Avg. Income Earned by Following this Post: $150+/day
When you were a kid you loved running up to the strange man with balloons and face paints and begging him to paint a pony on your cheek. And even though your mother scowled at him the entire time and the pony ended up looking more like a rabid dog, you still loved it and smiled the rest of the day. But, who was that strange man on the street corner who lured you in with magical colors only to then have your parents dish out five dollars for the trouble? Whoever he was, he was onto something; parents will always spend money to see their children smile. Just think, if you’re a nice person and not creepy in the least, you could be raking in the dough.
Before you start your new face art venture, you’ll need to find some paints. Almost any costume store will have a paint and brush set that is specifically designed for “face painting.” If you can’t find a kit designed for painting on the skin, you will want to make sure the paints are non-toxic, but also do a little research and make sure that the chemicals are safe for direct contact with skin.
Finding a place to set up is going to be key to your success as a face painting artist. Street festivals, carnivals, and other events that are targeted towards “fun for the whole family” are good places to start, but you can do just as well on a popular street corner or shopping district. Just try out a couple of different locations and see what works best for you.
When you set up, you’ll want to make sure you have a chair for you to sit in and a table to hold all of your paints, plus you’ll need a chair for the person whose face you are painting and maybe some extra chairs for parents to take a load off and relax, while their kid gets that dragon painted on his forehead.
If you’re really a talented artist, then you can probably go free hand and draw anything a person asks you to draw (within reason). But, if you’re a little nervous, or not the greatest artist in the world, then you can find stencils at a local craft or hobby store that will guarantee the people get what they asked you for each time. Just put out a book that has all of the images you have stencils for and ask people to pick from that.
You might consider doing your first few paintings for free as a way to advertise that there is face painting going on at your event. The best way to get a kid excited about getting their own face painted is to show them how cool another kid looks with that ninja painted on his cheek. It’s up to you how much you charge, but you can easily get away with $2-5 dollars per painted image. And, of course, your set price can always be negotiable, so don’t be afraid to let people haggle with you.
In the end, face painting can be a really fun hobby and even earn you a couple hundred dollars a day if you pick your event and location correctly. Not to mention, it’s a great way to hone your artistic skills and meet a lot of new people and potential contacts. If you’re willing to do private parties, make sure you have a business card available for parents that might be interested in hiring your for their kid’s birthday.
If you’re having fun and making a few extra dollars, then you’re doing it right.