(This is a guide only, it is up to you to do your research and decide what is best for you).
There are many professional painters out there who do provide training for face painting and it would be wise to take a course to get the basics for safe face painting. Look in your phone directory or surf the net for your nearest local painter who provides a basic training course. Alternatively, check out our instructors listings under Directories. Most face painters are happy to help.
There are courses for airbrush tattoos out there and again look on the web or ask colleagues for your nearest possible person.
Other things such as nail art and glitter tattoos tend to be self taught.
Often attending "jams" helps with training for these activities. Contact other local face painters to find out where these may be held in your area and go along. Its a good opportunity to network with other artists and learn new techniques.
DO I NEED INSURANCE AND WHERE DO I GET IT?
Anyone painting, airbrushing, doing casualty fx or glitter tattoos on children other than their own should have public liability insurance. If you are painting for a school you may be covered by their public liability, but it is wise to check as you may find that it doesn't cover face painting unless specified.
You may also wish to take out product liability insurance to cover your products. This is harder to find, but there are companies that will cover your products.
Also, please note that its come to our attention that a lot of policies are now stating in the small print that they will only insure CE marked products. The only three products that we know to have a CE mark and they are MiKim FX, Snazaroo and Cameleon. We think this is over the top with insurers. Rees Astley do insure The Face Painting Association members so it may be worth trying them and also Blackfriars as they do cover a lot of face painters.
There are several companies out there that provide insurance for these areas of trade. Some are listed below:
Professional Beauty Direct - you need a qualification to apply to them.
Rees Astley - Newtown office.
DO I NEED A DISCLOSURE AND BARRING CHECK?
No face painters require a DBS check. However, you may find that some organisations will think you need this. You can refer to the DBS website for more information.
DO I NEED TO EMPLOY AN ACCOUNTANT?
For straight forward accounts with face painting where it is simple money coming in and expenses going out you don't really need an accountant. It is fairly easy to keep track of your payments and as earnings probably won't be really high you will do the basic tax form which is fairly easy to complete if you are a novice. The tax office have lots of help boxes on their online system and free advice on their web site which will help you complete a tax form. Most face painters would be completing the simplified version due to the level of earnings. If you employ people, are registered for VAT, a Limited company and other similar things it may be wise to then employ an accountant to do your books. Alternatively, a good qualified book keeper will charge less than accountant and can do your tax return and your accounts also.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR TAX AND VAT?
If you are earning money from face painting, airbrush tattoos, glitter tattoos, casualty fx you should pay tax on the money earnt and you will need to register within the first 3 months of trading, otherwise you may be fined. If you have any questions relating to tax you may find the answers here or contact your local tax office.
Most artists do not need to register for VAT. If your sales are over £80,000 for the last 12 months you have to register, otherwise you may be able to register voluntarily if you think it would be beneficial. More information on VAT can be found here.
DO I NEED A LICENCE?
No you don't need a licence for doing events or children's parties. However, you do need a licence if you wish to set up on the high street and do face painting as a "busker" or similar. These can be obtained from your local council.
I'M OWED MONEY FOR A PAINTING JOB
If you are owed money for a job in the first instance contact the company concerned giving them an opportunity to address the issue. If all else fails and you have taken reasonable steps to recover your money ie writing to the company several times and giving them warning that if you do not receive payment you will take it further, you can contact Money Claims Online which is the online version of the small claims court.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I CHARGE?
This is a difficult question as often depends upon where you live in the country as to what prices you can command. However, when deciding your prices, find out what other local artists charge and network with them. Also, check that you are covering the costs of your petrol, insurance, tax, consumables, time invoicing etc. These all need to be included in your costs before you take any money out for yourself. You will be surprised at how much this mounts up and how little is left for your own pocket.
IS IT OKAY TO USE OTHER PEOPLES PICTURES?
In short, it is not okay to use other peoples pictures as your work. You may paint your own copy of their design, but you can't use their picture without permission. Not only that they may be at a different level of painting to yourself and it could mis-represent your skill level. If you want to use someone's picture always ask first.
There is also a good link here regarding copyright and images - click here.