If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year, take the pressure off of guests to show up in full costume by hiring a face painter! Allowing each guest to “pick their own poison” by selecting a unique design is a super fun way to celebrate. These professional painters will transform your little monster’s look with the touch of a brush. Face painters are also a great option for those looking to step up their costume before heading out. Read on to find our favorite area painters of pixies, pirates, pumpkins, and everything Halloween!
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photo: Mystique’s Fancy Faces via Facebook
Mystique’s Fancy Faces
For that special party, book one of the arsenal of artists from Mystique’s Fancy Faces. Their professional artists regularly book over 100 events each summer, and are taking Halloween event reservations now. Mystique’s Fancy Faces specializes in Day of the Dead sugar skulls, butterflies, pirates and even jeweled princesses. The Birthday Party Face Painting Package is $150 for one artist for two hours.
photo: UB Painted via Facebook
Kim Millen and her professional face painters use safe, cosmetic-grade materials and will transform your party with glitter tattoos, black light face paint, or regular partial and full-face designs. For the “Frozen” fan in your life, try the Elsa Party Package, where Princess Elsa appears to sing, tell stories, and pose for pictures with guests, complete with a face painter for $225. Regular, two hour parties for up to 20 children start at $185.
photo: Fancy Faces by Amy via Facebook
Fancy Faces by Amy
Amy Harrison of Fancy Faces by Amy uses hypoallergenic, FDA-approved face and body paints that wash off easily with soap and water. She also specializes in glitter temporary tattoos that last up to five days. Amy brings all of her materials and a design book to let guests choose their favorite creation. This is a great option for a super hero, animal or fairy theme party. Rates are $100/hr, with about 12-15 faces painted per hour. Rates include glitter tattoos as time allows. Two hour booking time may be required depending on location.
Pro Tip: Have a bun-in-the-oven? Ask about belly painting!
photo: Parties by Inez
Parties by Inez
For a large party, hire Vancouver-based Inez, who can paint up to 30-40 faces in an hour! Specializing in airbrush painting, Inez’s method is hypoallergenic and water soluble, washing off with soap and water. Inez can also create 40-50 temporary tattoos in an hour and travels within the Portland metro area. Rates vary, so contact Inez to book.
photo: Tina Connolly
Specializing in Mardi Gras-style face painting, as well as superheroes, and arm painting, this mom of two is sure to help transform your party or costume into a fun creation. Tina travels throughout Oregon and Washington to parties and events, generally painting about 20 faces per hour. Prices vary, so contact Tina to book.
Have you hired a face painter, or are you thinking of doing so this year? Tell us in the comments section below!
– April Hasson