The new year is about breaking bad habits for me. An often overlooked bad habit for face-painters is our posture and health. We work multiple hour jobs, sitting or on our feet, leaning forward and our kit can be heavy. I can finish a long day and feel like I’m 80 years old! So I’ve teamed up with one of my very best friends, Keira May to talk through you some poses. On top of Keira being a yoga instructor her partner is a tattooist so she knows the trouble spots for working artists. Doing these poses regularly will improve your mobility and keep your greatest resource going. And no you don’t have to burn any incense if you don’t want to.
“Crescent moon (Ashta Chandrāsana)
A good warm up pose and one you can do anywhere without looking too silly! And can also be done seated!
From standing, feet together, raise your arms over your head, clasp your right hand around your left wrist and gently pull over to the right to create a subtle crescent moon shape with your body. Hold for a few deep breaths and repeat on the other side.”
Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)
“A strength building beginners pose, the warrior poses give strength and length to your arms and legs.
From standing, feet together, step your right foot back. The back foot should be placed flat on the floor angled diagonally with toes pointing forwards. Bend the front knee, the knee should be stacked over the ankle, if possible, or slightly behind, if you find your knee goes too far forward you can take a wider stance. Reach your arms over your head and look up at the space between your hands. Keep your shoulders relaxed away from your ears and take a few deep breaths in this position before repeating with the other foot forward.”
Warrior 1 with a bind
“This is a lovely variation of the Warrior 1 pose, it gives a big stretch of the chest and upper arms which can get so tight and cramped up if you're painting all day!
From Warrior 1, bring your arms down behind your back. Interlace your fingers, squeeze your shoulder blades and Straighten your elbows. If you're not able do this with your arms, clasp opposite forearms or wrists, remember to squeeze your shoulder blades to open up your chest.”
Goddess / Fierce angel pose (Utkata Konasana)
“This is one of my favourite yoga poses! It gives you a wonderful strength in the thighs and upper back. It opens the centre of your chest, which can be very compressed after a long day of painting! It's a very strong and empowering pose. It can be a little difficult if you have a lot of tightness in the hips or weakness in the thighs. But as with all yoga, the more you practice the stronger and more flexible you'll find yourself becoming!
Standing with feet about 3 to 4 feet apart (or as wide apart as you find comfortable) . Turn your heels in so your toes are pointing diagonally out to the sides. Bend your knees and raise your arms. Bending the elbows so your arms are in a cactus shape. Squeeze your shoulder blades together so you can feel your chest opening. Stack your knees over your ankles and sink your hips low.“
As they say in yoga, Namaste!
Keira teaches all manner of Yoga classes in the Leigh-on-Sea area and an be found through her Facebook page
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All other shipping charges have remaied the same and will do for all of 2019
In the essence of busy Christmas parties, this week I have demo’ed my 2018 -3 most popular fast faces for girls. I hope you enjoy!
Princess / Snow Queen Crown.
This is super-fast, around 2 minutes including gems and glitter, so it makes a great queue buster! I’ve used blues in this example but it works equally well in any girly colours! I have shown the most basic version that I use on this design, but it is easy to embellish it a little if you have more time.
Global fun stoke – Calgary
TFPS Short flat 1”
TFPS round #4
TFPS round #2
TFPS aurora glitter
2018 really has been the year of the rainbow unicorn, and this design has been a popular one at all kinds of events.
Global Fun stroke – Leanne’s Island Girl
TFPS short flat 1”
TFPS round #4
TFPS round #2
Lowe Cornell gold grip #2
TFPS aurora glitter
This is my ‘go to’ eye design for older girls and ladies. It is fast, pretty, and easy to mix up a little by using different colours for the rose & petals. I love double/ triple dip flower petals, and these colour combinations are my all-time faves!
DFX one stroke ‘Posie’
Global Deep Green
TFPS Angled Brush Large
TFPS small Petal Brush
TFPS round #3
TFPS Round #0
TFPS Aurora Glitter
I hope that you have all had a happy (and profitable!) Christmas, and enjoyed the break! Happy New Year everyone!!
HOW TO SURVIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE
Have you agreed to face paint on New Year’s Eve? Here’s a guide to getting the most from your last and first booking of the year.
