Face Paint Safety Info

We strongly recommend that you read the following information to understand safety information about face paints. You can refer to the brands section to find links that will take you to brand specific information page.


First things first, it is important to properly read, understand and follow instructions that are on product label. This is particularly important for Neon or UV colors. In general, US FDA labels neon colors as "special effects products" for cosmetic use on hair and nails only, and not for use on skin. Some brands do provide independent study results that indicate that they are safe for use on skin. Facepaint.com does not take responsibility for any side effect that happens due to inappropriate use of the product.

Weights indicated in our website are as provided by the manufacturer. Actual weight might slightly vary from this number, due to changes in exact composition of the cake.

Shelf Life & Storage

FacePaint.com recommends you use the product within eighteen months once you have opened the container. This varies from brand to brand and we recommend that you read the label on product for most specific information. Older face paint can start to dry out and be less effective. Store the face paint covered in a clean, dry, dust free area out of direct sun light.


Some face paint cakes like Kryolan are hand-poured and may have lines or blemishes on the surface. Certain brands like PartyXplosion might develop cracks on the surface due to weather, like heat and humidity and varies from cake to cake. Due to their special formulation, pearl or neon colors could be more sticky or soft under these temperature and weather conditions.

Please be assured that any such blemish, crack or line on the cake is not an indication of age or quality. Such cakes can be moistened and used as a usual without any effect on performance.


We strive to use the most accurate and updated product pictures in our site, however their appearance on screen can widely vary depending on the device settings such as screen brightness or size of the screen, whether it is laptop, tablet or mobile. The actual product color might have slight variation from what you see in site. We try to include as much information in our title and copy and recommend that you read them to get a complete picture about the product before purchase.

Please note that sometimes a particular batch of makeup might have slight different shade than previous batch.

May we also point out that paints that are labeled as same color might look vastly different between brands. For instance, green from Diamond FX and Global might not be the same shade.

Patch Test

Some brands like Cameleon, Global and Mikim recommend a patch test by placing a small amount on the wrist or behind ears. If there is no reaction within 30 minutes, then the product can be safely used. Discontinue use if any rash develops. This is particularly recommended before first time use of any makeup or if you are prone to allergies.


Always start with a clean dry face, free or oil or makeup before face painting. Do not apply face paint on cracked or bruised skin.

Some face paint brands like Cameleon, Diamond FX, FAB, Graftobian ProPaint, Kryvaline, Mikim, PartyXplosion and TAG require only very little or minimal amount of water for activation and more water can result in running of paints. Global on the contrary requires more water for activation than other brands. Please refer to product page in our site for specific brand information.

You might find variations in consistency between different colors of same brand, for example Snazaroo, due to the different pigments used, so some colors (like green and orange) will need more water than white or black. That is normal.

Though most face paints provide durable coverage, some brands like Mikim and FAB recommend setting with a setting spray for more durable applications.

Removal & Staining

We recommend washing with soap and water or baby wipes to remove face paints. Do not use baby wipes with oils in them to remove the paint, the wipes can push the color into the skin and make it more difficult to wipe the paint off, hence can result in staining the skin.

After removal of face paints, some traces of color or stains might remain for a short period after washing, especially if worn for a longer duration. In case of highly pigmented paints like Cameleon, some staining might stay for little longer than other brands, especially with strong colors like blues and greens.

US FDA generally recommends against using red, yellow, orange or purple face paints near the eyes and or using blue, green or purple face paints near the lips to avoid possible staining issues. On Neon Face Paints, avoid using around eyes and mouth.

Face paints may stain fabrics. Try cleaning stained fabric with a product like Oxyclean, but stains may be permanent.

Our customer service is just an email or phone call away and are always more than happy to help you if you have further questions on any of the above.


