|Posted on 21 June, 2017 at 10:15||comments (0)|
Summer 2017 is set to be the hottest June in 40 years. I personally enjoy the heat, but it can be hard to work in as a face painter. Here’s some things professional face & body artists need to consider, the challenges we face and how you can help us so we can provide the best service at your event.
Events in General
Hot weather mean sweaty faces. As most face paints used on children are water activated, this can mean our art runs and can smudge easily. My artists and myself, often take extra wet wipes for children to clean their faces, this can be a way of removing sweat and cooling the children down. It helps if your area for face painting is cool, it may be worth considering placing a fan in the area. Having a cool area for the face painter to work from ensures your face painter is more comfortable to work and will produce faster and better quality painting.
When a team of artists are working together, they will often be happy to provide their own shelter, but when working on their own, this can be very difficult, if not impossible, to put up themselves. As a result we require shelter to be provided or can provide at an additional charge to cover the fee of an assistant when working on our own. Some events assume we only need shelter from rain but this is not the case. Face painting at events often takes place over lunch and into the afternoon, the hottest part of the day, it is essential that we have shelter to protect our own health but also our equipment. Do you know that face paint melts in the heat?!
If, like me, the good (yet boiling) weather means you are excited about spending all your time outside and have a booking, please let us know so we can make changes to our equipment and set up.
And some general advice that can keep us all safe
• Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 11am and 3pm as this is typically the hottest part of the day.
• Keep rooms as cool as possible by closing curtains and blinds. Light colours work best.
• Drink lots of cold water and avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
• Wear loose, cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
• And of course… wear sunscreen.
|Posted on 24 April, 2017 at 8:00||comments (0)|
Michelle of Impeccable Parties helped a Ice Hockey fan celebrate her team becoming the Elite League champians 2016-17 with this body paint and glitter look. Would you be painted in your team colours?
|Posted on 29 March, 2017 at 7:20||comments (0)|
I'm really excited to tell you all that I will be launching my new website within the next month, with daily blog entries, loads of glitter look, new pricing structures and new services, its going to be the best ever!
Please bookmark www.impeccableparties.co.uk and check back often to see the changes, OR BETTER STILL, follow Impeccable Parties on Social Media to be the first to know when the changes go live! All the links are in the blog post below.
Here's a seek peek for you <3
|Posted on 17 March, 2017 at 8:25||comments (0)|
I love working at Promo events in stalls, shopping centres, trade fayres and other venues. Face and Body Art is a fab attraction to customers and is popular with children and increasingly adults too!
Attracting protentional customers with complimentry activites such as Face & Body Art, Balloon Twisting and Family Entertainement is an ideal way to engage customers that might not normally consider your products or services.
For example, we can occupy the children at a car show room while the sales staff discuss affordable finance options on a car that the parents felt was completely out of their budget.
Attractions such as ours are an investment in your business and helps you build positive and lasting relationships with customers new and old.
Here's some lovely photos from one of the promotional events we've worked at over the last year.
The Company of Master Jewellers 2016
Face & Body Art was used to attract jewellery shop owners to a stand at their Chrsitmas trade fayre. It was a massive success and there was soon a full stand of people waiting for their turn. Whilst they waited, the stand staff engaged the protentional business customers and introduced the new jewellery line. This offering was in fact so popular that Michelle was asked to provide her services for serveral hours longer then she was originally booked. Images were also shared on social media increasing the brand awareness to those who could not make the event.
|Posted on 10 March, 2017 at 15:35||comments (0)|
Are you following Impeccacle Parties online?
You can find out about events we attend, offers we have and services we offer on lots of different platforms! You can also see the most current examples of Michelle's work and meet some of the team <3
Here some links for you, please like, follow and engage with Impeccable Parties online x
|Posted on 14 March, 2016 at 16:50||comments (0)|
This blog post will give you some basic knowledge of health and safety designed for customers to ask questions to ensure they are selecting a professional face painter.
A good start is Public Liability Insurance, ask for a copy if you want to be sure. If you painter doesn’t have insurance, what will happen is something goes wrong? If she isn’t covered then nor are you.
