We were very honoured to be part of the Essex County Wide Awards that were held on Friday 1nd December at the Crown Plaza Resort in Colchester, Nathalie was up for the award of Best Business Woman Of the Year and we are pleased to announce that she won. Orsett Hall was the sponsors and Andrea Ince who is the marketing manager at Orsett Hall was the judge. Andrea said "The standard of entry in this category was extremely high as you would expect in a County Wide Awards. All of the Finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved with each of them having to overcome obstacles on the way in one form or another. Being a Business Owner is not always easy but with determination and focus each of the Finalists have successful businesses which are still growing.’
It was a fantastic night for the entire team at The Face Painting Shop, it’s wonderful to have all our hard work recognised and was the icing on the cake to an amazing 2016 for us.
Andrea Ince - http://www.incepr.co.uk/index.php/about-ince-pr
Orsett Hall -http://www.orsetthall.co.uk/
Essex Business Awards - http://www.essexbusinessawards.co.uk/
Christmas Festive Fairy Face Painting Tutorial Instructions and Product List
Use some global glitter gel at the hairline.
Add some stars on top for a magical effect.
Sponge on some fairy wings in Global Pearl Green.
The double wing shape is very flattering.
Use a brown tone and a small round brush to create some
twigs on both sides below the eyes.
Using a rake brush, and a darker green paint, brush
on some easy Yew leaves along each of the twigs.
Use a colour of your choice to outline the fairy.
The simpler the outline, the better to save on time!
Use Pearl Merlot and a round brush to outline the fairy wings.
Remember to always lead each line towards the same focal point.
In the same colour, add some embellishments to tie it all in.
Then, colour the fairy's dress in. I like to stick to the colour scheme,
but feel free to switch it up!
Give your fairy a friendly face - closed eyes are easy
to do with a simple line and some lashes!
Optional - but worth it! Liquid bling makes a huge difference
to every face painting design!
As a final touch you can paint the lips in a colour of your
(or your customer's) choice!
Voila! A fast, but effective festive fairy face paint design!
Global Gold Glitter Gel: https://goo.gl/2snvbz
Gold Chunky Glitter: https://goo.gl/br9evy
Gold Glitter Stars: https://goo.gl/560m8t
Practice Face Boards: https://goo.gl/IyByqF
The Face Painting Shop Brushes: https://goo.gl/PNhnYE
Global Pearl Merlot: https://goo.gl/7CZJbu
Global Pearl Green: https://goo.gl/7n7n5h
Artist Rachel's Links:
How to get your face painting mojo back!
Loss of mojo is a very common epidemic among face painters, trust me! It's estimated we lose around 150 face painters per year to this crippling disease. Ok, I'm joking. But seriously, if you're experiencing mojo loss, just know, you're not alone! If you've yet to experience this, get this blog in your bookmarks for future reference – you know, just in case!
Common symptoms include: wanting to hide away from the world, assessing every single paint stroke of your own work as rubbish, feeling like you've hit a plateau, and seriously considering selling all of your equipment!
Before you rush off to the selling sites, try some of the tips below to reignite that spark you had when all of this was shiny and new. There's just one catch: you have to really push yourself to TRY. I know that your first instinct will be to look at each item and go: “meh”. After the “meh” comes the “doing”. Just have a go, you will be glad you did!
Take a break and do something different
Sometimes we all need a holiday! Even if we're not actually going anywhere ;)
So, when you've finished your gigs for the week, pack away your stuff and do something else! Whatever you do to unwind, whether that's watching bad TV, going out for a nice walk to clear the air, or knitting! Choose an activity that you know will completely take your mind off your work. You may be surprised to find that when you come back to it, you are seeing everything in a new light.
If this doesn't quite do the trick...read on!
Organise your face painting kit
After you've had a bit of a breather, it's time to go hands on once again! The last thing you might be interested in doing is organising your kit, but I guarantee that this will go a long way to helping you get your mojo back. The worst part is always motivating yourself to do it, but then you often will find yourself enjoying the process. Give your kit a thorough going over. Sort out your brushes in order of size, figure out if anything has seen its day and if so, throw it away! Deep clean EVERYTHING. By the end of this exercise, you will get that deep sense of satisfaction that can go both ways. Either you will be raring to paint again with your shiny new kit, or you will be reluctant to mess it all up again! If the second one is you, let's see what we can do to encourage you to pick up the paintbrush again..
