Illuminated Faces is New York City’s leader in handcrafted party artistry and live event entertainment. Since 2009, our team has delighted guests with colorful on-the-spot creations and transformations.
Illuminated Faces is established on the belief that simple isn’t always good enough— that it takes talent, commitment, and persistence to create a premium service. Our clients routinely turn to us when they’re not satisfied with the ordinary or the industry standard— when they need work that’s better and more meaningful.
We create memorable events that invoke emotions, conversations, and shareable moments. Illuminated Faces was built by people with passion, for people who expect something more.
For corporate events, installations, and family celebrations, Illuminated Faces makes any gathering— large or small— more playful, more vibrant, and more fun.
The kids were beaming and the parents were awestruck. "
fay s., brooklyn mom
“By far the best face painting my guests and I had ever seen... Beautiful artwork on happy faces lit up the party! Then, after painting all the kids, she began twisting balloons into wonders you would not think possible out of balloons. The kids were beaming and the parents were awestruck. Tommi May was just so wonderful, professional and genuine.”
Balloon Twisting in Brooklyn, NYC
by Illuminated Faces
100% Satisfaction guaranteed
[she] Turned what would
have been a
ho-hum apartment party into a truly special occasion"
dan G., manhattan dad
“If I could give 15 stars I would. Our daughter's first birthday party got rained out and I was bummed to move it inside, but once I hired Tommi (very last minute--was so happy she could accommodate us) I knew she'd save the day. She did. From the second she walked through the door, she spread happiness and joy. Her balloon creations are off the hook. These are artistic creations--not your typical balloon art. She's incredibly nice and charming and talented, and seriously turned what would have been a ho-hum apartment party into a truly special occasion.”
Face Painting in Manhattan, NYC
by Illuminated Faces
Tommi May created Illuminated Faces to elevate the live event experience with high fashion Makeup Artistry. Her of-the-moment bursts of creativity,
color, and spectacle are strongly inspired by the circus and cirque du soleil, theatrics and stage makeup, and haute couture.
really other worldly. "
sara c., brooklyn mom
“Tommi really blew me away with her level of talent, creativitiy, and professionalism! Keeping 25 kids happy and occupied is no easy feat and she handled it with grace and ease! Not only were the balloon creations a fantastic party favor but watching her twisting skills was a performance in itself. The face paint was a step above anything I have ever seen before - really other worldly!”
we use ONLY 100% Biodegradable balloons
children love her and her
magical creations. "
cc., brooklyn mom
"Tommi is truly an amazing balloon artist and extremely great with children! Children love her and her magical creations. I've compared a handful of balloon artists creativity and hers is by FAR the BEST! Her ability is beyond another level that amazes me. We hired her twice because we were so impressed with her style and personality and now she is our go to artist for all our events. I highly recommend her and you will not be disappointed!!!"
the kids were beyond recognizable
They loved it. "
allen G., brooklyn dad
"Words cannot express our satisfaction!!!! We were SO happy with the kind of work she did. This was an amazing experience right from the beginning. She was extremely nice while doing the booking. She was very easy going throughout the whole process, and very patient with the small kids. Furthermore, her talent in art beats it all. The kids looked fabulous. They were beyond recognizable. They loved it. I would highly recommend her for all kinds of face painting."