Professional face painters should be using paints that are designed for face painting, no respectable face painter would ever use other paints or markers on anyone’s skin. Why? Well products that are not designed for cosmetic use, may be non-toxic, but can still cause nasty skin reactions. All face paints used need to be EU and FDA compliant.
Glitter looks fantastic when added to a face painting design but normal craft glitter should never ever be used. Normal craft glitter can cause damage to the eye and even blindness! Face painters should be using cosmetic glitter, this costs more so it is a common short cut that uneducated painters make, don’t be afraid to challenge this, your children’s sight is more important then a painter saving a few quid!
Clean and Tidy
A good professional face painter always keeps her kit clean and tidy and after a full days work can spend a couple of hours cleaning her kit. A nice tidy and well-presented kit is a good indication to how the painter is keeping germs at bay.
Lots of different products are sold to help a face painter keep her kit clean. There really is no excuse for a poorly cared for kit.
Who Can’t Be Painted
Under no circumstances should anyone who is unwell, has an eye or skin inflection or an open cut be painted. If someone has sensitive skin a patch test should be carried out 24 hours before a face is painted. Children under three years of age should not be painted as the products are not recommended on children under this age. If the face painter makes an exception for your child, how many times has she made that exception for others?
This is just a brief outline of some of the issues I see most commonly. Don’t be worried about asking questions about health and safety when selecting your face painter.
Want to know more? Post a comment and ask your questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all in a future post.
|Posted on 5 February, 2016 at 8:25||comments (0)|
I have been asked this very question by a few people, customers and people I know personally. I think this is because a lot of the time all some people consider is covered in the charge is an hourly rate. I wanted to address this as I hate for anyone to feel that are being ‘ripped off’ or over charged.
I think the easiest way of explaining what you are paying for is to break it up into two parts. Firstly what goes into your booking, secondly the extra costs of running a professional face painting business. Here goes…
What Goes Into Your Booking
• Enquiry and completing the booking: 20 minutes – 2 hours depending on the customer/ event
• Designing faces to match your theme or researching faces for your event: Up to 2 hours.
• The night before your party or event, cleaning of kit, restocking paints and glitter and organizing herself to ensure she knows the best route to your event and that everything is in order: 1 hour
• Packing the car, and travelling to your event: Up to 1 hour.
• Set up time: 15 minutes.
• PAINTING AT YOUR PARTY
• Pack up after and traveling home or to the next booking. 1 hour.
• Order any supplies used at your party or event.
That’s a lot more than just a couple of hours face painting!
The Costs Of Running A Face Painting Business
When a face painter works out her charges, she need to ensure she is covering all of her costs and then make a decent living with what is left over, this is of course a job.
The costs she needs to take into account are:
• Face paints, brushes, glitters, stencils and other supplies you see on the day.
• Cleaning equipment and supplies.
• Public Liability Insurance
• Personal DBS clearance (this is not a legal requirement but something I have)
• Business Email
• Business phone line/mobile
• Business cards, banners, leaflets and other advertising material
• Car running costs & car insurance with business use
• Childcare (in some cases)
• A table and chair(s)
• Equipment for working outside eg. Gazebo and lighting
• Ongoing training and development
That’s a lot right? Well this is a list just from memory so I am sure I could add more, but the point is, I don’t walk away with £75-£120 from a two hour party.
So Why Do People Charge Different Rates?
The prices I charge are pretty standard for the industry locally so if another face painter is offering a much cheaper rate, ask yourself how she could possibly be covering all the above costs and still earn herself some money.
She will want to make some money so maybe she doesn’t have insurance which she pays for, maybe she doesn’t go on training courses. Whatever the reason, you get what you pay for.
It’s your money, spend it wisely and pick a quality professional who takes her business seriously and covers her costs or you may find who you hire doesn’t take your booking seriously.
|Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 11:05||comments (0)|
I spent some time learning some new balloon modeling techniques with the amazing Mr Crackers and he agreed to film a quick and easy balloon dog tutorial. Enjoy x
P.S Mr Crackers was having some work done to his front porch so sorry for any back ground noise.
|Posted on 14 January, 2016 at 16:20||comments (0)|
A range of face painting products, such as different brands of paints are available. I wanted to give you all a little bit of information and talk about my kit. I am sure people will have lots of differences of opinion, this is based on my professional opinion.
