Cost to hire a Face Painter on Bidvine

£60 - £95

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£60 - £95  National average range
£60 - £95
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How much does face painting cost?

Nov 25, 2020

Face painting is a fun addition to any event and it's an affordable option, considering the national average range for face painting is £70 to £90. If you have a lengthy event or are hiring a professional with decades of experience keep in mind that this range may fluctuate to reflect these factors.

Face Painting Costs

UK National Minimum Cost£70
UK National Maximum Cost£90
UK National Average Cost£80
Average Range£70 - £90

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Reasons to Hire a Professional Face Painter

Carnivals, festivals, and big events attract a wide range of audience members. If your event has children who will be attending, chances are you’ll want to hire a face painter! These artists use faces as their canvas to bring joy to people of all ages. With options ranging from full face transformations to painting on a cheek or forehead, everyone is sure to find a design they love.

If you are the one planning an event, you may wonder how to bring this kind of artistry to the big day. Thankfully, trained and professional face painters are available for hire for just this reason. They can bring their expertise and their paints to your event and get ready to make your participants happy!


Hiring a face painter is a great way to make your event a standout! So, you’ll want to be sure you know what to look for to find someone who can make your event a true success. From explaining who will be at your event to the type of work you can expect to be done, these factors are necessary to consider for the best results.

Informing yourself about what is possible with a face painter can also help you learn what can influence the budget. This way, you aren’t surprised by a quote and can understand exactly what adds up to make your final price.

Type of Event

Face painters can add some colour to several different types of events, but they do need to know what you have planned in order to prepare properly. Designs that work well for a carnival may not work if you are adding face painting to a wedding!

Having face painting at parties for children is a popular idea, one that never loses its popularity. And birthday parties to celebrate any age can be a popular place to set up face painting. It can also be great to have at other celebrations like anniversaries or events and conferences.

Festivals and fairs also make good use of face painting as part of the fun times ahead! Many of these take place outdoors, and having your face painted is simply a great time, especially if children are invited! Regardless of the event you have, the best way forward is to advise your face painter of your event type early on in the process.

Face Painting Design

Face painters need to be prepared to handle nearly any request. Common designs include animals, sports team logos, and even initials. They can vary in size as well, from small designs on the cheek or around the eyes to full face transformations! Your painter will need to have the right designs at the ready and the ability to improvise to make your guests happy.

However, you can also make requests of your own before the event begins. Perhaps you wish that certain colours to be used such as for a sports team event or that all designs stick to a predetermined theme like an animal-themed children's party.

Age Group

Informing your face painter of the age range for your event can help them plan properly. Younger children may take a bit longer to transform as they tend to find it harder to sit still for long! A face painter will need more time to handle a large group of younger kids.

Additionally, different designs and styles tend to appeal to different age groups. But all ages are likely to choose between painting their full face, a cheek or around the eyes. By informing your face painter about the age of guests at your event, they will be able to make plans to have example designs that are sure to appeal to the group.

Types of Face Paints

Your face painter typically brings their own materials to make their magic. These are specially designed to be friendly to the skin and easy to come off after the day is over.

You can also indicate if you require speciality paint to be used for your event. This makes your event more accessible to your audiences. Allergies are quite common with children, so it is sensible to choose a nut-free or hypo-allergenic paint choice.

If your event is about the environment or being green, you can also request for products that are environmentally friendly. Simply ask your professional for face paint options that will help you stay kind to the planet.


Before you hire just anyone, you’ll want to check that they are up to the job you are asking them to do. For that, check out their portfolio! A person who works in visuals like a face painter should have many images of their work from previous events. When available online, this collection of photos will make it easy to see what they are capable of.

You can also see if they have reviews of their work from clients. This can give you an idea of how well they brought requests to life and how easily this was done. It can also give you insight as to how well they handle lineups at their booth — an important detail if you are expecting lots of guests!


Your pro will also need to know how long you expect them to be painting at your event. Will they be there for the entire duration of your event? If so, you need to advise them of this and let them know how long this will be. For a festival, this may be the entire day!

You can also choose to have them there for a few hours as part of a special event hosted within a longer day. This allows you to keep your costs effective for your event's budget while still offering this fun activity! Each painted face should only take a few minutes to finish, so you can estimate how long it would take to accessorise your anticipated guests.


Working with someone in your area is ideal. This way, you won’t have to worry about paying for travel fees to have a face painter come to your event! You are simply paying for their time and expertise in creating amazing designs on faces.

Keep in mind that your professional needs to be close to the location of your event, not necessarily the place you are searching from. This may require you to be in contact with a pro who is a bit further away from you right now, but thankfully you can communicate with them remotely by phone or email to iron out the details!

Top Event Services

Are you planning an event? Then you'll know there are a lot of details to consider! Check out our handy chart below to compare costs for some of the top event services!

Event ServiceAverage Hourly Rate
Event Photography£100
Event Videography£300
Event Catering - Buffet£20
Event Planning£40


Make your event truly spectacular with a face painting booth. Both children and adults will welcome the opportunity to transform their appearance for a day with colourful paint in a pattern of their choosing!

Find the perfect face painter for your event today. Answer a few questions about what you need and submit a free request for bids. Bidvine will take your information and sort through available pros to obtain bids from trustworthy local professionals ready to make your event a success.

Face Painters near you


Croydon, London CR0

57 hires on Bidvine

Felicity H. said "I hired Ankita for my daughter’s 5th birthday party and I have to say that Ankita got back to me quickly when I asked for some photos of her work, she showed up at the venue on time and most importantly all of the children were lining up to get their faces painted! Her manner was


Hammersmith, London W6

9 hires on Bidvine

3 years in business

Fitness and sport have always been part of my life. I graduated in sport science and I certificated Pilates and personal trainer. I love working with a wide range of clients children and adults. My sessions are tailored to my clients specific needs. I will put you at ease with my experience and cr


Camden Town, London NW1

4 hires on Bidvine

3 years in business

Kieron D. said "Paty provided the excellent service we have grown accustomed to whenever we use her service. The children always leave happy and she copes with the high demand professionally, she is a real credit to her trade and any organisation would be well advised to use her. My advice is take


Catford, London SE6

4 hires on Bidvine

4 years in business

Billie W. said "Can I just start with a big Thank you to Shaianne was Amazing, my little girl was over the moon with her Art work on her face. Everyone was so impressed. Not only was she an absolutely lovely lady, she was so kind, caring and so so sweet to the children. Answering all the questions 5


Stratford, London E3

8 hires on Bidvine

Gen E. said "We hired Supernova to do the face painting for our child’s 4th birthday. Lucy was very kind, gentle and patient with the children AND parents. Her work is brilliant and so creative. I can not recommend her enough. Indeed, parents that attended the party have asked me for her details and


Stratford, London E20

1 hire on Bidvine

10 years in business

Evelyn A. said "Very friendly, quick Face Painter, professional, affordable overall lovely lady and I would recommend her."

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