As fun as face painting is for Halloween, it’s never as easy coming off as it is going on. We’ve all been there - turning up to work or sending the kids to school with the remnants of blue Smurf make-up still lingering in our eyebrows. Avoid being the joke of the 9am meeting with these tried and tested face and body paint removal tips:
Kids Face Paints & Water Based Make-Up
Soap & Water: Good old fashioned soap, warm water and a cloth will work best to remove most water-based face and body paints, although it may not work on thicker make-up and those that offer full coverage.
Baby Wipes: Don’t waste all your expensive make-up removing wipes trying to scrub off face paint. High quality baby wipes will do just as good a job on kids face paints without being too harsh on their delicate skin.
Gentle Moisturiser: Before you touch the make-up with water or a cloth, rub some gentle moisturiser into your face paint to blend it all together (if it looks a mess you’re doing it right!). Once you’ve lifted and blended it all together with the moisturiser start rinsing off gently with water and a soft cloth.
Oil Based Face/Body Paints
Baby oil or Coconut Oil: Oil adheres to oil so it tends to be the most effective way to get greasy make-up off your skin. Rub it straight onto the make up or use a generous layer on a cotton wool pad. Remember to rinse thoroughly once you’re finished to avoid oily skin.
Vaseline: Vaseline and similar products work wonders on oil based make-up. Apply it straight onto the skin and rub in circular motions. Using a cloth or gentle exfoliating glove will help lift suborn colours from pores and eyebrows!
Baking Powder & Water: To remove tough colour stains a mixture of baking powder and a little warm water to the area. Let it sit for a minute and gently rinse off. Baking powder can leave your skin pretty dry so if you use it remember to keep a hydrating moisturiser on hand for afterwards.
Liquid Latex & Glue
Peel it Off: Gently peel the latex off your skin - if it doesn’t budge or hurts in any way then stop and try one of the methods below.
Soapy Water: Most liquid latex products have been designed to come off easily with nothing more than soap and water. Use lukewarm water and a textured cloth to scrub gently at tough areas.
Baby Oil or Coconut Oil: Apply a layer of oil to the make up and let it sit for a minute or two to soak in. Rub gently with warm soapy water and pat dry with a towel. Repeat this step until the latex is completely removed.
Talcum Powder: If you get oily face paints or make up on your costume or clothing then sprinkle some talc onto the stain to help soak up the extra moisture before washing.
Pre-Wash Satin Removers: Spray the stain as soon as possible with some pre-wash stain remover and pop in the wash. It might take a couple of cycles to fully remove the residue.
Warm Water: Soak the costume or clothing item in warm water for an hour before popping in the washing machine. You could try adding some liquid soap.
Colour-Free Toothpaste or Shaving Foam: Apparently these two household items are great for getting tough stains out of fabrics! If nothing else works they could always be worth a shot.