Frequently Asked Questions

Do you come dressed up?

No. I really don't look good as a fairy.

How long do I need to book?

The minimum booking for parties and events is 1 hour and after the first hour I charge in 30 minute increments. The time it takes to do the painting can vary, but on average I paint about 12 full-faced detailed designs in each hour, but many more for quick designs. I can usually stay longer than the pre-booked time if you get more guests than anticipated or the parents would like to be painted as well.

Can you just paint my face before I go out?

Yes. You don't need to book for an hour but the cost will depend on the level of detail you would like and whether you require a custom-design. Why not get a couple of friends to join you and share the cost and the fun!

Can I book more than one face painter?

Yes, I can also arrange for additional painters to join me for large functions.

When are you available?

I may be available for evening functions as well as weekends. Weekdays can be arranged if at least one weeks' notice is provided.

What do I need to provide?

I require a small area out of the rain, wind or hot sun please. I bring everything else I need with me, including table and chairs.

How much will it cost?

The price depends on the location and duration of the booking. Please contact me for an obligation free quote based on your requirements.

Is face painting for everyone?

Although the face paints I use are hypo-allergenic, I recommend not painting children under two years with any family history of allergies, as their immune systems are still developing.

People with allergies or highly sensitive skin can request a small design painted on their arm as a patch test. If there is no reaction after 20 minutes, they can have their face painted.

I will only paint the faces of those who are happy to be painted and able to stay reasonably still. Very young or very shy children are usually happier to have their hand or arm painted instead.

I will not paint over any wounds, infections or other skin conditions such as eczema.

What kind of paint do you use?

It is very important to know what paints a face painter is using. Cheap face paint or craft paint can cause bad reactions. Craft glitter should never be applied to the face as it is potentially dangerous to the eyes.

Happy Faces Face Painting only uses the safest, top quality, professional face paints and cosmetic-grade glitters and shimmer powders. Not only are these water-base, hypo-allergenic face and body paints very gentle, even on sensitive skin, they also dry quickly, feel light and smooth, and never crack or peel. All products I use conform to Australian and European cosmetic regulations and are FDA approved. They do not require a barrier cream underneath.

Is face painting sanitary?

I follow international face painting guidelines and hygiene practises, including using a separate, fresh, sterilized sponge for each person, clean brushes and water. My face paints also contain antibacterial components.

How do I wash the paint off?

The face paint I use is easily removed with mild soap and water or baby-wipes. No special removers are needed. Some of the brightly pigmented colours may slightly 'stain' the skin temporarily, but this usually fades overnight.

How do I remove the paint from clothing?

To remove the paint from clothing, I recommend hand-washing the area in cold water with soap, as soon as possible, otherwise it may stain some fabrics.