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Post by Painted Dragon on Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:20 pm

So I think I'm going to schedule Halloween appointments. I keep thinking that any kid who gets an earlier appointment, his/her makeup will be a mess by the time they trick or treat. Any ideas how to get the makeup to last a bit longer?

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Post by Mirandas on Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:26 pm

I have the same question...At some point I thought about Mehron Barrier Spray..but I have never worked with it so don't know how will work on face paints...I'll be watching this thread.. Very Happy
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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:51 pm

Mehron Barrier Spray can sting the eyes. I wouldn't use it on kids. It was a gentle sting, but still...

I was curious about this too. I want to take appointments for Halloween, but not sure how to do it & my home is a little too crazy to invite people too...
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Post by Painted Dragon on Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:02 pm

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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:23 pm

Isn't that for clown make-up?
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Post by len sherrard on Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:24 pm

If my memory servers me correct, the setting powder is mostly for grease (oil based) paint, the white is for fixing the clown white ect, I use it when I make wounds from my bruise color wheel, it can make the paint really look like its part of your skin. For longer lasting color try useing Star Blends or shimmer powders as a base, the powder tends to hold out against humid conditions. Here some of the young girls seek out my help when they want to dress up for dancing the night away, and not have the makeup call it a night before they are ready. For those moments I use mostly shimmer powders and glitter gel. Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:35 pm

Ya know what? Who cares!

I take appointments every Halloween and it is first booked, first time choice... if they book late they have to come early. But it is up to them to make the make-up last. I don't worry about it. I provide my services, they pay and leave. I'm done.

Generally I am painting adults and if they ask for something that will last I will use theatrical make-up rather than face paint which will last all day once it is set with powder.

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Post by JBax on Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:50 pm

I stopped by my local costume shop that sells Ben Nye products. I picked up some Final seal, but the guy said if you activate the paint with the Mixing Liquid it will last longer too.

But I agree with Shannon. I'll do my best to help it stay, and instruct the client, but I'm only responsible for the design until they leave the chair.

I sent an email to a local salon, asking how much booth space for the day would be. It might make an interesting marketing idea... get your Halloween face and/or hair did.
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Post by CreateFaces on Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:18 pm

I've used Mehron setting powder, just the powder not the one with antiperspirant like in that link and I was not impressed.

It dulls down the color and if applied too heavily you end up with powdery blotches.
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Post by CreateFaces on Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:26 pm

Mirandas wrote:I have the same question...At some point I thought about Mehron Barrier Spray..but I have never worked with it so don't know how will work on face paints...I'll be watching this thread.. Very Happy

I've used barrier spray on body designs because I like the way it gives a clear coat effect over the design, but it feels kinda stiff on the skin.

I wouldn't suggest it on faces especially of little kids, they'd probably hate that stiff feeling on their face and I'd be afraid they'd get it in their eyes.

Also if used on body designs make sure to use only a very light coat on a dry design or else it will make the whole thing run.
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Post by wmeventservices on Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:46 pm

I've used the barrier spray on my face and on my clients face, but never on a child too young to be able to keep their eyes closed for the application. It does feel a little stiff, but it does a great job at making the design last longer. It works the best if you apply a light coat before you paint the surface and another light coat after you paint the design. It also protects the skin from staining if you do it that way as well.
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Post by Mirandas on Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:44 pm

wmeventservices wrote:I've used the barrier spray on my face and on my clients face, but never on a child too young to be able to keep their eyes closed for the application. It does feel a little stiff, but it does a great job at making the design last longer. It works the best if you apply a light coat before you paint the surface and another light coat after you paint the design. It also protects the skin from staining if you do it that way as well.

Excellent!! I would try it on adults only...I have a couple of guys that want me to go the whole 9 yards, they are paying for prosthetics and contact lens, so definetly I'll be using the spray on them! Very Happy
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by rthling on Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:18 pm

Resurrecting this thread to say that I'M SO EXCITED!! I'm taking Halloween appointments for the first time this year.
I made this poster with my photo software, and I'm having posters made of it to put up at my local Halloween Express and a few other spots.



Holy Cow, that's big. affraid (sorry)
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by ParTIA on Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:38 pm

How much does everyone charge for Halloween appointments? Would you price it similar to paint per face? Certainly an hourly rate wouldn't work for one face... any help would be appreciated!
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by ashovoxo on Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:54 pm

Rthling I love that butterfly! I hope one day mine look close to that!
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by rthling on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:02 pm

I'm taking 30 minute appointments and charging half my hourly rate as a base. It will be extra for FX makeup, because products cost more.
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by debranewmanart on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:28 pm

My job is only to paint...not to worry about what they do to it afterward Smile

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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by anniel on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:30 pm

This year I am explaining that during season I don't book less than 2 hours, at my regular rate, with a 50% retainer. (Rather than my former $50 per hour retainer--Thank you Shannon for that tip!)

THE CLIENT can then figure out how to make it work, find friends & show up one place together or whatever...and, acid test-- it's WORKING!!!

The reason I changed the retainer is that on high booking dates, I cannot afford to lose income over someone who flakes. This way I will still get 1/2 my rate....

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Post by CATZ on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:53 pm

I take 20 minute appointments in my home during Halloween time. There's usually a few parties on the weekend close to it as well. My Oct 27th is already booked from noon 'til 7:30 with a party and appointments.

Any special FX may have additional costs.

I've used Arbonne or Mary Kay primers as a base if I'm painting an adult full face that wants it to stay. My client that had a full face KISS Gene Simmons design said it worked amazing and was so easy to wash off the next morning (by the time the party ended Wink )


By the way, this is a girl!
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by Beautylicious on Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:40 pm

I was going to charge $25 for half hour of painting locally. Is this reasonable

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Post by Caswell Designs FP on Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:03 pm

That's interesting Magna, using a make up primer.

So far I have a family booked for private face painting, I estimated based on the designs they want $25-35 each. They are wanting sugar skulls. This is for a party on the 20th they are going to.
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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by Kammy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:58 pm

That's a great poster, Diane - really shows off the different styles people might want for their festival look, and it's nicely designed! I hope it gets you lots of business. Good luck with your first year of Halloween appointments. Let us know how it goes? Smile
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Post by Kammy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:01 pm

CATZ wrote:I've used Arbonne or Mary Kay primers as a base if I'm painting an adult full face that wants it to stay. My client that had a full face KISS Gene Simmons design said it worked amazing and was so easy to wash off the next morning (by the time the party ended Wink )
I've been using a primer if I want my face paint to go on more smoothly and last longer - though generally a GOSH or Rimmel one, as I'm allergic to MLMs! It does seem to work, so I'm glad to see someone else thinks so, too.

Your Gene is brilliant, btw - fantastically smooth colours! Smile


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Re: Halloween appointments

Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:26 pm

I have 2 Halloween faces to paint so far this year. Possibly another. I think I over-charged for my zombies, but they seem happy with the price so I'll keep it as it is haha! The other will probably be a monster sort of design and I made my minimum face $10.00, I think they want something in that range. All in all, it looks like I'll probably get at least $100 on a Wednesday...

I think next year I'll do the half-hour increments... I feel my day will be scattered, and I'll have to send my daughter away so she doesn't interrupt me lol
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Post by Beautylicious on Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:00 pm

Just a question for you guys, what time do you take bookings from & until on Halloween night? Im just asking cause the kids don't finish school til around 3pm & some of the younger kids start trick or treating before it gets dark

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