Ben Nye

Ben Nye has been committed to the highest standards of product quality and safety for over 42 years. They adhere to responsible manufacturing procedures to meet the rigorous safety standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all their products. Go to Ben Nye page
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Cameleon face & body paints are made with high quality ingredients that are free of parabens, sulfates and beewax, making it safe to be used on sensitive skin. Cameleon Colors are made of EU & US FDA approved ingredients. Only baseline colors have been approved by FDA for cosmetic use. Neon colors have been approved by FDA for special effects use, not as a cosmetic. Go to Cameleon page 
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Diamond FX

Diamond FX is manufactured according to the EEC and FDA regulations. Tested in the Netherlands. Per FDA recommendation, do not use reds and blues (this includes greens and purples) and Neon Colors around the eye and lip area or leave on the skin too long. Avoid contact with carpets, upholstery and fabric.

Diamond FX Glitter are 100% cosmetic grade, polyester glitter safe for use on face and body. Caution is recommended for applications around eyes, nose and lips. Go to Diamond FX page
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FAB (Silly Farm)

All cosmetics can, on rare occasions, cause allergic reactions & the product should not be applied in the immediate eye area nor to sensitive or broken skin. Discontinue if rash develops. Avoid contact with fabrics, carpets & upholstery. Remove with soap and water. Some traces of color may remain for a short period after washing. Go to FAB (Silly Farm) page
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Global Colours

Global Colours use high quality ingredients that are safe to use on skin. Global Body Art Face Paint Cakes are fragrance free and hypoallergenic. As per the manufacturer, Global face paints are vegan as they are made without any animal based products. Global products are also not tested on animals. They are also free of paraben and nut based ingredients.

Global Standard, Metallic and Pearl Face Paint Cakes are made of US FDA approved ingredients. Neon face paints have not been tested by FDA for cosmetic purposes and hence labeled for use on hair and special FX only. Independent laboratory testings have however cleared Global Neon colors for cosmetic use.

Global Liquid Face Paints and FX Glitter gels are non toxic, non staining and hypo allergenic. These are water-based cosmetics, made in compliance with EU and FDA regulations for toys and cosmetics. Go to Global page
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Graftobian Makeup Company produces Safe, Professional cosmetics which comply with the U.S. FDA regulations for ingredients and labeling. Graftobian's product ingredients are top quality, cosmetic grade, FDA approved ingredients - ONLY! Graftobian cosmetics do not contain lead, are fragrance free and formaldehyde free; nor are they tested on animals, other than humans of course. Go to Graftobian page
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Kryolan has always applied extremely high quality standards. All the raw materials employed, correspond not only to purity regulations of cosmetics, but also - whenever such materials are available - to stipulations applied for pharmaceutical or foodstuff quality.

The outstanding compatibility of each Kryolan product has been verified before marketing by voluntary dermatological tests on a clinical basis.

In its more than 60 years of experience Kryolan never carried out any animal tests. Go to Kryolan page
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Made with ingredients compliant with the US FDA and EU regulations, Kryvaline is safe to use on children and adults alike. Kryvaline's glycerin and paraffin wax based formulation is free of fragrance, sulphates or other harmful drying agents, making it a great choice for sensitive skin. Kryvaline is not tested on animals and is certified as vegan.

Kryvaline's Creamy Line is a special line of face paints, made with pigments that are approved by both EU and FDA regulations. They are hypo allergenic and non staining.

Do not use near children under 3 years due to choking hazard. A patch test is recommended before first use. Discontinue use if rashes develop within 60 minutes. Go to Kryvaline page
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Mehron cosmetic products are manufactured in the USA using only FDA listed materials. The raw materials that Mehron uses are also globally compliant with cosmetic guidelines, and their products are not tested on animals.

Mehron makes no claims as to the potential for allergic reactions; if in doubt, perform a small patch test by applying makeup to a one inch square patch inside the elbow. After 20 minutes, remove the paint with water only and wipe dry, then look for any reaction on the skin. Go to Mehron page
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MiKim FX face & body paints are made with high quality, EU & US FDA approved ingredients. MiKim products are not tested on animals. Go to Mikim page
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Made in Netherlands, with ingredients compliant with the US FDA and EEC regulations, PartyXplosion is safe to use on children and adults alike. PartyXplosion's paraffin wax based formulation is hypoallergenic, non toxic and free of animal based ingredients, making it a great choice for sensitive skin. PartyXplosion is not tested on animals.