I would say the most readily available brand of face paints in the UK, and the brand many of you will and heard of is Snazaroo. These paints are very affordable and come in a wide range of colours. When I started face painting many years ago, my whole kit was made up of Snazaroo paints. This is the brand I would recommend if you want to buy an inexpensive kit to try face painting at home with your own children. When I first started I didn’t know about other brands as I brought my supplies from a local wholesales or a party shop who didn’t stock anything else.
As I became more experienced, I started meeting other face painters, including a lady called Gail. Gail is an amazingly talented artist and she has gave me some wonderful advice. When I first met Gail we were sharing a gig at a supermarket and she had all different brands of face paint. I saw a beautiful multi coloured paint called a rainbow cake and a black and white paint that covered over colours perfectly. This is when I honestly fell in love with face painting.
Since then, by talking to other face painters in person and gigs, conventions and jams, online in face book groups and forums, I have gained knowledge of lots of different brands and retailers. These are the paints that are in my kit now and why.
Most of my solid colours are superstar paints. They are creamy, provide excellent coverage and beautiful vibrant. For a 16g pot of Superstar I pay the same as I would for 30ml Snazaroo so these are more expensive but are considered a professional brand and I feel are more the double the quality so brilliant value. Here’s a resent image of my Superstar pallet, Superstar are the round paints.
I love Tag as well, I have one stokes made by tag that I use every gig. One stokes are multi coloured paints, about an inch wide which are used with a brush to pick up all the colours at once. This allows me to paint rainbows and multi coloured princess crowns in a single stroke and create depth and high-lights in designs like snakes and roses. I took me a long time to learn how to use these types of paints. If you want to have a go please do, but I would highly recommend taking a lesson from an established face painter as they are tricky.
I also have a wonderful Tag pallet of solid colours (in 12ml), I use this in my mini kit which I like to take to festivals that I am not working at just for a bit of fun painting friends and their children. These pallets are under £35 and come with a couple of little brushes so if you wanted to try a brand other than Snaz, the tag pallets are a lovely choice and you will notice the difference in quality.
Sillyfarm are my choice of brand for rainbow cakes, these cost more than most at £12.99 each. Rainbow cakes are large multi-coloured paints that you pick up with a sponge. They can be used to make all kinds of faces, my favourite examples are psychedelic big cats and butterflies. Sillyfarms rainbow cakes are larger than some other brands, they use all different paints in their cakes and the colours always look amazing together. They are developed by a face painter called ‘Silly Heather’ in the US who is another amazing artist. Give her a google, she simply inspires.
That amazing white and black for outlining I mentioned are made by Diamond FX. A paint with a beautiful shinny finish and amazing coverage, my personal favourite for outlining. I do have other colours but I would say the black and white are a must for any professional painter. Outlining with some white face paints doesn’t work well, it doesn’t cover what’s underneath, picks up other colours and never looks very white. Using this brand, I don’t have any of those issues. A good quality white can make all of the difference in how well a design turns out. My FX white is the only paint I could not leave at home.
This brand makes some lovely little pallets. I have a pearl colour pallet, lovely for icy looking designs, like Christmas snowy faces or Frozen inspired looks. I have a few lovely one stokes from them too. Not my favourite brand but I do like them and will continue to use some of the lovely paints they make.
All the face paints I use are cosmetic products and EU approved. This is really important. I’ve heard a lot of talk about using other products for face painting like acrylic paints as they cost less than face paints. Please don’t be tempted by this, they are not designed to be used cosmetically. Yes they may be non-toxic, but so is poison ivy, and you wouldn’t want to rub that all over your child’s face.
Obviously I have more than face paint in my kit. I have sponges, brushes, glitters, stencils etc etc. Would you like to know more about the products or the tools in my kit? Feel free to comment on anything you would like to know more about and I will try to answer any questions in an upcoming post.
Thanks for reading, check back in a few days for another DIY tutorial!