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Starting your face painting business. Investments & hidden costs.

You have dabbled to face paint at a non-profit event, you are a seasoned face painter or you have artistic talent and you feel that face painting is exactly what you can do…?

No matter how your story begins, if you are asking yourself if it is possible to transform your passion into a living, the answer is “Yes! Indeed!”.

Before you take the leap, keep in mind that like each business, it will require investments of both money and time (not speaking about dedication and passion for this industry).

That’s important, because you’ll have to weigh your costs and figure on a price that will help you recoup your costs, and still have some profit left.

This post will help you estimate your upcoming expenses and appreciate your rates.

In the next posts I will share with you the answers about “How much to charge for face painting?” and will give you useful tips on “How to work fewer hours and earn more money”.

And I’m speaking here about providing professional face painting services, not just occasional doodling with a set of cheap “made in china” paints from Walmart.

Here is a list of main expenses you will have for most face painting jobs. Most of them will require being purchased at the very beginning of your career, but it’s all going to be worth it!

All prices in this post are indicated in euro. Approximately rate: 1 EUR = 1.2 USD.

Face painting setup

Paints, brushes, sponges, glitter, stencils, case etc.

A kit of professional tools will cost you at least 150 EUR and it will certainly grow with time. My kit values about 1000 EUR now, but of course it took years to build it.

Start from the basic stuff and gradually add new tools to it, testing them and finding the ones that will work the best for you.

A good option would be to check out pre-made kits. Here are some examples:

A starter kit by www.JestPaint.com

A starter kit by www.jestpaint.com

A starter kit by www.FacePaintShopAustralia.com

A starter kit by www.FacePaintShopAustralia.com

I know what your next question is! “What are the main face painting supplies to begin with and where to get them?”. Don’t worry! I have the answers planned for one of the upcoming posts.

Professional training

International Face Painting School, live workshops, conventions etc.

Even if you are born with artistic talent, face painting has its own specialized techniques, just like any other craft. And yes, it requires professional training to achieve best results in short time.

The times when it was enough to be able to paint some basic designs have passed. The face and body art industry is undergoing rapid expansion, making nowadays reality demanding a much more original, neat and artistic touch. We are not “just face painters” anymore.

Of course, you always have the option to make your own research, reading endless threads of conversations in face painting groups to find the answers to your questions and learning from your own mistakes and experience. But be prepared that it may take you years and still not give you the desired result.

If you want to stand out from the crowd and become a true professional in the industry, invest in professional training and learn from the best.

Learn from people whose art you love and who have experience in instructing many other face painters.

As face painting becomes more popular, you can find ads about workshops for beginners all over the Internet. But please stay away from cheap workshops with those instructors whose art you didn’t even see.

It is much more difficult to get rid of bad habits, rather than learning from scratch.

At the International Face Painting School, first and unique professional ONLINE training in the world, students aren’t just learning how to copy a selection of designs.

They are learning color theory, how to build their own kit of professional tools, mastering specialized face painting techniques (linework, one stroke, double dip, dry brushing and blending) and developing their own style, all along building a portfolio of most requested designs and applying in practice business tips and tricks for boosting their careers.

Split payment plans are available! Check out all payment plans here.

International Face Painting School — The most complete online face painting guide

Additional setup for big outdoor gigs

Canopy, folding table, high chair etc.
If you are going to take big outdoor gigs, there are some extra things you’ll need to add to your kit, like a tent or canopy, a big folding table, and a high chair, along with banners and advertising posters and much more smaller stuff.

You can buy most of these goods in Ikea, Walmart, Leroy Merlin or online on eBay or Amazon. A canopy will cost you about 200 EUR, the folding table — 50-100 EUR, a high folding chair — 50-100 EUR.

Face painting craft workstation - outdoor gigs

Topics about building your own setup, outdoor gigs, most comfortable body postures for painting and displaying face painting designs for different gigs are covered in Part Two, Module #9 of the Course.

Advertising and promo materials

Menu board with printed designs, business cards, flyers, banners, posters and even internet ad… building your name and reputation costs money too! Prices vary depending on the area you live in.

You may also want to advertise your services on Facebook, where you can target your potential customers in the area where you’re going to work. Here is a handy instruction how-to post your ads and get the best value from them — How to Target Local Customers With Facebook Ads.


Depending on the part of the world you live in, it may cost you from $50 to $300 per year.

There are various sources for artist insurance, for a list of options all over the world, check out our article “Insurance for the Professional Face Painter“.

Certificate of assumed name

This is a registered business name. Good thing that you shall pay for that only once. Again, depending on your location it may cost you from $100 to $1000.

