Why I Do NOT Use Acrylics for Face Painting

Bad reaction to craft acrylics paints used for face painting at a FAIR. A true professional face painter will not use acrylics, which are not skin-safe (even though non-toxic). Don't let your child be painted unless Professional Face Paints of Makeup Quality (skin-safe) are used! People use acrylics because they are cheaper, and professional makeup quality face paints are expensive. But you can see why the cost does not matter to a good face painter, because a child's skin is more important! Photo Souce: Terra Fender on Facebook

photo from Washington DC Metro Area Face Painters on Facebook

The second photo is a picture of a child who had a bad reaction to acrylic craft paints (non-toxic does not mean skin-safe!) on her cheek. She was painted by a church group using acrylics on skin. Washington DC Metro Area Face Painters on Facebook said this:

Terra Fender snapped this photo of the rash when the child was brought to her booth to get a "good" face painting from her. There just so happened to be a doctor in her booth getting his child painted. He noted that this was called "contact dermatitis" and that the reaction could have been much worse. You can see where she scratched the Ladybug design after it dried & got flaky. Imagine what her face would look like if the acrylic paint was on all day instead of a few minutes! Special thanks Terra for sharing this photo of what using craft paints can do. ~ Washington DC Metro Area Face Painters on facebook

(c) Justine MagicalMehendi -- used with permission
A face painting colleague of mine shared this example of why you should use a professional face painter who uses good hygiene and professional face paints. The painting above used cheap face paints, and volunteer painters. It was a disaster as you can see. Justine posted on facebook: This was a poor little boy this weekend. Volunteer children (9 yr olds) from a childrens non-profit were fundraising with this type of painting. This poor boy was clawing at his face trying to get it off. He had to leave the fair because this was not coming off with anything other than a shower. It was Palmer liquid paints, (approx 8 or 9 years old since they purchased it). The volunteer painter kids were using little brushes, water in rusty soup cans, and not a babywipe/hand sanitizer/disinfectant in sight. AND turns out the brushes hadn't been washed from the day before, she was going to wash them now (because we were there pushing the issue.) - Justine [professional face painter].

This poor little girl had a painful face painting experience from someone using acrylics.
This is a combination of skin rash, welts, and leftover acrylics paints that did not come off from the day before.
Carmen Tellez of Charm and Happy explained to the mom that someone used unsafe paints not meant for skin.
Non-toxic does not mean skin-safe! Acrylics are Not skin-safe!
Source: CharmAndHappy

MORE IMPORTANT INFO: All about the PROFESSIONAL balloon supplies and skin-safe Face Paints TRICIA uses HERE.

Letter from craft paints manufacturer (they even say Not to use on skin even if non-toxic!) Thanks to Doug the Great for the link!

Another article reminding us to only hire trained professionals (who use professional makeup quality face paints only!) for Face Painting on skin: http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/fourth-of-july-face-painting-fun#c

VIDEO DEMO ON HOW TO REMOVE FACE PAINTS the right way. There are several ways to remove paints, this is one good/easy example. If you prefer not to watch a video, there are great instructions here, from a fellow face painter FacesbyGina. She says:
    Face Paint Removal Instructions:

'Do not RUB the paint to get it off. This pushes the paint into the pores and makes it stain more! Use a safe soap (make-up remover, no-tears baby shampoo, face wash, etc.) to make a paste with the soap and the paint. Let the soap and paint “mess” sit for 30-60 seconds, then rinse it off with water.
For lingering color around the eyes, use eye make-up remover. For lingering color after the wash or if you have already tried to remove the paint with another method, apply a moisturizing lotion, wait at least 30 minutes, and wash again.' [Thanks to FacesByGina for these helpful tips!]

HOW I CLEAN MY BRUSHES, by Tricia the Children's Face Painter.


Danger/Caution: NEVER LET YOUR CHILD GET A BLACK HENNA temporary tattoo! (see image):

Jingles and Tricia's full WARNINGS AND DISCLAIMERS page HERE.

MAN PAINTS SELF AS HULK WITH BALLISTIC MISSILE PAINT, won't wash off! (Just one more reason to educate people about what is skin-safe for face painting and what isn't!

Is ANY non-toxic acrylic paint safe for face painting? NO. Read Paintertainment's article for details.