1. Set the highest rate possible or charge per face. PPF is highly profitable on New Year’s Eve when people are determined to have a good time, but don’t restrict yourself to face paint, glitter is always popular and, because it’s fast to apply, you can earn a decent amount in a shorter time.
2. Expect to be placed in a dark corner so pack a headtorch, okay it’s not the sexiest look but at least you’ll be able to see what you’re doing.
3. Keep your kit minimal – drunk people ALWAYS fall into your table or start picking up your pots of glitter, the less you have out the better.
4. Never let them put their drink in your kit. It’s amazing how many people try to do that!
5. Drunk people get very silly, most the time it’s good-humoured but it can get cranky. By all means paint the penis on the forehead if you really want to but you have the right to close your kit at any time.
6. Drunk people can be over-generous with their money, you will have to decide whether it’s ethical to accept their forty quid tip for ‘doing suchhhh a gooooood jobbbbbb darlinnnn’ or taking a fistful of tenners and coins with the words ‘here, do what you want and keep the change.’
7. If a design is rude, offensive or just too darn hard you can say no.
8. Parties can be great fun with a chance to meet new people, listen to live music and make connections. Take lots of photos, accept the drink offers and pack up before midnight so you get to enjoy yourself too.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Galaxy Step By Step
Hello again! How is everyone doing? Are we all bored of Christmas yet? Today I wanted to show you a step by step of how to achieve this really simple galaxy face paint! I absolutely love this design, I always get at least one or two people choosing this design per gig (when their not having unicorns, butterflies or Spider man) but it’s the one my boyfriend always picks out when I say which design should I sacrifice! It does tend to be your slightly older children and teenagers that pick this design, and it works really well as an eye design as well as a mask. I’ll often get kids point it out to me on the board saying ‘I want this sparkly one!’, and its one that I have on the board all year round. It’s so so simple and I think it looks great!
Global Pearl Baby Blue
DFX UV Yellow
DFX UV Pink
2 half size sponges
TFPS Aurora glitter refill in powder spray bottle with locking nozzle
I start off behaving my dark blue on one end of the sponge and the light blue on the other end, and using the natural contours of the face to place the darker blue, before going in to ‘highlight’ and blend with the light blue. I really like the effect of going around the nose too, but you don’t have to! If you’ve got a slightly older child, you can also try and get a bit of the darker blue in the eyelid crease too, but if you don’t have time or you’ve got someone who doesn’t like their eyes being done it’s not a big issue. I also used to dap in some Cameleon plum Fairy and thistle as well as a bit of global dark blue, but it doesn;doesn’t really add much and it takes so much longer!
Take your second sponge and load with pink and yellow uv. I used to incorporate all of the uv colours, but it just took too long, so these were the colours I decided worked best. I like to place them on top of the cheek bones and just above the eyebrows, just to add a pop of highlight.
I love using a toothbrush. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again now and I’ll probably say it again in the future! I load up the toothbrush with UV Yellow first, and mainly place it in areas of the face I want to highlight, so cheekbones and brow bones. This means that when the UV Pink goes on top, you’ve got that highlight coming through. I just like the UV Yellow as a highlight colour, it’s personal preference!
Finish off by loading your toothbrush with white and put those stars on! Then take your glitter poofer and cover them in glitter. Job done in minutes!
This is a really quick design that I love doing. I really hope you have a go at this, play around with what colours work best for you, these are the colours I have nailed it down to for me, but we are all different! I would love to see your interpretations of this design! I’ve also taken it as a more full body design and a pre-natal design too, it’s so versatile!
I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and new year, if you have any questions, please let me know!
The Pixie Tribe
Merry Christmas to you face artists!
Here’s an A4 word menu for you. Simply print out and embellish with a few one stroke designs. Then you can laminate or pop in a menu stand.
The Fear of the Bad Review
Come on, this can’t just be me? Forgive me if this post is a little self-indulgent, but I’ve been reflecting on a couple of situations I have found myself in, and how my fear of that negative review has made me respond to those situations, and what I can take away from the whole process (one of which is ongoing) and hopefully I can help anyone else avoid getting into these situations in the first place!
