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Birthday party entertainers: Face painters in New York City

Looking to hire party entertainers for your child's next bash? Check out our list of some of New York City's most popular face painters.

  • Party entertainers: Emma's Designs

  • Party entertainers: Emma's Designs

  • Party entertainers: Emma's Designs

  • Party entertainers: Face Art by Melissa

  • Photograph: Courtesy Derrick Little

    Party entertainers: Faces by Derrick

  • Photograph: Courtesy Derrick Little

    Party entertainers: Faces by Derrick

  • Party entertainers: Kiki's Faces and Balloons

  • Party entertainers: NYC Face Art

  • Party entertainers: NYC Face Paint

  • Party entertainers: NYC Face Paint

Party entertainers: Emma's Designs


It's no surprise that so many of the children's events we write about (everything from outdoor fairs and festivals to museum activities) feature face painters—kids love to get their faced adorned with anything from butterflies to favorite super hero characters. If you're looking to hire party entertainers for your child's next birthday, consider a local face painter. These talented artists—some even come wearing their own artwork on their face!—can turn little party guests into jungle animals, princesses and more. Most of them will come to celebrations at your home, a rented party room or one of the many birthday party places in NYC.

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Emma's Designs

This impressive virtuoso uses nontoxic materials in her fabulous face creations, and also offers temporary and tattoos, and will even sport a costume for an additional fee. $150 and up per hour (917-495-7252, emmasdesigns.webs.com)

Face Art by Melissa

Using high-quality, hypoallergenic face paint, the mom of two gladly accommodates any special requests; favorite designs include princesses, rainbow butterflies and superheroes. Melissa also comes wearing her own artwork on her face. $150 and up per hour (212-876-3332 or 917-330-1924, faceartbymelissa.com)

Faces by Derrick

Bicoastal visual artist Derrick Little has painted for Martha Stewart, Madonna, Julianne Moore and others. We hear he's super-speedy—word has it he can paint a full face in less than three minutes. $150 for one hour, $100 each additional hour; two-hour minimum for bookings outside of Manhattan, and $50 per hour of travel charged for outer boroughs. (917-859-7250, facesbyderrick.com)

Fantasy Face painting by Sharon

This Brooklynite's fantasy-inspired designs are elaborate and glittery, and she also offers balloon twisting and glitter tattoos. $100-$150 for one hour (917-620-7006 or 718-643-6411, brooklynfacepainter.com)

Kiki's Faces and Balloons

Featured on Good Morning America, this company employs professional artists as face painters. Their glittery paints are a big hit with wannabe princesses. $175 for the first hour (646-435-4739, kikisfacesandballoons.com)

NYC Face Art

Award-winning painter RoByn Thompson has painted faces for special events at the Guggenheim, and is happy to accommodate any theme or request your child comes up with. $200 for one hour, approximately 15 faces (908-725-1213, moogieland.com)

NYC Face Paint
This small family operation has been on the party and festival circuit for several decades and prides itself on its whimsical designs. One painter (parties under 30): $100 for first hour, $50 for each additional hour (718-249-7558, nycfacepaint.com)

Party with Marty & Iris

This seasoned husband-and-wife duo brings magic tricks and face painting, as well as sand art, balloon animals and games, to your child's party. $235 per hour for Brooklyn and Queens, $375 per hour for Bronx and Manhattan, $245 per hour for Staten Island (718-646-8899, partywithmarty.net)


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