The short answer is “no” and if you’re curious, here is why-
First, I value my
· clients and the supplies that is used on them.
-I don’t use cheap face paint that you get at the Dollar Plus store (no offense Dollar Plus store). Don’t EVER use acrylic paint on your kids, either! Its bad!
-I personally make much of what goes onto your child’s face, especially near their eyes and lips, so I know exactly what is in it because I don’t trust cheaply made paints with unpronouncable ingredients.
-The pre-made colors that I buy are made in America, where I know we have strict FDA guidelines to follow. China has been known for using LEAD, associated with decreased IQ scores and neurological damage in children.
· supplies, the really COOL ones.
-I use WICKED glitters and color changing pigments that actually change color as the light hits it or they move. No one else uses this, that I have seen.
-Our brushes don’t fall apart and leave annoying hairs that get stuck in the paint, children’s eyes, etc.
· expertise- and this is why we have long lines.
-I’m a professional with high standards and won’t do a heart, ladybug, or some other silly thing that takes 2 minutes to do (unless that is what the child wants- because its about them :) You won’t see stencils, either :)
-Many of the images I use are my own designs.
-I rock as an artist, like the “Metallica” of artists and face painters. Sometimes you can’t tell because energetic kiddos twitch… but the more still your little one is, the better these things come out. Sometimes I do have a bad day and I give discounts according to my quality if I really jack up something or can’t finish. It’s a matter of pride to be truly fair to the people I appreciate-- YOU.
Secondly, I value my time to
· upload your children’s pictures for you to print out in cropped, high resolution jpegs.
· learn the safest ingredients and how to mix them to get the effects I (and your child) want. Ordering, mixing, putting into containers, it all takes time.
· thoroughly clean the brushes used on your child alone. (If I use one brush on two kids, they are either siblings or I got confused and accidently grabbed it.) Afterwards, the brushes are washed with hypoallergenic Dawn and then de-stained and disinfected with alcohol.
Most importantly because I value
· my family. All of this is time that could be spent with my son and husband.
· my job. And it does what jobs do, like pay bills, buy gas, buy shoes and medicine. I am a working mother and because we have bills and normal expenses, work has to get done. Don’t worry, I have a BFA with a minor in psychology so this isn’t the only job I do. But I also wouldn’t come to your job and expect you to do something for me for free. Just because it’s a blast and a joy to paint children doesn’t mean that work isn’t getting done. This just happens to be all you get to see, the most fun aspects of my job!
So thank you for having the courage to ask and the respect to appreciate what I do.
This is why I do what I do and what was going on outside while I was cleaning brushes: