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As Professional Face Painters for children's parties and all types of adult events here is a list of some common FAQ's

What is included in a Face Painting Package?

Our Face Painting Packages include high definition cosmetic grade glitters in a variety of colors and textures, gems, stenciled textures, free-hand designs, cheek art, full face designs, half face designs and arm designs. We have add ons like glitter tattoos and glow in the dark paint. We have a menu of options and also take custom requests. Let us know what you have in mind or if you don't have anything in mind and need our inspiration! 

Where does the name Happycake come from?

Face paints are actually called cakes! We add the word happy, since our work makes people smile and have fun! 

What equipment is required for a face painting party?

We come fully equipped with a tall black director's chair and table. We are also adaptible to our environment and can use 1 table and 2 chairs from your own set-up that is on hand. Airbrush art requires electrical outlets. Giant bubbles require outdoor, low-wind areas. 

How many Artists do you need at an event?

Every Artist can paint a maximum of 12-15 children/adults per hour. We can supply as many artists as needed for your event to be a success! 

What cities do you travel to?

We are headquartered in San Francisco and work in all Bay Area counties.Some of the areas we service are San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley, San Mateo, San Rafael, Burlingame, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Belmont, San Jose, San Carlos, Daly City, Santa Clara, Menlo Park, Hillsborough,Newark, Fremont, Union City, Milpitas, Pacifica,Orinda,Pinole, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Piedmont, Claremont, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Brisbane, Colma, La Honda, Pescadero, Saratoga, Livermore, Mountain House, Stockton, Sacramento and Turlock. 


We also travel out of state and internationally for events. 

What is Happycake's mission?

Our mission is to make people happy. We want our guests to smile, have fun and enjoy the experience of face painting. We strive to lead the industry with our new materials, techniques and styles. We are constantly updating our repertoire to bring the newest trends to the Bay Area. 

Do you do make personal appointments for individuals, couples, or small groups

We offer creative consulting and wardrobe styling via face and body art for special events to individuals, couples and small parties. We travel to your location and paint you on site with a 2 hour minimum. We offer this service in traditional face painting, airbrush face and body art, and temporary high definition glitter tattoos with add on's like custom made body gems, luxe triple milled cosmetic grade glitters, and glow in the dark skin and hair. We can help you create any look you can imagine or need help imagining. 

Can I extend my reservation the day of the event if more guests arrive then anticipated?

It is possible to extend your reservation time the day of subject to availability although it is not guaranteed. Regular rates apply, we pro-rate in 30 minute increments. 

Is the face paint easy to wash off?

Face paints are water based and are removed with soap and water. Darker colors may require some make up remover. Glitter tattoos last for 3 days and can be removed with rubbing alcohol.

Do you dress up? Do you do balloons?

We do not dress up although we can come face painted to a party and can wear guest provided hats or aprons for special holidays. We can also dress in specific colors. We come dressed in all black with a hint of color. Instead of balloons we offer giant bubbles. 



What else do you offer besides face painting?

In addition to traditional and airbrush face and body painting we offer:


Giant Bubbles



High Definition Glitter Tattoos

Airbrush Tattoos 

Matte Tattoos 

Hair Painting

UV Glow in the Dark Painting 

Psychic Readings 


Giant bubbles? How, when, where?

Giant bubbles is an interactive event for children and adults. Children of all ages and adults enjoy to create giant bubbles and play. We require an outdoor, low wind area. One bubble artist will set up and assist in helping the group learn to create these giant bubbles. This is an interactive, learning experience. A Bubble machine is included as well to create tiny bubbles throughout the event. 

What is your cancellation policy?

Please note we have a strict no refund policy. We will be happy to re-schedule your event for a later date at no additional charge. We do not offer refunds for inclement weather so please have a back up location if your event is outdoors with no weather protection. Thank you!

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and checks. You will receive an invoice for your event which is due prior to your event in order to hold your reservation. Thanks!

What type of paints do you use?

We use all water based professional face and body paints by high end brands TAG Australia and Wolfe FX. We use cosmetic grade glitters and gems, body glue by Amerikan body art.  All of our airbrush ink is a hybrid mix of alcohol and water for the face and body and is by ProAiir. 

How many faces can you paint in 1 hour?

All of our artists can paint up to 15 faces per hour for either children or adults. We can also spend more time on someone if requested. We have spent 5 hours on 1 person's face. So the options are many! 

Do you have a menu of designs to choose from or can you pick anything you want?

We offer a menu of over 50 designs to choose from, in addtion we take custom requests at events. We can paint just about any design you can think of! We also accept custom theme parties and can create a custom menu for your event based on a specific theme. For example:  Steampunk, Super Bowl 50, Ocean animals, etc. Just let us know what you have in mind, we will make it happen! 

Can I pay you in cash the day of?

We no longer accept payments in cash, payment in advance by credit card or check is required in order to reserve

What are glitter tattoos?

Glitter tattoos are temporary tattoos made of glitter that last 3 days and can be removed with alcohol. The tattoo designs range from animals to flowers to sports, anything and everything, we also offer custom designed tattoos.

How do I submit a deposit

We do not hold reservations until we recieve payment for your event. An invoice will be emailed to you so that you may proceed to make a payment online with your credit card. You may also choose to call in and pay over the phone with your credit card. 

Do you have a minimum amount of time?

We have a 2 hour minimum for Face Painting and Caricatures. We have a 1 hour minimum for Giant Bubbles.

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