Author Topic: Face Painting as Side Hustle?  (Read 1473 times)


  • Bristles
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Face Painting as Side Hustle?
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:09:19 PM »
Hey all,

I recently began exploring the idea of face painting as a side hustle.  I sell paintings on canvas occasionally, and we are moving to a metropolis that will provide a bigger market for artistic pursuits in general.  Unless I can quickly build my fine art ventures, however, I would like another side hustle to pursue.  DH suggested something involving painting...specifically face painting.  I am just getting familiarized with the industry, and I can tell that there are dozens of varying avenues to take.  I would probably stick with a lower budget, kids party/event style face painting.  I have a simple set with brushes now, and I'm going to invest in some simple sponges to play with. 

Does anyone use face painting as a side hustle?  How do you charge?  When do events normally take place (evenings, daytime, weekends)?  Pros and cons? 


  • Pencil Stache
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Re: Face Painting as Side Hustle?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 10:43:07 PM »
I don't do it, but friend of mine used to. She's a SAHM and said she made $40k+ per year just doing it on weekends. (We are in a HCOL area.) She tried to get me to network with her high-end party planner connections, but I wasn't really in a position to do that at the time. The big money is wherever people are throwing big parties: bar mitzvahs, wealthy folks' toddlers' birthdays, etc. Definitely mostly on weekends, though special events happen around holidays and sometimes throughout normal weeks. Definitely my least favorite part of performing/working at events was losing good weekend/holiday time.

Dunno how payment normally works; when I performed it was usually through an event coordinator or talent company so it was all pretty formal, but I imagine lots of face painting is less formal than that. I'd do it for cheap for friends a few times to get a handle on what it's like (test out designs, figure out long you can do it, how often you need a break, what equipment works best, etc.) and then write up your general requirements + fee and put it out there through whatever marketing avenue makes sense to you. People throwing parties love things to be easy, so if you can say "My standard package is X", they love that, no matter how much you charge. (Going rate does seem to be about $100/hour though.)