The easiest way to register your business is to become self-employed (Wikipedia article).


If you have a legitimate business, then count the taxes into your expenses as well. 10-20% if you are registered as a self-employed, but sometimes up to 40% depending on the country. Plus additional expenses for an accountant 🙄

Car expenses

And obviously, owning a car if you didn’t have one before. You will have to drive to various places and carry a lot of stuff with you to most of the gigs. So you will need a car to fit your setup in and petrol to fill it up.

Pricing… Better ask your hubby 😉

Child care

If you are a mother, you’ll need someone to take care of your kid while you’re working.


Yes, time IS money! You will need a lot of extra time besides the actual work at an event for preparations, driving, setting up, cleaning your tools after the gig, learning, practicing, researching the Internet for new ideas, promoting yourself, painting on models and many other things that are left behind the curtain for our customers.

You may have lost a part of enthusiasm after reading all that above. But don’t give up, it is all worth it! All beginnings are tough.

Set a strategy, make one step at a time, plan and follow your dream!

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How to Start a Face-Painting Business

By Miranda Brookins

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Parties are filled with family, friends, food and fun. Be a part of the fun by providing face-painting services. From flowers and ladybugs to cartoon characters and jungle animals, there are a wide variety of face-painting options for kids and adults. As a face painter you get to express your creativity and share your art with others.

Legally register your business and get insurance coverage for protection. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to find out how to register your business in your state, and to determine if you need special licenses to run a face-painting business. Secure general liability insurance to protect yourself from possible litigation.

Purchase a variety of colors of water-based face-paint, glitters and brushes from your local arts and crafts store. Purchase a container to hold your supplies.

Recruit models of all ages and do sample face-painting designs on them. Take pictures of each design, so that you can use them on your website and in your brochures. Include designs inside of a binder you can carry around with you to meetings and events.

Work with a graphic designer to create a logo that represents the services your face-painting business provides. Have the graphic designer create a business card design, a brochure and stickers that feature your company’s logo.

Hire a website designer to create a site that showcases your artistic talents. Show the range of designs you can do from small face-painted flowers to full face designs resembling tigers.

Come up with a price list for your face-painting business. You can elect to charge per hour, per event or based on the type of design a person wants to get. Include your pricing and services on your website and in your brochure.

Volunteer to do face-painting at local family events in your community. This will give you an opportunity to give back to the community, while showcasing your talent to potential clients. Distribute business cards and brochures to interested parents.

Craft a sales letter that introduces your face-painting business to the community. Discuss your passion for art and children, detail the types of products you use and indicate the types of events you’re available for. Send these letters, along with several brochures and business cards, to local schools, day care centers, community centers, parenting organizations, business and professional networks.

Advertise your face-painting business in local parenting publications and on local parenting blogs.

Connect with party planners, party supply stores and bakeries in your area to see how you can mutually promote each others' businesses. Use your website to promote business who offer complementary services, and they can let you put brochures in their stores.


Writer Bio

Miranda Brookins is a marketing professional who has over seven years of experience in copywriting, direct-response and Web marketing, publications management and business communications. She has a bachelor's degree in business and marketing from Towson University and is working on a master's degree in publications design at University of Baltimore.

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How to Start a Face Painting Business

JJ has been writing helpful and fun articles online and in print for over 18 years. She enjoys sharing tips and ideas.

Add fun to parties, fairs and events!

Wondering if face painting is a good job for you? It could be! Learn how to get start your small business of making kids and adults happy. Do you enjoy working with kids and making them smile? Are you at least a little artistic? Would you like your own company?

My daughter enjoys being a high-quality face painter. Why?

  • She got started in this creative field with low start-up costs.
  • She sets her own schedule with flexible hours.
  • She likes using her creativity.
  • She enjoys interacting with children!
  • It makes good money!

Now, I am considering getting into the act. She keeps busy, and there are only so many Saturdays (the most popular party day for kids) during the summer. Maybe I'll build up my own small business. Read on for some awesome business-starting tips, design ideas, and more! Learn how to become a professional face painter!

Do You Want to Be a Professional Face Painter?

Before you dive right in and decide to commit to painting faces, think about what it entails. You'll be spending a lot of time with kids and people in general. The hours could be long, and people might ask you for things you might not have tried before. Your personality is really important in these face-to-face businesses, so you need to consider how it would or wouldn't affect customers' experiences. After all, a lot of work comes from word-of-mouth referrals! Here's a quick questionnaire to see if this endeavor might be right for you.

Are you...

  • Cheerful?
  • Always smiling?
  • Artistically talented?
  • Good with kids?
  • Neat and clean?
  • Patient?
  • Fun?

