Face Painting is a fun activity that can be enjoyed year-round, but it is important to do it safely so that everyone can enjoy.
As professional face painters with years of experience in our industry, we have a list of the top 10 safety and hygiene tips that you should consider when face painting or when you are the one getting painted.
1 - USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
The most important thing is to start with the right products. Only use cosmetic grade products that comply with your country's regulations. In the USA, we recommend to use only FDA compliant face paints. All of the face paints you can find at our store are FDA compliant with the exceptions of some UV/Neon paints (which are still considered safe, but not FDA compliant).
You can read more about FDA regulations on cosmetic products in the USA on the FDA website.
Are Acrylics Safe to Use for Face Painting?
No, acrylic craft paints are not safe for face and body painting and should be avoided. Acrylic paints have a lot of pigments that are not meant to be used on the skin and can cause serious irritations. If you Google "allergic reactions to acrylic paints" you can find a lot of images that show what can happen to your skin when you use acrylics. We can't post those images here because we don't own the copy rights to them.
We understand acrylics can be cheaper and easier to find at any craft stores, but cheaper and readily available doesn't make them safe. If you want to avoid giving someone an allergic reaction that could end badly, then stick to cosmetic grade products.
Are Non Toxic Paints Safe to Use for Face Painting?
Remember, a NON-TOXIC label does not make it safe for skin. It just means you won't die from poisoning if it comes in contact with the skin, but it doesn't mean it is safe to use it or that it was meant to be used on the skin.
If you call and ask any major acrylic craft paint brand if you can face paint with their product they will give you a very specific answer: no, our products are not designed for face and body painting.
If you are looking for a specific brand of face paint that is very high quality, affordable and safe, please check Fusion Body Art.
Fusion Body Art - Sampler Face Painting Palette
by Fusion Body Art
Product Code: FBAPA108
What is included in this Fusion Body Art Face Painting Palette?
The Sampler Face Painting Palette by Fusion Body Art includes 12 Fusion Body Art Prime colors: Strong Black, White, Brown, Cardinal Red, Orange Zest, Bright Yellow, Fresh Green, Lime Green, Fresh Blue, Light Blue, Royal Purple and Magic Magenta.
What are the dimensions of the Fusion Body Art Sampler Kit?
The case is approximately 8 3/4" x 4 2/16" x 3/4". Each container is approximately 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1/2". There are approximately 10 grams of face paint in each container. The containers are removable to use separately and to make cleaning the palette easier.
What is this palette best for?
This palette is a great way to try out the Fusion Body Art line of face paints. This face painting palette contains 10 vibrant colors and a black and white cake that are good for a wide variety of designs for boys and girls and makes a great face painting travel kit, or a useful addition to your face paint set up. I love this kit because it truly has the most basic colors that every face painter needs all in one palette! It is great as a travel kit, a walk around kit, a fundraising kit, a gift for a new face painter or a kid or just the perfect way to test the Fusion Body Art brand.
How to apply and remove the face paint in this Fusion Body Art Sampler Kit?
Water is the magic tool to activate Fusion Body Art Face paints. Add water to your brush or sponge and then load the paint onto your tool, rather than spraying the paints with water. Sweep your tool across the cake until you have created a light creamy paste. You want the paint to be fully loaded, but not drippy. Sponging on will give you the smoothest base. Fusion Body Art removes easily with soap and water; simply lather your face with soap using a soft sponge or wash cloth, rub the makeup gently until it looks like all of it has been loosened from the skin and then rinse with water; repeat as needed.
How to store Fusion Body Art face painting products?
All Fusion face paints should be stored in a dry and cool place away from a direct source of light. Let your Fusion face paints air dry before storing away.
What else should I know about Fusion Body Art face paints?
All Fusion Body Art Prime and Pearl colors are made with US FDA and EU compliant high-quality ingredients and are hypoallergenic. They contain no perfume, parabens or lanolin to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Fusion Body Art face paints are vegan and they are not tested on animals. Fusion Body Art paints are manufactured in China under the direction and strict supervision of the Fusion Body Art team in Australia, using a formula designed by Fusion Body Art with ingredients sourced and provided by Fusion Body Art. All pigments for Prime colors are made in the USA, as well as all FD&C and D&C pigments used on the Pearl range, which guarantees the use of only the safest and highest quality pigments. Check out the bottom of the Fusion Body Art Category Page for more information on this amazing line of face paints!
