How to become a Professional Face Painter

Face painting is an ancient art form that subsists today. The creative discipline is the art of applying paint to the face.
The paint is done for fun or during certain occasions. Local tribes in Africa, Indian, Asia, and America still apply face paint during traditional or religious ceremonies.
The face painter needs to be creative and apply interesting designs on the clients face. The business is profitable so long as the practitioner attracts regular patronage.
Pricing is based on group/bundle packages or individual bases. And the paint is temporary and slowly cleans off a few hours or when a solution is applied.
The beauty of this profession is that it can be done part-time/full-time or in addition to related business. If you are an event planning, hall decoration or entertainment you can include face painting as part of your services. 
Although you could start without any formal training a little artistic knowledge is advantageous. Face painting is easy and fun and you need few equipment.
 A painter should be creative by designing simple or intricate patterns. To start the venture first learn the skill and create simple designs.
You need to purchase paint equipment and have an effective marketing strategy. Startup funds are low and the business is applicable from home.
Acquire the Skill
As said earlier you don’t need any formal training to become a face painter. However developing your skill and creating amazing designs is compulsory.
You can develop the skill by practicing on your friends and family. It takes hours of practice and painstaking work to master the art form
Learn the skill through books, e-books, tutorials, craft videos and online resources. You could work for free as an apprentice with an established face painter.
Children are your primary constituency, so you need lots of patience and are great with kids. You also need business, management, organizational and social skills.
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How to Develop Face Painting Skill
  • Workshops
  • Blogs
  • Websites
  • YouTube channels
  • Books
  • e-books
  • Tutorials
  • Craft videos
  • Apprentice programs
  • Seminars
  • Art and craft
Why Do People Face Paint?
Human beings use face paint during important occasion. The paint is common during religious ceremonies, war, traditional dances, sports and leisure activities.
Modern ceremonies include special holidays such as Halloween, Christmas or during children’s parties. The paint is common to entertainers such as musicians, actors, wrestlers and clowns.
You also find the art at football matches, festivals, recreational centers, parties and theme parks
Why People Face Paint
  • Religious ceremonies
  • Festivals
  • Holiday Activity
  • At Theme Parks
  • Entertainment centers
  • Sports
  • For recreational
  • Parties
  • At theme parks
  • Wars
  • Traditional ceremonies
Creating the Designs
The artist should be very creative with the designs. The designs should be intricate, eye catching and bold.
The more outlandish the concept the better the impression it relays. Make sure your designs are beautiful, colorful and balanced.
You need to understand the face anatomy such as the cheeks, nose, ears, chin and forehead. Create different designs such as rainbows, butterflies, roses, stars, and waves. Geometric and concentric patterns are also nice when properly applied
  • Animals
  • Rainbows
  • Butterflies
  • Roses
  • Stars
  • Waves
  • Geometric
  • concentric patterns
Hire Staff
A face painter generally works alone. However you could hire a general assistant or take on an apprentice.
The hours of operation is varied based on the needs of the client. You could work weekends, during holidays or week days.
Face Painting Equipment
The business requires low startup capital and the equipment is readily available in stores. You need paint brushes, cotton pads, sponges, paper towels, chairs and tables.
Other equipment include a color wheel, face paint, cleaning agent, hair clips, a tent and hand sanitizers. More are latex gloves, stencils, portable fan, trash bin, design portfolio, liquid sanitizers and mirror.
Essential office equipment includes a computer, printer, chairs, table and modem. Take adequate sanitary precautions and purchase only quality products from established brands.
  • Paint brushes
  • Cotton pads
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Color wheel
  • Face paint
  • Cleaning agent
  •  hair clips
  • Tent
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Latex gloves
  • Stencils
  • Portable fan
  • Trash bin
  • Design portfolio
  • Liquid sanitizers
  • Mirror
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • modem
Offer Additional Services
Apart from face painting you can offer additional services. This will increase your profit and offer an outlet for more creativity. Services you could include in your package are mobile photographs, temporary tattoos, arm/body paint and stamps.
  • Face Painting
  • Mobile photography
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Arm/body paint
  • Stamps
Licensing and Permits
You need to register a business name and incorporate as a sole proprietorship company. Get liability insurance, tax identification number and trade license. To build a website you need a domain name and host plan.
Market your Services
You need steady work as a professional face painter. Reach your customers through newspaper advertisement and print. Make sure you have a portfolio of you work to show potential clients.
You could print flyers, business cards, posters and a sign board. Your clients include children parties, event planners, leisure park owners and during festive occasions.
How to Start Face Painting Business
  • Register a business name
  • Acquire appropriate skill
  • Get a business license
  • Buy supplies
  • Market you services


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