When opting for face painting, be it at a fair or festival or at a private party, please be aware of what kind of paints are being used on your child's skin. Acrylics, craft paints, poster paints, and markers are NOT suitable for use on skin. "Non-toxic" does NOT mean "safe for use on skin". Please do not allow your child to be painted with acrylics or other craft-grade paints!
Here is what the most popular acrylic paint manufacturers say about the subject.
Apple Barrel: Thank you for your query regarding our Apple Barrel acrylic paint. We do not recommend using them for face paint, and they do not have the FDA approval for face painting.
-Phyllis. Plaid Consumer Advisory Team 1-800-842-4197
Liquitex: Binney and Smith does not recommend any of our products be applied directly to the skin, including LIQUITEX acrylic paints. Products designed for this purpose require approval from the Food and Drug Administration.-Linda Harold Consumer Affairs. Binney and Smith, Inc
From Delta Craft's website:"In order to claim that a product is safe for cosmetic purposes, it needs to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We have not pursued FDA approval since this product is craft paint and is not intended or recommended for use on skin."
The Face Paint Lady uses only professional face and body makeups and glitters that are safe, cosmetic grade, and current under FDA* compliance for use on the skin, eyes and lips.
The photo above illustrates what commonly happens when craft paints are used instead of cosmetic grade face paints. Notice the ladybug shaped rash... right where the craft paint had been. Photo courtesy of T, Fender
This is NOT Face Paint! Also NOT Face Paint! THIS is Face Paint!
Share the Joy of Face Art, Not Germs!
If your child has a fever, runny nose, or other infection, please do not have their face painted. For safety and sanitary reasons,The Face Paint Lady will NOT paint the face of a child who shows signs of infectious illness, or is or appears to be sick (cough, runny nose, fever) or suffering from cold sores, conjunctivitis, ringworm, raw sunburn, eczema, any infectious skin condition, or open wounds.
*(The regulations published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are all codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). The regulations applicable to cosmetics are stated at 21 CFR, parts 700 to 740 (21 CFR 700 to 740). The color additive regulations applicable to cosmetics are found at 21 CFR 73, 74 and 82. Copies of the 21 CFR volumes containing these regulations may be obtained at current cost from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, telephone (202) 783-3238.)