How to Keep Face Paint From Staining Skin

Updated November 21, 2016

Whether you are a skull-faced doll for the Day of the Dead or a pumpkin on Halloween, no one wants to wake up the next day with a stained face. There are a variety of ways to remove the paint, and taking a few minutes before you paint can save you from lengthy scrubbing and soaking.

Avoid using any paint that is not formulated or intended for use on the human body. Besides the annoying tendency of the pigments to stain, you may also expose yourself to toxic ingredients. Use only non-toxic face paints.

Use glycerine soap to wash the paint from your face. Baby wipes and nighttime moisturisers can also help remove the paints.

Invest in a white base, which will keep highly pigmented colours off your face, avoiding stains.

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Carmen Laboy has been publishing short stories and poetry since 1998. Her work appears online and in "Tonguas Experimental Literature Magazine." She was a script reader for the Duke City Shootout 2010, arts education intern at 516arts gallery and has worked as an assistant for many artists. She studied at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and Escuela de Artes Plasticas, a prestigious art college.