Resistance is futile: if you’ve got a kid, at some point in their festive lives, you’re going to have to hire a face-painter. NYC is home to tons of talented folks ready to turn little party animals into a princess, a tiger, a superhero — you name it. And because we live in a creative capital, many have backgrounds in fine art, makeup artistry, performance, etc. (All of the artists featured here use FDA-approved, water-based hypo-allergenic paints, as well as skin-safe glitters.) Click through to see our roundup of NYC’s best face-painters, and note that many come with their own squad for face-painting en masse!

Kiki’s Faces and Balloons

Kiki Scott started working in the arts as professional child actress, and then became a children's theater educator and director. “Face painting started as a fun, creative outlet for me, and soon I found myself getting asked regularly by parents to come and face paint at their children's parties,” she says. “I love face-painting and I would say that my specialty is intricate, detailed face-painting as well as creating on-the-spot custom designs.” She often paints very detailed and beautiful, small, sparkly paintings of the princesses in their dresses (Elsa, Anna, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, etc.) With her theatrical background, she also specializes in dressing up as popular princesses and doing face painting as that character. “What makes the face painters and entertainers at my company unique is that they all come from acting, singing or teaching backgrounds and are all engaging and talented performers as well as excellent artists,” she says. “I think it's equally as important for a face painter to be warm and engaging as it is for her or him to be a talented artist."

Good to know: If you’re looking for the ultimate packaged deal, Kiki and her talented team can also provide princesses, silly magicians, balloon artists, clowns, and more.

Kiki's Faces and Balloons

photo: courtesy Kiki Scott


Cover photo: Face Art by Melissa

Do You Have a Favorite Face-painter in NYC? Share with the group in the comments below!

– Rachel Sokol

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