Non-Toxic Face Paint With Natural Ingredients (2022)

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Halloween is just around the corner and so far, we have a potential Batman, Wonder Woman and a possible panther. My kids love to play dress-up year-round and are often making their unique pretend identity using anything they can find and adding to it by painting their own faces. Like anything else, before purchasing the kit, I did my research having seen past news stories and articles about lead and other heavy metals found in face paints. Below I outline why it’s important to avoid the mainstream brands and share the ones that are natural and safe after talking to the owners and representatives of companies themselves.

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A few years ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics came out with a report on just what is lurking in most of the mainstream face paints sold in the United States. What they found is scary, especially since it is used on the largest organ of the body – the organ that absorbs much of what gets put on it.

Here’s some of what they found:

Ten out of 10 face paints tested contain lead.

• Six out of 10 face paints tested contain known skin allergens nickel, cobalt and/ or chromium – at levels far exceeding the recommendations of industry studies.

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• Labels contain misleading claims, such as “hypoallergenic,” on products with known skin allergens.

• Hair colors and other cosmetic products contain hazardous chemicals that are banned or restricted in Europe, Canada and Japan and contain colors not approved for use in cosmetics by the FDA.

Why does it matter if there’s lead and heavy metals in face paints?

For starters, at any level of contact with the skin, by mouth or by inhalation, lead is poison. “Lead exposures during prenatal development, infancy and childhood can cause attention deficits, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, IQ deficits, reduced school performance, aggression and delinquent behavior.

Girls may experience delayed puberty from lead exposure. It can also impact fertility, including increasing risk for miscarriage and reducing sperm quality. Early-life lead exposure can even increase risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Lead also contributes to a wide range of mental health issues throughout people’s lifetime”(Campaign for Safe Cosmetics).

Other Toxins Lurking in Face Paints

Some of the worst ingredients such as formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, dioxins, and other petroleum-derived products can cause a range of health issues from skin irritation to cancer.

Aren’t These Face Paints Tested Before Being Sold?

The short answer is NO! There is no current regulation, but there are a few companies that do their own testing. There are times when a random test is done by the FDA to see if products on store shelves meet their requirements and at that point, those kits testing high are pulled off the shelves.

Are There Safe Face Paints?

Fortunately, Yes! I spent a week contacting all of the self-proclaimed natural companies selling face paints to dig deeper than the marketing. Here I only include the ones that are completely natural. Please note that I personally reached out to all of these companies and feel safe using these products with my own children.

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I did not include companies that do not openly share ingredients. I also did not include any with synthetic ingredients. Synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can be labeled “non-toxic” because there is no data to prove otherwise.I have included affiliate links for some of these products. These links don’t cost you anything extra, but they do give back a small percentage to Raising Natural Kids. Thank you so much for your support.

Go Green

Go Green face paints are certified organic being that they are made from organic, plant-based ingredients. Also made in the U.S.A., they contain zero lead or synthetic dyes.

I reached out to Malcolm, the owner of Go Green, to find out about why and how the company came to be and he shared that when they started their company in 2014, he and his wife went to a party with one of their daughters and there was another girl crying because there was face painting there. She had severe allergies and was not able to have her face painted. This prompted Malcolm to research face paints. He came across an article by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and found that make-up and face paint has so many dangerous ingredients that he had to find a new way. It was then that Go Green was founded. Since 2014, they have added 4 different kits of completely organic grease-type face paint, 4 different kits of vegan water-based face paint, 2 make-up kits and a set of edible finger paint.

Go Green Ingredients:Black, Red, Brown: Organic jojoba oil & castor oil, iron oxide, sericite, cosmetic grade rice powder, triglyceride (derives from coconut and palm kernel oil), polyglyceryl oleate (vegetable folic acid), 1% phenoxyethanol-SA (a safe alternative to paraben preservatives) •Yellow, Royal Blue, Light Blue, Aqua, Hot Pink, Light Green, Dark Green, Purple: Organic jojoba oil & castor oil, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, sericite, cosmetic grade rice powder, triglyceride (derives from coconut and palm kernel oil), polyglyceryl oleate (vegetable folic acid), 1% phenoxyethanol-SA (a safe alternative to paraben preservatives)

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Example of Go Green face paint applied to the skin.

