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What are everyone's estimates on what it costs to paint a face?

Post by TinafromNY on Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:25 pm

I'm just curious...without liquid bling, etc, just with glitter, what do you think a face costs to paint? Like the type you would do at a birthday party or festival? I've read on some sites like Silly Farm that it's about up to 15 cents. I know my paints last a LONG time, even after doing multiple parties, festivals etc. It's got to be only pennies. Curious what others would estimate! Thanks.
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Post by martha on Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:59 pm

Shannon had it figured out but it was more than pennies by the time you figured in insurance, supplies, travel, advertising, and time. Maybe she will weigh in on this one.
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Post by Perry Noia on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:34 pm

yeah, there's way more to account for than just the paint that goes onto their face... gas to get there, training, wear and tear on your brushes and sponges, containers, director chairs, booth fees, etc. etc.
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Post by Doe on Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:01 pm

Snazaroo lists how many faces you can paint with each of their palettes - it does help you to figure out basic supply expenses... but, of course, we all know that supplies are not the only expenses.
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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:22 pm

Doe wrote:Snazaroo lists how many faces you can paint with each of their palettes - it does help you to figure out basic supply expenses... but, of course, we all know that supplies are not the only expenses.

They do... but frankly I have never felt those numbers were accurate.

I can use up an 18ml cake of Snaz White in a week if I am doing a show - I'm talking, say, 10 animals a night for 2 dress, 4 performances... that's 60 faces... and just one cake of white. So I wouldn't put any faith in advertised face counts!


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Post by martha on Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:01 am

Shannon, you have some freaking awesome resources! Thank you for sharing.
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Post by amylady222 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:56 am

Shannon is pretty amazing! We really are blessed to have some unbelieveable knowledge in this forum---I would name names, but I am sure to leave someone out!! I stumbled upon another facepaint forum thing and it didn't seem nearly as good in quality of pictures and information. Glad I found this one first or I would be still so lost!

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Post by daphne78 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:11 am

Shannon, this is a brilliant way to set the wright price, but in the starting period it's still difficult.

I have a wish to get payed, but still just 1 gig (oke, it will help when other people know that I'm available Smile that part is my own mistake.... I feel a little ashamed to promote it, but that's the only way people are going to know)

So I have no clue about how many hours I will be painting.
At this point I'm checking out the other painters in my town, but... I'm a newbie and they are not!
If I'm going to set my price lower I might get some of their bookings, but to be hounest...I don't know if they have bookings! Last time I saw a facepainter in my town it was from a different town...

Oke.. different subject sorry Very Happy
(but I'm going to change you're great XLS form in to Dutch and I will use it... if only for my mirror on my costs)
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Post by mamakatrien on Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:40 am

fantastic overview, thank you shannon!
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Post by Kammy on Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:08 am

Even in terms of simple paint cost, you need to factor in practice sessions, I think. After all, if you paint every single day to improve your skills, that's going to deplete your stash over time. That drives up the actual paint cost per face at a gig.
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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:46 am

Yes, and it should. Practise is part of the equation so your total use of supplies is factored in. It is all overhead costs.

You have to look at this all as a business and ALL related expenses have to be considered when calculating the actual COST of painting a face.

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Post by TinafromNY on Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:06 am

Thanks everyone.
Shannon, thanks for the link to your article. Can you tell me how much the ebook is? It didn't seem to have a price anywhere without checking out (unless I missed it somehow).
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Re: What are everyone's estimates on what it costs to paint a face?

Post by Kammy on Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:15 am

Tina, I recall it being about 25.00 (GBP) here, if that helps?
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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:46 pm

Yes, it is GBP 25 which paypal will convert to your currency *exchange rates vary.

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