ideas to try.

8)Don’t paint them too early in the day

Face paint is usually water based so can come off easily. If you put it on preparing for an evening event at 2 in the afternoon, think of all the snot and tears you may have to get through beforehand. Doesn’t seem so clever and well organized now does it?

9) Don’t paint other people’s kids

Be aware of the risks of painting other people’s kids. You are not insured. Yes it may sound over cautious but if you accidentally poke someone’s eye when they turn unexpectedly (as kids have been known to do….) who’s to say you won’t be held liable?

10)Keep it cute!

Think “Spooky” rather than “scary” for little ones. No killer clowns or chain saw victims. Even if your kid likes it, you won’t be too popular with the other parents if little Johnny ends up in tears.

11) Remove well and moisturise

Face paint can be drying so don’t leave it on longer than it needs to be – especially if your child is prone to dry skin. It should come off easily with soap and water. Follow up with a moisturiser for those with dry skin.

12) Ask around for outfits

Are you really going to need that pumpkin outfit more than once? I know you can pick things up cheap but remember our responsibility to the planet. See if you can borrow anything or pick up in a charity shop first before you head for the pound shop. Same goes the other way round. If you have an old costume, consider giving it away on a local Free cycle site.

Have a safe,spooktastic Halloween #Faceacers

Feeling Glamoween!

Hello Face Acers!

Preparation for Halloween starts early at Face Ace. It is a face painter’s busiest time of year and every face painter I know is super excited about it. I am stock piling my dark glitters and stencils for a super busy Halloween!  I particularly love the glamorous gothic designs with roses and black lace, as well as the popular sugar skulls.

Here is one I came up with yesterday evening. What do you think? I love the way it combines the dark sentiment of Halloween with a feminine twist.

What do you think, people of Calderdale? Would love to hear your comments guys!

Reviews and small businesses

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I am writing this as:

1)A small business owner
2) Someone who knows alot of other self employed people/small business owners in #Calderdale
3)A discerning customer myself

Maybe you are the sort of person who never leaves a review or maybe you always leave one. I thought I would share with you how important reviews are to small businesses.

Good Service?

If you have had good service then letting everyone know via Facebook or other review sites, is a great way to help a business. As long as you have experienced the services of the business then you can give a valid review. Been a customer afew times? You can write another review then.

We all know reviews can be fake so when we see a review from a friend, work colleague or even an acquaintance, it has more accountability. It brings the service to life and that review is trusted. A good review attracts more customers, attracting more good reviews and on it goes. Customers are how businesses survive so by writing that review, you are contributing to it thriving. If it’s a business you like and want it to continue it’s a no brainer to help it out. Still, it’s a big responsibility!

Stuck for time? Just a simple “fantastic job, would use again” is super helpful but if you can elaborate on your experience, all the better! What sets it apart from others? Would you use again and why? Where they easy to contact, did they keep you informed? Details will convey those extra touches customers value so much.

Bad Service?

So……if you have bad service should you write a bad review?

It’s up to you after all as the customer, you have the absolute right to. Personally with small businesses I would always try and resolve things first because a bad review could be catastrophic for a small business to shoulder. Think how you would feel if someone wrote you off without giving you a chance to put things right? If you do try to sort it out and you get a poor response then it’s fair game I reckon. I would always write the review next day, especially if you are a bit hotheaded and tend to overreact (guilty as charged there!) I had a bad experience with a holiday recently and was going to do a bad review. After sleeping on it, I realised, yes some things were bad but they got some stuff right too. Fair is fair. If you do decide to slate them, instead of just saying what they got wrong, be constructive. How could they have got it right? Could they improve?

When you read reviews from people you don’t know, always question if they are friends of the business owner or genuine customers. They may be both. How many other reviews has that person written? Have they a hidden motive when writing a good or bad review?

Remember if you do a review and then decide you have been too kind or too mean then you can always remove it.

Happy reviewing

 

Rainbow Tigers!

I love these Rainbow Tigers!

Recently I have done lots of these Tigers at busy events. They are alot quicker than they look and do bright and beautiful.

Don’t forget, I put lots more of my work on my Facebook page so please “like” the page to keep up to date and maybe grab a special offer….

Here’s the page

https://m.facebook.com/JulieFaceace/?ref=bookmarks

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Hello again Elland!

It’s been a busy summer and it’s not over yet!

