Tip of the day: Kids parties face paint removal

Four Reasons Wet Wipes Are Bad For Face Painting

Although convenient, there are some serious disadvantages to using wet wipes as a professional face painter. This is why:

  1. Wasteful

To clean a child’s face before painting doesn’t require the entire cloth.  Traces of food by the mouth, or some something by the nose needs a small amount of cloth.  Obviously you can’t re-use one on someone else as that would be unacceptable. You have to throw it in the bin. What a waste, wet wipes are not that cheap.  And just like money, they do not flush that well, even the ones that say they are ‘flushable’.  Please don’t do it.

  1. They contribute to staining Skin

The oils in the wipes that keep them moist are also a great product for setting your pigments. Basically part of the wipe removes the paint and the other part works to embed the colour in your skin. It actually pushes it deeper into your pores and then seals it nicely.  This happens mostly with yellows, reds, greens and purples, but has been known to happen with almost all the colours.   On the back of my business cards there are care and removal instructions, and it specifically says. “Avoid wet wipes and creams”.

  1. Science

When a face has been cleaned around the mouth or nose with wet wipes ,paint had trouble bonding and blending on application and it was the OILS in the wet wipes causing this!  Face paint is WATER activated! Science tells us Oil and Water DON’T mix, hence, the removal instructions on my cards.

  1. They Are Bad For the Skin

By their very nature facial wipes have to be soaked in some potent chemicals to avoid being breeding grounds for bacteria. These moist cloths sit in packets on shelves for up to 18 months on a warm factory floor, therefore they require high levels of preservatives, namely alcohol and anti-bacterial agents to keep them usable by the time they distribute them to the retailers.

Particular ingredients to watch out for are:

– Propylene Glycol and Dipropylene Glycol (irritants)

– Parabens (e.g., Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is often used as is Japanese Honeysuckle, a naturally-occurring but equally concerning)

– Phenoxyethanol (irritant)

– 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Dio (potent anti-microbial agent that carries the highest hazard rating, 8-10, on the Skin Deep Ingredients database.)

  • Alcohol used topically, will dry out your skin. As well as being irritating to your skin, the high levels of alcohol can also cause extreme dryness and result premature ageing of the skin and works as a preservative when present in concentrations of over 10%.
  • Benzoic Acid [A mild skin irritant thought to exacerbate Eczema].
  • Benzyl Alcohol [Considered a skin and eye irritant and has been linked to Contact Dermatitis and Urticaria].
  • Formaldehyde [Still used in some “natural” skin care products, and a known carcinogen and skin irritant].




Alternative Solutions:

  1. A face cloth, fresh water, wrung out but still damp. Wipe paint away from the eyes delicately and gently remove the majority of the product.  Once most of the paint has been removed, you may was as normal.
  2. Paper towel and pump bottle

In the bottle put water and a small amount of gentle, unperfumed plain hand/face soap in it. Use purest soap to avoid possible allergies in your clients.   Detergents are off the list.  Try scrapings from Dove or Pears soap [gentle on skin and no oily residue]. Mix with the water and it dissolves- pump on to small cut to size paper towels kept in a sealed container. If you feel the need you can also spray another sheet with just water to remove any soap residue you may have left behind.  This solution is:

– Less expensive

– Safer for the skin

– Better for removing face paint

– Easier to paint over after cleaning

– Saves Space

– Better for correcting mistakes

– Creates less waste

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– More environmentally friendly


Tip of the day: children’s parties

Children under five…….I won’t bore you with how long I have been doing this again but every time we are contacted about a small person’s birthday party, my first job is to find out the age of the child then the average ages of guests.

There is no doubt, kids get excited when they know a special treat is looming but oh… the wait can be endless for them!!!  Based on this, we do our best to encourage the parent to consider starting the event earlier in the day!  Which is easy [a] if the time has not been booked at a venue and [b] if the guests have not already been informed! The favourite time slot is 11am to 1pm

Just think of the advantages!!!

  1. No constant questions about when the party you are still organising is starting
  2. No overtired infants who might have to miss their nap and end up tearful
  3. More time to open the pressies later
  4. A different menu option. [see my earlier TOTD blog regarding themed boxes] as you can easily change to a mini burger/fish fingers and chips (providing the venue has facilities)
  5. Time to wind down before bedtime [most important!]

Drop by again to see more tips!


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All Hallows

Well, just starting to crank up for the Halloween season where 100’s if not 1000’s of you will be dressing up in character, Witches, Ghouls, Pumpkins, Bats, Skulls or Vampires [to name but a few] and tripping the light fantastic around your neighbourhood emulating our cousins over the other side of the pond by ‘Trick or Treating’.  Not entirely sure how it caught on here in Blighty but hey, whatever!

With this proclivity comes the need for either a plastic mask [yuk], or better still FACE-PAINT!   Now, I know a number of people will do this themselves, at home but the increase in demand for Professional Face Artists has never been higher and escalates each year.  We can quickly transform individuals or party children [or adults] in a relatively short space of time.

There will be many disappointed individuals who have left it too late to hire one of the many talented face artists all over the UK but check out local shopping centres and queue for your ‘make-over’

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Tip of the Day for your child’s party!

Over the years [cough] I have witnessed oodles of kiddies parties and witnessed the shocking left over food, some just untouched!

The idea I had when my kids were small [back in the 90’s] was to have themed party boxes with each guest’s name on, containing a selection of party foods which can be wrapped, some fruit & a toy. Oh and later a piece of cake!  You can get these on-line from most party supply sites.

There was always enough space left in the box to collect any small prizes during the party so when Mum or Dad came to collect them, they took their box home with them leaving us we very little clearing up to do!

If you would like to see more tips, let me know!  Colleagues have often said I should write a book on the subject!!