If you said yes to these questions, you should consider doing this as a job!

How to Start a Face-Painting Business

1. Learn About the Industry

Gather more information about getting started in the industry. You can often learn a lot of tips and tricks by trying one or all of the following actions:

  • Volunteering to help
  • Watching interactions
  • Just hanging around

One artist got her start by shadowing another lady already in the business. Then, she learned one design (in this case, a butterfly) and then began trying it out on friends and family. Soon, she graduated to painting actual children! Here are some tips from a source I know and trust:

6 Tips From Snazaroo (maker of awesome paints):

  1. Talk to other professionals for suggestions and help.
  2. Get or borrow at least three tutorial books to practice with and study.
  3. Find design ideas online and try them out.
  4. Practice! You can do this on paper or on friends. Simulate a real event by doing one for free. A good goal is to be able to paint any design you offer in five minutes or less.
  5. "Know 15 full face and 10 cheek art designs by heart."
  6. Check out the competition.

K.J., a professional face artist, offers this advice to beginners:

"Practicing is the main key. Practice as much as you can, watch professionals do it (on videos or in person), read related books and find your style. Have fun with the kids, the designs, and the colors, and your business will be a success!"

2. Gather the Gear and Supplies You'll Need

Here are basic supplies you'll need:

  • 12 colors of quality paint
  • 15 good artist-quality brushes
  • Face painting 3-ring binder or menu board

If you have a craft show or will be offering your services at an event, consider these items:

  • Pop-up canopy
  • Portable table
  • 2 chairs, one for you and one for your client
  • Hand mirror
  • Wipes
  • Sponges

3. Find Business Opportunities and Set Your Rates

Now that you have the motivation and supplies in hand, it's time to drum up some business! You have two payment options: charge by the hour or by the face.

Charge "by the hour" for events:

  • Birthday parties
  • Picnics
  • Fundraisers
  • Grand openings
  • Holidays
  • Church gatherings
  • Corporate events for families
  • Restaurant "Kids' Nights"

In these cases, the host pays you and you paint the guests "for free." Some places will allow you to put a tip jar on your table as well as paying the hourly fee. Just ask! For pay-by-the-face booths, be sure to bring plenty of change for customers, and have that tip jar out for extra income!

Set up a booth and charge "per face" at venues:

  • Farmer's markets
  • Swap meets
  • Kids' events
  • Fairs and festivals

In some locations, you may also be able to set up in a park or public corner. Be sure to find out about local business laws in those cases.

It's time for you to get started! Watch and try the tutorials below for extra practice, and good luck!

A Bit of Humor...

Parents often ask, "Will it just wash off with soap and water?"

My daughter smiles and answers, "Nope, it's permanent!"

Pause—straight face—everyone laughs.

The parent will then respond, "But seriously, it'll just wash off, right?"

My daughter simply says, "Sure..."

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have to meet legal requirements if you make a local face painting stall when you are a minor?

Answer: That would depend on your area and the place in which you are planning on working. For instance, painting at a church event might be fine, but at a farmer's market might require at least a permit. You can call your local business office.

Question: How would I go about making a legal business?

Answer: Look into your local laws. In the USA there are usually state and/or local business licenses to get. You might also look into opening a business bank account and getting face painting (entertainers) insurance. I suggest reading up on starting a small business in your area.

Question: How much does it cost for a license in order to face paint?

Answer: That would really depend on your area. You can call your local business license office and they should know.

Question: Should you start off with business cards and ads to grow your face painting business, or wait until you become successful?

Answer: I think having a business card is a great idea for looking professional from day one. Vistaprint online has great deals on printing them. As for ads, I know Kelsey the Face Painting Lady in Vancouver, Washington USA started off doing local fairs and events where she charged per face and she put up a lot of flyers on bulletin boards in her area. Over time you can do more advertising as your budget allows, or if you have start-up money, you can advertise right away in local papers and online. I would strongly suggest making a website.

Question: How much does a face painter earn?

Answer: That could vary widely depending on time put into the job, location, expenses, advertising and so much more.

I'd love to hear from you!

[email protected] on October 28, 2019:

Beautiful thank you

Ashlee Daniels on January 29, 2019:

I love thee creativity it looks fun for an bussiness i'm working at a Youth Café and i'm responsible for face painting i will love starting my own business

monica_ on September 11, 2018:

i have been doing face painting on and off for many years but i keep loosing me network by moving to new cities.I knew many people in my hometown and was easy to find new gigs but i dont know what to do now in a new citie not knowing anyone really.Any advise?

greggbirkner on March 19, 2013:

Thanks for putting so much time, effort, and information into this page. My wife is a professional face painter and I'll be sure to pass on this lens to her. I'm sure she will enjoy it.