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Natural Earth Paint

Made in the U.S.A., “Natural Earth Paints are certified non-toxic, and natural. They have been tested by government-approved toxicologists and third-party labs and are 100% non-toxic.” These paints are clay and mineral-based including skin conditioners such as organic, fair-trade shea butter and organic castor seed oil. I did some investigating and am fully confident that this company is what it say. In fact, it was started by a mother and an artist wanting safe supplies for her own family!

Natural Earth Ingredients:distilled water, natural clay & mineral pigments, organic castor seed oil, certified organic beeswax, Certified Organic Shea Nilotica (Fair-trade shea butter), cetearyl alcohol (from natural vegetable oils), carageenan seaweed, olive-mulse (olive based emulsifier), and 1% Optiphen (a formaldehyde-free and paraben-free preservative).

You can find a wider range of colors sold individually on their website.

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Example of Natural Earth Paint face paint applied to the skin.

Nature’s Paint

For a solid base of brown, green and black, this company is worth note. They sell their paints for hunting, but they work just as well for face decor and are easy to apply as they come in a stick. If you are someone who does not support hunting, this company is not for you, as the owners created the paint for this purpose.

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Several hours away from town and out chasing elk, Nature’s Paint Co-Founders, Nicole and Sereena found themselves with itchy and irritated skin. It was clear their camo face paint was to blame. When they tried to find a clean, natural alternative, they came up empty.
Taking matters into their own hands, Nature’s Paint was created.

If all else fails, you can make your own…

There are several websites that offer recipes for natural face paints. I have not tried making them myself, but I would love to know if you do! The recipes call for you to make your own natural dyes first, but Natural Candy Store sells a wide variety of natural food dyes already made.

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Non- Toxic Nail Polish to Match

If you are looking for a safer alternative to mainstream nail polish, look no further than Poofy Organics. Poofy Organics offers salon quality without the major toxins. Plus, their nail polish remover has no scent and rates a zero for toxicity by the Environmental Working Group. They have over 90 colors to match any need.

FREE of Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, TPHP, camphor, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients.

Although nail polish can never be completely natural, modern polishes are full of toxins that you breathe in, as well as absorb them through your skin every time you paint your nails. This is significantly worse if you have your nails done at a salon. POOFY POLISH does NOT have any of the major toxins!

The major toxins found in nail polish are:
Toluene- A human reproductive toxin.
Formaldehyde- A known carcinogen, plus they pickle dead bodies in it. YUCK!
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)- Known to cause infertility, uterine cancer, testicular cancer & fetal defects just to name a few!
Camphor – Poisonous & can cause liver damage.

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FAQs

What else can you use instead of face paint? ›

Shortening and Cornstarch

Steps: Mix two parts cornstarch with one part vegetable shortening, which yields a homemade white face paint perfect for clown faces.

How do you make natural face paint? ›

Create the base by mixing together equal parts cornstarch and face lotion until it forms a thick mixture. Add the vegetable oil, which helps the paint from caking. The mixture should be smooth without being too watery. Next, add a spoonful of the mixture to a small container and add a pea-sized amount of colouring.

How can I paint my face without face paint? ›

Directions
  1. Add water, cornstarch, flour and lotion to a bowl.
  2. Mix together ingredients and make sure the paint consistency is to your liking. If you want to thicken, add more cornstarch. To thin out the mixture, add water.
  3. Add food coloring.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
22 Sept 2017

What paint is safe for faces? ›

Water-based paint

Water-based paints are the safest option for face and body makeup because they are highly regulated and adhere to strict standards. In addition, VOCs are released in lower amounts by water-based paints.

How do you make homemade face paint without food coloring? ›

Measure out 3 tbsp. of cornstarch, 1 tbsp. of flour, 3/4 cup of light corn syrup and 1/4 cup of water into a bowl and mix until blended. These are the ingredients that will make up your basic face paint base.

How can I make my face white without face paint? ›

To make your own white face paint at home, you need to add 1 cup each of water, cornstarch and flour as well as 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil and some face lotion into a bowl. Combine these until you achieve the right consistency and add more water if needed. Now, you can add white food coloring.