My First 1* Review
Ugh, I felt sick when I saw this notification appear on Facebook. This is a relatively long story so please bear with me! I had been approached at a Wedding Fayre by a bride and her sister who was about to turn 21. We had been talking, and the girl whose birthday it was about to be (let’s call her Amy…not her real name) left having been promised by her sister (let’s call her Brenda…also not her real name) that she would pay for me to go and do glitter at her 21st birthday for her and 3 friends. I was happy because I hadn’t moved up to Sheffield yet, and it was a booking in the bag! A couple of days later I had an email through from Brenda and I sent her my booking form and invoice for the deposit.
Time went on, I FINALLY moved to a new house, and then it got to about a week before the event was due to happen and I hadn’t had a reply from Brenda, so I emailed her to check that the event would still be going ahead and would she still like me there. A few days later an email lands in my inbox saying that the event had been postponed due to an issue with the venue and that she would let me know when it had been rescheduled. So, I went about my day and thought nothing else of it. Until I logged onto Facebook and saw that 1-star review from Amy. She couldn’t believe that I had pulled out after looking forward to me being at her birthday for several months, because there wouldn’t be enough people for me to glitter. She also thought I was overpriced.
Now, I didn’t have a clue where this had come from (and it took me a minute to realize it was Brenda’s sister as they had different surnames) and that is just not what happened, but it gave me the fear! I had moved up to Sheffield about 2 weeks before, and after about a year and a half, this was my first review on Facebook and it was 1* and it wasn’t even true! I messaged Amy and explained that I had been told that there had been an issue with the venue and that the event wasn’t going ahead as planned, at which point she wasn’t sure whether she believed me and asked to see proof, so I sent her screenshots of the conversation I had had with her sister. She then went off to speak to her sister and it turned out that Brenda had told us each different stories to get out of paying me, but didn’t stop to think about the damage she could have done to my business. I was then approached by Amy’s friend and was asked if I would still go out just to do Amy. Now, under any normal circumstances, no, I would not go out to apply glitter to one person for a rate I had quoted per person with a minimum uptake, but I had the fear! Being new to the area, I couldn’t; afford any negative feeling towards me and my business, so I went out, did her glitter, she removed her negative review and replaced it with a 5* review and all was well with the world.
This was a horrendous experience for me, and really made me see the importance of the review. I’m not very good at sending follow up emails and asking for a review on Facebook. When your booked through other websites I think they automatically send the client a prompt to leave you a review but going forward this is definitely something I need to start doing! It made me feel sick that for those few hours while I was dealing with that situation, anyone that came across my Facebook page would see that review and leave immediately, just as a result of one person not realizing the impact she could have on my business.
The Unpaid Gig
Time went on, I got myself set up and thankfully I didn’t have any more situations like this. In September I had been asked via a well-known booking site about doing a Halloween event, my quote was accepted, and I asked for the email address to send the booking form and deposit invoice off to. For me, sending off a booking form allows me to collect any information about the event and the client I might need to fulfil the event, for example where the event will be taking place and where to park. I didn’t hear back until about 1 week before Halloween, but I hadn’t had any conflicting bookings (it was for the Monday rather than the weekend) so I sent off my booking form and invoice for the deposit and heard nothing back. I still didn’t know where the event was taking place and who the client was. On the day of the event I had to look up the email address I had been sent to find out the company who was trying to book me to find a phone number to check if they were expecting me (as no deposit had been paid) and to find out where they were expecting me to be.
So, I turned up at the gig and was told to send an invoice for the full amount rather than the remaining balance and was assured that it would be paid the next day. The next day I received an email informing me I had been left a 5-star review via the booking site, and felt assured that my invoice would in fact get paid. It got to 3 weeks after the event and I decided to send a follow up via the site I had been booked through to thank them for their lovely review and as a gentle reminder that I hadn’t been paid, and could they just let me know when I might expect payment? Nothing. At the end of the 30 days I sent an email to their head office. Nothing. This is 7 weeks ago now, and aside from that review, I have had no contact from the client to confirm receipt of my invoice (which has now been sent 3 times) or to confirm when my invoice might be paid. It was a student hall of residence, and I am going to persist with them, but we are now in the Christmas season where nothing seems to happen, and student halls of residences aren’t always open over this period.
