Last year I arrived at a party I had been hired for by a previous client. Imagine my surprise when I moved my equipment to their back patio area only to find a swimming pool which had not been there before. Evidently in the two years since I had been to their home, they had put in a pool, and the party, unbeknownst to me, was actually a pool party.

Since I had only brought traditional face painting (which isn’t water-proof) with me, the beautiful designs were short-lived, even though the kids were careful. (And who wants to be careful at a pool party anyway?) I decided I never wanted to end up in that situation again, because I’d prefer to leave happy children behind me rather than disappointed ones.

To get around the water problem, I began asking clients if events were pool parties. Forewarned was forearmed. I also created a small kit which used a highly water-resistant hybrid airbrush ink which I could reconstitute and apply to the skin with brushes. This kit began to go with me to all events, just in case. At the very least, I would be able to do arm designs with it and kids could get as wet as they pleased without endangering their art.

The next step, however, was a bigger investment. For those parties which were whole-hearted pool parties, or for events on the hottest, sweatiest days of summer, I created an entire airbrush setup which would allow me to do facial and arm designs with gorgeous colors covering many themes. Fortunately, my husband doesn’t mind if I practice on him occasionally, so the superhero mask he is wearing in the featured photo gives you an idea what one of these designs look like.

Since the hybrid airbrush ink is basically water-proof, you may be wondering how to get it off at the end of a party. The best way to remove it is by soaping it well with a mild soap (no water at first) and then using a wet washcloth to wipe it off the face. If any residual color still remains, you may wash a second time or use an astringent on a cotton ball to remove it.

And don’t forget the realistic airbrush tattoos. These are also waterproof!

So if you’re planning a pool party, airbrush is the way to go for great designs which won’t disappear even when your kids jump in the water. Keep in mind that all airbrush events are a two hour minimum, and if you have any questions, please give me a call or message me. I’d love to hear from you!