Face and Body Painting FAQ

Face and body painting certainly does spark a fair bit of curiosity! Here are a few frequently asked questions to help you understand what we do a little better:


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Do you teach workshops?

Absolutely! I have a range of face and body painting workshops ready to go. I run a few public classes each year, and teach individuals and small groups in private sessions all year ’round. You can see my workshop offerings here. If you can’t make it to Melbourne, I sometimes take my workshops on tour on request. I’ve just started up my online school too, where you can access a bunch of free content or buy online workshops to complete at home in your own time whenever you like! Check it out here.

I know you paint adults, but do you face paint at kids' parties too?

Yes! We love face painting wee ones at big parties, corporate events and festivals too. In fact, I’ve been face painting even longer than I’ve been body painting! We do big events where we can face paint as a team. I’m sorry, I no longer paint solo at smaller events. If your event has 80+ guests I’d be happy to put together an awesome team for you! Please get in touch for availability.

How many children's faces can you paint in an hour?

This depends on how awesome you want each face to be! Each of our artists can complete around 10-12 lovely full face designs per hour, taking on virtually any request those little imaginations can come up with. Or if you need lots of faces done fast, we can work from a limited list of smaller, simpler designs and paint around 15 children per artist per hour without compromising quality or hygiene. My team can adjust to bust through those lines at big events and keep waiting down to a minimum.

At kids events, do you just face paint or do you do other stuff too?

Well, face painting is what I do best! It’s something I’m awesome at, and a skill that I’ve become so specialised in that I can even offer different kinds of face painting (like black light painting and specific themes) to keep things interesting. Most of my clients come to me because they appreciate the quality of my art work, and they know that good face painting takes a lot of skill and patience. And they understand the value of that moment of the big reveal, when each child looks in the mirror, sees the gorgeous individual design that I’ve created just for them, and realises that that they have turned into something amazing! It’s such a confidence-building moment for kids, and makes them feel really special.
Alongside my face painting, I do also offer extra services like airbrush tattoos, and glitter makeovers, so I do “other stuff” too. While I don’t put on a group show or play games, face painting is definitely entertaining, even if it’s not loud and frantic. It’s quieter and more 1-on-1 than other party entertainment, and each child gets to feel like they’re the only person in the world that matters for that 5 minutes. Among all the chaos of a kids party, giving each child that quiet moment to give me something from their imagination and let me bring it to life just for them is a really special experience. Face painting may not be the loudest form of entertainment at your party, but it will certainly be the most memorable.

Our kids party is small - can you come for just an hour?

I’m afraid not. I no longer do small kids parties. Our minimum booking duration for face painting is 4hrs, and we only accept bookings of 2 or more artists. This is because there is a lot of time spent behind the scenes per booking on things like equipment sanitisation, travel, set up & pack up, design preparation, admin, etc. On average, I spend about 2-3 hours behind the scenes on each face painting booking, before I even pick up a brush! So if you have a big party coming up with 80+ guests, get in touch so I can bring the Juicy team!

How much do you charge for face painting?

Expect to pay between $125-$150 per hour, per artist. If your party is outside inner Melbourne travel might cost a little extra (and I always provide you with a quote), but everything else is included in my fee – no hidden extras. Professional face painters in Melbourne charge a base rate of between $220-$300 on average for a 2hr minimum booking, so for my quality, experience and inclusions I’m really great value for money! If you’re paying less for a face painter, you won’t be getting the same standard, quality, or level of service. I’m really passionate about providing an amazing experience for your child, and great hassle-free customer service for you! On my blog you’ll find a handy guide for choosing a face painter, and an insider’s guide on the value of hiring a pro over an amateur face painter.

Where are you based? Do you travel, or do I come to you?

I’m based in Northcote. Yes, I do travel! Generally speaking, travel to your venue within 15km of Northcote is included in my fee. Outside of that I may charge a modest travel fee, calculated on the distance and tolls required to get to you. If free parking isn’t provided, parking costs will apply too. Bookings in the CBD will always cost a little extra due to extra parking costs and travel time. I always check on this beforehand so that it’s itemised in your quote so there are no hidden costs or nasty surprises.
I do take some private commissions at my home studio in Northcote. Here you can sit back and relax in my massage chair with a beverage, and really unwind and enjoy the experience. This is based on availability and only for individuals and very small groups, otherwise I come to you.
Here’s a handy map that gives you a rough estimate of my complimentary travel radius:

Can you body paint me?

Of course I can! If you like my style and trust me to create something awesome for you, I do take commissions so please get in touch to discuss your needs.

How long does it take to paint a body?

This depends on your design concept, how much coverage you need, the amount of detail in your desired design, and how many artists are working on a single body at once. To give you an idea, a full body paint without much detail can be completed by one professional body artist in around three hours. The same amount of time spent on the torso only can produce a good amount of detail. A full body paint with high detail can take anywhere from 6-10 hours. The great thing is, we can adapt the concept to suit your budget and comfort levels; body art is wonderfully flexible like that! Even full coverage in eye-catching colours with minimal detail and beautiful body contouring can really make a huge impact.

Why don't you list prices on your website?

My packages are tailored to each client, and this means the price can vary widely depending on your needs. I prefer to quote per individual booking to make sure that there are no hidden surprises for my clients. Base prices for most private services start at $130-$150ph. Prices for corporate body painting and event entertainment services range widely depending on your concept, and how many artists and models are needed. If you have a specific budget in mind, just drop us a line and I’ll help make it work for you!

I got a really cheap quote from someone else. Can you match it?

