Hire a Face Painter for your Tampa birthday partyTampa Face Painter

Why Hire a Face Painter for my Birthday Party?

YTE Events is honored to have some of the best face painters in Tampa. They are talented, fast, and entertaining. This combination makes our face painters fun and a great way to put smiles on the faces of your guests.

Our professional face painters show up to your Tampa event on time and create beautiful paintings that will leave guest smiling throughout the entire event. So, whether you are just looking for something for the children to do or you are looking to completely transform your event space with walking characters, our face painters are sure to help add to the fun.

Artistic, insured, reliable, and gentle with the children, our Tampa painters work individually with each attendee to make sure they look fabulous with their very own unique artistic faces. Using the highest quality and professional hypoallergenic face painting supplies, you will not have to worry about seeing possibly dangerous paints like acrylic or enamel. We take a safety-first approach to all our entertainment.

How many faces painted per hour?

Face Painters aim to accomplish 15-20 completed faces per hour. Face painting varies in complexity and can allow a single person with a very elaborate painting or up to 60 with only nose and whiskers painted. Counter-intuitively, the full-face designs are sometimes much quicker than the more detailed cheek art designs. As many of our face painters started in theme parks like Busch Gardens or Tampa Zoo,

If we have an accurate estimate of how many guests will be at your event, we can put together a package that is appropriate for you.

Do face painters twist balloons too?

Fun Eye Swirl Face Paint from Miss Kara at one of her events in Tampa
Though some Tampa face painters can twist balloons or other types of entertainment, most clients get a bigger bang for their buck by focusing on a highly skilled professional that masters a single type of entertainment. A face painter cannot paint faces and twist balloons at the same time. If both are needed, it is suggested to hire two separate entertainers.

For instance, if you are hiring a face painter for one hour and a balloon artist for one hour, it ends up being the same price as having a single person for two hours. The only difference is that the single person is losing as much as 30 minutes switching out supplies during the event. This takes away from your guests receiving a painted face or a balloon. Often the quality of work must lower drastically so that everyone is reached in time.

Another unfortunate side effect is that most dual entertainers have a specialty. So, you may have one type of entertainment be awesome and the other be less so.

Can face painters come in a costume?

If you want a costumed character, we highly recommend hiring someone that specializes in character appearances. That said, some of our artists love dressing up and getting in to costume for themed events. Though they can perform their face painting services in some of the costumes, they are not always able to perform in every costume, which is why we would always suggest each entertainer working within their specialty.

How Much is a Face Painter?

Rates vary slightly based on location, date, and time. Most professional face painters charge rates starting at $125/hour and more advanced face painters with longer lists of credentials can be closer to $200/hour. There are many hobbyists and trainees available in the $50 – $100 price range as well. As there is an often-significant setup time, some artists request a two-hour minimum. Some other factors determining prices are the number of faces someone can get to, the type of paints and supplies the artists use, and the number of years they have been in the face painting business.

Some artists have only their hourly rates and some do a rate, plus a travel fee. A travel fee is usually not needed in Tampa FL, but we occasionally will have artists travel outside our regular service areas and we will charge anything from $25 – $225 for travel.

YTE Events and Balloon Decor provides face painters at $125/hour and most request a two-hour minimum. For a full list of prices with our most requested Tampa entertainment options, fill out our event request form and our office will email you a document with most pricing questions answered.

Can a Face Painter match my theme?

Face painters love to match themes for events. A custom menu board is not uncommon, especially for a corporate event, sports team, or a themed birthday party. Just make sure that the face painter knows ahead of time about your theme and your request for a custom menu. YTE Events and Balloon Decor in Tampa can accommodate with enough notice. Most birthday party face painters can match a theme for birthday parties and festivals.

We have a few face painters on our team that absolutely LOVE to make custom face painting menu boards for events. So, whether it is a Star Wars theme, a princess gathering, or a bunch of superheroes… We would love to help add some themed face paint options for you. That said, many party hosts enjoy the flexibility of an artist being able to paint nearly anything the child requests. Professional face painting artists can do just about anything a child or guest might request.

Do you offer special rates for non-profits and fundraisers?

We occasionally offer discounted rates for organizations, depending on our availability and the time of the event. We can rarely offer them on Saturdays though, since that is when we are in highest demand. Each year, we select a few like-minded organizations that have hired us in the past to receive free or discounted services throughout the year. Though most of these events are in the greater Tampa area, we do have artists that are located elsewhere or willing to travel for causes they believe in.

If you would like to be considered, please contact our main office. You can do so via phone or contact form.

Do your Face Painters travel outside of Tampa, Florida?

We certainly do! In most cases, we are not traveling that far. We have high quality face painters based all over Central Florida. Feel free to look over our most common service areas if you have any questions about ability to provide a face painter for your event. If you are in the Greater Tampa Bay area, we can certainly come to you. For other locations, please call.

Are you available for my event?

We might be! Fill out the event request form and let us know some details and we will be back with you shortly via email with availability, pricing, and a few additional party or event options in case you are looking for something more. If your event is in Tampa and there is a little bit of time before the event date, chances are high that we can provide a face painter for you.

Are “non-toxic” paints safe for Face Painting?

Just because something says it is non-toxic does not mean that it is safe for face painting. Many paints that are safe to ingest in small quantities are not safe for the skin and may cause rashes or irritations. Children’s skin is often more sensitive to irritants and there may be a negative reaction. Especially negative would be acrylic paint, which should not be used on the skin. All of our face painters in Tampa use skin-safe face paints in their face painting kits. They use the highest quality in paints and paint brushes, making sure that all guests are safe.

What face paints are safe for the skin?

Professional grade face and body art paints are best. Typically water-based, there are also alcohol based and latex body paint. Latex paint is typically avoided due to latex allergies and water-based is the most common type of paint used. Either way, you want to focus on non-toxic, FDA approved, hypoallergenic face paints made specifically for face painting. The best face paints are made similarly to makeup.

Do Face Paints Stain Clothes?

Most professional water-based paints will easily come out of clothes with soapy water. Because of the high pigment content, some colors may stain certain fabrics. Here are a few tips on how to remove a face painting stain from clothing:

5. Wet the stained area of clothing
6. Rub vegetable oil / glycerin soap into it
7. Stretch the area tight and run under fast flowing cold water
8. Once the stain is gone, you can wash as normal

What are the most popular face painting designs?

Here in Tampa our face painters are at birthday parties and events all day, so they get a lot of requests. Even with a menu board, there are some designs that stand out from others. Our list of most popular face paint designs made at our events include:

• Spiderman
• Dragon
• Snake
• Dinosaur
• Unicorn
• Tiger
• Butterfly
• Unicorn
• Pirate
• Tribal
• Dog
• Cat
• Spider

What does a face painter for hire look like?

If you hire a face painter from YTE Events and balloon decor, our face painters often arrive to their events in black, professional event attire. Sometimes there are themed events here in Tampa where the artists are encouraged to wear costumes. Otherwise, they do their best to always arrive professionally dressed and ready to go.