Make Up Palettes
Make up palettes are a good addition to our face painting kits, especially with festival and wedding season upon us. Teens and pre-teens love the look of an open make-up box and have even asked for selfies with my hard-to-obtain palette by a famous Instagram MUA.
They look pretty but do they deliver? And what do us face painters need in a make up palette?
I want good pigments and vibrancy, no chalky dusty pale powders please. The colours have to be rich and smooth and easy to apply with minimal fallout. I am not a qualified make up artist but I know the colours my clients go for; this year it’s sparkly pinks and purples, sunset oranges and metallics, face paint is great for most designs but for the eye lid and lash lines make up is a better option.
I was recently seduced by the look of a famous palette but in absolute honesty was disappointed with the product. After double-checking it wasn’t a fake I ditched it in favour of a much better, and way cheaper Lick and Lash one. The one I bought is called ‘Carnival’ and has shimmery and matte colours, I absolutely love it. The pigments blend well and can be as subtle or dramatic as you like, mix with a little Mehron mixing liquid and you have beautiful lip colours too.
Use your pink tip make up brushes to apply and blend, paint on some flowers, add a touch of Pixie Paint and you’re ready for the summer.
Lick and Lash palettes are such good value, they come in at under twenty pounds each and mine is lasting ages. They also do lots of different colour combinations.
Have you tried these palettes? What make up do you recommend?
Here are the MSDS saftey sheets for Fusion Body Art - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e9be420n2lmkqwb/AACLelfwh62AbKcbugRjEI2Ca?dl=0
We are excited to announce that we have been appointed the official UK distributor of Fusion Body Art
Fusion Body Art is an Australian owned company established by two brothers whom for many years have had great knowledge and experience in the face paint industry. They previously part owned & managed one of Australia’s largest face paint companies, they are famous for being the original colour designers of colours like Magenta & Dark Blue.
Fusion Body Art has formulated and designed a completely new range of water-based face & body paint. Included in the range is a full set of Prime colours, a full set of Pearl Colours and a full set FX Neon colours. Also, Fusion Body Art has carefully selected a full range of Split Cakes, Rainbow cakes & Palettes using our new colour range.
Fusion Body Art has been formulated to be safe and gentle on the skin, with excellent bold vivid colours that face and body painters will love. Fusion Body Art colours are vegan friendly, gluten free, paraben free, perfume free and are not made from animal biproducts or tested on animals.
Starting fresh, they have worked on improving many colour lines to create better and brighter shades of colours, like our Fusion Prime Light blue, Prime Lime Green, Prime Pink Sorbet and many more.
They have also developed a new range of Fusion Body Art Pearl colours, with a creamier wax-based formula that will provide better coverage.
But they wanted to bring to the industry even more than that, something they feel the industry was lacking for years. So, they have developed a completely new white, Prime Paraffin White. Prime Paraffin White is a Japanese wax-based formula that will be the new standard for white face paint around the world. Fusion Body Art uses only the highest quality pigment, specially sourced by Fusion Body Art to provide you with a bright and opaque white that should flow off your brush like ink.
We are so happy to introduce you to this fantastic new range of Face Paint & Special FX products along with other famous Face Painter Ranges, including Australian artist Leanne Courtney & US Artist Onalee Rivera, who have designed amazing rainbow cakes and split cakes for face painters around the world.
Fusion Body Art is proud to announce that they are the sole manufacturer and worldwide distributor of everybody’s favourite range, Leanne’s Collection & Onalee Rivera. We are also excited to release Leanne’s New Butterfly Palette that we are sure you will love as much as we do.
You will also find a brand-new set of rainbow cakes with Fusion Body Art. These bright and bold rainbow cakes have a Mermaid & Unicorn theme that will be perfect for today’s most popular designs. The Mermaid and Unicorn cakes will also be available in a palette called “Mermaids & Unicorns”.
Festivals – A Quick Guide
By Joni Nettleship
Do you do them? If so, do you pay pitch fees? How much? Is it pay per face and how much do you charge? How long do you paint for and what time do you pack away? Do you paint after sunset?
Festival season is looming and you need to keep your wits about you if you want to remain sane and end up with a profit. If this is your first festival experience here are my top tips:
-Keep your prices up, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been asked to work for free/my best rate. Your current rate IS your best rate so don’t be haggled down. Any talk of no budget/small budget is not your concern.
-Pitch fee. Unless you’re turning a huge profit you shouldn’t be paying big daily fees. Similarly ‘donations’ at the end of the day should be reasonable, for example 10-15 percent of profit (not takings) and always discussed in advance.
-Remember that the start of a festival or music event can be slow. If you can, think about setting up early then returning when you know it’ll be busier. In my first years face painting I wasted hours sitting in empty fields wondering why no one else was there. Now I set up early, leave and go back mid afternoon sometimes having squeezed in a birthday party. Time is money.