Look at old photos of your work and create collages to compare to your most recent work. You may be surprised at just how much progress you have made. If there are some photos that seem like you haven't made much progress at all write it down! Having areas to improve is always a good thing, especially if you can identify and face these head on as it gives you something to aim for. This exercise helps you to see your strengths and weaknesses, but mainly serves to show you that every bit of progress matters! Don't throw in the towel just yet, imagine where you could be a year from now if you get back on the horse!
Also check out the profiles of some of the more well known artists. Don't compare yourself to them, but instead look for those comparison posts they often throw up of their own work! It goes to show that we all start somewhere, and EVERYONE can acheieve a high standard with perseverence. Remember you can only compare yourself to the person you were yesterday. There is only one YOU in the world, make it count.
Look into time management
Sometimes it can be helpful when dealing with lack of motivation to paint to figure out what has caused it in the first place. Often, it will be a build up over time, but one day it just steps over your limit. When I've experienced this in the past, it has boiled down to poor time management. Feeling 'switched on' all the time, feeling like you HAVE to answer emails at all hours of the day and night, can eventually take its toll on you.
Trying to keep up with latest trends, and posting on social media can start to feel overwhelming. Once you miss one day, it starts to build up and you feel like you will never catch up again. Remember though, it is YOU who has placed these arbitrary expectations on yourself. Perhaps you were a little unrealistic about your ability to commit to being a 24/7 face painting business owner extraordinaire and guess what? Thats OK! We live and learn.
Perhaps it's time to redefine your boundaries and set yourself specific hours of business. You can now set automatic responses on your business page when you are 'away', so you can reassure your potential clients that you will get back to them, and you can stop checking your messages every 5 minutes. Decide which days you can genuinely commit to posting new photos, or entering receipt details into a spreadsheet, or even which day you will take off and refuse to even LOOK at work. From this, establish a pattern that you can stick to and don't deviate. As humans, we respond well to routines – give it a go and see what a difference it can make to your stress levels and how it can help you get your painting mojo back!
Create a vision board
Create a year ahead projection – where do you want to be a year from now? What baby steps do you need to take to get there? Break it down! Often we compare ourselves to others and don't realise that we are on our own incomparable journeys. It can be disheartening when everyone around you seems to be storming off ahead while you feel stuck but it's important to know that almost every painter experiences this at some point in their journey. This too shall pass! If you are feeling overwhelmed and like you will never reach your goals, my advice is to zoom right in. Keep the bigger picture in mind but only focus on the next step, and then the next one. Before you know it, the next step will have you creating a whole new goal as you achieve your milestone. This exercise will help you to see that it is ALL doable. Nothing is impossible.
Don't suffer in silence!
Sometimes just telling someone how you are feeling can help to lift the weight off your shoulders. Share your experience with other painters and you may be surprised how many are also feeling the hump! Not that we'd wish this on anyone, but knowing you're not alone can be very reassuring and help you to see that it's definitely something you can overcome.
Also, making time for friends and family is especially important as being self employed can be a lonely affair. Social isolation is one thing sure to upset your face painting mojo. Make time for yourself and you'll find it goes a long way to keeping you in a happier frame of mind for your creative work.
We hope these suggestions can help you painters who are just not quite feeling it right now. If you can identify with some of the things in this blog post, then take it from me, it will pass as long as you just give some of these ideas a go!
If you have your own methods of regaining your creative spark, please share with us in the comments!
We are having a small Christmas gathering in connection with the Painty People Periscope Group.
The party will be a great opportunity to network with fellow face painters, take party in some festive fun and games.
We will have lots of drinks and nibbles avaible and also a few surprises up our sleeve.
The cost is £10.00 per person.(payable in advance or on the day) we have a limited number of tickets available. (30)
The party will start at 6pm - look forward to seeing you for some Christmas fun
You can find the event page pn Facebook here > https://www.facebook.com/events/1787323568183124/
Christmas Opening Hours 2016
Thursday 22nd December - Closed from 2.30pm - Re open Tuesday 10th January 2017
(Please note that internet orders will still be shipped out during the Christmas period when the retail shop will be closed but will be delayed due to posting if your order is urgent please email email@example.com)
No orders will be shipped from 1st -9th January 2017
The Face Painting Shop in Stanford Le Hope has been named as the winner of Best Small Business at The Thames Gateway Business Awards, a regional competition for small to large businesses. 12 winners were selected from over 50 finalists.. This annual competition seeks to recognise great business in the Thames Gateway Area, who not only are making a difference in their own lives, but also in their local communities.
