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Thursday, December 3, 2009

We are at First Friday

We will again be at First Friday in Gadsden, Alabama. Come see us inside the cultural art center on Broad Street where it is nice and cozy warm. All Christmas inspired designs will be $5 including cheek art, half and full face designs, as well as some select henna designs.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday December 4
6-9 pm
Mary G Hardin Cultural Art Center
Gadsden, Alabama

Balloons and Facepainting at church

The Big Sam the Balloon Man Show - On the Road

You have seen the show (or you have heard about it) and now you can see the show in action as The Big Sam the Balloon Man show goes "on the road!" Come see Big Sam the Balloon Man and Kristin from Starshine Faces as they share the truths of God's word in a new and exciting way. Bring your friends and family and expect a lot of fun!

The Church at Center Stage

Sunday December 6th
11:00 AM
in the children's area located in the Rainbow Plaza shopping center area. Rainbow City, Alabama

For directions:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rick and Bubba Turkey Toss 2009

We will be painting faces at Turkey Toss 2009 this year! With Thanksgiving and Christmas themed designs you will be the most decorated contestant this year!

Big Sam the Balloon Man and his lovely assistant Jeri Lynn will also be there with fabulous balloon sculptures as you wait in line to get painted or toss turkeys.

We hope to see you there for the fun and festivities as only Rick and Bubba can provide!

For more details about Turkey Toss 2009 :

Monday, November 9, 2009

Anniston Christmas Un-Parade and Facepainting

Anniston, Alabama, Christmas Un-Parade and FREE Face Painting

Join us for some fun and color with face painting in Alabama from Starshine Faces courtesy of the Anniston Public Library!

Anniston, Alabama has changed the format of their Christmas Parade this year. Instead of the parade going by you, the floats will be stationery allowing you to walk past them. This new format allows the floats to be more interactive with attendees.

The Anniston Public Library will have Starshine Faces again this year for the parade celebration. Instead of painting before the parade, we will have free Christmas Cheek Art designs as part of the new Christmas Un-Parade.

November 21, 2009 from 5-7 pm in downtown Anniston, Alabama.

For more information:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Family Night at Grease - Birmingham, AL

Family Night at Grease

Join us an hour before the show for family fun activities at Family Night at Grease on Wed. September 23rd. The pre-show fun begins about 6:30 and includes fun painting by Starshine Faces and Painted Personalities, learning the Hand Jive from cast members, and you can purchase concession foods from a kid-friendly menu.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Face Painting at First Friday in Gadsden, Alabama

Starshine Faces will be painting faces this Friday at the Art Bazaar INSIDE the Cultural Art Center on Broad Street in Gadsden, Alabama.

Not going to First Friday???? High School football games have started?? You will miss a great time at First Friday, but you can still get your game face on!! We will be set up early for those of you who want to come by and get your game face on before going to cheer for your home team.

All designs this Friday will be $5.00.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Game Day booking!

Game day weekends are filling up fast. Be sure to check out our new football album on Facebook and also on Flickr. I have been busy uploading photos and updating websites, so be sure to check back often over the next couple of weeks for new information and pictures. You might be on there!!

Sign up for our Newsletter!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

No First Friday

This is just to let you know that we will not be at First Friday in August. The merchants who are members of Downtown Gadsden, Inc who puts on this fabulous event every month have voted to no longer allow non-food vendors at the event. There will still be the wonderful food vendors you have found at past First Fridays, but I won't be able to be at this one.

But don't worry!!

We are making plans to be at the rest of the First Friday events. Another business will be trying out the idea of selling vendor space in their business and we have signed on to be a part of that. Unfortunately it will not start until September. On the positive side, though, the vendors will be indoors!!!

Please remember when you get your faces painted to always ask what kinds of paints they use. Acrylic paints and other craft paints are not meant to be used on skin and not all face paints are created equally. Starshine Faces artists only use professional grade facepaints that are designed to be safe for cosmetic use and also for the ease of removal. If you have any questions about facepainting, please let us know.

