Frequently Asked Questions

Are the face paints safe to use on children?

Yes, TAG, Diamond FX, Mehron, Global and Wolfe professional face and body paints (not available on the high street) are hypoallergenic and non toxic so perfect for all faces, young and old. If your child is particularly sensitive or has eczema, a patch test or a painted design on the arm instead is recommended.
 
Are they easy to remove?

Yes, the paint can be best removed with lots of warm soapy and water, or with a basic moisturiser or cleanser. Baby wipes aren't the best way to remove face paints as they tend to smear the paint all over the face first and can cause irritation.
 
Do you have a minimum age you can work with?

I will not paint any child under two as they do not tolerate it well and their skin is more sensitive. Under three's, if the child wishes to be painted (which does not include the child being restrained by the parent), may have a quick, simple design on the arm or face. If at any point the child becomes upset, I will stop painting. Three years and above is generally the best ages with which to work.
 
Do you need to know anything before the party/event?

Yes, knowing things like the ages of the children and whether it's just boys, girls or mixed is useful. Numbers are also crucial. If you don't know exact numbers, a good estimate is needed to ensure I have time to paint all their faces. If you have booked me for two hours but you have 35 children attending your party, I will not be able to paint all the children. Absolute maximum for a two hour booking would be 30 children.
I can be hired for as many hours as you need beyond the first 2 hours. I will of course need to know the party venue - including postcode. If I am being hired for a corporate event, I can provide proof of insurance, a risk assessment and invoices/recipts where required.

Do you do any other types of face or body painting?

Yes, I can face paint as part of a Hen Night experience and I am also hired regularly for weddings and Christenings. Bump painting is another option and a great feature for a Baby Shower. If you are pregnant in your third trimester and would like your bump painted, this can be a lovely, relaxing experience and is a fun way to celebrate your pregnancy. Bump painting (per bump) takes approx one hour and costs £45.00 (plus a small travel fee, if applicable). A bump painting plus mini photo shoot, framed 7x5 photo of choice and 2 other photos of choice offered digitally can be purchased for £69.00.
 
Do you need anything when you arrive?

I have my own table and face painting chair. They are portable and very easy to set up in the home, other premises or out doors. If you require me to work in a small area and have a chair and surface to place my paints and brushes etc, then this is fine too. I will also need access to water. If this is a problem, let me know prior to the event and I will bring my own. If you are extending your party into the garden area, I have my own shower proof gazebo which is 2m x 2m. Please let me know before the party whether you would like me to bring and set up the gazebo.
 
How do I make a booking?

If you have a date in mind, have a look on my Bookings/Contact page and see if this date is free. Each date will be colour coded to alert you to my availability and there's a key down the side of the page which explains what the colours mean. If it looks like I'm free, please send me a txt or email, give me a text or call (07722069855) or send me a message via the Contact Us form, also on the bookings page. You can also contact me through my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/thefacepaintingqueen
 
Do you require a deposit?

For private parties and events, I require a £25.00 deposit at the time of booking. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation, but will serve as part payment for your party. For example, if you hire me for the minimum of two hours, you will only need to pay me the remaining £50.00 (+ mileage fees, if appilcable). You can pay your deposit via paypal or bank transfer. You can also a cheque to me within 5 days of confirming your booking. Cheques to be made out to Deborah Grice. I will forward you a postal address via individual contact.

Do you do events for free, but charge the public per face (piece work)?

As a general rule, this is not the sort of work I undertake, although frequently requested for local fetes, fairs and fund raising events. Face painting is fun, but it is also a business and a skill. My equipment is expensive and needs frequently replenishing and I also incur the costs of having full public liabilty insurance. It goes without saying, my time and talent is worthy of renumeration as well as the travel time and time to set up and clear up. I expect to be hired and paid in the same way as a Plumber or Mechanic would be. I am happy to be hired and be paid my corporate event rate but also charge the public per face and anything I make is given back to cover part or all my fee.

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