How to Hire a Safe Face Painter

All parents want the very best for their kids. But how do we keep them safe if we don’t know much about the professional we’ve hired? Today I’ll outline a few ways to make sure your face painter is safe and hygienic.

The first step is making sure that your face painter has a good reputation. While a personal recommendation is always best, review sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, Nextdoor, and Gigsalad are all great places to both find and review painters.

Secondly, we want to ensure the professional uses FDA-compliant theatrical quality makeup. Some brand names to look for are Mehron Paradise, Global, Snazaroo, and FAB, or anything ordered from Generally, it’s water-based makeup that dries to a powdery finish. It’s not the grease paint of our youths! In fact, grease paint remains tacky between jobs and clients and is very difficult to disinfect. Avoid painters that use grease, acrylic, or tempera paints. We also add a wonderful and gentle soap to our paint water at Fancy Faces that disinfects, keeps our brushes cleaner between clients, and helps our paint glide more smoothly. Any glitter that's used should be cosmetic grade glitter, which is finely milled with rounded edges as opposed to square edges which can cut sensitive corneas.

I always require the painters at Fancy Faces use a clean sponge for each client, stashing the used sponges in a bag to be washed on high heat after the job. We also use fully disposable lipstick applicators for lipstick. A lot of painters use Q-tips which are great as well! We wash and disinfect our brushes after each job. We use wipes to clean our hands and tighten up any small mistakes or “paw prints” that might have ended up on the client during painting. I personally prefer makeup removal wipes, but most painters use baby wipes.

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that your painter is insured in the unlikely event that something does happen. We at Fancy Faces have professional insurance which would cover any costs if your child had a reaction to our high quality paint or became ill after being painted. I’m happy to say in seven years, we’ve never once had to file a claim!

In summation, you want your painter’s kit to be clean, well-maintained, tidy and organized. I am a messy painter, but I take a few moments every so often to tidy up my kit during a job because it’s the face of my business. Inquiring about a painter’s hygiene practices are always acceptable and should be met with clear and thorough answers. After all, it’s your child’s health on the line! Most importantly, your painter should love children and be concerned about their well-being.

Feel free to email us with any questions about our hygiene practices or anything else, or to book us for your next event in Dallas or San Francisco (we love adult parties too!).