Perhaps you have wondered but never asked what a face painter actually brings to their job along with their skills – See blog ‘What does it mean to be professional’
Here is a list of what you can expect in a face painters kit. Note that some artists have way more and some a little less. I also have a make-up kit – I’ll write on this another day.
Face paints – obvious right! But what does this actually consist of
- Up to 30 single coloured paints of which some are different tones of the one colour. In this selection there is the standard primary colours, 6 neon face paints, a handful of pearl colours plus the gorgeous metallic silver and gold. You never know what colour someone is wearing or the design that a guests or clients asks for.
- 19 one stroke paints – these are small tubs of rainbow combinations for every occasion. They make that first paint stroke stand out and impress the guest to no end!
- 14 Split cakes. These are great for larger areas of the skin and I would usually use a sponge to apply to the face or body.
Paint Brushes – of course! Now brushes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and each brush will aid the artist to achieve a certain stroke. ‘blog to come ‘What this brush does’ In my kit I hold
- 60 face paint brushes
- 10 make up brushes for soft powder application
Stencils – I love stencils, they can add depths to a design in an instant. – ‘Blog to come ‘How to use stencils in face or body painting’
- 50 large stencils of different patters
- 11 small stencils of different patters
Glitter – ‘Too Much Glitter is Never Enough’ I once produced a cabaret show that played at Theatre Works St Kilda and that was the name. So true right! So I have;
- 18 different colours of glitter. Although I will admit that my favourite and most used is the white glitter with the rainbow sparkles throughout and the hot fluorescent pink mica powder.. AMAZING!!!!
And then there’s
- 50 sponges
- A spray bottle of water used to activate the water based paints
- 2 small jars of water to clean brushes
- A can of Derma colour – This is a cosmetic grade fixer spray to make the paint stay on longer and withstand some rubbing - great for guests that want to make the designs look great all through their night!
- Barrier cream for my hands –they look a rainbow mash after each job
- A puffer of thick gold paint for creating raised dot work
- A container full of gems, gems, gems. Don’t make me count them.. small ones, medium sized ones and large stand out ones in all sorts of colours
- Make up wipes – oh those kids after their fairy floss!
- Cotton buds
- A butter knife for making quick one stroke cakes
- Cosmetic glue
- White powder paint for thin layer of white coverage and a special dry sponge for application
- A mirror
- 2 fabric face washers
- 1 small towel
- 2 head bands for keeping hair away from face on a windy day
What do I bring that’s not in my kit
- Designs for my guests to look at if they get stuck choosing
- My little black book of inspiration
- Business cards
- A A4 sign of when I start and finish
- A laminated sign for the last guests to wear saying they are the last to be painted when I have closed the line
- A one sided flag advertising face painting
- A foldable table
- A black table cloth
- A high chair for guests to sit on when I paint them
- And my trusty trolley to get it from my car to set up location!
My goodness… do you think that’s enough! And if I started writing what each item cost you may get a better idea of the value.