-You will always get good natured souls trying to get you to paint them for free, if you’re lucky you may be offered different payment, for instance a slurp of their drink or a sweaty embrace. It is always their birthday. Do what you will.
-A headtorch is invaluable after the sun goes down and the evening crowds arrive, stay focussed and paint your ass off because it will get to that point where..
...Drunk people will stumble into your kit.
Good quick festival designs are one stroke swirls, flowers, rainbows, anything involving a stencil and good old glitter. Guys like the Bowie stripe and Mike Tyson (I know I know). Pack extra water, don’t drink alcohol until you’ve finished and enjoy!
Superstar Fluorescent Glitter Swatch
I love a delivery from the face painting shop just as much as the next person, there is always something really exciting inside, especially when it’s a bloggers box! We never know what we are going to get. When we got the Whacky Whistles I was practically bouncing off the walls, and when I asked Alex if we could buy loads of them to give out as wedding favours, he unfortunately didn’t seem to appreciate them as much as I did. Maybe I’m just easily pleased, I don’t know. But when this months box of glory arrived, I had to take a minute, and make myself a cup of tea to regain a functional state. Inside were some of the most beautiful glitters I have ever seen! And they were arranged in the perfect order! (I have to have all my colours in a very specific order, from red-orange-yellow-green-blue-purple-pink).
They arrived while I was doing my last blog, a SBS Dragon Egg Belly Art, so of course I had to incorporate them! I then did a swatch on my arm of them so you can see each colour in all it’s wonderful glory.
Superstar do some absolutely stunning glitters, individually and as sets. Each blogger got a different set of glitters (there are 6 different sets all with 6 unique colours!!!) and I cannot wait to see what the other bloggers get up to with theirs and what you get up to when you get yours!!
If you have any questions about these glitters or anything else, please let me know!
The Pixie Tribe
If you’ve ever been asked to paint a mermaid on an arm and drawn a complete blank, then this is the blog for you. I got the inspiration for this mermaid from a polymer clay artist, because inspiration is everywhere. Even slightly human proportions can go very wrong very quickly, and before you know it your mermaid has giant boobs and no arms. She’s hugging her tail so no worries about painting a seashell bra on her.
I hope you find this useful. I want to see your version!
Rosemary Black x
Face Painting and Autism Awareness Month
Hi all, well here we are in in April already, if you didn’t know it’s Autism Awareness Month so I thought I would write my blog this time on face painting children and adults with additional needs. Before I had my two little boys, my career was spent helping people on the Autistic Spectrum, so it is a subject close to heart – you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t use the most current terminology, or if I leave something out. This is just my take, and my experiences! I don’t just cover children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) in this, but kids with disabilities or health problems as a whole. I’m lucky and privileged enough to volunteer my face painting services at a wonderful hospital, and at my local children’s hospice (also my Business’ nominated charity) so I take my experiences from there too.
It goes without saying that all children are different, and this of course applies to all children with additional needs too. Although there are some common traits in behaviours, and different things you can look out for, the first and BEST thing you can do when a child sits down in your chair is a quick and subtle check with his parent or carer that he is going to be ok with what you’re doing. The chances are, that if the kid is sat in your chair, he will be! But it could be his first time, or it might cause an unexpected reaction, so saying something like “are we ok with painting on the face buddy?” would hopefully prompt a response from the child or the parent. Many children with ASD will be very happy to tell you EXACTLY what they want and don’t want, down to the tiniest detail.
Some things to look out for with children or adults with ASD, are that sometimes textures and feelings on the face feel alien or strange (as per ‘normal’ kids right?). Sometimes the sensation of touch, or even smells can be really intense for them, so go slow and steady. If it’s their first time, let them feel it on their hand initially, and explain what you are going to do next so they have the time to process it. Look for any non-verbal cues that the child/adult is uncomfortable and stop and reassure them if so. There may or may not be some repetitive movements/sounds that the child makes, if he does just give him some time to do so – these movements/sounds are important to help the child make sense of their situation and often to help them to feel safe.
There will be others with more profound disabilities that need their parents/carers to be their voice and say what makes them happy, maybe how they have been known to respond positively in the past etc. With these more profoundly disabled kids, it’s really important to be really verbal, talk about what you’re doing, show them the colours, let them hold a sponge or spray their hand with water so they can feel the texture and add to their sensory experience, and absolutely give them that mirror moment when you’re done.
When you’re working with children or adults that are suffering from a serious illness, and for example may be receiving chemotherapy, or are hooked up to lots of machines there are other things to consider. There are the practical matters of seeking guidance as to where would be the best place to paint these little ones, and then navigate the best you can around the tubes/ whatever may be in place. You need to be very careful with glitter, both fine and chunky in these scenarios just in case it gets into the tubes – and in some places it’s best not to take it out at all. It might sound really obvious but if you have the slightest cold or cough, do let your events organiser know, as the immunity of some of these people can be really threatened by the simplest virus. Psychologically it can be hard working with this group of individuals, but it is one of the most rewarding thing I have done in my painty career – and to be able to bring a smile to that child’s face is a huge privilege.
