Kids love to have their faces painted, but sometimes parents are hesitant. Many times, in my face painting line, I hear a parent say something like, "Get something small, remember the last time?" I have always respected parents' preferences for their children, but wondered what kind of experience they had with their last face painting. With that in mind, this weekend, I decided to ask one parent why they preferred something small. The woman I spoke with said that the last time her daughter was painted it took a long time and a lot of tears to take off the face paint. This could be for one of two reasons: Either the face painter was using a product that wasn't FDA approved or the parent was using the wrong kind dof product to remove it. I asked her what she was using to remove it, and she indicated that soap and water were the instructions given to her by the previous face painter. I asked her what kind of soap, and she was using a liquid softsoap. Ouch. There's no way that softsoap would work. It has drying antibacterial agents in it and won't break down the makeup for removal. I had a great talk with this parent and told her that softsoap was a great idea, but in the long run, makeup remover would make the process a lot easier.
Here's the issue. The product we use is a makeup product. (All face painters should be using a makeup product, not acrylic paint or ANY paint that is not meant for the face). Since true face paint is a water-based makeup product, the best thing to remove it is a makeup remover. Cold cream, face cream, makeup remover cream can be rubbed onto the face paint to break down the product. (If you are a dad without access to makeup remover, you can use lotion that is made for the face to break down the makeup...or even simple olive oil) When you are applying cream to your child's painted face, watch to make sure the color is breaking up. Leave this cream on for two to three minutes. Next, a soap made specifically for the face can be used to remove the lotion and face paint. You can rinse their faces in the sink and wipe with a soft warm, wet wash cloth, but the best way is to have your child hop in the shower and really let that water run over their face. This is the ideal way to remove it. The rule of thumb is to use a product that removes makeup and is made specifically for the face. I spoke to another parent on Saturday that uses simple makeup remover wipes and she said that she has never had a problem getting the face paint off of her children. If it removes waterproof mascara, then it will remove face paint. Several years ago, I used to tell people to mix baby shampoo (no tears) and baby oil and rub that on first, but most parents don't have those readily available these days. I still think this is the best method and use these products on myself when I am asked to wear full face paint to a job.
Our "face paint" products are FDA approved, water-based makeup approved for use on the face. We want all of our clients to have fun, positive memories associated with the art of face painting. So, go ahead, let your kiddo have fun and get a full face if it makes them happy. They can have fun for the afternoon, and when it is ready to come off, you can now remove the makeup without all of the drama.
If you have any questions about our face paint or our services, we would be happy to talk with you. You can reach us at 21-886-4243. If you want to see more of our face painting work, you can check out our gallery here. Enjoy!
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