Add water to your brush before you apply it to the skin. Wash with soap and water, some colours may stain skin temporarily. Keep lids closed when not in use. All cosmetics can, on rare occasions cause allergic reactions. Do not apply to sensitive or broken skin. Test by placing a small amount to the wrist, if reaction occurs within 30 minutes discontinue use. FDA recommends not to use Pink Sorbet, Magic Magenta, Royal Purple and Fresh Lilac around the eye area. Use within 12 months of opening. Not tested on Animals. Vegan Friendly. Gluten Free. Perfume Free. Paraben Free. Because this product can stain other surfaces, please avoid contact with carpets, fabrics and upholstery. Access Fusion Body Art MSDS here
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glycerin, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, PEG-32, Water (Aqua), may contain: Iron Oxides (1332-37-2)(CI77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI19140), FD&C Red 40 (CI16035), FD&C Blue 1 (CI42090), Ultramarines (CI77007), D&C Red 7(CI15850), Mica (CI77019), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000) Conforms to (EC) No. 1223/2009. FDA and EU Compliant. Made in China.
¿Para qué es mejor esta paleta?
Esta paleta chicaes una excelente manera de probar la línea de pinturas faciales Fusion Body Art. Contiene 12 colores que son buenos para una amplia variedad de diseños para niños y niñas.
¿Qué más debo saber sobre las pinturas faciales Fusion Body Art?
Todos los colores Fusion Body Art Prime y Pearl están hechos con ingredientes de alta calidad que cumplen con las normas FDA de EE. UU. y UE y son hipoalergénicos. No contienen perfume, parabenos o lanolina para reducir el riesgo de reacciones alérgicas. Las pinturas faciales Fusion Body Art son veganas y no se han probado en animales. Las pinturas Fusion Body Art se fabrican en China bajo la dirección y la estricta supervisión del equipo de Fusion Body Art en Australia.
Can I Still Get an Allergic Reaction to Face Paints?
Yes, any cosmetic product can cause an allergic reaction. Even the best products can, but when you use cosmetic grade products you are reducing the chances for an allergic reaction. Always look at the ingredients lists, and if you are concerned about specific ingredients, then ask. If you are the one getting painted or your child is, then make sure you ask the painter if their face paints are cosmetic grade and if they have any of the allergens you or your child are allergic to. If you are the painter, then make sure to ask the person or their guardian if they are allergic to anything. When in doubt, it is best to do a patch test on the inside part of your elbow, paint a little bit, let it sit for 30 minutes and wash it off. If the skin looks fine then chances are you won't have an allergic reaction. If you have life threatening allergic reactions it might be best to consult with a doctor first.
2 - KEEP YOUR TOOLS CLEAN
You can have the best products in the world but if you don't keep your application tools (face painting brushes and sponges) clean, then it won't matter.
We strongly suggest you only use one sponge per person, and if possible, only load the makeup once, so you do not have any chances of taking any bacteria from the face into your makeup. Although good face paints have several anti bacterial properties to reduce the chances of contamination, it is best to avoid double loading when possible.
Do I Need to Use Disposable Tools?
No, you don't unless you are working at a hospital or with patients that have a compromised immune system. If you are working with healthy individuals, you can simply just use clean tools that have been properly sanitized.
How do I Keep my Sponges and Brushes Clean?
That is a very important question and we suggest that you visit our How to Sanitize and Clean your Face Painting Brushes and Sponges blog post for a more in depth explanation. The short answer is: only use one sponge per child, and wash them thoroughly after each event using a disinfectant soap and drying them with a dryer before storing them. When using brushes, try to only load your brush once, and then, you can rinse your brush with water, soak it in 70% alcohol and let it fully dry before the next use.
Although that is the ultimate hygiene rule, most painters will use the one sponge per person rule but still load their sponge multiple times if necessary. And when using brushes they will use the same brush with every person, but they usually rinse it very well in between each person. You can add soaps with sanitizing properties like the Lush Brush soap to your water to help keep your brushes cleaner.
Art Factory | Lush Brush Liquid Soap - 5oz
by Art Factory
Product Code: AFLB100
What are the dimensions of this product? This bottle is 6 and 1/8" tall with a 1 ½” Diameter. This bottle contains 5 ounces/150ml of product.
How to use Lush Brush Liquid Soap? Use while you paint: Only add 2-3 drops of Lush Brush liquid soap to your water cup to help make rinsing off your brushes a lot faster and easier. Lush Brush helps get out those stubborn colors that linger in your bristles and then transfer to your face paint cakes.
Use to deep clean your brushes after your gigs: Lather your brushes with Lush Brush to remove all of the face paint residue.
Use to clean face paint off of your face: Lush Brush is an organic, gentle formula that is perfect for cleaning face paint off of sensitive skin.
What is Lush Brush Liquid Soap best for? Lush Brush is great for keeping your face painting brushes clean while you work. You can also use it for cleaning face paint off of the skin and for removing built up face paint in your brushes, so that your colors are brighter the next time you paint.
Please keep in mind that this product has not been proven to kill the COVID-19 virus. The CDC recommends the following products to kill the COVID-19 virus:
What else should I know about Lush Brush Liquid Soap? Lush Brush was created through the collaboration of Tal Soriano, owner of the Art Factory, and Mommy Care, a personal skin care company based in Israel. Lush Brush is composed of skin safe organic ingredients, and is safe to be used on persons of all ages. It was very important for them to develop a product that not only was safe to use on skin, but safe to use with the face paints and brushes that face painters work with. Some ingredients in Lush Brush are known for their natural astringent qualities, like Lavender and Rosemary.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Alkyl Polyglycoside, Organic Glycerine (VEG), PPG-26-Buteth-26 (and) PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Guar Gum, Oat Hydroglycerine, Panthenol, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Organic Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil.
3 - USE CLEAN WATER
A very important thing to keep in mind when face painting is that your water should be clean safe to drink water, or distilled water. Never use water that is not safe for human consumption because it can contaminate your paints and be potentially dangerous for the one getting painted. Always make sure you are using fresh water and that any old dirty water is properly disposed of.
If you want to always have fresh water to rinse your brushes on, we strongly recommend you use the Rinse Well.
Masterson Art Products | Fresh Water Rinse Well Face Paint Brush Cleaning System
by Masterson Art Products, INC.
Product Code: MAP100
What is this Rinse Well Fresh Water System Designed For?
This product will change the way you face paint forever! No more dirty cups of water on your table!! The Fresh Water Rinse Well is a great tool for face painters! This brush cleaning system allows for fresh rinse water at the touch of a button. The Rinse Well consists of a plastic bottle, a plastic base with a ridged well to help cleanse your brushes and a reservoir to collect the used, dirty water. When you are ready for a fresh start, simply push the button and the dirty water will drain and automatically fresh water will fill the base so you are ready to paint again! Your face painting kit will look so professional and your clients will love to see that everyone gets fresh water every time.
You can use the Rinsewell to improve your sanitation efforts due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. Rinse your brushes in water and then sanitize your brushes with at least 60% alcohol. Let them air dry completely before using them again. Drain the water and alcohol down into the base after each rinse-out of your brushes.
How Much Water Does the Rinse Well Bottle Hold?
This bottle holds 28 oz. Since you will only use a small amount of water between each client it lasts a long time.
If you have log gigs, it is a great idea to have one or two extra bottles on hand so that you have enough water to get through your event without having to do more than unscrew the empty bottle and pop on a new one. If your bottle breaks for whatever reason you can also buy a new one, without having to buy a whole new system. Click here if you would like to see the spare Rinse Well Bottles. Contact us if you are looking for other spare parts.
4 - KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN
Keeping your hands clean is not only important to keep you and those you are painting healthy, but it also helps provide a more professional image than if your hands are covered in paint. Keep some baby wipes at hand so you can clear your hands when they get dirty or in between customers and that way you can avoid cross contamination.
5 - KEEP YOUR FACE PAINTING KIT CLEAN
Your face painting kit, or the kit of the person that will paint you or your child should be clean at all times. A good painter will keep a nice and clean looking kit and will stop in between customers to clean up so that no dirt, germs or dirty tissues can contaminate their kit.
How Should Face Paints be Stored?
Face paint cakes should be stored in a dry and cool place away from a direct source of light. This means, don't store your face paints in a damp basement, a hot or frigid car, or anywhere that might lead to a face paint meltdown or stone cold cake. Even while you are working, make sure to keep you paints out of direct sunlight or humid locations. Face painters should let their makeup air dry by leaving the lids off between uses until dry, or store the makeup in a case that allows you to transport your cakes without having to lid them. Do not store your makeup in a refrigerator since it can get contaminated with food allergens and odors. When cleaning the surface of your paints, avoid using any fuzzy cloths or chemical products; a clean damp face painting sponge is all you need to wipe the surface clean. Applying other chemicals like makeup sanitizers, baby wipes that contain perfumes, etc. can alter the chemical composition of your paints and stuff like towel and wet-wipe fuzz might get embedded in your paints. We do not recommend speed drying your paints by putting them into a microwave, which could destroy them. Instead consider using a food dehydrator, or setting your cakes near a space heater or over a bed of rice (without the makeup touching the rice), so that the extra moisture can evaporate or be absorbed.
6 - DO NOT PAINT OVER DAMAGED SKIN OR WOUNDS
It is never safe to get face and body paints over skin that is not in perfectly good conditions. If the skin already has a rash, or a wound, it is best not to paint there as that could infect the area and make it worse.
In this case, if possible, it is best to paint over a different area, far away from the one that has an issue so that when the person rinses the makeup off there are no chances for contamination.
Keeping the paint away from those areas is not only safer for the one getting painted, but it also prevents the painter from picking up bacteria from the area and passing them along to the next person in line.
7 - MAKE SURE YOU ARE PAINTING OVER CLEAN SKIN
If the person getting painted has a dirty face or the area you are going to paint over is dirty, then offer a baby wipe so they can clean themselves. That will help you avoid getting your tools contaminated, which can cause your paints or the next person in line to get contaminated.
8 - ONLY USE SAFE GLITTER - NO CRAFT GLITTER
This a very important issue as it is very common for people to use craft glitter at music festivals and other large events. Craft glitter is cheap but it can be very dangerous when applied near the eyes. Why you ask? Because it is made from metal, which is sharp, and it is not usually cut in a way that prevents sharp corners.
Cosmetic grade glitter is made from polyester or natural resins, and it is cut in specific shapes and sizes to make it safe to be used around the face.
Also, cosmetic grade glitters use only safe pigments.
9 - CONSIDER LIABILITY INSURANCE
If you are getting painted at an event you want to make sure that the face painter doing it is insure. The same way, if you are the painter, you want to be insured.
Insurance not only provides piece of mind in case of an allergic reaction, because insurance can cover the costs of dealing with that, but also indicates that the person doing the painting is a professional, that wants to protect themselves and his or her customers. If you haven't yet, we suggest you check our blog about face painting insurance.
10 - YOUR HEALTH MATTERS
When painting at an event, it is important to take care of your own health as well. Never paint if you are sick, as you will get even more exhausted and you can pass on your virus/bacteria on to others. Drink plenty of water, keep yourself away from the sun and take a few breaks here and there to stretch, go to the bathroom, eat a snack or even just to change positions. Use comfortable shoes and be aware of your posture. If you are uncomfortable change your set up so that you can be painting in a way that does not cause issues to your back, neck, legs and arms.
Only paint someone that is willing to get painted. If a parent brings a child that clearly does not want to get painted, then feel free to say no, as this should be a fun activity for kids and should not be forced upon them. You can suggest a balloon if you do those, or a gem, if the child agrees, but never paint on someone that has to be held against their will to be painted.
Hopefully this blog post has been of help and you are now a more informed painter or a more informed customer. By using these safety tips you can be sure to enjoy face and body painting without being worried about any health risks.
Feel free to share this blog post around with parents, adults, and beginner face painters that might need some extra tips, or those who are looking into hiring you and might be hesitant to pay for a professional face painter. Knowing the benefits of working with professional face painters that take into consideration all of the topics we shared here is a good way to remind someone why you are worth it.
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