Halloween is all about having fun and eating too many sweets and the last thing any mum wants is their little one’s skin reacting badly to face paint.
So, when it comes to painting their face, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Check that it is suitable for their skin
If possible, choose face paints that are hypo-allergenic and avoid buying cheap ones that may not sit well on their skin.
Test it before use
Before you put it all over their face, test the paint in an inconspicuous area first like behind their ear. Leave it for several hours to make sure there is no reaction. Avoid using it if you notice a rash or any other type of reaction.
Only use paints suitable for skin
Make sure you only use paints that are suitable for the face. Never apply acrylic or poster paint to their skin, even if it says washable and non-toxic.
Use clean sponges and brushes
If you are taking your toddler to get their face done make sure you go to a reputable place where you know hygiene is of upmost importance. The last thing you want is your little one contracting something from a dirty sponge.
Don’t leave it on too long
Make sure you don’t leave the face paint on too long. Try to avoid putting it on early in the morning and having it stay there until late in the evening. Not only will it feel uncomfortable but their skin won’t be able to breathe properly – it’s the same as leaving your make-up on all day.
Avoid delicate areas
Always avoid the delicate eye area and the mouth to prevent infections and accidental ingestion. Don’t cover lips in the paint unless the packet says it is ok – instead use a lipstick or leave them clear.
Wash off before bed
Never let them go to bed with face paint on. Not only is it going to ruin your pillows but their delicate skin won’t take too kindly to not being properly cleaned or allowed to breathe properly.