Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a booking?

Please complete our quote form or email: with details of your event.

When you make a booking, details are sent to you by e-mail with all the agreed information. A non-refundable deposit required on some occasions for each painter booked and that will secure the date. The balance is paid on the day at the event.

All dates are on a first come first served basis. Dates are not held without an e-mail confirmation of a booking from you.

For late bookings, a booking form and agreement can not be exchanged. The method of payment is cash on the day. Invoices will be supplied on request.

What do you charge to face paint?

Its is always best to complete our quote form or email for an accurate quote.

Quotes depend on travel, location, time of day weekend or weekday and number of people or children to be painted. There are special rates for local after-school parties during term time and morning bookings at weekends.

Another amazing party having Carol as our face painter…
3rd year in a row and wouldn’t use anyone else.


Face painting classes

Learn the tricks of the trade with the ‘Introduction to face painting’ class, tutored by Carol Sloane or Saskia Donkers. The classes are run during the week in school hours. You have the options to participate in small groups, with a maximum of 4 attendees. You and a friend is the best, or your own individual full on class. At the introduction to face painting class, all products are supplied.

The fee for a class with up to 4 people attending is £90 each, or £200 for a 1-1 Class of 4 hours. The classes are kept small so we can cover a lot of ground with information and practice.  Classes take place at a venue in Bromley. If you prefer the class at your venue and then there will be a travel fee. For classes for more than 4 people, an extra tutor will be supplied. For information about fees for more than 4 people, please contact Carol with details for an accurate quote (invoices supplied).

When you want to brush up on your skills, Carol or Saskia also run 1-1 session or group follow up sessions, and you let her know what you want to cover in the session. There is another option that might be of interest for more experienced painters. You can decide what you want  to cover in the class.  This class is only suitable if you already have a working knowledge of the introduction to face painting class content (see below this message for detail of that class). I focus on the painting techniques you want to develop. My fee if you come to me at my venue is £50 an hour- it may be more if I travel to you. It’s a good idea if you want to do this class if you send me some photos of your work and kit.


Can you supply me with more than one face painter?

Carol paints with a group of freelance face painters who have worked together passing bookings to each other for around 8 years. We are insured and most have CRB checks or police checks. The Face Painters live around London areas. We have all worked at many corporate events, private parties and have been booked for 2 international bookings in Kuwait. If Carol is not available for your party or event, she will aim to source face painters within the group who work to an agreed ethical standard. If you should decide to book a painter, Carol will forward the painter’s details to you. Sparkles Face Painting is not an agency, we are a co-operative. The agreement of booking and your terms and conditions of service is between you and the face painter you book.

Corporate bookings payments

Payment should be made by a bank transfer to the account listed on the invoice, any day before the the day of the booking.  We will confirm when payment  reaches our Bank account.

You will be sent an e-mail to confirm our receipt of the moneys.

Although we do our utmost to replace any painters unable to attend. The pro-rata funds will be given back to you, instantly this is apparent and you will be informed of the changes.

Payment can be made in alternative ways if this does not suit you.

Sparkles have two chosen charities supported by face painting at their events.  At this present time, no new charities can be accommodated for free face painting services.

Unity Tarot

For events that require something a bit edgier, or for ‘adults, over 18’s’ entertainment, Carol provides intuitional tarot card readings at consultant level; (Qualified with the British Astrological and Psychic Society) delivering tarot card readings in an assured confident manner.

She gives time and attention and in depth readings to her one-to-one clients as well as light hearted, mobile table top readings at corporate events for your guest’s entertainment. Carol has been told her style is unconventional and upbeat; especially fun and entertaining at corporate events and parties.

School fair face painting

As a team, we face paint at many school events, but our fee and the quantity of faces we paint an hour is 10-15 will not normally cover your costs, if you are hiring us to fundraise. I run Introduction to face painting classes, that many schools have found useful, for parents who want to develop the skills to face paint quickly and effectively. This class can work out more cost effective for school fundraising than booking one of the team I work with.

Balloon Modelling

Models include butterflies, wands, animals, hats etc. Please discuss at time of booking your requirements for an accurate quote. If you are booking a two hour party with less than 12 children, we can include balloon modelling in the price.

What sort of face painting can I expect at my party?

As with any artist, we all have our own style, so when booking a face painter it’s important to book the face painter that can give you the designs and style that suits your event as well as the fee within your budget.

