How to Care for your Face Painting Kit
How to Care for your Face Painting KitCaring for your face painting kit starts before you even pick up a brush! It’s a and continues to post job once everything is dry sterile and ready for the next job! Whether face painting is a side hobby on friends and family or a professional job it is important to know how to clean not only your kit but also keeping yourself squeaky clean throughout your service. Hygiene practices should be embedded in any face painters routine and not wavering for even the busiest of jobs. Before I get into the nitty gritty it is important to know the products you are using comply with the FDA Cosmetics Guidelines, DO NOT use any products that aren’t meant for the skin E.G craft paint, markers, non cosmetic glitters etc.
Paints and Supplies
- Make sure you have enough supplies to outlast your session, keeping brushes and sponges well sanitized throughout.
- Let your paints, brushes and sponges dry completely before putting away after each job.
- Ensure your paints, glitters, inks, and any other cosmetics are specifically design to be safe to use on skin. (“Non-toxic” labels do not always mean they can be used on the skin)
Brush and Tool – Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Regularly change your brush water – not only to keep your colours from looking mucky but also to keep your brushes as clean as possible.
- Disposable applicators – use around the eye area unless you are able to disinfect completely before using on another person. Have a small bin handy for your rubbish
- Sponges – Rinse thoroughly in warm water and either pop into the washing machine or use soapy water, spray with isopropyl alcohol and leave to dry.
- Brushes – thoroughly lather with either brush cleaner, baby shampoo, regular shampoo or even hand soap. Avoid disturbing the alignment of the brushes, take your time. Spray with alcohol and leave to dry either laid flat or hung upside down.
- Stencils – either wipe with isopropyl alcohol or for more stubborn products, let soak in isopropyl alcohol and water (optional to dilute)
- Paper towels – most sanitary way of drying any tools.
- Hands should be washed thoroughly before each session and sanitized as you go as necessary eg. If you need to clean up a kids face sanitize your hands as soon as you finish.
- Ensure you are clean and showered before any face painting job/session.
- Teeth should be clean with nice fresh breath. Breath mints are a must have in any face paint and make up kit.
- Clean and tidy clothes, most jobs black is professional and tidy, an apron is also optional for those fast pace jobs to avoid wiping your hands on your clothes.
- Nails should be clean and if painted should be removed or redone once chipping.
- Hair to be tied back off the face to avoid touching it or it getting in your way.
When Painting on Kids
- It is advised if you are working on kids that aparent or guardian is present during the child’s face paint, this means you can safely ask the parent any questions if you have any concerns about the child’s skin.
- Do not proceed with a face paint if the client/child’s skin has cuts,abrasions,acne,cold or flu,conjunctivitis,lice,cold sores or any other infection.
- If you do have a concern be polite when asking the child or parent, you do not want to upset or offend your client, simply explain your concerns/reason you cannot proceed with the face paint.
- Avoid painting on children under the age of 3 years
- Ask about allergies, generally speaking a child has been face painted before however if it is their first time ask the parents about any allergies and a small patch test can be done or the artist may choose not to proceed with the face paint.
- Baby/facial wipes are essential in a face painting kit to wipe up and snotty noses or grubby faces smiling up at you before you begin.
How to Care for your Face Painting KitNote: This is a basic guideline, there are many ways to clean all your tools so long as everything is always cleaned, sanitized, dried correctly you are good to go!!