So, what can we take from this? Going forward I am going to have a notice on my invoices saying that any payments not made within 30 days will incur a late payment fee, unless an alternatively payment schedule has been agreed. Depending on the client I will also insist that I cannot unpack my kit until the full payment is made. This unfortunately isn’t always possible, especially when you’re dealing with corporate clients, but for birthday parties and weddings etc, I will now always make sure that first a deposit is taken, and then that full payment is made either by bank transfer before the event, or that cash is paid on arrival.
I’ve more or less resigned myself to the fact that this probably won’t get paid. I do have evidence that the job happened in case anyone from their head office tries to say it didn’t. Firstly, I have the review, and secondly, I have a photo of one of the staff members I painted with a branded lanyard around her neck. I knew really early on that this was going to be a pain in the ass job, and I really didn’t want to go because of the lack of information I had, had but was worried about the potential negative impact it might have on my business reputation, and now I’m suffering from the negative financial impact on my business. It was a complete lose, lose situation.
The Fear of the negative review is real, and sometimes it makes us do things that don’t make business sense. People are weird, and you do hear stories of people going around leaving negative reviews of their competitors pages to make their own business look better. I once saw a makeup artist receive a torrent of bad reviews because she was doing a giveaway that included non-cruelty free products, and as much as I try and use cruelty free products as much as I can, it’s not always possible, and it’s not something that should affect your business reputation!
I know I have a lot to improve on in the business aspect, and it’s situations like these that make you learn the hard way. Until recently I didn’t have any terms and conditions, or anything more official than details of the event on my booking form. I now have a set of terms and conditions on my booking form that need to be signed by the client before I confirm a booking, it means that everything is in black and white and there is no arguing at any point, and I have also adapted it for the hair and makeup side of my business.
I hope this has been useful to you. If you have found yourself in either of these situations, I would love to know how you handled it and what your outcomes were! If you do have any questions, please let me know!
The Pixie Tribe
Frankenstein, mermaid, snake, dinosaur, leaves…which is the right green for the job? When it comes to green face paint there are so many different shades and it’s essential to get it right, after all no one wants a shimmery mint Hulk.
Here’s a guide to the best greens for the most popular on-the-job faces;
Mermaid – this is all about the shine so go for pearly bases like Superstar. ‘Green Shimmer’ is lovely or for a darker sea shade choose ‘Peacock Shimmer’. Add wispy seaweed details with a strong, matt green (Chameleon Clover is great) and a pink tip liner brush. If you want to add extra sparkle, TFPS bio-glitter in Spring Green is really pretty.
Frankenstein and the Hulk demand a good mid green – a personal favourite is FPA Mid Green, this is also vegan and cruelty-free so ticks all the boxes for me and many of my clients.
You can experiment a bit more with whole face snake designs; it’s fun to use yellowy-green one strokes like TAG Leaf Yellow, add a shiny green such as FPA Metallix Light Green then layer scales with turquoise – Superstar do amazing creamy ones.
For seasonal Holly I love the one stroke I make from DFX white and Party Explosion Dark Green – two colours is all you need as they blend as you stroke your brush to give three lovely shades. Just slice up your cakes and use an old one stroke case or lid. A little goes a long way and you’ll make lots of one strokes from just two pots of colour.
Joni Nettleship x
Can you believe it is almost 2019? I am really excited for this New Year and what it will bring for me, my family and my business. It has been a tough year for me, for a number of reasons, but 2019 already has lots of things to look forward to, including an awards ceremony in March, and some training with the amazing Annie Reynolds, in July.
I have been thinking this week about New Year’s resolutions for the business, and one of the things I am determined to do this year is manage my accounts better. I am notoriously bad at completing my accounts on a monthly basis, and instead I find myself every year, spending hours upon hours sat at my desk surrounded by a years’ worth of invoices, bank statements, receipts and the like. It’s not fun, and it comes at what is already a ridiculously busy time of year for us. 2019 is going to be the year that I break this bad habit. I am going to complete my accounts at the end of each month. Not only will this mean that I don’t have the December stress fest, and will also help me to know on a monthly basis where I stand in terms of profitability.
Here are a few hints and tips about managing your business finances.
Disclaimer – I am NOT an accountant or financial advisor, so please do your own research and take advice before making any financial decision.
Do I need to be registered with HMRC?
