Day of the Dead/Sugar Skull Face Paint Makeup

Dia De Los Muertos,
also known as the Day of the Dead,  is a Mexican holiday celebrated to honor ancestors and people in our life that have passed away. Face painting what is called a “sugar skull” is very popular for this particular holiday because it represents the Calavera. A Calavera is a representation of the human skull normally made of sugar or clay and it is customary to decorate it and paint it similar to the way we do when we paint faces. The holiday is celebrated on the full weekend of Oct 31st, Nov 1st and Nov 2nd so there are many parties that use the “Day of the Dead” as the theme of their event and sometimes I am hired to do face painting and makeup for parties specifically geared toward the holiday itself.

If you are interested in getting your face painted or make up done to honor the Day of the Dead holiday, Call today! 888-750-7024

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull face paint at Monarch in San Francisco

Half sugar skull face paint by Cynnamon in CoronaCynnamon and her sugar skull face paint makeup designDia De Los Muertos face paint mask

Another 5-Star review for Face Painting by Tess in Long Beach, ca.

When I (Cynnamon Simonson) am unavailable to face paint at a party or event, I have a team of face painting artists that I can send in my place! The first artist I ever brought on my team in December of 2011 and trained on my designs is Tess, and today, she has more 5-star reviews than any of my other artists! She is based in Long Beach but paints all over Orange County and the Inland Empire as well! Not only is she great with children and people in general, people love her face painting style. Here is her most recent review left on our Genbook review site:
Awesome Face Painter for “Kids” of All Ages!
“Tess did an awesome job painting faces for my son’s 3rd birthday party. She came prepared with a sample board of many designs to choose from, but she was also open to hearing and painting concepts that were presented to her from guests who already knew what they wanted. She was great with kids but also got to a handful of grown-ups. Great work, on time and wonderful with kids! Would definitely consider and recommend her for future events.”

If you would like to book a face painter for your personal or corporate event or party, call today! 888-750-7024

My face painting featured in the Cry Wolf Music video by Kristinia DeBarge

I had the pleasure and the honor to face paint at Kristinia DeBarge’s new music video for her new hit single, Cry Wolf. It was an amazing opportunity and Im so happy to have this new service added to my face painting portfolio! I was given this opportunity by an amazing friend named Julian Miranda, who actually happens to be Kristinia’s Music Manager and he is also the owner and DJ for an entertainment company called StandingOMusic. I am so grateful and I had to share my experience with you!

I showed up to the music video shoot location at a beautiful house in Rancho Cucamonga around 7:30pm and was directed to the makeup tent where I was to set up. There were already backup dancers in the tent ready to perform and their makeup was already done by a very well known makeup artist named Spencer Barnes. Spencer was busy doing Kristinia DeBarge’s makeup and she looked stunning! I had a chance to meet Spencer and what a humble guy he was! Little did I know he has done makeup for tons of celebrities and is well known for his work on the show, House and specifically on the actress Olivia Wilde.

I set up my paint in the tent and was instructed to grab the main artist and start working on his wolf inspired mask. I will admit, I was very nervous and all I could think about was that it was going to be in the video and had to be perfect!!! I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time hoping that everyone would like what I had come up with. Im lucky the main actor was such a great looking guy because I think he would have looked good no matter what I painted on his face.


After painting the main actor for the music video, I had a little bit of time to watch the magic happen. Kristinia and her backup dancers had already started filming their choreography and her singing to the music for one scene and setting of the shoot. All of the backup dancers had black masquerade masks on and Kristinia was the only one not wearing one. It was perfect because although the choreography was amazing and it was hard to keep your eyes off of the dancers, she still stuck out as the beauty within all of it and her dancing really flowed with the rest of the dancers. I found out that the choreographer of the music video was very well known, named Jesse Lee Santos. He has choreographed a ton of well known celebrities from Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and even Brittany Spears!


