Q: How do I remove face paint?

A: 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 dark colors may stain skin slightly temporarily, but if you begin with soap only, this is less likely.

Read the label if you must use baby wipes to remove face paint. Some children have reactions to some brands of wet wipes. In general, it is best to avoid using wipes for removing face paint.

Q: How do I remove gems?

Gems are applied with the same skin-safe adhesive which is used for glitter tattoos.. Most of the time the artist will apply the adhesive only to the gems and allow it to dry and become tacky before applying to the face. In hot, humid weather, it is sometimes necessary to also put a few dots of the adhesive directly on the skin as well so the gems will remain in place. The gem adhesive may be removed with a little rubbing alcohol or baby oil on a q-tip, always being careful to stay away from the eyes. (Extra tip: Kids often save the gems after removal and use them to decorate notebooks or cell phones.)

Q: What is your event minimum?  

A: Once we know your event location, we will give you the event minimum for your area. This might be 1, 2, or 3 hours.

Q: How far do you travel?

A: We travel to the most NW Chicago suburbs, the north and west side of Chicago, southern Wisconsin, the greater Rockford area, including but not limited to the following locations. Event minimums apply to some locations, and service is subject to availability for event:

Addison, Afton Center, Algonquin, Argyle, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Lake Barrington, South Barrington, Bartlett, Batavia, Belvidere, Bensenville, Bloomingdales, Bolingbrook, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Bull Valley, Burlington, Burr Ridge, Caledonia, Campton Hills, Capron, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Charter Grove, Chemung, Cherry Valley, Clare, Coral, Colvin Park, Cortland, Countryside, Crest Hill, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Deerfield, DeKalb, Downers Grove, East Dundee, West Dundee, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Eola, Evanston, Forest Park, Fox River Grove, Franklin Park, Garden Prairie, Geneva, Genoa, Gilberts, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glendale Heights, Grayslake, Gurney, Hampshire, Hartland, Harmony, Hartland, Harvard, Hawthorn Woods, Hebron, Herbert, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Holiday Hills, Huntley, Inverness, Island Lake, Itasca, Ivanhoe, Joliet, Keeneyville, Kenilworth, Killdeer, Kingston, Kirkland, La Fox, La Grange, Lake Forest, Lake in the Hills, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Lakemoor, Village of Lakewood, Lawrence, Lemont, Libertyville, Lily Lake, Lincolnshire, Lisle, Lombard, Long Grove, Loves Park, Lyons, Machesney Park, Malta, Maple Park, Marengo, McHenry, Medinah, Melrose Park, Mettawa, Montgomery, Mooseheart, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Naperville, New Lebanon, Niles, Norridge, North Aurora, North Barrington, Northbrook, Northfield, Northlake, Nottingham Woods, Oak Brook, Oak Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakwood Hills, Orland Park, Oswego, Palatine, Park Ridge, Pingree Grove, Plainfield, Plato Center, Port Barrington, Prairie Grove, Prospect Heights, Riley, River Forest, River Grove, Riverwoods, Rockford, Rockton, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville, Roscoe, Roselle, Rosemont, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, Skokie, Sleepy Hollow, South Beloit, Spring Grove, St. Charles, Starks, Stone Park, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, Sutton, Sycamore, Sylvan Lake, Timberlane, Tower Lakes, Union, Vernon Hills, Villa Park, Village of Lakewood, Virgil, Volo, Wadsworth, Warrenville, Wauconda, Waukegan, Wauconda, Wayne, West Chicago, Weschester, Western Springs, Westmoreland, Vestment, Wheaton, Wheeling, Willow Springs, Willowbrook, Wilmette, Winfield, Winnebago, Winnetka, Wonder Lake, Wood Dale, Woodridge, Woodstock.

Wisconsin locations:

Belcrest, Beloit, Crestview, Delavan, Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, Foxhollow, Genoa City, Lake Geneva, Pell Lake, Porters, Williams Bay, Zenda.

Q: Can the paints cause allergic reactions?

A: Any substance can cause a sensitivity or an allergic reaction, but face paints are manufactured to be as hypoallergenic as possible. We have never had a child or adult have a reaction to our paints, which are professional grade and FDA compliant. If you have a concern about your child being sensitive to face paint, request a test patch on the child’s arm before he or she is painted. Also, if a person has had any allergic reactions in the past, he or she should refrain from being painted. (Keep in mind that sometimes the cause of an allergic reaction is what people use to remove face paint. Only use mild soap and water to remove face paint.)

If you’re concerned about a possible reaction, let us know before your party and we can check ingredients and choose which brand would be best for your child.

Q: What other types of services do you provide?

A: We also provide realistic, waterproof airbrush tattoos, Henna Lace, face or arm airbrush tattoos, or glitter tattoos for events. 

Q: When I see face painters using acrylic paints to do face painting, should I let my kids get face painted?

A: No. With the amazing array of gorgeous FDA compliant face paints available for face painters, it is a poor business practice for a face painter to use acrylic paints on a child’s skin. Face paint is actually makeup rather than paint and is created to be used on the skin. Per the manufacturer’s instructions, acrylic paint should never be applied to the skin. 

Acrylic paint, although usually non-toxic, contains ingredients and chemicals not designed for use on skin. The manufacturers of acrylics state that acrylics should never be used on skin for temporary tattoos. For more information on acrylic paints and why they are inappropriate for face painting, stop by these links: University of YorkSubstances & Technologies, and Art Materials Safety.

Also keep in mind that the only cosmetic grade glitter should be used for face painting. Craft glitter is dangerous when used on the face because it can cut the eye.