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Top health and hygiene tips for face painters

Updated: Jun 14, 2018

In most service industries there are rules concerning hygiene, health and safety. In restaurants in the US all employees must wash their hands at least three times an hour. Nail care and make up artists sanitise their equipment between every customer. But interestingly there are few rules governing face painters when it comes to hygiene and good practice.


Tidy workstation ready for the off

With face painting becoming increasingly popular (yay!) every care must be taken to ensure we look after our customers, paying or not, and our equipment. Here's festiFACE's top tips for a hassle-free painting experience..


  1. Always use products that comply with the FDA cosmetics guidelines. Don't use any products not made specifically for use on skin and laboratory (NOT animal) tested. All festiFACE products are comprehensively tested and the ingredients chosen to provide the very best results with least possible likelihood of irritation.

  2. Don't paint anyone with any open wounds, however small, eczema or rashes. To avoid upset, if there is an area of concern, suggest painting an arm or avoid the problem area. Always make it sound like a positive choice.. no one wants to be responsible for giving a child (or adult) a complex!

  3.  Look after your equipment. Keep it clean and sanitise the brushes and sponges before and after every job Most professional painters will have a bag of sponges to have a separate one for each child. Always give confidence to the parents by having a clean workstation and evidence of good practice.

  4. Make sure you look clean and presentable too! That includes covering any cuts on the hands with plasters (as you would expect a food-worker to), having clean nails and a big smile. The more energy you bring to an event, the more likely you will grab attention and be booked for future events.

  5. Store paints in a cool, dry environment for longevity (50-80 degrees). Dry your brushes and sponges thoroughly before putting them away. Replace any unused paints after 2 years.

  6. Use clean, drinkable water. We have several large bottles to hand to ensure plenty available for brush washing.

  7. Use organic, unscented baby wipes to clean the face before applying paint. This will ensure the paint adheres properly. BUT! If its a sunny day, explain to the parents any sunblock on the face will be removed. It simply won't be successful painting on top of a creamed-up face!

  8. Wipe or wash your hands often, especially after handling money.

  9. If the child has a runny nose, make sure your design avoids that area or you'll be on a hiding to nothing!

  10. Chat to your 'customer' as you go. Tell stories, or even sing if you feel you'd like to! Anything to stop the wriggling and make it a super fun experience for all.

Face painting should always be fun and safe

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