How to Prevent Stains on Skin by Marina

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While I love to try different brands, it occasionally turns out that some of them are harder to wash off than others. In case you run into the same problem, I hope these tips will help you avoid unpleasant situations or even bad reviews from clients.

Parents will not be happy if they get home and can't remove the face paint from the  little faces, so if at all possible, it's important to try to prevent that from being a problem for them.

The first thing that I say to customers is that some paints are highly pigmented and therefore harder to remove with no staining. To help combat the problem of staining, here are my two little helpers.

1. HAIRSPRAY/BARRIER SPRAY

Using Barrier Spray to Remove Face Paint

The left picture is without any type of barrier spray. The image on the right is with barrier spray which has been applied to the skin before painting. 

In the images above, I've washed the face paint off with warm water, and these are the results.

As you can see, using a spray before applying face paint to the skin aids in  complete removal without staining, even when soap hasn't been used for the removal process.

You may also use another face paint as a background color, which might help keep the top colors from staining, although this doesn't always work with teals which are known for staining. 

2. MICELLAR WATER/MAKEUP REMOVER

Removing Face Paint

If you didn't use barrier spray before and you are reasonably sure a color will stain, recommend to your customers that they can take it off with Micellar water or makeup remover. 

One final option which is often easily available for parents is that they soap the design well with a mild soap before adding any water. Soap breaks down the makeup so that it is more easily washed off the skin with water and is less likely to stain.

I hope this was helpful, and that you have only happy customers!

Products Used:

Barrier products
Fixative/setting sprays
Cosmetic cleansers 

* Note that some of the above products are alcohol based, so be sure to read labels and use them as recommended by the manufacturers. 

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Coming from the small but beautiful country of Croatia, I am the owner artist of SlikaLica. I love working with kids and putting smiles on their faces.Painting fast, simple but pretty designs is my favorite thing in face painting!

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5 comments

  • Thank you guys for your questions!
    On kids faces I’ve used only kryolan fixing spray,it’s not invasive on skin and I can really recommend it.
    Barier spray I would use on hand,and for grownups?They are all mark as makeup and they should be safe but with kids you can never be safe enough.

    Marina on
  • Thank you for the question! We would not recommend a barrier spray for children. Their skin is so tender.

    Facepaint.com on
  • I use the method of a lighter color whenever possible and have found that Mary Kay Makeup Remover works great on removing GLITTER TATTOOS! :) I would think a barrier spray on the face might be ill-advised… wondering what your thoughts are on that!

    THANKS FOR SHARING THESE IDEAS! VERY HELPFUL

    Kathy Rollwage on
  • Hey Marina,

    Which is your favorite? I noticed the Proair one says not to be used with water based paints?

    Tatum on
  • Thank you so much for the information. Is there a barrier spray that you would recommend for use on little faces? Thank you.

    Maria on

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