Hi, guys, my name is Hazel and I'm a face painter based in Nottingham, and this is my first blog, it might be a tad long but It explains how I've got to where I am today despite all the knockbacks life has thrown at me. Some of it is business-related but mostly personal. I know some people have been through similar things so wanted to share my story as I know some may relate.
My face painting journey started almost 5 years ago in 2015 whilst I was studying Fine Art at university. I had been struggling to find a part-time job that I not only enjoyed but was also flexible around my other commitments. I was then introduced to the idea of face painting when a university friend suggested it to me whilst at a career fair where there was a stand that said face and body painters needed.
My first ever set up (photo below)consisted of a simple Snazaroo starter kit. I managed to get my first Face painting party within 2 weeks of setting up a Facebook page. The first year was slow and consisted of mainly pay per face charity jobs and the odd family party. At the end of my first-year face painting my mojo and passion felt like it had gone with the loss of my Grandma at Christmas. I felt like I'd been focussing too much time on other things and not enough time on my family and friends. The face painting was put to one side, not totally out of the way but not advertised whilst I focused my attention on more important things.
18 months had passed by, I'd done 3 parties and a few charity jobs while also focussing on my family and the loss of a second Grandma(Nana) all whilst attempting to finish and pass my degree.
July 2017, I had graduated from university and that's when it hit me, time is precious. Time shouldn't be wasted doing things you don't enjoy, as tomorrow is never promised. This sudden realization had come after losing 2 of my family members within 18 months of each other. It's not something that you just push to the back of your mind.
I had something I needed to prove, needed to prove it to myself, could I really set up again, but this time put everything I have into it? I spent a few weeks researching events, companies and anywhere else that I could advertise. I got leaflets printed, business cards handed out and emails sent out to anywhere that was local.
It took a month or 2 but I got a party just before Christmas and was booked for a super busy Christmas fayre. These 2 jobs then rippled into a few more jobs through recommendations. Although this was shortly followed by having to look for a part-time job in the new year to help me along financially. The start of 2018, and a retail job wasn't something I really wanted as it meant working weekends, but it was also the only job offer I got. With this part-time job, I could only take on a few face painting parties and jobs on my free weekends. In the end the retail job wasn't for me and I handed in my notice after 7 months of trying. This meant I was back to the one thing I enjoyed the most, face painting. I not only enjoyed being self-employed but I also really enjoyed the satisfaction when a kid would have a beaming smile after looking in the mirror.
A new logo and slight change of business name were needed as another Face painting business had set up with an almost identical name. The new logo was professional and stood out on my business cards, flyers and banner. This new branding bought in new customers and potential clients, from local businesses to council jobs. I finally felt like I was getting somewhere with several bookings in the diary for the end of the year and into 2019 from paid jobs to private bookings as well as charity jobs. In comparison to some face painters, I felt like I was still lacking in terms of the number of bookings I was getting. But at least I was trying the best I could, I didn't drive so most of my jobs were local. I start getting more and more jobs booked in for the spring months as well as a few outdoor events for the may half term. My best and busiest weekend so far was the May bank holiday (photo of set up below) when the weather was perfect for the local beer garden and their family weekend event.
More recommendations and bookings come in and it looks like I have a summer of jobs to look forward to, or maybe not. The one aspect of my life that has always been there, but I've tried not to let it ruin my plans is my disability. At 3 months old I was diagnosed with a condition called Hydrocephalus (water on the brain) explanation of that and it's treatment here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hydrocephalus/
In August this year, I was rushed to hospital with all the signs and symptoms that my VP Shunt(link above) had failed and I would need immediate brain surgeries. All summer plans and jobs had to be canceled which was upsetting at the time but I knew my health was far more important than a few jobs. Two weeks in hospital and a further month recovering at home and I was straight back into painting at a booking that had been pre-booked months in advance.
So if you’re still reading and I haven’t bored you yet, what I’m trying to say is that even when it feels like nothings going right whether it’s business, family or health-related everyone has the chance to pick themselves back up again and carry on. But if you’re lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don’t waste it.
Happy Painting <3
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What is a contract and why should you have one?
Ok, this is a question I’ve seen crop up quite a lot recently, especially with private Halloween bookings, so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about it! I know it’s not the most exciting of topics, but it is so important to understand. I know a lot of face painters don’t have them, I don’t think I had one for quite a while. I had a booking form to make sure I had all the information about any given booking, but that was about it. After a couple of incidents however, I decided I needed a contract. I had one for hair and makeup bookings, so why not one for face painting? It’s nowhere near as in-depth, but it is just as important to have!
So what is a contract? In the UK, ‘a contract is a written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law’. And yes, you did read that right, a contract in the UK can be a spoken agreement, but it’s best to have it in writing as well just in case! This does NOT have to be created by a solicitor, but you can have it looked over or even created with a solicitor if you’re not sure. If you are going to be doing a lot of sub-contracting or running your business as an agency, I would highly recommend getting your contract looked over by a solicitor at the very least.
Your terms and conditions should set out your expectations for the client, and what the client should expect from you. My terms and conditions include when payments are due, how I expect payments to be made, and what happens if either party decides to cancel the booking. My terms and conditions also include other expectations of the client, e.g if one of the guests of the event breaks any of my equipment, you as the host/contractee are expected to pay for it (it’s worded much better in my t’s and c’s though!). There is a story behind every clause in my contract, and I do tweak it every now and again, for example, in my bridal hair and makeup contract, I had to introduce a clause saying that I needed to be made aware of any surprises the partner or any other guest of the event may be planning for the bride which may affect the timings of my services. It’s a long story so I won’t bore you, but I’m more than happy to tell you about it if you really want to know!
You need to work out what specific t’s and c’s work for you and how you operate, I’m not a lawyer so I can’t give legal advice! I personally have my t’s and c’s tagged on at the end of my booking form, which contains all the information for that specific booking. They don’t need to print it off and sign it, but they do need to confirm in an email that they agree that the information provided is correct and that they agree to the t’s and c’s. This makes the contract legally binding. You can also include in your contract that payment of the deposit acts as an agreement to the contract.
Contracts protect both you AND the client. I haven’t personally ever been questioned about anything in my contract, and ok, it might take a bit of time to create initially, but once it’s done, you can copy and paste it, and amend it for each client depending on the booking. I know this isn’t potentially the most interesting blog post ever, but it’s really important to protect yourself and your business.
I hope you have all had an incredible Halloween, and are now all busy with Christmas and New Year bookings coming in!
Hello everyone! Did you enjoy the summer? Are you now very excited that Halloween is well and truly on it’s way? I am! Today I have a quick Step by Step Rainbow sugar skull, using the Global Carnival palette, and Kryolan tv paint stick in 070 as a base. When I take private appointments for things like skulls and sugar skulls, I personally prefer to work with foundation as a base, as it feels more comfortable on the skin, it won’t sweat off, and I like the way paint blends over the top of it. If you are doing ppf as opposed to a private appointment, just use the white from the carnival palette!
I started off by giving myself a really dark smokey eye makeup (you may well get clients who come to you for face painting with their makeup already done) and my face covered in the white foundation. If you have a client that comes to you with nothing on their eyes, you can use the colours from the Carnival Palette to pain the eye area, and if you do that, I would suggest painting the white base first and then go into the eyes. If you go the other way around, it’s easy to smudge your dark colours into the white or paler colours that you go in with for your base.
I painted around my eye area and socket using the black from the palette, and dry brushed it to blend with my eye makeup. This gives a lighter coverage so that I still had definition of a highlight on my brow bone and deeper socket. I then used the yellow and pink split from the palette on a filbert to create the petal shaped around my eye. For this type of effect, I prefer using a filbert to an angled or flat brush, because I just find that you get a softer effect at the edges.
I edged the petals with the dark blue from the blue split and used a small blending brush to just lightly drag the colours into the petals. I then used my short angled 5/8 brush with one of the rainbow combinations to create the pattern on my forehead and chin, and again, edged it in the dark blue, but this time, I didn’t dry brush it in. I then used my new favourite can’t live without brush, the amazing round pointed 6, again with the dark blue, to create the swirls coming from my eye and swirling around my cheekbone area to mimic the skull shape. At this point I also painted my lips with the same pink from the pink and yellow split.
I used my round flora 1 with some white to create some tribal style roses on all the petals I had created around my eyes, on my forehead and on my chin. I went back in with the pink and yello split on a filbert to create the nose shape, and again dry brushed the dark blue around the edges. I also then used the dark blue to create the teeth shapes. I did a bit of dot work with some pink and white, before finishing off using my pink tip rounded flora 6 (another holy grail brush!) to create flowers using the main colours I had used for the design
I hope you have enjoyed this little step by step! I have so many posts planned in the run up to Halloween, but is there anything in particular that you guys would like to see or know more about? Let me know in the comments!
Hi guys I wanted to talk to you about my favourite #Pinktipbrushes (The Face Painting shop Brushes)
Now let me start by saying that pink tips are my most used and loved out of all my current brushes.
The first brush is my newest, the Round Pointed No. 6.
Before I tried this brush I knew it would be perfect for tiger stripes and I wasn’t wrong.
