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Q: How do I get face paint off?

A: Always follow these steps to remove paint before bedtime:

1. Lather design with a mild soap, such as baby shampoo.

2. Wipe away with a warm, wet wash cloth. (Use an old one, because face paints may stain cloth.)

3. If necessary, lather and wipe again. Remember that some colors may stain skin slightly temporarily. Blues and greens are the worst stainers as a general rule.

Read the label if you must use baby wipes to remove face paint. Some children have reactions to wet wipes.

For applying gems to designs, I use a dab of glitter glue adhesive, which is made to be used safely on skin. To remove this, use a little rubbing alcohol or baby oil on a q-tip, being careful to stay away from the eyes.

Q: Are you insured?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you do balloon twisting as well?

A: No. As a degreed artist, my area of expertise is in painting.

If you’re looking for a balloon artist in the NW suburbs, I recommend Marva’s Marvalous Creations (Elgin) or Mirae Page (St. Charles) for balloon twisting or balloon art.

Q: What did you do before?

A: I have a BA in Art and originally was an artist/designer in the publishing industry. I currently teach acrylic painting and drawing to children and adults as well as running a face painting business.

Q: Why do you cover the NW suburbs, but not the city of Chicago?

A: I try to stay local to keep my travel costs and rates lower for customers. Also, traffic in the city is uncertain when coming from a long distance. My goal is to never be late for any event, so if you need a face painter and you’re located in Chicago, I can recommend some face painters who do cover your area.

Q: Where do you get your designs?

A: From other face painters and from my imagination. Some of my favorites face painters are Cameron Garrett, Heather Green, Marcela Murad, and Lisa Joy Young, although there are many other talented body art professionals I learn from all the time. I’ve also taken courses through FABAtv’s online program and a local workshop by European artist Olga Meleca.

Q: Can the paints cause allergic reactions?

A: Any substance can cause an allergic reaction, but face paints are made to be as hypoallergenic as possible. I have never had a child or adult have a reaction to my paints, which are professional grade and FDA compliant, but if you have a concern you should ask a face painter to give you a test patch on your arm to see what happens before you have yourself painted. Also, if you’ve had any allergic reactions in the past, you should refrain from being painted. A more likely to cause of allergic reaction is from what people use to remove face paint.

Note that some neon color pigments in some brands of face paint are not FDA compliant at this time. For insurance purposes, the neon colors I use are all FDA compliant.

 

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Local Balloon Artists

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For stunning balloon artistry for your event, Marva from Marvalous Creations can provide you with everything from balloon twisting to balloon sculptures. Located on 1430 E. Chicago Street in Elgin, Marvalous Creations can furnish you with towering balloon decorations, delightful party favors, gorgeous gift baskets and lovely towel or diaper cakes. Contact Marva by phone at 847-660-9286, through email at 2marvalouscreations[at]gmail[dot]com, or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marvalouscreations?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

 

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• Contact me at Beth[at]facepaintpizzazz[dot]com to receive a quote for your event. Once you send me your event information, I’ll get back to you with my availability and the total for the event within 24 hours. To give you a quote, I need the event location, the date, the start time for face painting, and the end time for face painting.

Keep in mind that a quote is not a confirmation of your event. Events are only fully confirmed after I have received the signed event contract and non-refundable retainer.

• One hour event minimum for most of the NW Chicago area. Email with your event information to receive a full quote for your event as some locations have travel fees and two hour minimums. (Prices are subject to change without notice, but once your event is confirmed, the price will not change.)

• I can provide approximately 12-15 deluxe face paint designs per hour for events depending on designs chosen by guests, so use this to judge how long you’ll need me at your event. For private events, I use an idea book with hundreds of designs in it, but I can also create new designs on the spot.

If you would like me to feature special designs which complement your theme, please let me know at the time you book your party or event.

• If you believe your event will require a high volume quote (20-25 designs per hour), I will use a limited selection board for guests to choose from. Keep in mind that high volume dictates simple designs, so custom requests, gems and liquid bling, elaborate full faces, or highly detailed cheek art won’t be available to your guests for high volume events.

• Please make sure you schedule adequate time for each guest to be painted to avoid disappointment. In order to arrive at other events on time, I have to end the line and leave when my time is up. If you have more guests than expected and I’m able to extend on the day of your event, you can purchase extra 30 minute increments of face painting time. However, if I have other events scheduled, I may not be able to offer this flexibility to you, so it’s best to reserve the time you’ll need in advance.

• In order to reserve a date for an event, a completed contract and non-refundable $50 retainer must be received within 7 days of confirmation of event. Retainers may be paid by Chase QuickPay, Paypal, or credit card. If you choose Paypal, please provide an email and I will invoice you for the retainer.

• Final payment may be made by cash (at time of event), Chase Quick Pay (48 hours in advance of event), Paypal (48 hours in advance of event), or by credit card. For Chase Quick Pay, payment can be made to beth@facepaintpizzazz.com. If you choose Paypal, please provide an email and I will invoice you and receive payment before your event.

• All indoor events require a smoke-free environment. This is to keep my paint and materials from absorbing the odor of smoke, which cannot be removed. Please keep this in mind for all indoor events.

