Frequently asked question about
Face Painting Airbrush & Traditional Brush
Q: What is the difference between Airbrush and Traditional Brush Face Painting?
A: 1) Airbrush Face Painting. Is applied with an airbrush a non-toxic paint is sprayed through a stencil onto the face. The paint is applied at very low pressure (much lighter than a hair dryer) for large crowds where speed matters; airbrush beats traditional brush face painting hands down! Plus it’s dry on contact ;}
A: 2) Traditional Brush Face Painting. Is applied by hand with brushes, sponges and FDA approved face paint.
Q: Is the paint safe and non-toxic?
A: YES, it is completely safe to use on the skin. The face paints I use are professional quality, theatrical grade cosmetic paints approved by the FDA as sage for all skin types. As far as allergies, if you have sensitive skin please request a patch test prior to being painted. I have been painting since year 2005 and nobody has ever complained of a reaction. These products are the Clinique of face paint!;} The paint contains an agent that prevents the growth of bacteria, and I use proper sanitation with clean, disinfected applicators and brushes. Your child has a greater chance of catching the flu while waiting in line or at school then they do from my paintbrushes and sponges. Because we are committed to the safety of our clients.
Safety Warning – Unfortunately some painters aren’t aware of the facts and are using acrylic paint. This is not made for use on skin. If you spot a painter at a festival, please inquire as to what kind of paint they are using before considering their services! Interesting fact: have you ever wondered why liquid cosmetics such as gloss or foundation never mold…even after sitting in a drawer for years? Cosmetics contain antimicrobial preservatives such as methyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, disodium EDTA among others. These keep bacteria from growing in water based paints(and cosmetics in general) while being gentle and safe. Our brushes and sponges are cleaned regularly with antibacterial soap. Your child has a greater chance of catching a virus while waiting in line than from having their face painted. Additionally at the artist discretion, we won’t paint skin with any kind of condition such as conjunctivitis, cuts, sunburn, or other rash.
Q: What brand of paints do I use?
A: The brands we use are Snazaroo, Wolfe Brothers, Mehron. We use only skin/makeup grade poly glitters. I have been painting since year 2005 and nobody has ever complained of a reaction. These products are the Clinique of face paint!;}
Q: How do I remove face paint?
A: Face paint is formulated for easy removal with mild soap and water any of the “tear-free” varieties work well. Light colors come off with just a baby wipe. Some darker colors will be stubborn sometimes and linger. If this happens use a washcloth with soap, baby shampoo or cold cream maybe even some petroleum jelly. PLEASE NOTE: the paint comes off the skin well, not so much out of fabrics. Should the paint get on clothes , use OxyClean or stain pre-treater along with regular laundry soap. I do not recommend allowing children to sleep with their face painted, as it will stain their bedding if they sweat.
Q: Is there an age limit for face painting?
A: YES, for your child’s safety, we’d prefer not to paint the faces of children under the age of three (3) only because they don’t understand that they have to stay still. We don’t encourage you to force a child to get their face painted. Face painting is supposed to be a FUN expertise.
Q: How many children can we paint in an hour?
A: five to seven (5-7) minutes per basic design means about ten to fifteen (10-15) faces an hour. More complex designs take longer. I can tailor what designs are offered in order to maximize the number of faces painted at an event, or, for more intimate occasions, offer my full range of complex and customized designs. For an average children’s party with twelve to fifteen (12-15) children, I like to book at least an hour and a half (1 ½), which gives me some wiggle room to spend a little extra time on the guest of honor, and repair any damage done to faces after eating or crying.. it happens!;}