The awards were presented at a gala evening at the East Wintergardens in the heart of Canary Wharf; the venue was transformed for the evening to host the prestigious awards where the audience enjoyed a sumptuous meal and the vocal prowess of Duette, where all winners and finalists enjoyed a 3 course meal and the award presentation.
The Team had an amazing night and was so proud to have won such a prestigious award, the other finalists in our category were of suck a high standard and we are very proud to have stood out to the judges.
Special thanks to Sarah Scott-Foster who organised the event and also the judges that took the time to come and visit us and recognised us as the Best Small Business - Xiao Xiao from Aspers Casino and Karen West-Whylie from Barking Enterprise Center.
Also a special shout out to our new friends that were on our table and were also winners , Trevor Blackman was thrilled that his company, Ape Media, was selected from all the finalists to receive their award, which was accompanied by £12,000 worth of free advertising across Archant newspapers, and Urban Network who won the Best Customer Service award - Table 15 was the lucky table of the night.
Zombie Skin FX Demo
In this video, we will be giving you a quick demo of the amazing Zombie Skin FX! We will show you just
how easy and fast it is to use, and why you need to add this to your special fx kit!
Face Painting Brushes and their uses!
The Face Painting industry has rapidly evolved in recent years in terms of the sheer number of products on the market! The choice of face painting brushes available today can be daunting when it comes to starting or updating your kit! This particular blog is all about face painting brushes and what each one is best for. Most brushes are versatile and have a range of functions which will be demonstrated below. Hopefully, this will give you some idea of which brushes you'd like to have in your kit.
Obviously in this blog, I am talking about The Face Painting Shop brushes (which you can find here on this site). Each of these have been lovingly designed and hand crafted to the highest standards, so you can be sure of quality from the outset. They are now distributed around the world, and if you are a member of any groups online, you will often see people raving about them. I fell in love with these face painting brushes a long time ago, and have now replaced the majority of my collection with them. I know you will love them, too!
Note: I will be including all of the brand new brushes in the range, so if that's why you came, make sure you read until the end!
The Round Face Painting Brushes
Round Face Painting Brushes are a must have tool in your face painting kit. There are no two ways about it! I'm not saying you couldn't get by without them, particularly if you have a liner and filbert brush in your kit, I'm just saying they make face painters lives a heck of a lot easier!
Naturally, these are the most recognisable brushes. They are used for outlining face painting designs, teardrops and detail work. They range in sizes starting at the smallest 0 and up to number 6 in this brand.
So, which one to choose? I would definitely recommend getting a full set of these and experimenting with each one. The very small round brushes are perfect for lightly sketching in a design before you go full whack or for creating tiny little starbrusts without splodging the paint everywhere! The larger face painting brushes are ideal for lining on larger pieces – for example in body painting. If you are very heavy handed, you will probably find yourself happier around a number 2 or 3 round brush, to get finer, less chunky details. Or, if you like more chunky detailing, you can go a bit larger. It all depends on your personal style and comfort level. These brushes are so reasonably priced, it is worth buying them all, and once you have found your favourites, you can just replace those ones when new brush day comes!
The Flat & Angled Face Painting Brushes
Flat Face Painting Brushes are also a top priority requirement for every face painter to carry in their kit! They come in different sizes and shapes, and are suitable for a range of uses. One stroke face painting (which eliminates the need for using sponges) has taken the industry by storm, and this is exactly what these brushes are perfect for!
The Face Painting Shop brand in particular has been revolutionary in bringing out the range of 'short' flat brushes. The fact that they are shorter, gives the painter much more control over their face painting designs – making them an ideal choice for beginners especially, but also for vets looking to make their lives a little bit easier.
I can hear you now - “surely you're exaggerating just a little – they're only brushes!” Trust me, until you try them, you will never understand the hype.
I have seen people go from painting pink splodges that vaguely resemble roses, to painting fully fledged gorgeous roses pretty much overnight – THAT is how dramatically these babies can transform your art. (You can see my rose tutorial with one of these brushes on The Face Painting Shop Youtube Channel).
So there are two different shapes to consider with these brushes – the flat ones are all the same length bristles. They are perfect for filling in large areas and getting a neat edge. They can be used on the face, or in larger body painting pieces. Team them up with one stroke paints and you have got yourself a party! Your clients will be amazed when you are able to produce a rainbow with one slide of the brush!