All the face painting you see on this web site have been painted by Carol Sloane, at parties and events (not for a studio photo shoot). If you book Carol for your event you can expect the same standard of face painting and the designs you see on this website. She face paints 10-12 faces an hour but can go to 15 with less detail.

Do face paints stain skin or clothes?

The paints we use are approved for children’s skin by the EEC. They are best quality cosmetic grade face paint. Most face paint used on children’s skin are water based so will wipe off with a wet wipe, or if on clothes in a washing machine. Some paints in particular the blues, green and red matte colours can leave a tint of colour on the skin. If a child has dry skin, the face paint may stain a little. The hint of colour will disappear after a day or if soap and a warm flannel is used. All face paint should be washed off before going to bed.

What are your health and safety standards?

Carol has strict health and safety guidelines that all freelance face painters working with Carol paint to. We use a fresh sponge for each child and the kit is fully cleaned after each event. The products used are approved for children’s skin by the EEC. Children with sensitive skin can have a patch test if requested.

How many faces do you paint an hour?

We paint 10-12 childrens faces an hour.

Always excited for my baby cousins birthday parties because I get to have this lovely lady paint the most beautiful things on my face! She is amazing!


Botanical body art

Carol’s favourite painting is botanical art. A Medium size painting can take from half an hour to one hour depending on the panting you require. All the paint is easily washed off with soap and water. These paintings are great for photo shoots and something different for a night out, that will give you the wow factor.

Do you face paint young children?

We are happy to face paint children over the age of three. Children under the age of three often find the brush movements a bit tickly and don’t always understand what is happening. We will do small designs on children under the age of three as long as they are happy with what we are doing. We will not paint children who do not want to be painted.

What are your copyright standards? 

All the face painting you see on has been painted by Carol Sloane, are owned and under copyright to her. Do not take copies of pictures and use them to gain custom or for business purposes.

Some of the corporate events Sparkles have recently face painted at:

 The House of Commons Westminster   Evelina childrens Hospital St Thomas hospital London. Buckingham Palace, The Royal Mews and The Queens gallery.  The French show Olympia London. Grace Bar West End Halloween . Herbert Smith Freehills London Trapeze Christmas Party. Bridget Jones Diary,  Filming Windsor Great park festival Shoot . River Island, Marble Arch London.  Beauty Seen PR London  . Royal Anglian children’s medal ceremony at the Royal Barracks Woolwich.   Jacadi Westfield at Shepherds Bush. Lewisham Housing. Icebar London. Trotters Chelsea 25th Anniversary Event. Channel 4 TV, Coleart, Snazaroo laboratories, Mitsubishi Corporation summer party .Amazon Summer party,  Grenadier Guards, Bird Cage Walk, Whitgift Centre Croydon Child-care Facility. Malta Tourist Board, Jacksonville Jaguars Promotions, Napoleon Casino Leicester Square Red Nose Day Evencarol-paintstAnnabel’s Nightclub Berkeley Square Mayfair, Warner Brothers Jurassic game launch at the  Hyde park Look out , Liberty store Regent street, Candy crush saga offices in King LondonWalker children’s book publishing, Courtauld Institute of Art, Hornimans Museum Forest Hill, Ikea Croydon, Bumpkin up – Stratford Westfield shopping Centre, Dive Show London ExCel, The Marine Conservation Society, Neon Performing arts at the Lost theatre Wandsworth London Boat show, ExCel Centre, Loch Fyne Restaurant Sevenoaks, Coomb Bank school Sevenoaks, BMW Berry Brenford Olympic event, Our world English schools at Dulwich College summer school, BBC CBeebies new season launch, 360 Mall Kuwait City, Burger King, Eddie Catz soft play Centre, High Chelmer Chelmsford shopping centre Essex, Earls Court Baby Show, Brighton Pier “Congathon”, Orbit Housing Association, Mimecast Summer Party London Zoo, ExCel London Game Event, Lancashire insurance Christmas party City of London, Fiat 5000c Big Smile Oxford Street West End London, FACE Art Photography Kings Road Chelsea, Henry J Beans Chelsea, Royal Russell School Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Hackney, Croydon and Hillingdon councils, Croydon fostering and adoption, The Brit Oval, Metropolitan police training centre Gravesend, Selsdon Park Hotel, Reigate garden centre, Herbert smith Liverpool street London, Riverside Primary school Merton , We are social Farringdon, The Hurlingham club Fullham Sweaty Betty, Jelly London,

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