So here it is. My first blog. I’ve been putting off writing it for a long time, and now that I am finally getting around to it, 2018 has ended and a new year is here. But I think the end might just be the perfect place to start. A great way of remembering some of those fabulous face painting moments. And the perfect opportunity to wish you a very exciting, fulfilling and magical 2019.
With each passing year face painting for adults is becoming more and more popular. Gone are the days when only kids had their faces painted. And why shouldn’t it? Creating a cool character face paint or just a touch of lovely face paint around the eyes, is such a great way to accentuate a beautiful face and bring an element of fun to any event.
The Day of the Dead face painting designs also known as Dia de los Muertos face paint was one of the most popular face painting themes of last year and easily one of my favorite themes as well. But I have to say, although I love painting these designs, I find them quite challenging. These sugar skull and half skeleton face paint designs can have a lot of detail which means they take time to execute. And unfortunately, there is always limited time frames for these events which means that I had to find ways and techniques to paint these faces quickly, yet effectively. Luckily there is a lot of help and inspiration in the form of tutorials out there on Youtube.
Character face painting for adults was also big in my diary last year. One of my favorite jobs was a killer clown face paint design which I did for a bachelor’s party. I arrived at the groom-to-be’s house early Saturday morning without him having any idea of what I was going to paint. The outcome was a huge surprise to him and very entertaining for us. Of course the outfit they chose for him just made it so much more realistic.
I did some zombie face paint designs for the FNB Connect team for their year-end function. This was tons of fun and because I didn’t have to worry too much about neatness (the messier the better with this look) it was easy and quick to do. I played around with some shading and highlights and of course some fake blood and… wallah!
Another popular 2018 theme was glow in the dark. UV face paint is a bit tricky to work with because the consistency of the paint is slightly different than normal face paint. And unless you work under or near UV lights, you don’t immediately see the full effect. But the way these designs pop under the UV lights never fails to amaze everyone. I use TAG and Cameleon face paint for glow in the dark events as the colours are super bright. And they are also hypo-allergenic, water based and easy to remove at the end of the evening. Because these colours are so bright, they also work excellently for daytime events where I create a lot of delicate flower face paint designs.
Lastly, Halloween face paint and trick or treat parties deserves a mention. These parties have become so popular and it must be the busiest time of the year for us. Once again, always a challenge to paint these faces because it obviously involves a lot of scary skulls and ghoulish characters. But because everyone is dressed up and so into the vibe and their characters, I am given free reign to go crazy and create and it is always tons of fun! Pop into my adult face paint gallery for more fotos.
When I started painting seven years ago, kids’ faces were the most challenging to paint. But over the years I have come to love and treasure these moments with them. It’s their innocence and spontaneity I adore the most.They can be so funny sometimes, so very real and brutally honest. Aren’t I just the luckiest person to get to spend so much time in their presence? I’m pretty sure this is one of the reasons why face painting is so close to my heart. So, it goes without saying that I painted loads of kids’ faces last year, hundreds probably!
Over the Easter Holidays I painted at Sun City dressed as Alice in Wonderland. Now that was great! There’s something really cool about dressing up as a character.The kids totally identify with that character and the way they interact with you is just classic. Other highlights of last year was the RADA charity event which we did for a fourth year in a row and the Portuguese Festival at Montecasino. And, yes you guessed it, tons of birthday parties. Frozen Elsa has finally moved down in popularity and unicorns have become the new favorite of the summer. This unicorn face paint design, inspired by Heather from Silly Farm ,was a hit everywhere I went.
Of course the butterfly and princess face paint designs will always be favorites amongst little girls. And now and again I even sometimes get boys asking for a butterfly face paint design. Then I just smile and paint because at the end of the day it’s their moment and they should get exactly what they want. There are many more awesome fotos in my kids face paint gallery
Last year also saw the launch of my new product called Photographic Party Packages. We’d been talking about this idea to captures images of kids with their lovely face paint designs on for a long time. So finally, last year, it all came together after teaming up with one of my favourite photographers. Of course this is not just for kids but for any birthday celebration. And the photographer can be booked separately or for a longer period as well.
I am really excited about this new venture and to be able to offer hosts and parents professionally edited images that can be enlarged and framed to remember their special events by. There is also a package for pregnant moms which includes a belly paint with a photo shoot afterwards.
So, that’s it for now. I look forward to many more awesome and exciting jobs in 2019 and to keep sharing my experiences with you 🙂