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Frequently Asked Questions


If we have a large event, do you have other entertainers that could come as well?

Yes we do!  That's what the "and Company" stands for. Arla has a variety of entertainers to choose from. 


What kind of face paint do you use?

 Paint brands are VERY important to the professional face painter. We use paints that have FDA approved ingredients for the skin. We do not use acrylic paints.  (Acrylic paints might actually burn into the skin and can cause permanent scarring.)  Do not ever let your child be painted with poster paints, acrylics, tempera paints, etc.  They are NOT made for the skin. Most of  my paints are Snazaroo brand, which are made specifically for children's skin. 

How much do you charge?

Prices vary depending on the location, services offered, number of guests, and time at the event.  Contact Arla for a price quotation: 703-901-2752, click on the pink SCHEDULE AN EVENT  button above and fill out the form, or email her at Arla@FacesByArla.com

When is payment expected?

As a rule, Arla takes a booking fee )that applies to the event, but is non-refundable should you cancel.)  Final payment is expected at the beginning of your event, unless the contract requires earlier payment.  That way you can tend to birthday cake, presents, etc. after I leave.  However, depending on circumstances, if there are unexpected children, etc.,  you can pay at the end of the show if you so choose. 

Please have the money ready, as I usually have other parties to attend and do not have extra time to wait for you to make out the check. Contact Arla for more information.  You may pay by check, cash, PAYPAL (for an extra fee) or credit card (for an extra 5% fee.) 

Am I supposed to tip?

Tips are always appreciated, but not expected. If Arla or any other entertainer does an exceptional job, it's perfectly acceptable to tip. It's like saying, "Thanks for doing such a great job."  Percentage is your choice.

How many faces can you do in one hour?

Arla comfortably paints up to 20 full-faces in an hour for children.  Adults tend to get more complicated faces, so it drops to about 15-18 for adults.




Do you do cheek art or full faces?

 We specialize in full face painting which, usually  does NOT take more time than cheek art. Most professional face artists, these days, do full faces, rather than cheek art.  As a rule, only people doing this as a hobby do cheek art.  We are professionally trained artists.  If a child does not want the face painted, we'll be happy to do arms, legs, etc.  


Are you insured?

 Yes, we are insured.  If you would like, for an additional $25 you are welcome to ask for an insurance rider for your entire event. 

How long have you been face painting?

 Arla has been face painting for over 29 years.

Should I do something while Arla is doing face painting?


Many parents find that doing an activity such as a game or decorating white lunch bags as their goodie bag (with stickers, markers, and possibly glitter) is a wonderful activity during the face painting.

Do you offer discounts?

 Military discounts upon request.  

(Must have an active duty military ID  that matches the booking name.  Also, the military ID must be shown at the party.)

Arla gives a weekday as well as non-profit (with non-profit number given) discounts upon request.  ONLY one discount per event.  

ALL discounts must be asked for when first booking.  Once you are booked, the discount may not be applied later.


Schedule an event with Faces By Arla and Company and you will be thrilled with the results.  We are experts at parties and events.