If you have comments or compliments on First Friday, please let Downtown Gadsden, Inc, know so that they can continue to make this event fun for everyone. We hate we won't be able to be there this month, but we hope to see you in September. Thank you so much for your support.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Facepainting Day on the Rick and Bubba Show

I had a really fun time painting faces at the Rick and Bubba Show this morning in Birmingham, Alabama. The show can be heard on radio stations throughout the nation and on the internet throughout the world. There are more photos of various interns and guest painted in a design of their choosing on the Starshine Faces fan site on Facebook.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Face painting at First Friday in Gadsden, Alabama

First Friday in Gadsden, Al

Get ready for First Friday in Gadsden, Alabama and some FREE Artist Choice face paint designs. You must be brave and daring to qualify for the FREE artist choice designs, because you never know what you may be transformed into. It might be something as simple as a tiger or as insane and crazy as an abstract cirque clown. We may even decide to create a super crazy hair design on you!!

Not quite daring? We will also have our typical festival designs available at our regular festival prices so you can choose the design you want. Take a look at our festival Henna designs when you come by to see us in the vendor area on Broad Street.

For more information on First Friday in July you can take a look at the Downtown Gadsden website. We look forward to seeing you there!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Summer Reading Programs

The Summer Reading Program is in full swing for many libraries here in the state of Alabama. We have already been to Vestavia Hills Public Library, Crossville Public Library, Trussville Public Library, and various extended day school programs with our Get Creative summer reading show.

By combining the imagination of storytelling and the artistry of facepainting we provide a unique show that children and adults both can enjoy. Some libraries have included an additional hour of facepainting after the show for more children to join in the fun by being painted as well.

Shows that are coming up include Moody Public Library June 18 at 5:30, Trussville Public Library June 23 at 1:00 for 3rd-5th grade and a Learn to Paint show for Teens at 2:00. We are at various extended day programs for Vestavia Hills School System. We are currently working with other extended day programs on dates for programs for their schools as well.

Henna programs for teens will be held at Vestavia Hills Public Library and also at North Shelby Public Libary.

If you are interested in attending any library shows, make sure you call and check with the individual libraries on what their summer reading program policies and age requirements are. Some programs require that you sign up in advance.

FABAIC was Fabulous

Starshine Faces owner/artist, Kristin Simpson, was able to attend the Face and Body Art International Convention in Orlando, Florida the end of May. She was able to network with so many other artists from around the world and enjoyed seeing and learning new designs and techniques. She competed in the semi professional facepainting competition with about 20 other painters from around the world. Although she didn't place, she learned a lot from the experience.

A variety of photos have been place on our fan website on Facebook. Check out our photos and become a fan while you are there.

Our artists work to continue to bring their art and fun to new levels so that we only offer the best for you, our clients.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Alabama Facepainter gets ready for Convention

Face and Body Art International Convention is this upcoming week in Orlando, Florida, and I am so excited to be attending this year. We are looking forward to learning more about our art so we can continue to provide you with the best we can for your parties and events.

Here is some information from their site

What is the FABAIC?
FABAIC is the annual Face and Body Art International Convention which takes
place in May in Orlando, Florida. Over 400+ painters from around the world gather together to experience the largest face and body painting convention in the US. Classes are offered in Face and Body Art, brush, sponge, airbrush as well as
henna, glitter tattoo and SFX. The first convention was May 2002 in Orlando, Fl.

Who are the instructors?
Our instructors are some of the best body artists in the industry. We have traveled the planet in search of some the most qualified and diversified artists of our industry. Each year we hope to invite new instructors to the FABAIC, along with the Masters of Face & Body Painting. Some previous Instructors may choose not to teach but are excited to be part of the convention and will be Jamming, Co-Instructing and showcasing thier Artwork.
View the list of instructors here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Facepaint recall does not affect Starshine Faces artists.