I thought I’d finish my blog by teaching you a few useful Makaton signs! As I used to teach this wonderful sign language as a communication tool in my previous career, I am always delighted when every now and again I get to use it in my painty life..
(I thought I’d give you a few options of what to sign, depending on how the face paint went! ;-) Remember that when you sign Makaton you always speak at the same time. If you’d like to know more there’s lots on youtube to learn from and I’m really happy to help out too – just send me a pm or contact me through my social media handles below.
I hope that you may have found this blog useful in some way, do you have any more tips on how to best support children or adults with additional needs that you can share with us? I’d love to hear them.
DO FACE PAINTERS NEED A DBS CHECK? By Jane Harding
Hi everyone, I’m going to talk about something that’s pretty boring today, but it’s really essential as a Face Painter to know about this stuff. Firstly because we work directly with children, but also because you will inevitably get asked by potential clients if you have a current DBS Check and it will benefit you to know how to respond to these requests.
Having previously worked in Children & Young People Services for almost 20 years I have a very good understanding of what the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) is and what is required when working with Children and Vulnerable People. In my old role within Social Care it was essential that I had an Enhanced DBS with Barred List for obvious reasons, but it’s not so clear to everyone, if the same checks are required or even available for Face Painters. Hopefully this blog can help clarify that for you.
Please note: Some of the information I am sharing is from my own knowledge, but I have also cross checked this with the information shared on the Government website for the Disclosure & Barring Service. Here’s the link to the website so you can read and check for any latest updates.
Disclaimer: As with anything where the law is concerned. I will always encourage you to do your own research and contact the relevant professionals and/or government dept. for guidance.
WHAT’S A DBS?
A “DBS” refers to The Disclosure & Barring Service that was formed in 2012, when the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged together. The DBS are an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the home office and their job is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions, preventing unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups Inc. children.
Firstly let me explain about the different types of DBS. Unfortunately it is not as easy as someone asking if you have a current DBS. Because there are different types of DBS and they all have a different level of ‘check’ to them. I am not going to list what they all exactly check for, as this is easily found on the website above and there is really only two types of check that I want to talk about and that are relevant to this topic, those being the ‘Basic Check’ and ‘Enhanced Check with Barred Lists’.
The Types of Checks:
DO YOU NEED A DBS TO BE A FACE PAINTER?
In short the answer is NO. As a Face Painter you will most likely be self employed as a sole trader. Currently, the only DBS Check available for individuals to request on their own behalf is a ‘Basic Check’ and these will not provide the level of check that a potential client would be hoping for. So what does a Basic Check, ‘check’ for?
As explained on the DBS website, ‘A basic check will contain details of convictions and conditional cautions considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.’
This means it WILL NOT highlight ‘Spent’ convictions or if someone is on a ‘Barred List’ i.e. sex offenders register. The only check that will currently provide all this information is an Enhanced DBS with Barred List and this can only be requested by an employer. When our clients are asking for a “DBS Check”, it is very likely that they do not have a full understanding of what the DBS is or the different checks available; and so the information they think they are going to get, is that this person has been “checked” and has therefore not had any current or prior convictions in relation to the job they are doing and are not on any barred lists, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is our responsibility to educate people on what it is they are requesting and what the actual law says with regards to this.
The law states that you are only required to have a DBS check if you are working in a regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults. As face painters we do not meet this criteria. Here’s a link to the information on the DBS website explaining this:
WHAT DO YOU SAY IF A COMPANY ASKS IF YOU HAVE A DBS?
This has happened to me on many occasions and following my response, I have never had to get a DBS or lost the job because I told them I haven’t got one. This to me proves that it’s mainly the client thinking that we need one and by asking for that information they can tick a box, rather than knowing what the law states.
I always reply professionally, I acknowledge their request and their reason for asking this, however I then politely explain that by law Face painters are not required to have a DBS check, firstly because we would never be left unattended or have sole care of a child or vulnerable person. I explain that as a sole trader I would only be able to obtain a ‘Basic Check’ and that would not provide them the relevant checks they are hoping for. I explain that only employers can request an Enhanced DBS with Barred Lists. I provide them with the contact details to the DBS so they can contact them directly and clarify that this is what the law states. Every single time I have replied in this way, the client has replied quite quickly that this is absolutely fine and they no longer require it.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE AN ENHANCED DBS THROUGH MY OTHER JOB?
This is quite common, as many Face Painters come from a background of working with children in schools or nurseries etc. so may well have the Enhanced Check with Barred Lists. I was certainly one of these people before I left my old job and focussed full time on my face painting business.