After watching the cameras capture Kristinia and her dancers going through the same dance in that one setting for about 10 times, I snapped back to reality and had to get to work painting the masquerade masks on some of the backups and extras that would be featured in the “party scene” of the Music video. I was still very nervous and wasn’t really sure how much time I had so I decided to make the first two masks simple yet glamourous. I painted one a metallic pink color and then glued pretty crystals to the outside of it. The girl I painted was very sweet and happened to be a good friend that grew up with Kristinia. I thought it as sweet that Kristinia wanted her friends to be in her video rather than just models that were hired to play the part.


The second masquerade mask I painted was a simple metallic purple mask with gold embellishments on it. She loved her mask and was also a good friend of Kirstinia’s.


I then painted two more masks that I added much more detail to, because I realized that I had much more time than I thought I had! I overheard someone saying the video shoot would be going on till 4 in the morning! It was about 9:30 at night at this point and the camera men were just starting to move their equipment to start shooting at the new setting by the pool. It would not be till after they shot enough times at this setting that they would move to shooting the party scene that would potentially get footage of the masks I was painting.



After painting the last mask, I went to watch in awe of Kristinia and her dancers doing yet another choreographed dance to the scene by the pool and in new outfits. Kristinia was now in a feather top and red bottoms that was just beautiful on her and they were dancing on what looked like a stage on the other side of the pool. I can’t believe how many times they re-did that dance to insure that the videographers got perfect footage and that the dancers and Kristinia were all in sync. I knew the song by heart after only the first setting, at this point, we were all singing the full song and no one could sit still. We were either dancing ourselves or at least moving our head to the beat.


As I stood up on the platform watching the dancers and Kristinia being filmed along with everyone else, I had the chance to meet the flame dancer that was hired for the music video. Her name was Eve Greenko, and I was mesmerized by how beautiful she moved with fire in her hands. She was twirling the fire around her body and legs and arms so effortlessly I couldn’t stop watching her. She is available for hire at other events and parties too and I am looking forward to keeping in touch with her and hopefully use her services one day!


Overall I learned a lot about how music videos work and I am so grateful for the experience and the knowledge. The premier of the music video was at the Belasco Theater last Thursday on Sept 27th where everyone was able to see the final cut of the actual video. My work was displayed in numerous parts of the video and I could not be happier! I still get butterflied just thinking about it! I get excited for everyone, for Kristinia, for Spencer, for Eve and even for Julian! I wish nothing but success for Kristinia DeBarge and everyone involved in the making of her music video, Cry Wolf! 

Face Painting by Cynnamon Commercial

This video was made for my face painting company to document my love and passion of face painting and help people that might be considering my face painting services for their party to make their decision easier. I often get asked how and why I started my face painting company and this video clearly states why. I was very nervous in front of the camera but it still captured my love for what I do every weekend. After all, I do create smiles at birthday parties and events all over the Inland Empire, Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley. I hope you enjoy it!

Face Painting at a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party today!


I (Cynnamon Simonson) had the pleasure of face painting at a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party in Corona, ca today! Out of all of the designs, this Minnie Mouse design was my favorite!!! Its going to be a great addition to my face painting board and I already added it to my facebook and my Google Plus pages! At this same birthday party, I also face painted some Football Logos for the guys! It’s the beginning of Football season and I am up to the challenge of painting logos on faces, arms, backs and more for both guys and gals! Image

This little guy wanted his Dad’s favorite team logo, the Steelers, painted on one cheek and his Mom’s favorite team logo, the Chargers, painted on the other. If anyone is interested in having their favorite team logo painted for a football game or party, call me today! 909-418-7188!


Superhero face paint by Cynnamon in Riverside Ca

I have been requested for many superhero themed birthday parties in Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and other areas of the Inland Empire and wanted to post some of the popular designs. Boys love my superhero, knight in shining armor, batman, wolverine and flash face painting designs. Image


Party Animal Face Paint for Adults

I was hired to Face Paint these lovely ladies for the Costume Party hosted at The Yost Theater in Orange County on Friday the 13th. They all wanted to be “party animals” and with a mix of makeup and paints, I was able to give them a unique spin on their costumes. They all loved their faces and received tons of compliments all night! I painted 6 girls in about an hour and a half! If you are interested in hiring Cynnamon for an event like this, give her a call today! 909-418-7188