There has been a recent recall on a brand of face paints distributed by Oriental Trading Co. under their subsidiary Fun Express. These paints were made by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Limited, Shanghai, China. Starshine Faces artists do not use and have never used these paints. The professional quality facepaints used by Starshine Faces artists fully comply with FDA standards for cosmetic use.

Whenever you get your face painted we strongly advise that you ask about the paints that are being used. Acrylics, tempera, and poster paints were not designed to be used on the skin and they do not comply with FDA requirements for use on the skin. Apple Barrel Paints reply to an e-mail we sent in 2003 stated they do not recommend their paints be used for painting on the skin. If you would like more information about products to avoid you can click here.

If you are looking for paints for an event where you have volunteers painting faces, there are numerous safe face painting products on the market at reasonable prices. Contact us and we can guide you through your choices to help keep your kids safe.

If there is a reaction to any paint or cosmetic that is used on you or your child, be sure to contact your doctor and the people that applied the paint. They need to know if the products they are using cause problems. A professional face and body artist will be able to give you further information about the products they use. If you are hiring an artist ask if they carry insurance as well.

There is no product that is safe for every single person, and if you or your child is sensitive to other cosmetics or lotions, ask for a skin test before you are painted. A small dot or design (we usually paint a little ladybug) is typically painted on the inside of the elbow or upper arm and left for 30-45 minutes. It is removed by the artist using only water to see if there has been a reaction to the paints.

Again, the recent recall on the Fun Express face paints does not affect Starshine Faces or their artists. These paints have never been used by our artists. If you have any questions for us about the products we use, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Monday, May 4, 2009

Face painters are all wet in Gadsden, Alabama

First Friday was great and we had a ton of fun painting this past Friday at First Friday...until the rains hit. We were only able to paint a few faces including hair designs before the wind and rain started, but it was fun while it lasted.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Facepainting at First Friday in Gadsden, Alabama

Art Walk is the theme for First Friday in Gadsden, Alabama the evening of May 1st. We were accepted into the Art Walk and will be doing fabulous transformations on lucky ticket holders. These are not our typical birthday or festival faces. These take face painting to the next level for us and include hair designs and abstract art designs. All paintings this evening will be artist choice, so get ready to see our imagination at work.

Tickets were given out at various birthday parties that hired us, but you can register for a chance to get painted that night. Stop by the booth and fill out the registration forms for your free transformation ticket. We will draw twice during the evening and you must be present to win.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Chocolate Festival 09 recap

Wow, was Chocolate Festival 09 fun or what? We had fabulous weather and a great crowd this year. We were busy the entire time we were out there. I had to leave to paint at a storytelling program for a church in the middle of the day, but Shanda and Greg kept the lines moving as fast as they could with face painting and hair colors. Thank you to everyone who was able to come out and see us.

Remember us if you are interested in adding face painting to your festival or event. Our face painting is entertaining for everyone who watches and festival attendees are always grateful for free entertainment, so think about hiring us for your next event.

We can provide references from other festivals who have hired us and Starshine Faces carries full liability insurance.

Themed parties in Alabama

Are you looking for something to make that birthday party or other event extra special? Look at hiring a facepainter to add excitement and imagination to your next event. We can create design choices to match your party theme. By having a face artist at your next themed event, your guests can be transformed into Clone Troopers, butterflies, pirates, tigers, and more to help your party theme come to life.

Want more? We offer storytelling to help spark a child's imagination or basic balloon sculptures in addition to glitter body art and henna for older children and adults.

So for your next event in Birmingham, Alabama, or surrounding counties give Starshine Faces a call to see what we can offer you.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Alabama Chocolate Festival

Get your face painted at the Alabama Chocolate Festival

Saturday April 4th is the Alabama Chocolate Festival in Rainbow City, Alabama, from 10 am to 8 pm. Every booth is required to give away free chocolate so get there early before they all run out!!