On Saturday, I was back in Elland courtesy of Elland District Partnership. I have done afew events for them now and they are always very friendly and community minded. I really look forward to working there. I took another local face painter along too this time. It’s nice to get along with people and I feel lucky to know so many other wonderful face painters. Always handy when an event requires more than one.

The event was celebrating 700 years of Elland being a town so there were lots of activities for children as well as lots of yummy food stalls. I was sandwiched between a Mexican and Pancake stall. Lots of tasty aromas wafting my way all day.

Then on Sunday it was off to a birthday party in Siddal, Halifax. Again a friendly, laid back affair and birthday boy was such a little cutie. This cupcake design looked so cute on this little guest but she wouldn’t let me take a proper picture. She kept turning her head to the side. So sweet though!

That’s all for now Face Acers. Have a great summer.

Price Increase as of September

Hi Face Acers

I have decided that as of September, prices will rise to £70. This is for afew reasons. I will explain.

1) Skill

I am learning all the time and getting better at this. Like any job, you expect to be rewarded for time spent improving. Except I don’t have a boss so I have to decide. If you don’t think I am good value compared to other local painters, I am sure you will vote with your feet and not hire me.

2) Other Painters

I don’t want to undercut other people and £70 is the going rate around here for 2 hours. Some painters have told me that they think I am doing this. I value the art of Face Painting and value the Face Painting Community so the last thing I want to do is annoy them.

3) increase in my materials and general cost of living.

I noticed recently that the splicakes I used to pay £12.99 for are now £13.99 plus postage! Yes, costs have increased for my materials sadly. Also the general cost of living has increased, as I am sure you are only too aware.

So that’s it folks. Any bookings made now at the lower price will still be honoured at the old rate.

Thanks for continuing to support this ,#calderdalebusiness

Shantstock again

This was a self paint I did during a quiet spell yesterday at #Shantstock. It’s an annual fun day at The Shant pub in Holmfield, Halifax to raise money for The Yorkshire Children’s Trust.

I have attended since it’s inception 3 years ago. It’s an event I really look forward to because the atmosphere is fabulous. Bands playing, families having fun and they always seem to get the sun too!

You can see my stall here. I tried to put my banner up but I have little patience and ended up taping it on with duct tape!

Here are afew of the designs I created.It was mainly girls but I did get to paint afew boys too.  I am enjoying trying out a new more intricate butterfly. I really like the way it’s working and it seems popular.

Festival Season!

This weekend gone was a busy one for me. It started and ended with a birthday party, with a festival in the middle.

Both parties were extremely busy, I did not come up for air! The second of the parties was a repeat customer for me. That is always a special thing. I never take custom for granted. There are so many face painters around so it is so lovely to be reselected.

The festival was the Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival. As part of the event, they were allocated funding for Children’s activities. It was a real pleasure to be involved. The bright rainbow Tigers and Leopards were very popular, as you can see.

It was the first time I had displayed my new board too. I think it looked really professional. How about you?

Well, it’s time I got practicing for the next Festival – Heptonstall this weekend. By the way, if you have ever wondered why sometimes Face Painters charge the amounts they do -or not at all – at festivals, read my post in Facebook about it here. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=451168011898831&id=268785783470389

See you there!

Back at The Malthouse

It’s nice to have repeat customers. It’s a great sign that people like what I am doing and happy with the overall service.

I have painted at The Malthouse in Rishworth quite afew times now.http://www.malthouserishworth.co.uk/m.home0.html

It’s a lovely family pub and when it’s Easter, Bonfire night etc they usually put on some good family entertainment ie bouncy castle, Magician etc

Often the families I end up painting are repeat customers too so I feel like I am getting to know them a little.

On May Day I painted lots of fun flowery designs like the one below.

I also painted plenty of Flower Fairies, Tigers, Spider man and even a rabbit.

A great way to spend a bank holiday afternoon. Hope to be back there again soon.

Duck Race

I was pleased to be asked by Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre to paint some ducks on cheeks as part of the annual Duck Race in Hebden Bridge.

Visitors to the centre could pay just £1 and get a “lucky duck” painted in honour of the race.

It was a fun couple of hour’s and great to see adults joining in too. 

I always get a curve ball thrown at me and this was no exception. I had a family wanting Green Ducks because they were supporting the Business Duck Race and had been told they were on the Green Team.

I happily obliged and the green ones looked quite cute, like little Orvilles. Whoops! Showing my age there folks!

Anyway, the weather held out, the usual crowd gathered and the Duck Race got under way.  A good afternoon was had by all. The Hebden Duck Race – yet another reason to visit my fab little town

 

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