This brush creates the most beautiful thin to thick lines, just perfect for stripes, outlining and drag 'n' drops.
I will be going live shortly with a tiger tutorial demonstrating this brush.
Now lets talk about my all time favourite brush, the ¾” short angled brush.
This is my most used painty product in my whole kit, I use it on every job.
This brush is perfect for, one stroke designs, for laying bases on faces and bump paintings. I even use it to apply chunky glitter. This brush gives me the most crisp and perfect edges on my designs.
I could not live without it.
If you don’t own this brush I would suggest you try it out, I guarantee you will love it too!
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HOW I KEEP MY KIT CLEAN TOP TIPS - By Jane Harding
How are we? Good I hope and ready for the busy summer ahead. It’s been a little while since my last ‘written’ blog but I did film a tutorial of my ‘Pretty Floral Eye Design’ in real time, so if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here:
I’ve been wracking my brain on what I could blog about next and trying to think about what people ask me about the most, then it dawned on me... people regularly ask me ‘how I keep my kit so clean’ and/or make comments about how clean it is on jobs. I never really know what to say to this because I do think that it’s something I just do naturally. I am quite a ‘careful’ painter and I’m a bit of a ‘perfectionist’ generally in life! Lol I certainly don’t expect everyone to be like that and I have no judgement on how other people look after their things, this is just something I have to do for myself, so I feel ‘ok’ about my stuff! Lol
Having said that... I did think that I could potentially offer you all some suggestions/tips on what I do to try and keep on top of it, as it makes it so much easier to keep a working kit looking fresh and clean.
If you’re anything like me and have strict hygiene practices written in your policies then it’s definitely a high priority to ensure these are followed. After all, your clients will have booked you based on your professional policies and if you turn up with your kit looking like it’s not been cleaned in some time, then it may result in them not booking you again for future events. In my experience, most corporate jobs I do, someone usually comes up to me once I’ve set up, they normally ask if I have everything I need, but I also think they are having a quick look at my set up, which I think is totally reasonable.
I’m sure we are all in agreement that keeping your kit as clean as possible is in the best interests of the children and adults you paint for hygiene reasons, but also, it’s really nice to get regular comments about how fab your kit looks and motivates you to keep it looking as sparkly as you can!
So anyway... on to my tips...
TIP 1: DECLUTTER
I’m very lucky to own a Craft’n’go, which really helps me to keep my kit to a certain size (I physically can’t just add and add to it because it won’t all fit in!) But, one of the best things I found when I moved over to it was that it made me de clutter. I used to carry everything and the kitchen sink in my old kit! I had soooo many paints and glitters and gels and powders etc. that I very rarely used. Not only did it mean I was lugging around extra weight but inevitably it meant I had a bigger clean up job at the end of an event.
In my office I have a ‘paint’ draw, in there I keep mostly new stock paint, but also some used paints. These I rotate in my kit so they are all still getting used but I also don’t have to take them all on every job! Also, as part of your decluttering, don’t forget it’s important to check the shelf life of your paints and get rid of any that have exceeded their use by.
TIP 2: ORGANISE YOUR KIT
I keep my kit pretty well organised, everything has its own place. This is not only helpful to know where something is if you need it, but it also makes packing up really quick.
I also find it really helps me to keep my kit tidy on the job. If I pick up a one stroke to use, it has a designated space for me to immediately replace it, this means that I never end up with a big pile of paints on my work space that I struggle to find things in!
TIP 3: CLEAN AS YOU GO
I am not disillusioned about the amount of spare time we have when working, but sometimes we get a lull and at this time I clean! I use reusable wipes instead of disposable ones, so I always have a bag/tub full. I use them to wipe around my paint pots, clean my stencils, wipe around the edge of my water pot and Craft’n’Go. I also always have one tucked away out of sight by my water pot, so if I spill something as I’m actually painting; I just grab it and wipe the mess straight up... it takes 2 seconds!
Another cleaning job that’s easy to do on the job is to clean your actual paints. I always have loads of sponges with me, so all I do is spray my paints with water and then wipe the top with a sponge. You can do this with your single colours, as well as your one strokes and spilt cakes.
TIP 4: HAVE SOME USEFUL TOOLS
As I said before I decluttered my kit a while ago, but I do always take my Zuca Bag with me which carries my bulky items as well as any useful items I might need. This includes a pallet knife or spatula which I use for getting any chunky glitter out of my paint. It’s probably not essential to remove the bits of glitter that somehow make their way in there, but it’s surprising how much brighter, fresher and cleaner your paints look once the pesky bits of glitter have been removed. Again if you do this as you go, then it takes seconds and really does have a big impact on how your kit looks overall.