How do you make organic white face paint? ›

You only need a few common household materials to make your own white face paint.
  1. 2 tablespoons solid white shortening.
  2. 5 teaspoons cornstarch.
  3. 1 teaspoon white flour.
  4. 3-5 drops glycerin.
6 Jun 2018

How do you make kids face paint safe? ›

What to Do
  1. Combine 3 teaspoons of cornstarch with 1½ teaspoons of water in a small container.
  2. Stir in 1½ teaspoons of cold cream. If the mixture is too soupy, add a little more cornstarch.
  3. Stir in a few drops of natural food color. ...
  4. Apply the face paint with your finger or a cotton swab.
2 Feb 2022

Can you make homemade face paint? ›

To make your own face paint, first mix equal parts cornstarch and face lotion in a bowl for the paint base. Then, add 1/2 teaspoon (2 1/2 mL) of vegetable oil to the bowl. Scoop up a spoonful of the mixture and put it in a bowl or cup.

What ingredients are in face paint? ›

These (face paints) are so easy to use, all you need is a wet brush and/or damp sponge. TAG face Paint ingredients and information: Paraffin Wax,Petrolatum, Glycerin, Calcium Carbonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Acacia senegal Gum, Dextrin, Water.

How do you make face paint out of crayons? ›

Put unwrapped crayon in a small microwaveable container lined in wax paper. Microwave the crayons until melted. For most colors, this takes about a minute and forty seconds. For green, it tends to take a little longer.

Is non-toxic paint safe for skin? ›

There are no pharmaceutical-grade ingredients inside acrylic paints, which automatically means that no, they are not safe to be used on the skin. There are some paints that have been specially created for use on skin, but even these should not remain on the skin and need to be washed off as soon as possible.

What paint is safe for baby skin? ›

What type of paint is safe for the skin of the baby? You must make sure the type of paint you are using on a baby's hand is not toxic and is water-based. This is why tempera paints or Crayola brand paints are the best you can get. Ink is another option used by doctors and is less risky.

Is face paint safe for kids? ›

When choosing face paint and makeup products, don't gloss over the ingredients. Even products marketed to children and teens can cause problems like skin irritation and allergies or contain toxic ingredients like lead,mercury, or asbestos.

How do you make face color paint? ›

Start by mixing equal portions of yellow, red, and blue. Now, you can use white, yellow, or both to lighten this color. With light skin tones, you can add quite a significant amount of white. Adding red or yellow in various proportions will create more of a “tan” or “blush”.

How do I make homemade paint? ›

Blend 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of salt. Add 1/2 cup of water… and mix until smooth. Divide it up into three sandwich bags and add a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring to each bag.

How do you make black paint naturally? ›

Black paint can be made with equal parts red, yellow, and blue paint mixed together on a palette. You can also mix complementary colors such as blue and orange, red and green, or yellow and purple. Mixing blue and brown can also result in a rich black.

How do you make homemade washable paint? ›

Instructions:
  1. Stick a few sticks of sidewalk chalk (make sure the sticks are all the same color) into a plastic bag. ...
  2. Mix ½ a cup of chalk powder with 1 cup of dish soap. ...
  3. Optional: Add some tempera paint or food coloring. ...
  4. Mix, mix, mix! ...
  5. Paint your cars and windows and parade them around town!
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Can you use baby powder to set face paint? ›

The product works by drying out any moisture and reducing oil production. Going by this theory, baby powder should work on your skin as a way to keep sebum at bay, which will keep your makeup intact. This is why we said yes if you ask “can I use baby powder to set my makeup” because it's technically a feasible option.

Can you use watercolor as face paint? ›

If you purchase an inexpensive set of Watercolor Colored Pencils you can use them for face paint simply by dipping the tips in a little water before drawing. I really can't think of an easier way to do it!

Is face paint edible? ›

The answer is No! They are not edible, because all paint has some level of solvent in the chemical mix that is poisonous to the human body. However, you can eat non-toxic paints, but you will probably experience adverse side effects from it.

