What Moms Should Know About Face Painting

6. It washes off. 

At the end of the day, all makeup removes easily with soap and water. Warm water is best to open up the pores. Sometimes, face paint washes off before the end of the day. Like at a pool party, for example. These are things for the planner to consider. ;)

5. It rubs off. 

Is your party held indoors with tons of white furniture or white carpets? Those kids will find a way…

4. What to do if your child has an allergic reaction. 

Terminate exposure immediately by removing as much of the paint ASAP with JUST water. That’s the “official” advice.

If it were my own face, I would use a mild cleanser like Cetaphil. Personally, I have a lot of makeup allergies. Certain drug store brands hate my face. So, I know how it feels. My reactions can be the worst in the under-eye area and across the bridge of my nose. Usually quick removal of the product is instant relief. If burning persists, a splash of good ol’ milk usually does the trick.

For a person with relatively sensitive skin, I have not had any issues with the face and body makeup that I use. That is why I feel comfortable applying it to people of all ages and recommending those brands to other painters.

3. The difference between craft paint and makeup. 

If the paint in use is coming from tubes that you’ve seen at the craft store, feel prompted to ask what kind of paint the artist is using. The most commonly misused craft paints that I’ve seen are acrylic and tempera. These products do not belong on anyone’s face! Neither do Sharpie markers.

2. The risks of using craft paint or craft glitter on your child’s face. 

Craft paints can cause allergic reactions, rashes, or even swelling. Craft glitter can irritate the skin, itch, and if in the eyes can scratch the cornea.

1. Why good face painters charge.

In my area, the going rate for a face painter is between $75-$150 per hour. Keep in mind, this is the East Coast.  Why do these artists charge so much? Chances are, they are small business owners. Thereby making them full time bosses, and maybe even full-time mommies too.

I think the misconception is that face painting is akin to running lemonade stands, raking leaves, and mowing lawns. You know, just a small job for neighborhood kids to learn the values of hard work while making a little spending cash. The reality is Professional Body Art Services, Mobile Food Vendors, and Professional Landscaping. Those kids grew up.


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