It’s not tough to understand why face painting is an entertaining project that many youngsters enjoy getting into. You don’t even need any aesthetic inclinations – both professionals and amateurs can do it.
Whenever you involve children in any activity, safety becomes a prime concern. In children’s face painting, I have mentioned some safety precautions that you need to follow. In this piece, I have chosen to emphasize the “Things not to do,” as these often tend to be ignored.
It will help if you choose art supplies carefully. There are many so-called face paints and make-up out in the market today, but not all of them are reliable. It may be encouraging to see the “Non-Toxic” sign on the label, but don’t fall for it line, hook and sinker. Not everything labeled that way is safe for the skin, especially for tiny kids.
Do not use acrylic paints This kind of paint is not meant for human skin as it could contain very harmful colorants and chemicals that are typically used in craft painting.
Do not use watercolor or washable markers! Like acrylics, these also have harmful chemicals that can cause an allergic reaction on the skin or worse, respiratory irritation (for children who aren’t used to paint chemicals). Many people are allergic to craft paints, even though they only have a small amount accidentally spilled on their fingers or other body parts. Imagine what it can do to a kid.
Do not use metallic craft glitters for these just for arts and crafts, never for molding or skin painting. The FDA has also mandated that glitters – often used with face paints – should be 0.008 microns in size or even smaller (very, very small indeed) as these would be the only ones safe for human skin use.
Also ensure you purchase FDA-approved face paints; these are the only ones that are harmless to buy and safe to use on kids.
Ensure that the kids you will be painting on don’t have any sensitivities to the products you’ll be using. The typical face paints and make-up have ingredients that are likewise structured. So if you are a parent who has make-up at home, the most uncomplicated way to test for allergies is to smear some lipstick or lipstick just below the child’s wrist. If it doesn’t break out in a tiny rash after 20 minutes, then you may continue with face painting. If there is some swelling and redness, then you may need to delay your session in the meantime.
Please do not put paint on a face that has even the tiniest of pimples. It would help if you only painted on the skin that is clear of acne. Remember that painted skin will eventually need to be cleaned. Rubbing on a delicate part of the face may cause more soreness. Suggest painting on both the arm or another part of the skin that is blemish-free.
Please watch out for head lice. As a face-painter, it is your duty to check the kid (your kid or not) for head lice. To avoid a lice-epidemic in your work area:
- Ensure that you (yes, you, the artist) tie your hair back (if you have long hair).
- If possible, ask the child to pull back or put a band on their hair too.
- Wash your hands in between each child to avoid infecting the next child.
- Use baby wipes or alcohol to be sure.
It would help if you thoroughly clean the sponges and the brushes that you use. Clean these materials with water and warm soap. Do not use alcohol as your cleaning agent to stop bacteria from growing on your tools. It is a decent practice to throw away slightly used sponges to avoid fungal and bacterial contamination.
If you follow these safety protocols, rest assured that you and your kid (or kids) will have a happy, fun-filled face painting activity all the time.