Face Painting For Parties

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How To Choose The Best Company For Your Party or Event

Finding a good face painting company for your party can be a challenge.

Maybe you’re a parent hosting an upcoming birthday party, or an event planner setting up the next big corporate get together.

Regardless of the type of event you’re hosting, you need a quality face painter who your guests will have a good experience with!

Their experience at your event and the health of their skin hinges on the decision you are about to make!

So let’s get into it . . . 

Here are 5 things to look for in a good face painting company:

  1. Skin safe, cosmetic grade face paints
  2. Good hygiene practices
  3. Insurance
  4. Skill – high quality designs
  5. Reliability

Skin Safe, Cosmetic Grade Face Paints

cosmetic grade face paint

Few things are more terrifying to an event planner than to have one of their guests have an allergic reaction at their event that ends in a lawsuit. 

Yes- this is the worst case scenario involving face painting but it is possible. Protecting against this should be the first thing you look at when hiring an entertainment company!

Good face painting companies use top quality materials to make sure their guests have a great experience. This includes using face paint that is of a cosmetic grade, safe to use on skin, and from a reputable source.

We buy our face paint from https://www.jestpaint.com/

If the company you hired shows up and plops down a bunch of squirt bottles full of craft paint on the table . . . you might want to send them packing!

Not only do designs made from craft paints look much worse than what can be done with real face paint, the after effects are not good! After getting painted with craft paint, kids may complain about their face itching or hurting.

Then when they get home and their parents scrub off the paint, they may see a red, angry afterimage of whatever was painted on their face!

It’s not pleasant, and that’s what happens when irritating, unsafe chemicals are used on our skin.

Example: While face painting at events many parents come up to me and say “I’d love to have my son/daughter get their face painted, but they have sensitive skin and last time we had their face done they had a bad reaction!”

That’s when I tell them that most likely their past face painter was using unsafe paints, and that in all my years of face painting no one has had a bad reaction to the skin safe face paints that we use. I’m always happy to do a test or even a design on their arm if they’re concerned about another reaction.

Another example: At an event last year a “face painter” hired by the company we were working for set up next to us and set out a bunch of permanent markers. I thought he was going to start drawing some caricatures, but then he started drawing designs on kids arms . . .  I couldn’t believe it!

Our skin is our largest organ, and it is very porous. Toxins that go on our skin get absorbed into our bodies! 

Make sure and ask the entertainment you are hiring if they have skin safe, cosmetic grade materials, or you could be accidentally poisoning your guests!

Good Hygiene Practices


With everything that’s happened so far in 2020, having good sanitation and hygiene practices as a face painter has never been more important.

You want to be sure that the only thing your entertainers are spreading is smiles!

Good face painters come to an event ready with dozens of different sponges so that each guest gets painted with a fresh sponge.

Good face painters also sanitize their brushes in between guests and after every single event.

Good face painters also sanitize their hands.

Ask the company you are considering what they do to make sure their materials are clean and not spreading germs.


entertainers insurance is important

There is probably nothing that sets apart a “professional” from a “hobbyist” more than insurance! 

Professional face painters value their business and want it to be healthy for many years to come. So having insurance to protect themselves and their clients is a top priority.

No matter how professional someone is, there is always risk involved in anything we do. Good business owners recognise this and plan ahead for any possible problems that might pop up.

We carry entertainer’s insurance in the off chance that something happens and we or our clients are involved in a lawsuit regarding something that we did while entertaining at their event.

We have never had to use our insurance (knock on wood), but we sure feel better knowing that we have it.

Always ask the company you are considering hiring if they have entertainer’s insurance.

If they don’t, move on to the next company!

Skill - high quality designs

skilled face painting

If you are spending all this time searching around to hire a face painter for your event, you definitely want them to be talented.

Even better, you want your guests to rave about how awesome the face paint design they got was!

Nothing is better than having your guest break into a huge smile after looking in the mirror to see their design for the first time!

Nothing is worse than having them rush to the bathroom to wipe off the design they were too embarrassed to be out in public with.

You want the first outcome!

Good artists are practicing all the time, always striving to become better and do new things. A good entertainer invests deeply in their education-and it shows. We are always taking new courses at the Kids Entertainer Academy (https://kidsentertainerhub.com/) to make sure that our skills are always improving and evolving.

We all have to start somewhere, but you want the artist who can make your guests (the kids AND their parents) smile and laugh!


After figuring out activities, refreshments, and decorations, and then putting it all together, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not the entertainment you hired is going to show up to your event!

You want entertainers who have a track record of always showing up to events, and showing up early!

It takes about 10 minutes to get set up for face painting, so we always arrive at our events at least 15 minutes before the start time.

In the rare case that an unforeseen problem with your face painter happens, such as a death in the family or illness, you want a company that will replace themselves for you.

What does that mean?

Example: We frequently get calls from party planners who are stressed and frantically searching for last minute entertainment. Why? Their entertainers cancelled on them. The reasons can be sickness, broken equipment, or even that they had another event come up that paid more (That’s pretty crooked in my opinion, but it definitely happens).

So ideally you’d want a company with lots of connections with other professional face painters in the area, who would find someone to replace themselves and make sure that your event goes on without a hitch.

After all, not only should your entertainers be there to make sure that your guests have an amazing experience at your event, but also to reduce your stress and make things as easy for you as possible!

That is our goal here at Jellyfish Entertainment! Visit our corporate event page to learn more, or give us a call at (417)247-9376 we’d love to be at your next event.

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