The Angled flat brush is THE brush for painting. Due to the shape, and shorter bristles, you really get a lot of control with this brush and can get right into every nook and cranny.
Both of these brushes can be used for one stroke outlining – for example on butterflies. They come in different sizes, obviously smaller ones are best for tiny areas you want to paint (or tiny faces), and the larger ones when you have a bit more surface area to play with.
So which ones should you buy? My first recommendation would be to start with 3/4” size in both the flat and angled face painting brushes. From there, you can start collecting the smaller and larger ones if you wish!
The Filbert Face Painting Brushes
Oh how I love my filbert face painting brushes! I call them the magic teardrop brushes! Yes you heard me right! If you have ever struggled with painting teardrops using a round brush then you need to invest in a set of these! Go and check out the teardrops video on The Face Painting Shop channel and you can see them in action! The are the perfect shape to get that trademark rounded edge, yet when you flip them onto their side they can create a nice fine line, too! You can even use them with one stroke to get that 3D effect.
Aside from teardrops, filbert brushes can be used for filling in large areas. I like to use them on the eyes, as they are nice and soft. If you're looking for a brush to use on lips (bearing in mind health and safety), the small filbert brush will help you out! I tend to use my large filbert brush the most, so that's what I would recommend if I had to choose just ONE.
The Face Painting Shop Liner Brushes
The liner face painting brushes have long thin bristles and I would recommend having a good level of brush control before you try out this brush, in order to get the best out of it. Alternatively, Sally-Ann Lynch does a wonderful video demonstration of how to use these brushes.
So, what are they for? Well, the long bristles make them perfect for whimsical swirls and extremely fine details. For example, thin lines on a butterfly wing. Using the tip of the brush and quite wet paint, you can drop 'dots' onto your design and they will come out perfectly round!
You can create all kinds of lines with this brush which will add more dimension to your designs.
The Flower & Flora Face Painting Brushes
The 'small flower brush' is one of my favourite things in the world! The bristles are so soft, yet the layered design gives my flowers an amazing texture. I use this brush for double dip flowers on top of as many designs as I can!! The Large flower face painting brush is just a larger version of this, so more suitable for body painting pieces as I feel the small flower brush is absolutely perfect for use on the face.
The Flora brush will give you a different textured petal again, and a bit more of an angular shape. Really, though, I use this brush for all of my monster and skeleton teeth, so it is worth having in your kit if this is something you struggle with!
The BIG Face Painting Brushes
I have to take this opportunity to RAVE about The Face Painting Shop Base Brush! Its the most expensive brush in the range but oh so worth it! The bristles on this brush are softer than any I've ever felt before! The shape and configuration of the brush means that you can get a base coat down in lightning speed – with NO streaking in sight!! So basically, it does what a sponge does, faster and without the mess! I know of several painters who love this face painting brush so much, they even have one solely for their makeup cases, as it is a fantastic foundation brush! Naturally, it is also useful in body painting as you can cover such a large area in no time at all. If this is out of your budget right now, I would seriously encourage you to consider saving for it! If you are ever in the area of the shop, be sure to pop in, if only to see for yourself why I am banging on about this brush. It is divine!
The Body Painting brush is shaped like a filbert brush, but in extra large size! Just like the base brush, this one can be used for filling in large areas, or creating ginormous teardrops on a body paint! Due to the shape, this one is naturally a lot firmer than the base brush, and so you can be more precise with it. For the average face painting job, I can't imagine you will use this brush a whole lot, but for body painters, this can be an invaluable tool.
The Rake Face Painting Brushes
I got so excited when Nathalie unveiled these beauties that have just joined the collection! As far as fuzzy creatures go, these face painting brushes will make your designs stand out from the crowd! Due to their unique texture, the rake brushes can create the most amazing fur effect with no extra effort. You can use them with one strokes to add more dimension, too!
In addition to fur, you can create whiskers, and fabric textures (particularly useful for body painting!). Although not considered a bare bones must-have, these face painting brushes are so fun and satisfying to use, I highly recommend them just for the sheer pleasure of using them! Puppy face paints are no longer flat and lifeless, but animated and oh so cute with their new fluffy fur! Go on.. you know you want to!
The Dagger Face Painting Brushes
I think dagger face painting brushes are one of the things that most painters are reluctant to try. Usually this is simply because they have never seen them in action, and either they don't seem necessary, or they are a bit intimidated in adding what looks like a very technical tool to their collections.
The dagger brushes have a range of uses. They can be used like the flat brushes to create one stroke designs. They are also perfect for creating effortless ribbons. Depending on where you place pressure, this face painting brush can even create individual whiskers with nothing more than a quick flick!
Dagger brushes can be used for so many things – including easy tiger stripes and gorgeous leaves&foliage! Give them a go and broaden your face painting horizons!
A whole world of possibilities with face painting brushes!
I have no doubt that as painters become more inventive and skilled, there will be even more brushes being created in future. I hope that these descriptions and photo examples have given you a better idea of the main uses of each type of brush, and will help you in deciding the contents of your own face painting brush case!
If you feel there is anything I left out, or additional uses that you feel will help other painters, please do comment below with your experiences!
Unicorn Face Painting Tutorial Instructions and Product Details
Before we start, I'm going to go through 3 different types of basic horse head shapes, and some tips on painting eyes. There are many more, so look around and try out different styles to find out which best suits you!
The first style is more like a realistic horse shape. Start by drawing a circular shape. Then, about half way down, create the nose length and fill in with your chosen colour. Keep in mind proportions and add more if you need to!
Add an ear shape on the back of the head, and a smaller one that looks like its behind the head. Choose where your horn will go and pull it outwards, ending on the tip of your brush! You can paint your horn in another colour, but using the same colour, will save time.
The next design, is similar to My Little Pony characters. Start with the same basic shape, but make the ear larger than the first horse. The nose is more upturned & stubby. It can easily be painted with a flick at the bottom of the head. Placing the neck, will help with the placement of your unicorn's hair at the end.
Horse head number 3 is similar to horse number 1, just with more angular features. This is all a matter of personal preference and finding a style that you can work with best!
A good place to start with different eye types, is by searching for 'cartoon eyes'.
I like to create large, oval shaped eyes with eyelashes coming off one edge.
A very EASY method is to draw a closed eye line, and add lashes for the cute factor!
Another example is more of a realistic almond shaped eye.
Global White http://goo.gl/RDpcVn
Global Strong Black http://goo.gl/Ti55lx
The Face Painting Shop Brushes http://goo.gl/PNhnYE
Global Maui Rainbow Cake http://goo.gl/6EiPxB
Global Leanne's Collection Neon Nirvana http://goo.gl/9vp02D
Sally-Ann Lynch Training, Tried & Tested Boards http://goo.gl/IyByqF
Artist Website: http://goo.gl/pgRBnj
Artist Facebook: http://goo.gl/XuZeeW
How much to charge for your face and body art services
This is without a doubt one of the TOP questions asked in face painting groups. Not just from new painters, but also seasoned painters who are starting to clock onto the idea that their art is worth more!
The face and body art industry is undergoing rapid expansion. It has become a common occurrence to see painters at a local funday and at festivals. Despite this leap into the public eye, there is still a lot of work to be done in changing the perception that we are 'just face painters'. This is why maintaining similar rates for the average painter is so important.
If you later go on to become famous for your work and/or super high in demand, then you can pretty much charge whatever you want. However, this blog is focussed upon not underselling yourself, so that is the direction I'm going to be coming from.
“Just Face Painters”
The implications in this statement rankle me something rotten. Especially when I hear it coming from people in our own profession! Seriously, there will be enough people outside of the industry misunderstanding what we actually do, we don't need to fuel that fire!
Yes, we are face painters (or body painters, or makeup artists, insert your job title here), but this is actually quite a rare skill to have. I'm not counting all of the volunteer painters who don't take it any further. But YOU. You who have spent countless hours perfecting and practicing your craft. You who have spent a small fortune making sure you get the best products and equipment. You, who have taken the initiative to research thoroughly the health and safety implications of your work.
You are rare. Your skills are worth a decent wage.
You are not just a face painter. You bring a smile to faces, a bit of magic into lives and give people memories that are unforgettable.
Take into account expenses
Aside from the blood, sweat and tears we put into our businesses, we have to take into account all of our outgoings and factor this into our pricing, too. Most businesses in their first year, will either make a loss or break even. This is because they reinvest their earnings to help their business grow. While doing this, you need to make a thorough record of your outgoings and figure out which expenses are likely to be one-offs (or once-in-a-whiles) such as your table and chair, and which expenses are likely to be regular (can you say black and white paint, anyone?)
From your regular expenses, you can work out how much you will need to spend out of your earnings to keep your products topped up.
