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The Safest Face Paints For Your Skin

With the Halloween season approaching and summer still in full force around the USA, many people wonder what kind of face paints they could use to create beautiful face and body paint designs without damaging their skin.

Safe Face Painting products

The image above shows examples on the left side of safe products that you can use for face painting and on the right side images of products designed for Arts and Crafts that are not safe for face painting.

So let's talk about safe face paints and what you should look for when choosing a face paint brand that won't hurt your skin.

What Are The Safest Face Paints For Your Skin?

The general answer is the ones that are makeup grade, FDA compliant, hypoallergenic, and bought from a safe source. Water-activated face paints are some of the safest face paints out there, but not every brand is the same, and just because it says face paint, it doesn't mean it is safe. So, what should you look for?

  1. Make sure that the ingredients are all FDA-compliant.
  2. Make sure the product is makeup-grade and hypoallergenic.
  3. Buy it from a professional face paint store; Halloween pop stores, big online retailers (like Amazon, Walmart, eBay), and Arts and Crafts stores are not always your best choice for such a specialized product that will be in contact with your skin for hours.
  4. Check for reviews online.
  5. Talk to a specialist. Professional face paint stores like JestPaint.com have professional face painters as part of their staff, and can advice you on the safest face paints for your skin.
  6. Choose a brand with a US representative; products sold directly to you from overseas rarely go through the same quality controls as those with a US representative that has to comply with local guidelines for makeup products.
  7. Read the labels! Instructions are essential, and warnings on every label are there for a reason, don't ignore them.
  8. Don't just choose by price; your skin is priceless. Cheap products are cheaper for a reason and are made with low-quality ingredients that can damage your skin. Slightly more expensive products are more likely to give you a much better experience and will look way better once applied.

So, based on that information, the next logical question to ask would be:

What are the safest face paint brands?

There are many good quality generally considered safe face paints in the market. Having said that, it is always important to follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding testing for possible allergic reactions, application method, expiration date, and so on. Even the safest-made product can cause an allergic reaction, so it is always best to follow the label's instructions and avoid any big issues.

Jest Paint

These are the brands of face paints we sell the most and are all considered safe based on FDA standards for face paints and cosmetics in general:

There are a lot more good quality face paint brands out there. Please check our face paints link for all brands available at Jest Paint.

If you are new to face painting, we highly suggest you read our Complete Face Painting Guide for Beginners, which will give you all the information you need to know about this fantastic art form.


Note: the information provided above is just our opinion and it does not represent medical, legal or professional advice. Please consult with the appropriate professionals if you have any kind of skin related or other medical questions.

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