Not all Face Painters are the same

Some have little skill or experience, do not use professional quality materials, are uninsured and do not conform to any standard of hygiene or professional conduct.

Face Painting by Dawn provides only experienced professional face painters who adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and are covered by full Public Liability Insurance. We are not the cheapest, but we are the best, and we give great value for money. We supply only highly skilled painters who provide a wealth of experience and a first class service. All our face painters can create a huge range of fast, high quality designs, and are friendly, professional and reliable at all times.


What do you do?

We decorate faces and bodies with paint, glitter and gems. We will happily paint arms, legs, backs and shoulders in addition to faces at standard events. We will not normally paint any body part usually covered by a swimsuit. We also apply festival glitters and gem clusters to both face and body, and glitter tattoos to bodies, but not faces. If you are interested in pregnancy [bump] painting or full body painting for promotional events, art or photography, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We provide entertainment for children and adults with magic, balloon modelling and much more - packages are available for events of all kinds, and we can help put you in touch with other entertainment professionals to create your perfect package.

We do not ask anyone to choose from books or pictures unless you want us to limit the available options for a specific theme or event- all our painters are well versed in a wide range of fantastic popular faces and designs and can improvise to accommodate most other requests we might receive allowing the children and adults to make a free choice [subject to the limitations of time and materials] If you want us to work within a particular theme please specify when you book to allow us to ensure we are properly prepared for your event.

We assume that you will not want the children at your event to miss out on other entertainment or activities, so we do not ask the children to queue [except at public events] - depending on the type of event we will either allocate the children numbers so they can come up in order to be painted, or simply call them out one at a time so that each child only misses out on other activities for the short time it takes for them to be painted.

Will you provide a quote?

We are happy to quote for your event with no obligation. We can often suggest a number of different options to suit your requirements, and to fit a wide range of budgets. The more information you can give us when you enquire the better, but you will need to be able to tell us at least the type of event , the general location, the length of time you want to book for and expected numbers. No job is too big or too small, and we are happy to travel, so please enquire - you may be surprised at just how competitive our rates are!

For general guidance, it can be assumed that a professional face painter will be able to complete 12 - 15 full faces in an hour. A larger number of simple designs, festival faces [glitter and gems] or glitter tattoos will be possible in the same period.

How do I check availability?

If you want to check availability you will also need to let us know the date and time you have in mind. Dates are booked on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have checked that the date you want is available, but you are not ready to make a booking, we will offer to hold the date for a short time. Dates can be held for a maximum of 5 working days. We will take your contact details and if we receive another enquiry for the same date within 5 days we will make every effort to get in touch before we take another booking. Popular dates [ weekends and holidays ] fill up fastest, so if you want to make a booking for a specific date we recommend getting in touch 6 - 8 weeks in advance.

Private Bookings

When you make a booking we will take all your details, and we will confirm the price for the job and the deposit payable. We will send you a booking confirmation form and terms and conditions either by post or e-mail. You will need to confirm acceptance of the booking and pay your deposit within 14 days. [We may waive the requirement for a deposit on short notice bookings.] Please let us know if you have not received a confirmation within 10 days of making a booking.  Signing the confirmation or giving written notification of acceptance of the booking by e-mail, text or message indicates acceptance of our terms and conditions of business.

Payments and Deposits

Payment for your event may be made on the day by cash or cheque, or in advance by bank transfer - please enquire for details. We will accept payment of deposits by cheque, PayPal or bank transfer - Please note that if you choose to send cash you do so at your own risk. We regret that we do not have facilities to accept credit card payments except via PayPal. The balance due must be paid in full on the day except by prior agreement.

Practical Requirements

Our face painters and entertainers will bring all the equipment they require with them to your event.

Face painters will need an area in which to set up a table and chair, access to a supply of clean water and somewhere to dispose of dirty water. Wherever we are working a reasonable level of light, either natural or artificial is essential - we cannot paint if we cannot see.  For outdoor events suitable cover/shelter will be required even if the weather is good .

Depending on the type of entertainment booked, entertainers may require access to power for music and lighting , and may need a suitable changing area. If outdoors suitable cover/shelter for static performers may be required.

Health and Safety and Removal Tips

Face Painting by Dawn uses only professional waterbased face paints. All products are FDA, EU and EEC approved for use on face and body. The paints are hypoallergenic and contain agents to prohibit the formation of yeast, mold and bacteria.

We use only cosmetic grade polyester glitters with no metallic content, which are safe for skin. Our super-fine glitters are safe for eyes and  chunky Festival glitters are applied outside the eye socket area only.

Glitter tattoos are applied using dermatologically approved body glue and super-fine polyester glitter. The skin is cleaned prior to application using sterile wipes.

Festival glitters are applied using 100% Aloe Vera Gel approved for face and body.

Gem clusters are applied with skin-safe medical grade adhesive tape.

We adhere to strict standards of hygienic practice. Clean sponges are used for each face and brushes are rinsed thoroughly in clean water, which is changed regularly. Sponges and brushes are washed with hot water and specialist soap between events. Dirty faces are cleaned before we start work and we use anti-bacterial hand cleaner.

To remove paint from skin first rinse off as much as possible with warm water, then work up a lather using mild soap or baby shampoo, rinse and repeat as necessary. Vegetable or glycerine soap is best for removing paint. Some colours contain strong pigments and will be harder to remove, especially on very fair or dry skin, but all will come off without staining. Please do not remove paint with baby wipes, as these contain alcohol and astringent cleansers which dry out the skin and may cause a reaction, and oils which can "set" the paint. Make-up cleansers and wipes are not recommended for removing face paint for the same reasons.

To remove paint from clothing rinse well with warm water as soon as possible and treat stain with vegetable soap before laundering as usual.

Glitter tattoos are waterproof and will stay on for 3-5 days depending on the amount of wear on the area. To remove use baby oil on cotton wool [olive oil or shaving oil will work too] and hold the oily pad over the tattoo for a few minutes to soften the glue, then rub gently to remove. Alternatively tattoos can be removed by gentle rubbing in the bath or shower. Glitter tattoos are not recommended for application to the face or other sensitive areas.

Festival glitters can be removed with soap and warm water, taking care to wipe glitter away from the eyes.

Gem clusters can be removed easily by peeling them carefully off the skin, and can be reapplied if desired using eyelash glue or body tape.

Insurance and Disclosure Scotland

All face painter and entertainers supplied by Face Painting by Dawn hold full Public Liability Insurance of at least £2m.  Dawn is insured through Equity by First Act, underwritten by Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance plc. with a limit of indemnity of £10m.

Though it is not a legal requirement for face painters and entertainers to be Disclosure Scotland checked as we do not have one to one contact with children or vulnerable people, most choose to undergo a voluntary annual Disclosure check for your peace of mind. Our face painters and entertainers can all produce clean Disclosure certificates on request.


We may, occasionally, ask permission to take digital photographs of the faces we paint. We may display photographs on this or other face painting websites, on social networking sites, and use them for advertising purposes. We will not photograph any child without adult consent. If we take a photograph of your child we will be happy to supply you with a copy by e-mail at no charge.


Please note - all images displayed on this site are the work of Dawn Cuthbertson unless otherwise stated, and I retain absolute copyright. No image may be copied, downloaded or otherwise used in any form except with the express permission of Face Painting by Dawn.

If you have a question not answered on this page, please contact me