In addition to that, you need to add on travel time and expenses, set up/take down time, insurance costs, website fees, business card costs, marketing, uniform, time spent answering emails, the fact that most of your bookings will be prime time weekends (which likely means time away from your family and more! Notice that the word 'time' keeps cropping up there. Time really IS money!
Don't worry, I'm getting onto the part of 'what to charge'. Putting all of this into perspective and getting it clear in your mind, will not only help you with setting prices that you feel are 'worth it', but also steer you away from a common struggle a lot of new painters face and that is low self esteem and guilt over their pricing.
What to charge … finally!
So no doubt there are going to be variations in what to charge for your services. Relevant factors to consider are – your location, your skill level & experience and the type of services you offer. Below, I am talking about Face Painting only rates. Body Painting, Airbrush Tattoos, Special FX, Make-up will come under different pricing structures, however, the method to get the information on pricing is the same!
I am based in the UK so I have a better idea of what face painters here charge on average across the board. For those abroad, I have seen many discussions in various face painters forums on pricing and I would advise you all to make good use of the 'search' function to do some research about what other painters are charging in your location. The information you need can be found easily if you look for it!
Setting out an average of prices between face painters in the same area is good for everyone in the long run no matter what your skill level. If you are a beginner and are massively undercharging, the general public is going to get the wrong impression that more experienced painters are 'expensive', when actually they could probably do with pushing their own prices up a bit. It also means that if you start by undercharging, you are going to find it difficult to raise your prices in the future, when you come to realise that you can't build a business and make a living on a pittance. Start as you mean to go on!
In the USA I have seen many face painters advise others to take not a penny less than $100 an hour. Some charge more, if they are in a big city, and some charge slightly less if they are in a less populated area where the cost of living is lower. However, this is a good ballpark figure to give you an idea of what your services are worth.
In the North East of the UK, the average rate is £75 for the first two hours (minimum booking time of 2 hours), and each additional hour priced at around £30. This rate is similar around the UK, with London and the South East having higher rates, probably due to the cost of living being higher there.
There are certain times of the year when you will be in higher demand than at any other time. These include Halloween in particular, and in the UK bank holidays tend to get snapped up pretty quick. One important thing to remember is that higher demand means that you can put your prices up and people will happily pay them, you will likely be booked solid on certain public holidays, and you need to be aware that you are going to be working harder than ever before. You will likely have to take extra time to prepare new designs and possibly buy additional products (for example special fx materials for Halloween). For all of these reasons, consider increasing your prices on these occasions.
Communicate with your peers
Reach out to painters in your area and find out what the average is. Don't do this to deliberately undercut them, though. Networking with local painters with mutual respect, and similar pricing could land you extra work if they are booked and still getting enquiries – trust me, alienating your colleagues is not something you want to do.
I am very very transparent about my prices on my website, and while I understand not everyone feels comfortable doing this, I believe it creates a general acceptance of what I charge. These are not state secrets, they are my prices and they are non negotiable. Any painter in my area who reaches out to me for advice on pricing, I always tell them what I can, because I know that it has a long term good result for me as well. There is plenty of work to go around, and prices continue to go up year on year as we become more accepted as a worthwhile skill provider.
On that note, do stay current with your pricing. If the cost of living is going up, and your prices haven't budged for quite some time, you might want to give it some thought of pushing those up a little. What is interesting is how price perception works with the public. If they are paying more for your services, they will value you more, fact. You may price yourself out of a certain market (and don't worry there will always be painters willing to fill that gap who don't have the pricing knowledge you do), but you will open yourself up to a market of people that appreciates what you do.
Make it worth your while
A key point I want to make is that the price you charge has to be WORTH IT for you! It has to be worth getting out of bed for. Worth all of those painstaking hours of practice. Worth leaving your own children on prime time Saturday and Sundays for. If it isn't, I can guarantee you will fall out of love with this work very quickly, and all of that time and effort will be redundant. So know your worth!
If you are a painter and wish to contribute to a standardization and acceptance of our rates, feel free to comment with your location and rates for the record. You may just prevent other painters from undercutting you, when they realise how much they could be fetching!
Raising the profile of Face Painting and Body Art is something I am absolutely passionate about. I believe this can only be achieved by working together for our mutual benefit and a great way to start, is by making sure we are charging a fair amount and most importantly, not apologising for it.
I hope this has given you some food for thought in setting your pricing, and most importantly in not underselling yourself! You are worth more!