YES! Working without paying the appropriate tax is illegal, and can get you into serious bother and hefty fines if you are caught. If you are working on a self-employed basis, then you need to register with HMRC and complete a tax return at the end of each tax year. Each tax year runs from 6th April to 5th April the following year. You then have until the following January to submit your tax return. Also, if you don’t also work on a PAYE basis elsewhere you will need to think about your National Insurance contributions, as failing to keep these up to date can / will have a detrimental impact on your future pension entitlement.
Do I need an accountant?
No. It is totally possible to complete your own tax return, but it can be daunting. There are often local classes / sessions available to get you started so it worth checking with local adult learning centres/ colleges. There is also a lot of information online and it is definitely worth familiarising yourself with the basics. Now that I’m a few years in, I sit somewhere in the middle by doing all of my own accounts, but having them checked and submitted by my accountant. This keeps the cost down, keeps my eye on the ball so to speak, while also ensuring that it is all completed properly and on time.
What information do I need?
You should be keeping a comprehensive note of all income and outgoings associated with your business. This includes income from any job you carry out, any private booking, and any products sold. You will also need to keep a record of any purchase made in relation to your face painting work. This will include the obvious things like products and kit that you buy, but can also include mileage accrued travelling to and from gigs, and, depending on your circumstances, can often include a proportion of some household bills such as phone, internet, electric and heat etc. These costs will vary according to how you operate so please take advice from your accountant on what you can include.
Should I have a business bank account?
If you are a limited company then you must have a business account in the name of your business, but if you are self-employed then it is not compulsory. It can make life at tax return time a lot easier though, as all of your work related transactions are in one place. I find that it is also helpful in terms of being able to more clearly understand your work related income and outgoings. It also looks more professional when clients are issuing direct payments, and means that if for any reason, HMRC decide to audit you, they don’t need to see that you ate Mc Donald’s 3 times in one week and spent your last £20 on gin.
In short, Tax doesn’t need to be scary. It is always better to be registered and above board, and you never know, you might find yourself being owed a nice little rebate meaning you can stock up on those new rainbow cakes you spotted on The Face Painting Shop’s website!
I Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break, and enjoy the rest!
Some useful links
Candle Design Step by Step
Hi Guys! I hope you are all well and enjoying the festive season! It’s been a bit crazy here at Kate’s Faces HQ with all the Christmas parties, school nativities, corporate events, charity do’s and then the usual Birthday parties to squeeze in between!
If like me you’ve painted a thousand reindeers, three million snowmen and five hundred Santa’s and you fancy a little something different to offer your clients you’ll hopefully enjoy this quick and easy candle design. You can use any colour one stroke for the candles (I used purple to symbolise an advent wreath) and obviously change up the colours completely should you wish. The lovely Tracy Keers from The Face Painting Shop made up this fancy graphic showing the main products and brushes I used to create the design, but there are a couple of extras, links to which can be found underneath this blog. I hope you find this breakdown of this design helpful – please do let me know if there are any other designs that you may like to see live tutorials of, or step-by-steps. And I’d love to see your interpretations of this so do pop them up on to The Face Painting Shop’s Facebook Page!
Paint three different height candles in the centre of the forehead (things look good in 3’s or 5’s!) – using any one stroke you wish but using one with a light edge and a dark edge will help create the depth and shadow you want for these candles.
Using Tag Leaf and your #Pinktip ¾ Angle Brush, add holly leaves and fir branches around the candles and the eyes.
Add swirls and holly berries as you like in the gorgeous new colour ‘Valentine’ from Superstar.
Add your flames, and then highlight the leaves and the candles (I like my TFPS liner brush for highlighting). Add some starbursts to make it look ‘twinkly’! Paint the lips red.
Glitter!! I used chunky glitter in champagne from TFPS which is the perfect light, shimmery gold for so many designs and finished this design off beautifully. I used Ben Nye Glitter Glue to adhere it to the skin.
And here is the finished look! When I actually painted my beautiful model Phoebe, I felt it needed something a little extra so I added some Proline Dupe Pigment in Copperline – I put this on dry using my small #pinktip blender brush and it makes THE MOST gorgeous eyeshadow. You can also use these wet for linework, or for face or body painting – when used wet they are like liquid metal.