WriterJanis2 on March 18, 2013:

This looks like such a fun and creative job,

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How do I put my best foot forward with a business card? Contributed by Deb Ling

Business Cards - How do I put my best foot forward?

No matter what medium you are advertising in, these rules apply. Sometimes all the potential customers sees, is your ad, business card, sign, etc, rather than your work, therefore it must represent you to the utmost. If you are at a festival with other face painters, and you all do comparable work, the consumer will only have the business card to go by 6 months later. You want yours to stand out, but with taste. 

1) White Space...

White Space is essential. When designing a business card, (or any advertising medium), find the most important fact you are promoting, and surround it with white space. If you have a graphic included, the white space can be outside the graphic, if it is a part of the main topic you are promoting.  Don’t go overboard with graphics, use them to point to a main topic, or to give the card some pizzazz, but NOT just to fill space.


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2) Lists...

IF you have a lot of info you want to share, you can run a list to save space, i.e.:  birthdays  * school events  *  festivals * corporate * special events * picnics The list can run across the entire card in two or three lines, if that is how much you offer, or you run a vertical list down one side, or both sides. But use bullets, (i.e.: diamond) rather than commas. Graphic Design does not necessarily follow what you learned in school. Bullets catch the eye more than commas.


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Gary used a good means of listing his clients, that others could call for a reference. On the back of his folded “Party Faces Inc.” card, he did use commas, however he used different colors, to break the monotony of the list. This usage of  multi colors works in this situation, but this is the exception to the rule.

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3) The Type...

Use one or two fonts, maximum for your regular copy. Change the type by stretching, italics, bold, different colors. You can get use a third font in a heading, such as “About Faces” used in the card above. When proofing the layout, before printing, make sure that there are no typos, that there is spacing between words, that the card is ‘pleasing to the eye’ and easy to read. Having everything, centered, with equal amount of space between each line with nothing popping off the page, is called “shot gunning”, and makes for a bad layout. Below I have made up a card showing you what it looks like.


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4) Color...

Again, less is more. If you have a colored card, the print must be in a good contrast color. One that is EASY to read. You do not want to have a  lot of colors for the type, either. Use one or two colors max for the type. One color for the main body of type, and one color for the main event -so to speak - of your card information. If you want to use more colors, then separate the colors out by segments of type i.e.: headline in red, phone # in blue, list in green.. Color also is used to draw the eye... Red is a color that draws the eye more than green  Using Sweet Tomato the clown’s card as an example, there is a red outer border, with an inner blue border, and her name is in red, the border draws the eye down from the top, to where her name is written. This is a clean layout, and she used the back of the card to place all her info on.


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5) Information on Card...

On a One Sided Card, only place on the card what is pertinent... If your address is not important, then omit it. Web sites, email addresses, fax numbers are good, but the main thing after your name should be your phone number for focus. (That does not mean that is the order it must go in...). But have your name or company name as the main item, then secondary should be your phone number... unless you think there is something more important than that. The phone number should be second in size also. Larger than the copy, smaller than your name. So you could have 3 sizes of your font.  Berry-Merry used two lines on the front of her card. Her name is first then her phone #. And if you look you will see they are repeated on her costume, everything else was placed on the back of the card, therefore her focus is her name and then the phone number.


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Below is my card showing the three focus areas, 1) my name, 2) phone number, and 3) copy


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Now if you absolutely must place everything you do on your card so as to spark ideas in your potential customers mind, consider having a folded card, or a two sided card. It would cost more, but be worth it to have a memorable card with a clean layout. In that respect, Gary’s card is an excellent example. He has a two sided card, that has all the info he needs to convey to the customer, as well as facts about face painting. The facts about face painting, give the customer another reason to hold on to his card. He has offset the photos. As you look at the card, first you see the photos, then company name, then the body copy. This is a great layout, in that it forces your eye to see what you want it to see, in the order of importance. 1) The photos that show what his product can look like. 2) The Company Name. 3) His name. 4) His phone number. 5) The pertinent body copy.


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His “Party Faces Inc.” card also used the same type format, causing your eye to travel. But on this card the focus is different. He wants people to read the inside, so the “Look Inside” is the third focus after the pictures and company name.


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6) And finally...

If you have a web site, place the address on the card. People are more   computer oriented than ever. If they have called you for a date and are waiting for you to call them back, your voice mail can direct them to check out your web site for more information while they wait for you to call back. It is another tool of this day and age. For any questions or feedback, please email me at [email protected]

Deb Ling


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