- About Us
Welcome to Face Paint Shop Australia
You are shopping with Australia's favourite supplier of quality face paint and body art products for professionals, childcare providers, schools, theatre companies, make-up artists, hobbyists, beginners, experts, volunteers and more. Whatever your level of experience or enthusiasm, we will look after you. Face Paint Shop Australia is the official partner to The Australian Face Painting School.
to deliver outstanding service combined with the best range of quality face paint and body art supplies in Australia
At Face Paint Shop Australia, we're dedicated to making the world a more colourful, happy place through the art of face painting.
We're very proud to have so many loyal and enthusiastic customers who are such an important part of our story.
Like you, our customers value the care we take when selecting and packaging the quality products we stock. We know this because we regularly receive feedback via social media and personal messages.
In fact we have earned more than 100x 5 star reviews on our Facebook page - which is why we can confidently claim to be Australia's favourite supplier of face paint and body art supplies (no other retailer comes close). And you can bet we've worked hard to earn our ranking as Australia's best, and will continue to do so.
From humble beginnings, we now offer more than 1000 different product lines, including the world's most popular brands of face and body art supplies, including TAG Body Art, Global Colours, Mehron Paradise, Superstar, Cameleon, Party Xplosion, Loew Cornell, Faketoos and more. Face Paint Shop Australia has everything you need to work as a professional in the industry, fundraise as a volunteer, or enjoy face painting for whatever reason at all!
We are an online shop and we send orders daily all over Australia. Our warehouse is located in Maclean, Northern NSW - just a few minutes off the Pacific Highway. We welcome you to make a time to come by and say hello, have a chat, try out some paints and shop if you wish. We'll even supply fresh coffee, tea or cold drinks.
Face Paint Shop Australia is not a corporate store, nor a franchise, or a business without soul. We don't sell toys or home-wares or other random products. But we do offer Australia's largest range of specialist face and body art supplies, combined with expert advice you won't find at any discount, craft or toy store. So if you're looking for anything other than quality face paint and body art products, you're in the wrong place!
Who's behind the scenes?
Kate Matthews, aka Fairy Nice, is the driving force and Queen Packing Pixie at Face Paint Shop Australia. With help from her packing pixies, Flossie and Morgan, Kate picks and packs, answers questions, manages the website, inventory and social media. And on weekends, Kate is a working face painter with more than 5 years experience in the field.
During the week, you'll find Kate surrounded by a rainbow of colours as she picks and packs your orders along with the packing pixies.
When it gets really busy, or when Kate travels with the Australian Face Painting School, her partner Rob helps out so your orders are packed and dispatched without delay. He's become pretty good at reading labels and cross-checking lists. He does a mighty fine job when he needs to.
And then there's the postie, Mark, who stops by almost every day with a delivery... as well as the lovely ladies at the Maclean Post Office - Katrina, Anne, and Karen. They're all part of the story of Face Paint Shop Australia and we thank you for making it possible.
Hi! I'm Kate and this is the part where I give you the glossy brochure version of my life. So here goes...
I'm a busy mumpreneur with three boys under 12 and I get distracted by shiny things and cute animals. I love to face paint, and smile. Sometimes I get the giggles, especially when I hang out with happy people. I also like things that smell nice, especially essential oils.
For many years I worked in the media industry, which included animation, newspapers, print advertising, and more recently as a journalist for a regional newspaper before I discovered face painting. Or rather, it found me. I blame YouTube!
Anyway after a lot of practice, I started my face painting business in 2011, with a little stall at my local markets. I was on maternity leave at the time, and I had no idea where it would lead. I thought it was just for fun and a nice way to make a few extra dollars. But I quickly discovered it WAS a LOT of fun, and a GREAT way to earn a few extra dollars. I was hooked!
I quickly realised I needed to work on my skills, so took a two-day class with Bec Anthony, which helped me see the immense value of training and how important it was to use the best quality products and tools. I could see how these things would not only assist my own skills, but how they would also be the key to improving standards across the industry.
