Body Paint Artist

Decorate the human skin using temporary paint.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Body Paint Artists do?

Body Paint Artists create designs on human skin, and are similar to a Tattoo Artist in that the body is their canvas. As a Body Paint Artist, though, you don’t use permanent ink. Instead, you use water-based paints to create images that last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

There are many opportunities for Body Paint Artists. For example, you may travel to fairs and birthday parties to work with children. Your job may involve painting a little boy’s face to look like a superhero’s. Or a teenage girl may ask for a temporary tattoo—a butterfly on her shoulder, perhaps.

Still, your job may involve painting more of the body. You may work in the entertainment industry, especially on science fiction movie and television sets, transforming beautiful Actors into slimy, green aliens and scary yet lifeless zombies.

Magazines and advertising agencies may even commission you for photo shoots. A photo spread may call for an Artist who has experience painting an entirely nude body. So, you must be comfortable creating full-body designs.

You must keep a professional demeanor—there isn’t room for bashfulness. And you also want to make sure the Model or Actor is at ease.

Sometimes, your client will have a detailed drawing that they’ll want you to recreate. Other times, they’ll flip through and select from a binder of patterns that you’ve created. Regardless of how much artistic freedom you’re given, the job takes a combination of skill and creativity.

Should I be a Body Paint Artist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Body Artist, Body Painting Artist

    How to become a Body Paint Artist

    Most Body Paint Artists have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:93agaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2845%25%29||bachelor%27s+%285%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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