Is washable paint safe for skin? ›

Using washable paint instead of natural food coloring creates solid colors that won't stain clothes — or your face. Most are nontoxic and, when diluted, are safe to use on skin. Just remember to avoid using around the eye and mouth areas.

How do you make a green face paint for Halloween? ›

In a bowl, mix shortening and cornstarch until smooth. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color. Use a clean sponge or fingers to apply paint to a large area or use a small clean brush to apply thin paint- with a little water first. Remove with soap and water.

Can you use Crayola paint on your face? ›

We do not recommend the use of traditional Crayola art products for intentional direct skin contact. Products designed for face and skin painting require specific testing and approval for this purpose.

Can I use kids washable paint on face? ›

A: No. While it's ok if they get some on them while they're painting, it's not designed nor meant for intentional use on skin.

What happens if you put acrylic paint on your face? ›

Ultimately, acrylic paints are not made to be used on the skin. They tend to harden on the skin, may contain toxic chemicals, and are hard to remove when dry. Depending on the person, it causes skin irritation and is not recommended as a face or body paint.

How can I make my face green? ›

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How do you make face paint out of charcoal? ›

Ingredients:
  1. 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch (preferably non-GMO) or arrowroot powder.
  2. 1/4 teaspoon refined white flour (yes I had to go buy some!) ...
  3. 2 teaspoons honey.
  4. 1/2 teaspoon water.
  5. Natural food coloring*
  6. Activated charcoal for brown or black.

How do you apply water based face paint? ›

Water-based face paint is best applied directly onto clean, dry skin. You may wish to keep the hair away from the face with a hair band or clips. Always apply the base colour first, using a damp sponge. Make sure that the sponge is not too wet by squeezing out excess water or the finished result may be streaky.

Is Blue squid face paint non toxic? ›

These economical paints are also high quality cosmetic grade products! Blue Squid products are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, non-toxic, 100% vegan and natural. The entire Kids line of face paints is FDA compliant for cosmetic use, which makes it gentle for toddlers with sensitive skin.

Is face paint good for your skin? ›

Prolonged use of any type of body paint is not good for the skin, because the paint prevents your skin from breathing. Any type of paint pigment is going to cover the skin's pores, which can create an environment for acne, rashes and blemishes.

Can people be allergic to face paint? ›

Some individuals are allergic to even the most pure and nontoxic colours. If your client shows any signs of an allergic reaction during the painting session stop the session immediately and seek emergency medical advice. Always call dial triple zero (000) in an emergency.

Is Watercolour paint safe for skin? ›

Watercolour paint is generally safe when it comes into contact with skin. However, if you have sensitive skin or allergies to certain chemical substances, you might experience irritation or rashes. If such is the case, always check the ingredients before purchasing any watercolour paints.

Is acrylic paint safe for baby skin? ›

Acrylic paint is non-toxic, but it's not safe to apply to everyone's skin or for long-term wear. If it comes into contact with a child's skin for a short time, it's entirely safe.

Is tempera paint safe for skin? ›

Tempera powder is non-toxic, washable pigment that can be used to mix up paint or as an ingredient in many other activities. It is inexpensive and readily available online or at art, craft, or educational stores.

What paint is safe for baby handprint? ›

Washable Tempera paints

A water-based, non-toxic, non-settling tempera paint is safe for the baby's skin and is easily washable. It is fast-drying and ideal for multiple types of material that you may want to put your baby's feet or handprints on.

What is the safest paint to use? ›

Best Non-Toxic Paints
  1. Benjamin Moore Aura. ...
  2. Sherwin-Williams Harmony Zero VOC Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. ...
  3. Clare Paint. ...
  4. Green Planet Paints. ...
  5. Homestead House Paint Company. ...
  6. Valspar Simplicity. ...
  7. BACKDROP. ...
  8. Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.
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Can babies use non-toxic paint? ›

Modern paints that are non-toxic (i.e., no silicates or lead), non-odor, and no-VOC are safest to use around babies. But that doesn't mean there is no threat to your baby. Know the right painting processes and health information before you start your project.

What paint can I use on kids face? ›

Crayons: These are cream based and are used to draw directly on the skin. They are an excellent choice for beginners and younger kids. Cream face paints or liquid face paints: This kind comes in bright colors that mellow slightly when applied on the face. These paints come off easily with soap and water.

Can a 1 year old wear face paint? ›

Snazaroo face paints are safe for all ages, but we recommend face painting for children 3 years old and over. When painting younger children, we recommend a small motif on their cheek, hands or arms.

Can I paint my baby's face for Halloween? ›

“I would avoid any paint on babies less than two years of age as the skin barrier matures at around this age. Even then most face paint companies won't recommend face-painting kids under age 3.” “Babies' skin is more sensitive and more prone to irritation,” says Dr.

Can eyeshadow be used as face paint? ›

Make sure the paint is skin-safe, or else it may cause irritation to the skin. If you prefer, you can even use eyeshadow pigments or blushes for the colors.

How do you make face paint out of crayons? ›

Put unwrapped crayon in a small microwaveable container lined in wax paper. Microwave the crayons until melted. For most colors, this takes about a minute and forty seconds. For green, it tends to take a little longer.

Can I use acrylic paint as face paint? ›

It is never a good idea to use any paint on your face or skin unless it has been specifically created for that purpose. This means that acrylic paints are a poor choice for skin application, mostly due to the toxic ingredients that many of them contain, including lead and formaldehyde.

What happens if you put acrylic paint on your face? ›

Ultimately, acrylic paints are not made to be used on the skin. They tend to harden on the skin, may contain toxic chemicals, and are hard to remove when dry. Depending on the person, it causes skin irritation and is not recommended as a face or body paint.

What can I mix with eyeshadow to make face paint? ›

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What ingredients are in face paint? ›

These (face paints) are so easy to use, all you need is a wet brush and/or damp sponge. TAG face Paint ingredients and information: Paraffin Wax,Petrolatum, Glycerin, Calcium Carbonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Acacia senegal Gum, Dextrin, Water.

What can I use to paint kids faces with? ›

Here are 7 safe and fun face paints for kids.
  • Kryvaline Face Paint Kit. Best Overall. ...
  • Blue Squid Face Paint. Best for Professional Use. ...
  • Blue Squid Face Paint Crayons. ...
  • Snazaroo Face Paint for Kids. ...
  • Create A Face Painting Kit for Kids. ...
  • Zenovika Professional Face Paint Palette. ...
  • Midnight Glo UV Neon Paint Glow.
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Is Crayola paint safe for your face? ›

Products designed for face and skin painting require specific testing and approval for this purpose. However, we think you will love the Crayola Face & Body Crayons! These non-toxic crayons allow you to color right on your skin. They clean easily off the skin with soap and water.

Can you face paint with crayons? ›

Face painting crayons are non-toxic, kid-friendly face paints used to quickly apply theatrical and costume makeup. Similar to lipstick and eyeliner, face painting crayons have a soft consistency and may be applied directly to the face, eliminating the need for separate brushes and sponges.

Is water-based acrylic paint safe for skin? ›

Using acrylic paint on your skin is not recommended. Although it's not terrible if non-toxic, water-based paint gets on your hands as you paint, craft paints are not safe for applying directly to the skin. Doing so could cause skin irritations and allergic reactions.

What paint is safe for baby skin? ›

What type of paint is safe for the skin of the baby? You must make sure the type of paint you are using on a baby's hand is not toxic and is water-based. This is why tempera paints or Crayola brand paints are the best you can get. Ink is another option used by doctors and is less risky.

Are watercolors safe for face painting? ›

The simple and quick answer is NO. Acrylics, tempera, oil paints, spray paint, house paint, watercolors, etc., are not designed to be used on the body and hence are not safe.

Is acrylic paint toxic when dry? ›

Acrylic paint labelled non-toxic is safe to use. However, propylene glycol is released into the air when the acrylic paint dries, and this can be harmful to the environment.

Is tempera paint safe for skin? ›

Tempera powder is non-toxic, washable pigment that can be used to mix up paint or as an ingredient in many other activities. It is inexpensive and readily available online or at art, craft, or educational stores.

Is gouache paint safe on skin? ›

No. Gouache and no other paint should be applied to the skin. In this case, it is recommended using only skin-specific cosmetic products.

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