I also use the pallet knife to even out my individual paints when they start to wear down in the middle. Again it’s not really necessary but it does look pretty when it’s done and it prevents the paint running over the edges as you use them, which again can help with clean up later.
TIP 5: SCHEDULED DEEP CLEANS
Bearing in mind Face Painting is my full time job and I paint multiple jobs every weekend and more during school hols, my kit is getting used a lot. Therefore I deep clean my kit about once a month. If it needs doing before this then I do, but basically I think it’s a good bit of practice to schedule regular deep cleans, that fit in with how much you use your kit.
So what do I mean by a deep clean? Basically I mean stripping my kit out completely and cleaning every nook and cranny!
Once all my paints are out of my Craft’n’Go I clean it thoroughly with an anti-bacterial spray and cloth. If needed I would also fix anything that needs doing I.e. if my holographic paper needed re doing (it hasn’t yet) but when it does I would do that, I check my LED lights in case they need re sticking (again they haven’t yet) but keeping on top of these things, means it’s easier in the long run and you’re less likely to be on a job and things start to fall off! Lol I also fix any magnets that may need some new glue. Finally I clean out all my storage boxes and make sure they are well stocked of gems etc. and as I replace all my paints I give them a wipe clean as needed. But because I try to clean as I go, not a lot of this is needed.
And that is basically it; I don’t think I necessarily do anything out of the ordinary, but I hope that I’ve given some painters some food for thought if you are wanting to work on your cleaning routine.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any good kit cleaning tips.
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My blog this time is about how we can make the most of the amazing products that are available to us now. Years ago, face painters had to paint colours onto sponges to get that rainbow cake effect that we have now, or individually paint the different colours of the rainbow. We are so lucky that the quality of the paints now are amazing and we have so much choice too!
Following on this train of thought I thought I would take one of the beautiful new rainbow cakes that I was lucky enough to be sent by The Face Painting Shop, and show how versatile it can be. It’s from the new Fusion line, which I have to say I am finding a delight. The paints are lovely and creamy, they take very little water to activate (which is a godsend now the weather is warm) and the colours are unreal. I’ve used this beautiful Fusion Unicorn Sparks rainbow cake to create four completely different designs, using both sponges and brushes, and just a black and white.
So this is the gorgeous product that I used for all of my designs. It’s a gorgeous blend of the rainbow colours with a hit of neon yellow, orange and pink to make it pop. The blue on the end is a softer pearl blue which makes it a lovely colour to sit over the eyes. The neons in this paint were as easily activated as the rest of the colours making it really user-friendly and it had an even wear – down.
I have painted all my designs on the new Sally Ann Lynch Tried and Tested Daisy Lady Face Board which I may just say is absolutely MARVELLOUS to paint on – the paint just glides on, like silk. And it’s so lovely to have the skin colour, and the eyes and cheek colour all on there – love, love it!!
I first used Unicorn Sparks with a half circle sponge, picking up all 6 of the colours to make a gorgeous sunset effect. I also used the pink and the purple from the cake for the double dip flowers, and then a black and white to add the palm trees, moon and highlights.
To create this monstrous design I used a ¾ inch flat brush and picked up the green and blue from the end of the rainbow cake, creating the shape of the design, and the contours I wanted over the face. I then dragged the green through with a dry sponge. I used the purple colour to give me the scales (and BAM stencil 9010) and then added the horns and the details with the black and white. The lipstick was again the purple from the rainbow cake. How gorgeous is that purple!?
One Stroke Butterfly
I totally could’ve used a sponge and painted a butterfly that way – BUT as I’m demonstrating the versatility of this product I decided to go for a one stroke. I sponged on a teeny bit of the yellow on the middle and then used the outer colours to do different colour top and bottom wings. I then added the outlining in black and white. I used a #pinktips ¾ inch angled short for this design
Zebra Eye Design
Last, but not least is a simple animal print eye design, to get the full range of colours in their intended order. This design would take me 2 minutes on the job and never fails to impress. I used a #pinktips rounded flora number 4 for my zebra stripes and then a liner brush to add the white.
So there you have it. All on-the-job designs, all under five minutes, and all from one gorgeous splitcake and just a white and black. And really the possibilities are endless – what else could I have done with those colours – I was going to do a parrot design, or some tropical flowers, maybe a unicorn (but I’m REALLY fed up of those), any kind of wild animal, or you could stencil it on as a background for something a bit more grown up. I could go on and on! Try and make your products stretch a bit more for you this week and see what else you could do with them – I’d love to hear your results!
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