No sorry – my quotes are final. My prices are all-inclusive, which means no nasty surprises, and represents amazing value for the quality of my work and my level of experience. If you’ve been given a cheaper quote, don’t assume that this means you’ll be getting the same quality of skill and service. There are a lot of amateurs out there whose work just doesn’t compare. Good art takes time and skill. Make sure you’re getting what you paid for! On my blog you’ll find a handy guide for choosing a face painter, and an insider’s guide on the value of hiring a pro over an amateur face and body painter.

Are the body painted models buck naked?

NO! They are never nude. For promotional body paints our models (male or female) wear anything from foam latex “barbie doll” covers to g-strings, bras, strapless tops, or even themed costuming, depending on your needs and your audience. Just let us know what level of cover you need for your event’s audience, and we’ll arrange it for you and include it in your quote.

But I want our model to be totally starkers!

Sorry, this is not something that I can offer. The comfort and safety of my models is of utmost importance, so we make sure they wear an amount of clothing that they are comfortable with. We always discuss what the model will be wearing with you in advance, so there are no surprises and we are all happy and ready to party!

Your models are strippers, right?

Wrong! My models are life models. They’re gorgeous friendly people who are letting us use them as our canvas for a little while. Since there are so many of us in close quarters with them, we have really rigid rules about respecting our models’ personal space that you can read about in our Terms & Conditions. Our parties and body painting entertainment options are always presented tastefully and with utmost respect for our models and your guests. We work together with you to provide an absolutely safe and harassment-free environment for our models.

This modelling thing sounds fun!

Yeah you’re right, it’s a whole truckload of fun! It’s also really hard work, but it’s so worth it when you look so amazing at the end, and get treated like a celebrity all night. I receive a lot of emails from people eager to be a body art model, but I tend to only work with the same small handful of experienced and trusted models. Keep an eye out for body art conventions, jams and competitions to gain experience, or feel free to give me a call if you’d like to commission me for your own shoot to get some experience and start your portfolio!

What sort of body paints do you use?

I use only the best cosmetic grade professional body paints. They’re not really paint at all – they’re a creamy water-based makeup, like your foundation but with more pigment. When applied to the skin the makeup dries in seconds, and doesn’t easily rub or smudge off when dry. It washes off easily with soap and water. If you want to prolong the life of your design, remember to keep it dry. Moisture is its enemy! If you work up a sweat on the dance floor, don’t rub at your makeup – take a moment to cool off and let your design air dry. Sometimes I even use water-resistant airbrush makeup for some detailing, which holds up even better to moisture and washes away using liquid soap.

How do I remove the makeup?

It’s easy! You can just use your regular cleanser and water or baby wipes if the design is small – just like removing regular makeup. If it’s a larger body design or stubborn pigment, just get a handful of liquid soap or shampoo, massage it into the painted area without using any water to separate the makeup from the skin, then wash the area with water and a dark coloured cloth. Then tone and moisturise as usual.

Will the makeup stain my skin or clothing?

Most colours won’t stain your skin, but if you’ve been wearing the design for quite a while some colours may leave a little pigment behind once washed off. Don’t worry – it will disappear on its own over the next day or so as your skin naturally releases oil. If you’ve followed our instructions above and you’re in a hurry to get rid of every last bit of pigment, I have discovered some cool tricks to solve this problem:

  1. Wash the area with a dark face cloth and some liquid soap, or tear-free baby shampoo.
  2. If that doesn’t work, rub olive oil, coconut oil, or baby oil on the area and let it soak in for a while. Then repeat step one.
  3. Even better, rub in the oil and sit in a warm bath for a half hour or so to really soak the last of it out… glass of wine optional!

As always, remember to be gentle to your skin and don’t scrub too hard. Remember to moisturise when you’re done!

The makeup can mark fabric so if you’re wearing some costuming with your body paint bear this in mind. Most colours come out easily in the wash, but it depends on the fabric and pigment strength. A spot-clean with Napisan can do wonders. But I wouldn’t recommend wearing your most expensive designer white linen shirt if you’re being body painted!

Will the paint make a mess on the floor?

We provide a plastic drop sheet to protect flooring at your venue for all body painting services. Also, the paint is not liquid – it’s creamy and holds to the brush beautifully if it’s activated properly, so no drips! The drop sheet is just there for any accidents, and for your peace of mind.

What about hygiene?

I am really fussy about hygiene, and follow the health and safety guidelines outlined by the international Face Painting Association. Watch our Artists – when we are painting a crowd we never use the same sponge on two different people, we wash our brushes in sanitiser between clients, we change our water regularly, and we always have hand sanitising gel on hand which we use frequently. Our standards are high to reduce risk at your event and keep everyone safe and healthy.

What about allergies?

The makeup we use is thoroughly safety tested and certified for cosmetic use, however as with any makeup there is a small percentage of people with sensitive skin who may have an adverse reaction. If you’re concerned about this happening but you really want a face or body design, ask your Artist to do a patch-test on your arm ahead of time, and leave it for at least half an hour to see if a reaction develops. In over a decade of painting on people we have not experienced a reaction to our makeup, but it can happen. Everyone is different and it is up to the individual to assess their own situation and participate at their own risk. We can also supply a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to clients in advance upon request.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?

Yes! Our Artists are insured for up to $20million. If you are an event organiser and you’d like a copy of our Certificate of Currency please contact us and we will email it to you.

Do you have a Working With Children card?

Yes! Our Artists have current WWC cards. This means that they are constantly monitored by the Victorian Government’s Department of Justice. If you are an event organiser please ask us for the WWC card number of your artist when making your booking.

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