So with this goal in mind, in 2013 I launched The Australian Face Painting School and Face Paint Shop Australia. In early 2015 I quit my job as a journalist to focus on the face painting industry full time.
Over the past few years I've had the pleasure of working closely with many of the world's best face painting instructors, including Olga Murasev, Nick Wolfe, and Ronnie Mena, traveling Australia to help new and experienced face painters brush up on their face painting skills. And I've also instructed 100s of students with my own style of face painting, which is on the job, fast and fun.
Of course I'm very proud of the success of these two enterprises, and the positive effect they have had on not only my life, but the lives of many others. The friendships I have made and the opportunities they have presented.
And so, the journey continues...
About the products we sell...
As a mum and professional face painter, my wish is that all kids can enjoy a safe and happy face painting experience. So when I see children painted with poor quality products, or I hear about a bad experience a child has had with 'crappy' face paint, it not only makes me feel sad but also concerned.
Using the wrong type of paint is, at best, uncomfortable to wear on the skin - it itches and flakes and doesn't create a pleasing result. And at worst, some craft paints contain toxic chemicals which can cause adverse reactions, even lead poisoning, which definitely takes the fun out of face painting and will turn kids and their families away from face painting for life.
That's why every brand and product listed at www.facepaintshopaustralia.com has been carefully selected to ensure it meets our high standards. All the face paint we supply has been classified as non-toxic and skin-safe and contains only ingredients that comply with Australian Standards, as well as FDA and EU standards. Anything less just isn't worth it.
Many people look at face painting as just a fun activity for kids at the school fete, birthday parties or wherever... which is fine, because it is. But to me, face painting is also a great way to create happy memories, smiles, and allow kids to enjoy and experience art first-hand.
"Some may see us as only face painters, but I believe we are warriors of happiness", as master face painter and world champion body artist Nick Wolfe says.
Watching a child look in the mirror with wonder and delight is a magical experience for any face painter. And the happiness of a parent who gets to take that special, smiling photo (any parent knows how kids can be uncooperative for taking photos). And when those same kids come back and see me, month-after-month, year-after-year; well my heart swells with pride to know I have had such a positive and happy effect on their lives. It may be a small thing but nonetheless important. I always come home from a face painting gig satisfied, happy, and needing a long nap after making and receiving all that positive energy.
But more than making happy memories for children and families, face painting is a truly wonderful way to earn an income. Which is why my goal is to share and to inspire; to support and encourage anyone who wants to try face painting for themselves by giving them the best tools and knowledge to do it well and achieve the success and independence they desire.
"You can't buy happiness...
but you can buy face paint and that's almost the same thing"
~ Kate Matthews, owner, Face Paint Shop Australia.
If you have a question or comment, or if there's something you can't find and would like us to get in stock, you can email us.
Face Paint Shop Australia is an online only store (but we do offer pick up on request)
Here's a few of the benefits:
- We have low overheads so we pass the savings on to you;
- You can shop and ask questions 24/7 from the comfort and convenience of your own home, or office (we promise not to tell the boss). You can even shop from your smartphone or tablet, or within Facebook;
- You'll save petrol and time without having to travel to a physical store, plus we'll have your order delivered directly to you via Auspost;
- We can work any hour of the day or night (and often do);
- We get to enjoy an amazing lifestyle in beautiful Northern NSW. Sometimes we even get time to visit the beach. Hooray!
Did you make it to the end of my long story? Perhaps you skipped a bit, that's ok. You're probably not the only one!
Thought you might like to see my very first attempt at face painting when I was about 8 years old (I'm the little redhead on the left) Hehehe...
Pictured above: FPSA owner Kate Matthews, aged 8, with her cousin Vivienne (11), c. 1981
OK so my first attempt at face painting wasn't so great. I don't even remember it but my cousin Vivienne tells me we painted our own faces. We probably thought we looked great at the time but looking back it's pretty awful!
Fortunately times have changed and so has the availability of good quality, safe cosmetic face paint products.