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Body Painting By Cat

Membership Number: 268

Level 1 Member

South West


Member Bio

Cat Finlayson (Body Painting By Cat) has been a face and body painter for over 24 years.  She loves bringing colour and sparkle to all sorts of celebrations! Her paints are professional, vegan, cruelty free cosmetics that wash off with soap and water. One of the first artists to switch to cosmetic eco-glitter (biodegradable in water), Cat applies sparkly art onto aloe vera gel for club and festival looks, or onto waterproof cosmetic adhesive for acrobats' designs on skin or leotards. She is fully insured internationally with EQUITY the performer's union. A trained artist and science educator, Cat is known for super-fast high quality faces for promo tours such as with Disney or Asda (up to 100 faces in 4 hours),  and for her wildlife/ dinosaur artwork on skin. Cat paints at events all over the UK, NZ, China, and the EU, from private parties and kids raves, to comic cons, night clubs, and national festivals. British Airways take her to Camp Bestival, the Isle of Wight Fest, etc,. Calvin Klein had her glittering at Prides around the UK. For years she painted 100 magical faces daily at a fairytale woodland attraction, and was lead artist for the Hong Kong Rugby 7's. Cat often travels with Warpaint Magazine, creating body paints, educating on stage, or judging national student/ professional face, body art and makeup competitions. She is invited to teach or demo at events such as Elfia in the EU. Jenny Roberts started Paintopia with Cat as lead artist and tutor, and Cat teaches 1 to 1, small groups or in colleges. In the 2021 World Body Paint Festival, Cat placed 14th, the UK’s highest scorer in Brush & Sponge, and was delighted to win 10th on returning in 2022. Cat makes accessories, prosthetics and props for her models from recyclable paper, using her Cricut machines to cut those and the reusable stencils she sells. As Hobbycraft’s Face Paint Artisan and a Cricut Artisan, Cat is recognised as their national expert. She hosts workshops for the company, and created a paint-your-own dinosaur head which all the stores sell.  From this year Cat will be fronting the Bodypaint Zone of her favourite Cosplay event, the UK's largest, at Fantasy Forest Festival, which draws a huge international crowd.  


  • Face Painting
  • Temporary/ Glitter Tattoos
  • Face Painting Workshops/ Training
  • Body Painting
  • Craft Workshops
  • Glitter/ Festival Eyes
  • Masks
  • Glitter Beards & Partings

Areas Covered

UK, EU, Worldwide especially Hong Kong

Industry Awards

UK Face Painter of the Year 2007, 5th in World Face Awards 2007, Winner of Body Factory, Art Couture Painswick, Welsh Festival (body painting, Glitter body art and face in different years). World Body Paint Festival (Brush &Sponge), 14th in 2021 (highest UK artist), 10th in 2022