• Events are booked in the order the confirmation process is completed. If you inquire about a date, it is not reserved until you have committed to the date and I have all of your event information, your contract, and your retainer. To insure you reserve the date and time for your event, it’s best to book as early as possible.

• I service the northwest suburbs of Chicago and some of the western suburbs. If you aren’t sure whether I service your area, just send me a message and ask. I do not service the city of Chicago, primarily because of uncertain travel times and the distance.

• I provide glitter tattoos if requested. Glitter tattoos, which are waterproof and will last several days, are great for summer pool parties. I can provide approximately 15 per hour for your guests, or for larger events, you may request a second artist at the same hourly rate for this purpose.

• I am  an insured face painting performer through Specialty Insurance for private and corporate events.

• Face paints should be removed before bed time. To remove paints, lather the designs first with a mild soap, and then wipe away with a wet wash cloth. Baby shampoo works well for this purpose, since it’s extremely mild. (Some wet wipes/baby wipes can cause allergic reactions, so it’s best to use mild soap and water when washing off face paint.)

• To remove glitter glue adhesive or adhesive used for gems, rub area with a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab or cotton ball until adhesive is gone.

• To promote a sanitary face painting experience for kids, I observe a strict well-child policy. No children who have had symptoms of illness in the last 24 hours, including but not limited to fever, vomiting, conjunctivitis (pink-eye), head lice, runny nose, productive cough, chicken pox, or children with skin conditions such as eczema, open sores, severe sunburn, etc., will be painted to prevent contamination of paints and to prevent spread of disease.

• When painting a child under the age of three, I ask that the parent stays at the child’s side for safety reasons, and I reserve the right to choose to face paint young children on the arm or hand rather than the face for the child’s safety. Only children who want to be painted will be painted. My goal is to make face painting a fun experience for anyone who chooses to be painted. It isn’t safe to face paint a child who is struggling and doesn’t want to be painted. Younger children can also move suddenly, making it challenging to paint their faces safely.I do not paint children under the age of one years old.

• I use FDA compliant, non-toxic, hypoallergenic professional face paints (TAG, Paradise/Mehron,  Snazaroo, DiamondFX, etc.). I am not responsible for allergic reactions to paints by any individuals. If an individual has had an allergic reaction in the past, he or she should refrain from being painted. If desired, I will apply a test-patch of paint to skin at the beginning of an event if there is an allergy concern. If a parent is concerned about face paint ingredients and would like to check them, I carry a list of the ingredients of my paints for that purpose.

• For outdoors events, please provide a shaded, flat area for my chair and table. (Cement or wood surfaces are best, but a grassy space is fine as long as it isn’t soft or muddy.) In case of bad weather, high winds, or if temperature is below 55º F or above 85º F, please have an alternate location where I can set up inside or in a sheltered area.

• If event is at a public location, please check with management to determine if I’ll need to provide proof of liability insurance or any other documentation for them before performing on the premises.

Travel and parking fees
(Distance is calculated with Mapquest or Googlemaps from intersection of McDonough and Rohrssen Road, Elgin, IL.)

Travel fees apply for one hour events when one-way travel time exceeds 35 minutes. For locations which are exceptionally far from me, I have a two hour minimum.

Parking fees are the responsibility of the client and are due at end of event with payment for services.

 

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How do I book my event?

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You can contact me through email:

If you’d prefer to contact me to check my availability for your event by email, please send me an email at Beth[at]facepaintpizzazz[dot]com with the following information. Remember that in order to confirm your event, I have to have ALL of the information below.

• Your name
• Your phone number
• Event address
• Event date
• Start time for face painting
• End time for face painting
• Approximate number of guests to be painted

I check emails daily and will respond as quickly as possible. Requests for dates are processed in the order they are received, so if you have a specific date in mind, please contact me immediately to reserve it so you don’t lose the time.

Thank you for considering me as a face painter for your event! I look forward to making your event super fun for the kids  with some of the best quality face painting available in the Chicago suburbs.

: ) Beth

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About Beth

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In addition to face painting for Face Paint Pizzazz, I’m an acrylic artist and art instructor with a BA in art. I’m also a writer as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner and a freelance writer for FacePaint.com’s blog.

Recent public events in the Chicago suburbs:
• Touch a Truck Kid Festival (2013 and 2014)
• Walk to End Alzheimers in Palatine
• Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Hoffman Estates
• Trick or Treat event, Arboretum, South Barrington (2013 and 2014)
• Family Fest at Life Changers International Church, Hoffman Estates (2013 and 2014)
• Valeo Academy Shakespeare Festival (2014 and 2015)
• Shop With A Cop, Hoffman Estates
• Boxcar Restaurant, Geneva
• Fox River Grove Lion’s Club Arts & Crafts Fair
• Fox River Grove Lion’s Club Fest

A little extra information:
• Working with children in children’s ministry since 1994
• Graphic designer in publishing industry since 1992
• Pencil portrait and acrylic artist: emackinney.blogspot.com/
• Certified Grumbacher instructor teaching drawing and acrylic classes for children and adults at Michaels in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
• Home school art instructor

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