What sorts of paint are suitable to apply to kids' faces and hands, for events such as carnival or just for classroom use to play games - obviously non-toxic stuff?

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    sorry just to clarify, are you saying that you also want to be able to draw pictures with them on paper?
    – EmRoBeau
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 17:27
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    Have you searched the web for body paint? I'm not sure what you're looking for. We can't really tell you where to find something as the answer depends on where you are on the planet.
    – Catija
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 19:27
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    I frankly think this is only barely related to Arts & Crafts, but there is another question that relates to makeup and it can be considered costuming. What more information do you want than "non-toxic", can you be more specific?
    – Erica
    Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 12:01
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    @Erica Yowza, with Halloween upon us, how can costume design and face/body painting not be an art or a craft? Seems like a bulleye growth area to me. And with folks here asking about painting and alternative media surfaces all the time, I'm sure folks like this would disagree this is "not on topic". Think about it. Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 13:16
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    @RobertCartaino That's why I edited it to focus just on the "what types of paint are suitable [for] kids' faces and hands".
    – Erica
    Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 13:39

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You can buy non-toxic "face paints" or "body paints" specifically made for this purpose.

Product Search: Face Paint

You can also make them yourself.

Face paints (typically) are not a "type of paint" per se, but a mixture of food coloring or other non-toxic dye mixed with a base material to give it opacity. A lot of costume makers, face and body painters mix this up on their own with a combination of

  • Food coloring or non-toxic dye (for color)
  • Clay, corn starch, or arrowroot (for thickness and opacity)
  • Face lotion, vegetable oil or shortening, or zinc cream (diaper cream)

There are many recipes for face paint on the Internet based on what ingredients you have on hand and how effective/durable you need it to be, but I hesitate to list one here for having not tried any of them myself.

Search: DIY or Homemade Face Paint

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    Just to add to what Robert has said, there are MANY body paints and face paints on the market. The key for you will be to look for water based paints so they wash off easily, do not need extra equipment to apply and are likely cheaper anyways. That is if you want to buy them rather than make them at home.
    – EmRoBeau
    Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 15:17

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