It really is down to the individual how you manage this. I am not saying what’s right and what’s wrong. I know some people advertise they have a DBS and/or would reply to clients that ask, that they do have one. It’s certainly the easier option than explaining why Face Painters don’t need one. But my personal feeling on this is that it doesn’t really help our community as a whole and actually only exacerbates the problem of clients thinking that we need one. If they see one Face Painter advertising that they are DBS Checked, it would be very easy to assume that this is expected on some level across the industry. So ultimately I believe it would be most beneficial for everyone in the face painting community to re-educate all those people that ask us if we have a DBS check. It doesn’t take long to share this information with clients; you could literally type up a standard response to copy and paste to them if you are asked. As long as you reply in a professional, polite and informative manner, clients will actually appreciate you sharing your knowledge, at the end of the day it will save them time if they know they don’t need to check for something they don’t need!
And that my friend is basically all you need to know. I could go into explaining the ‘update service’ and exactly what each level of check covers, but that’s all available via the link above and it’s a lot of information that’s not really relevant to us.
I hope this has helped you to understand a little more why we don’t require a DBS, and how you can share this information with clients or anyone else asking you… lets share the knowledge and change people’s expectations for the benefit of everyone.
Keeping It Simple
By Joni Nettleship
We all want to paint fast, easy faces and as a busy face painter I need my designs to be done in 2-5 minutes. All these photos are on the job and were done super quick. I didn’t use any one strokes at all, I love one strokes but spend too long loading the things. When I really have to knock out a design I prefer metallic and pearl paints, rainbow cakes and stencils plus glitter and fake blood.
Hope these are useful.
Rainbow tiger – Pearl white base, neon rainbow and a few strokes of black with my favourite Bolt brush.
Dog – Superstar gold and something like 13 black lines. Really quick.
Butterfly – Plumeria rainbow cake, Global black with Bolt brush. Blue chunky eco-glitter applied with Vaseline and cotton bud.
Road accident – tyre stencil, global red flicked on, fresh scratch. Really popular with older kids.
Stars – Superstar silver, DFX white, Global black, chunky glitters and star stencils. Can be used for little children through to adults.
Minecraft – pale and dark greens, Graffiti eye stencil, reptile scale stencil, black and white.
What are your go-to fast faces? What products do you swear by?
Dragons are coming… I mean, Winter is coming.
Those of us who are ‘Game of Thrones’ fans have been counting down for a very long time for the start of the final season, and the time is nearly upon us! I’ve been re-watching the whole series again from the beginning (as I’m sure other people have been too!) in order to refresh myself ready for Sunday 14th April, and it gave me some inspiration for a belly paint, and I thought I would show you how I created it! And then while I was painting it, my latest bloggers box arrived containing the most beautiful set of fluorescent glitters from Superstar, so of course, I had to include them to finish the design off!
I stared out by using a filbert brush to create the egg shape in the middle with Cameleon Red Berry, blending with Superstar Old Red for a bit of shadowing around the base and Cameleon UV orange to highlight a little bit at the top. I then used a really big round brush to create the wing structure, using Global Rose Brown, because of the reddish tone it has to it. On a real bump you could make the egg much bigger and take the wigs right round the sides of the bump.
To create a bit of dimension on the wings, before they had a chance to dry, I used a small round brush and some DFX white to go over the centre of each strand, before taking my large round brush again, and going over the whole thing with Cameleon UV Red. Doing this while each colour is still wet just makes all the blending easier. I then used the Cameleon Red Berry again to fill in the wing ‘sections’.
Once the wings were dry, I used my tap 016 stencil to create some texture on the egg, which is also the stencil I use when I’m doing a dragon face paint. I graduated the colours from UV Yellow at the top, UV Orange in the middle, and UV Red at the base. For the wings I then used the full sized Bad Ass 6015 stencil with the UV Orange. I then took another large round brush and Superstar Shock complexion to create the little talons, and used global rose brown with the TFPS round flora 1 brush to slightly line each talon and create a little texture. Then I used some DFX black to outline each wing ‘section’, and blended it slightly with the TFPS large pencil brush.
To create the background, I worked from the middle outwards, blending Superstar Poison Green, DFX Dark Green, and Global Dark Blue.
To Finish off I added lots of tear drops using my PXP round 5 wherever I wanted to fill space. I then used the orange glitter from the Superstar Fluoro set on the very top of the dragon egg, and the green glitter just under each wing section
So there you go! A Game of Thrones inspired step by step belly art! If you have a go I would love to see how you get on so please tag me when you share any photo’s! If you have any Game of Thrones theories (I love a good theory!) or predictions please leave them below, equally if you have any questions or anything you would like me to write about in the future, let me know!
The Pixie Tribe