How much will it cost?

My rates start at $100 per hour of face painting, and $25/15 mins of extra time as required. To these rates I may add a travel fee to cover petrol and my time. It is calculated at roughly $25/hr from Mount Colah. These figures are given as a guide only. Please contact me below for a final quote based on your requirements.

How long can I book you for?

Generally the minimum booking for parties and events is 2 hours. You get 2 full hours of face painting. I arrive before time to set up, then pack up only after the booked time is finished.
You can book me for a set number of hours (2hrs 2.5hrs, 3hrs etc), or you make a flexible booking and just pay for the time you need and no one misses out- $25 per 15 minutes after the first 2 hrs. I can usually stay longer than the pre-booked time if you get more guests than anticipated or the parents would like to be painted as well, as I won’t be rushing off to another party.
To paint you and your partner or friends as part of your costume before you go to your party, a 1 hr or even half hour minimum booking may be arranged.
5 hours is the maximum booking period I will take.

How long do I need?

The time it takes to do the painting can vary, but on average I paint about 12 full-faced detailed designs in each hour. If you have 30 guests, then 2 hrs is probably just enough as there’s always a few that don’t want to be painted. If you need more kids painted per hour, let me know when booking and I can offer fast designs instead of the usual full faces. I don’t guarantee any number of faces per hour as there are so many factors (mostly other than the actual painting) that can slow the process down.

Can I book more than one face painter?

Yes, I can arrange for additional painters to join me for large functions. Prices will vary.

What do I need to provide?

I require a small area out of the rain, wind or hot sun please. I can bring everything else I need with me, including table and chairs. I also need to be able to park my car close by.

Do you just do face painting?

I offer a wide range of designs that can painted on arms, hands, neck or where ever you would like to display my artwork. I can also do custom body painting.
I don’t do balloon twisting or party hosting.

Is face painting for everyone?

Although the face paints I use are hypo-allergenic, I recommend not painting children under two years, as their immune systems are still developing.

People with allergies or highly sensitive skin can request a small design painted on their arm as a patch test. If there is no reaction after 20 minutes, they can have their face painted.
I will only paint the faces of those who are happy to be painted and able to stay reasonably still. Very young or very shy children are usually happier to have their hand or arm painted instead.
I will not paint over any wounds, infections or other skin conditions such as eczema.

Is face painting sanitary?

I follow international face painting guidelines and hygiene practices and common sense. People who have infectious diseases including Covid should not be getting painted.

What kind of paint do you use?

It is very important to know what paints a face painter is using. Cheap face paint or craft paint can cause bad reactions. Craft glitter should never be applied to the face as it is potentially dangerous to the eyes.
Happy Faces Face Painting only uses the safest, top quality, professional face paints and cosmetic-grade glitters and shimmer powders. Not only are these water-base, hypo-allergenic face and body paints very gentle, even on sensitive skin, they also dry quickly, feel light and smooth, and never crack or peel. All products I use conform to Australian cosmetic regulations. They do not require a barrier cream underneath.

How do I wash the paint off?

The face paint I use is easily removed with mild soap and water or baby-wipes. No special removers are needed. Some of the brightly pigmented colours may slightly ‘stain’ the skin temporarily, but this usually fades overnight, and it’s best to wait for it to fade than to abrade the skin scrubbing it.

How do I remove the paint from clothing?

To remove the paint from clothing, I recommend hand-washing the area in cold/tepid water with soap, as soon as possible, otherwise it may stain some fabrics.

Do you have a "Working with Children" certificate?