Which design is your favorite to paint?
Sarah: I love to paint masks of all kind, especially masquerade/princess-themed masks. Being creative with the swirls and jewels is super fun.
Alex: I like any design that I can change just a little bit for each child. The flower is great since I can go any direction with it and still keep it cute.
What's your funniest or weirdest story from painting over the years?
A: Recently, I was showing a child our book of designs that we've been in the process of updating for a couple of weeks. This means we haven't added all the designs we want to yet, and there are a few more "boy" superhero masks than "girl" ones. This led the child's grandmother to exclaim, "You have all these cool boy superheroes and no Wonder Woman?! Where's Wonder Woman?" To answer the question, she's coming! We can't wait to make some girls (or boys) into Amazonian superheroines soon.
S: Mine is definitely on the weird side. A former balloon twister of ours once booked me for a grand opening of a Subway restaurant that was about 40 minutes away. On the day of the event, I got there and the employees all stared at me and said "The party has been cancelled. The manager... he died." One of the employees said, with a thick accent, "He is... no more." The manager had planned the whole party, and the other employees hadn't had our contact information to let us know about the cancellation. So I walked back to my car in a daze and drove all the way home! It's sad, yes, but it was also so surreal I couldn't help laughing about it when I told our balloon twister and Alex.
What's the strangest thing a client has ever asked you to paint?
S: My favorite requests come from the children who haven't seen my book of examples yet, and they let their imaginations run away with them. Most of the time it comes out something like, "Can I get, like, a whale? Fighting a shark? With a ninja? On fire?"
A: That would be a goat-fish riding a motorcycle that was on fire. Yes, I totally did paint that for him.
What is the most unusual child's name you've heard at a party?
A: Burberry, for a girl. I had to make sure they weren't talking about their purse.
S: Ransom. (Boy.)
What do you hear the most from dads?
S: At every party I work, I hear one of these two things from dads or other male adults in attendance: "Can I get the Mike Tyson?" and "Can you paint an eagle/snake/lion on my chest?"
A: "Can you give me like a rainbow with a unicorn and sparkles? Ha ha, just kidding." Then they'll ask for the heart with "mom" inside of it, or "the tattoo from The Hangover".
What do you hear the most from moms?
A: "Did you go to school for this? You're so talented!" Moms are always so nice.
S: Moms usually either offer me food or sit down and ask for something "small and pretty!"
What is your favorite shade of face paint?
S: I love Diamond FX's shade of teal. Especially next to yellow or gold!
A: That's teal! It's such a strong color, and really pops out in every design.
What do you like the most about face painting in general?
A: I love how happy it makes children AND adults. The grown-ups always start off a little shy, but they all get into it and have a great time too. Face painting is for everyone!
S: I think the interaction with the kids and their families is my favorite thing. I love seeing kids light up when they see their reflection. We also have quite a few repeat clients who have been hiring us since we started out, and seeing their kids get older every year is so great!
Until next time,