Starshine Faces will be there offering fantastic face painting, glitter tattoos and crazy hair. This is a pay per face event and prices will range from $1 - $15. The festival itself is free to attend.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Face painting photos from Birmingham, Alabama

A few weeks ago we painted at the Birmingham Children's Theater fundraiser A Night In Oz. We had a fabulous time and there are photos now posted through the BCT website. You can link to them here. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Looking for a facepainter in Alabama? Check out Starshine Faces on Facebook

Check out our Starshine Faces site on Facebook. New photos have been uploaded.

Friday, March 6, 2009

ABC 33/40 segment about Kid's Night on Broadway

Go here to see the segment we painted on Talk of Alabama. The subject line is wrong, though, just to let you know. Cecelia was there to promote the Kid's Night on Broadway...not Face painting itself.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kid's Night on Broadway

Friday morning on Talk of Alabama I will join Cecelia Pearson of Alabama Baby and Child Magazine as she promotes Kid's Night on Broadway for March 11, 2009.

Starshine Faces will help make the Kid's Night on Broadway even more fun and colorful with fabulous face painting! Join us to get painted and enjoy Kid's Night on Broadway!


Broadway Across America- Birmingham presents Kids Night on Broadway March 11, 2009. With activities starting at 6:30 pm in the BJCC Concert Hall lobby Broadway Across America is offering with paid admission the opportunity to experience the show up-close and personal. Kids 4 years old to 17 years old will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast of CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY and learn and participate in various skills, try on costumes, experience tricks, participate in activities and try some of the fun acrobatic antics of which Cirque Dreams is world renowned.

This hands-on and educational encounter with the artists is accompanied with a special ticket offer-Buy one adult ticket and receive a child’s ticket free. Tickets are available at, charge by phone at 800.982.2787 or at the box office. Use the password KIDS.

For more information you can also go to this link: CLICK HERE

Face art design painted by Starshine Faces Artist: Shanda Phillips

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Night in Oz

We were transported to the Wonderful Land of Oz thanks to the Junior Board of Birmingham Children's Theater. The fundraiser event included fun crafts and foods for the children and adults as well as characters from the Wizard of Oz mingling and interacting with the children and parents.

There were so many children in costumes ranging from Dorothy and her friends to a Batman I saw roaming around. We were busy all night and you can check out some of the photos on or by linking here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Photos of library shows

Summer dates are filling up fast, so if you are still deciding, give us a call and see what we can do for you. 800-504-5977.

Last year we did some shows at the Vestavia Hills extended day program and this is what they had to say:

"Starshine Faces was spectacular! This young woman told the most fantastic stories and painted the children’s faces to tell the story. EVERYONE was mesmerized by her story and every child wanted to be next. The children, however, were willing to patiently wait their turn. (Even the adults were tempted to have their faces painted.)" from:

Remember, we can do storytelling shows all year, not just summer time!!

Here is a link to some photos from last year's Catch the Reading Bug.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

DON'T WAIT!! Library Shows Booking Now!

It is that time again. Time to start working on schedules for the Summer Library Program and summer storytelling sessions. The theme for our storytelling shows this year is Get Creative! Wow, does that fit our storytelling style or what?

We include children's stories from your local library as well as fun fairy and folk tales from around the world. The audience watches as the stories come alive on the faces of our volunteers. This year CRAZY HAIR is an addition to some of our stories!

If you have teenage or adult programs, ask us about our All About Henna presentations. We explain what Henna is and what it is not (henna is never black), give some cultural information about henna or mhendi and then offer a henna designs for the participants to choose from.

Do you have some adults who want to get creative at your library? What about our Face Painting classes? We offer presentation or hands-on programs that teach basic designs along with safety i!nformation for those interested in face and body art.

Spark some imaginations, and add some color and fun to your library or school programs this spring and summer with a storyteller from Starshine Faces!!

Catch the Reading Bug Program - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle