Face Paint and Face Paint Safety
Face painting is great fun to do and so easy to learn. Anyone can enjoy face painting; you don't need to be an artist. However, before you start, it is important to have a good understanding of face painting safety.
Painting people is very different from just painting paper.
Health and safety is everything!!
Selecting healthy face paint is critical. There are so many brands and types of face paint on the market that just say on the label that they are no-toxic.
But are they really?
Cosmetic products in most countries, the ingredients are required to be shown on the label of each jar or set. Also, there should be some safety testing in the product that should also be displayed on the label.
TYPES OF FACE PAINT:
There are two main types of face paint:
Normal Liquid Face Paint
Regular: This is liquid paint like regular paint. This is best suited for the schools, fun days, fairs, sports events. You get more for your money, and a little goes a long way.
Makeup: This is not paint at all but more like a makeup compound. The makeup type is easier to apply but is very expensive, and you usually get very little for your money.
When face painting, you are about to paint onto children's skin and maybe leaving the paint on the skin for sometimes hours. So being careful not to purchase a watered-down poster paint that has not been designed for use on skin.
Just as some people have an allergic reaction to bee stings, everyone is different! So, keep an eye on your model's skin as you paint. If your model's skin becomes itchy or irritated, you will need to instantly remove the face paint and apply a barrier cream. Even then, some people have still had a reaction to the barrier cream, and it is best not to apply the face paint in this case.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN FACE PAINT:
Be very careful of unknown brands, a product that smells like you would never put it on your face. Some cheap face paint really does smell bad.
These days label that says non-toxic is just not good enough! The label should carry a seal or safety mark like CE, ACMI, EN71.3 or FDA. This means the paint has been tested for safety.
REAL Cosmetic v Cosmetic grade face paint
There is a massive difference between cosmetic and cosmetic grade face paint.
A cosmetic grade face paint means it is a watered-down poster paint to a semi cosmetic level. The ingredients are not all or only partially cosmetic raw materials.
This is not made for painting on skin.
FAS Professional Face is made from TRUE cosmetic raw materials. The pigment, the resin and the biocide are all cosmetic and are designed for use on skin.
Much like a Nivea face cream or shampoo.
If you suspect that your skin or your model's skin may have sensitive skin, you could test the paint on the inside of their wrist before you begin. If there is no reaction after a few minutes will be safe to proceed.
If you intend to wear face paint for long periods of time, you may need to re-apply your colours and use a barrier cream or moisturiser to assist with the removal and protection of your skin.
Keep paint away from eyes, mouth and nose. Always be very careful when painting in these areas. It is a good idea to have your model close their eyes until you have finished painting in these areas.
Don't use paints or glitter paints that are intended for painting on paper as these products are not likely to be safe to wear on your face.