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FAQs2019-09-19T21:57:10-05:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we get most often, as well as information that can be helpful when deciding what kind of entertainment to have at your party. If you don’t see your question, please Ask A Question here. If you’d like to get a personalized quote and find out if I’m available to work your event, Submit A Quote here.

Why is it so Expensive? Can’t I Just Do it Myself?2021-09-05T18:40:23-05:00

Face painting and freehand body art are similar to tattoos and other aesthetic body arts, in that it’s not the materials you are paying for, it’s the artist’s time and talent. Plus, like any freelance/entrepreneurial business, there’s a lot more than you think going into it behind the scenes! The costs — buying and maintaining a professional grade kit (I have invested thousands in my kit over the years), marketing and insurance, plus the time it takes to schedule bookings, keep up with customer contracts, run a website, and learn new designs — are all wrapped up into that hourly price you see. It may seem like all we do is show up at parties and have a great time (and we DO do that!) but more than half of the total work for that party, went into it before it even started!

That said, I always encourage people to try face painting and henna on their own! Make sure you are buying actual face paint, and not just acrylic paint (even if it says “non-toxic” it is not necessarily made for skin). If you buy pre-mixed henna cones, make sure you buy them FRESH from a professional henna artist (such as on Etsy). People who have tried doing body art themselves, usually have a renewed appreciation for the amount of skill it really takes to be a pro! I also offer private classes to those wishing to learn face painting or freehand temporary tattoos. Please inquire here if you would like to set up a private lesson.

How Does Your Pricing Work?2021-09-05T18:43:53-05:00

Hourly services start with a base price for one service. If you want a second service, consider booking more time. Additional services can be added at a flat rate (not hourly) of $50 each add-on service.

I have recently added tiered pricing, meaning that the more hours you book, the better discount you get! I also offer reduced rates for 501(c) non-profits hosting fundraisers.

After that, there may be required add-ons such as for travel. If your event is more than 1 hour drive from Evansville, I require a 2-hour minimum booking. I require shelter from the elements (sun, wind, rain). If shelter is not provided at your event, I can provide a 10×10 pop-up tent for an additional fee.

Another option I offer is called “pay-per-design” (PPD) instead of hourly. This means that the guests at your event pay out of their own pockets to get their faces painted or get a tattoo, like at a festival. Obviously this option is riskier for me, as a business, and hourly is usually preferable for smaller events. If the event is open to the public, there are multiple thousands of attendees, and if your advertising has alerted your guests to the expectation of paying for my services, PPD can work.

What Is Your Booking Process Like?2021-09-05T18:46:36-05:00

The process begins when you fill out my booking form here. I usually respond within 24-48 hours to inform you whether I’m available for your event, and what the price will be. If this sounds good to you, I’ll send you a contract to sign and return with your 50% deposit. The completed contract and deposit payment are required to hold the day of your event, and once finalized, constitute a promise from me that I will be there.

Deposits are refundable, minus a $50 cancellation fee, if you cancel more than 72 hours before the event. Cancellations within 72 hours are due the full amount. Rescheduling may occur depending on artist availability.

A few days out from your event, I’ll usually call to confirm details such as the location, time, and date. On the day of, I will show up early to set up so that I can start working on time. Full payment is due the day of the event.

How Far Out Do You Book Events?2021-09-05T19:01:36-05:00

It depends on the season and the time of year! Booking early is highly encouraged. The more notice you give me, the more likely I am to be available. However, last-minute bookings are sometimes available, so please reach out anyway!

Do I Need to Provide Anything?2021-09-05T19:03:28-05:00

The only thing you must provide is shelter! If the event will be outdoors and you cannot provide shelter, a 10×10 pop-up tent can be provided for an extra $50. As a professional, I bring all the supplies I need to create fantastic face and body art for your guests. I will need a place to set up that is accessible and will not impede foot traffic — if you have a table and two chairs, that’s great; otherwise please let me know and I will bring my own at no extra cost.

How Many Hours Should I Book?2021-09-05T19:06:00-05:00

First, estimate how many people are going to want face/body art. You’ll want to book the appropriate number of hours needed for the crowd you are expecting. If you’re not sure, I can help you figure out exactly how many hours you need.

Generally, 1 hour is enough for:

  • 15-20 sweat proof (alcohol-based) Face Paint designs (good for outdoor events and pool parties)
  • 30 extra-quick (water base, 2min per design) Face Paint designs (not sweat proof, best for indoor events)
  • 15-20 Extra Small Tattoos (henna/jagua/airbrush/glitter)
  • 10-15 Medium-Large Tattoos (henna/jagua/airbrush/glitter)
  • 2-5 Extra Large Tattoos (full hand henna/jagua, full sleeve tattoos)
Do You Accept Tips?2021-09-05T19:08:29-05:00

The answer is YES, tips are ALWAYS appreciated but NEVER expected! If you choose to tip, it can be included with your final payment the day of the event.

At larger events, I may put out a tip jar to allow your guests to show their appreciation for a job well done. However it’s always up to you, the client, whether I do so or not. If you prefer no tip jar, simply let me know!

How Safe Are Your Materials? / How do I Remove it?2021-09-05T19:14:42-05:00

I am fully insured under a policy specifically for face painters and henna artists under Beauty & Bodywork Insurance. I use only high-quality, professional-grade, hypoallergenic materials approved for use on skin. Allergic reactions or serious injuries are extremely unlikely, but if you or your child have a severe skin sensitivity, allergy, or skin condition and you are concerned, it may be better to be safe than sorry.

The face paints, airbrush tattoo ink, and glitter tattoo glue I use are all approved for cosmetic use and safe for skin. The henna and jagua I use are plant-based, all-natural and free of harsh chemicals and dyes. They should not cause any reactions unless you are allergic to the plant-based ingredients. People with a berry allergy should not use jagua.

Removal differs for each material. See more about removal here.

 

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