Avoid using near eyes and lips for too long. Keep away from fabrics to avoid staining issues. Do not use on children below 3 years to prevent any choking hazard. Discontinue use of the product in case of rashes.

Sometimes PartyXplosion cakes might develop cracks on the surface. However it does not affect the performance of the product. They can be used as normal with water activation. Go to PartyXplosion page
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Ruby Red

Ruby Red Face Paints are made in the USA, FDA approved and are fully compliant with cosmetic standards for the USA, Canada, EU & Mexico. Ingredients used by Ruby Red are free of lanolin, or any animal related product, there by making them a truly "vegan" brand. Ruby Red Face Paints are free of paraben, fragrance, latex, nuts and gluten. They are hypo-allergenic and non-toxic. Ruby Red Face Paints come with child toy safety rating and is specially designed for safe use on gentle and delicate skin.

Ruby Red also offers Sparklettoo Glitter, which is high quality, fine cosmetic grade glitter manufactured in the USA. Go to Ruby Red page

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TAG Body Art

All TAG Face Painting products are made with Cosmetic grade, FDA approved ingredients. TAG face paints are hypoallergenic non-toxic and safe for skin. That said, you should not face paint near the eyes. Some products include perfume (Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexenecarboxaldehyde). Discontinue use if rash develops. About TAG Neon Face Paints: Independent European tests have shown all TAGs Neon face paints to be safe. All neon paints have a special pigment that allows them to shine under the black light. The FDA have approved some of the colors for use on the skin (Neon White, Neon Blue, and Neon Violet). The FDA labels some neon colors as "special effects products": Neon Pink, Neon Orange, Neon Yellow, and Neon Green. However no one has reported a problem. Go to TAG Body Art page
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Snazaroo manufactures its products using all FDA compliant materials, packaging and processes. Snazaroo's factory and manufacturing procedures are also FDA compliant and have been inspected by appropriate federal staff.

Snazaroo uses no ingredients that do not meet cosmetic guidelines both in the United States and the European Community. For example: UV and Day-glo pigments MAY BE approved and used in German cosmetics but since they are banned by the USA FDA, Snazaroo does not use them. Glow in the dark pigments are approved in the USA but banned by cosmetic regulations in Europe, therefore Snazaroo does not use them.

Snazaroo also avoids ingredients that can substantially increase the risk of allergic reaction, such as fragrances. Their products were designed to be used on children, so Snazaroo takes every measure that they are the safest face paints in the world.

Snazaroo recommends never using any product on the face that does not specifically say it is FDA compliant and safe for use on the face as a cosmetic good. Go to Snazaroo page
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Cinema Secrets Spirit Gum:  Make sure to keep Spirit Gum out of the eyes. Also should any discomfort occur, discontinue use. This is not recommended for use with children under the age of 8. Go to Wolfe page
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Amerikan Body Art

Amerikan Body Art uses only the highest quality ingredients in its products. All products are tested extensively (on people--not animals) before being included in the product line. The glitter is made out of polyester and manufactured in the United States.

If your child has sensitive skin, do a test design on the hand before creating a glitter tattoo on the face. Go to Amerikan Body Art page
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Cinema Secret products

Cinema Secret products are produced in the United States and are FDA approved. There are no hazardous byproducts in Cinema Secret products. The materials that Cinema Secret uses in their products are of high cosmetic grade and compliant with global cosmetic guidelines.

As with any cosmetic product, it is a good idea to try on a small patch of skin first to see if there are any adverse reactions. Avoid the eye area and sensitive skin or skin that you might have under a doctor’s care. Go to Cinema Secrets page
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Cinema Secrets Spirit Gum

Cinema Secrets Spirit Gum:  Make sure to keep Spirit Gum out of the eyes. Also should any discomfort occur, discontinue use. This is not recommended for use with children under the age of 8. Go to Cinema Secrets page
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