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Face Painting Ingredients and Safety

Ever wonder what’s in face paint? (Is it really paint? Does it have any peanuts, soy, milk, or animal products? What about latex? Heavy metals?) What about perfumes? Is it okay for sensitive skin?

We use only 2 supplies for 2 brands of face paint–“face paint” being a misnomer, since what we really put on children’s faces is kid-friendly makeup.  Face paint should never be done with actual paints! Our makeup is free of cancer-causing metals, unlike actual paint, all safe for skin, and cruelty-free.

Below is a full list of all of our face paint brands and their ingredients lists. If you have any additional questions, please contact our office during the booking process and we’d be happy to answer them!

Read more about our safety and sanitization practices here

Read more about ethics in our industry and our business here

Paradise Paint by Mehron

Quick allergen check-list

  • NO animal products including milk or eggs
  • NO peanuts, legumes, tree nuts, soy, or gluten
  • NO latex
  • NO lead, nickel, cobalt
  • SOME fragrance (all colors; for children with fragrance sensitivities, we always have our other brand of face paint, listed below, on-hand which has no fragrances.)
  • TRACE chromium (greens only; within FDA safety levels for the body but not to be put around the eyes which we do not. If you would like these paints removed from our kits before your event, please let our office know.)

General Safety Information

Mehron cosmetic products are manufactured in the USA using only FDA listed materials. The raw materials that Mehron uses are also globally compliant with cosmetic guidelines, and their products are not tested on animals. [source]

Ingredients List as listed by by the manufacturer

Talc , Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, PEG-8, PEG-75, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Lauryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Bis-PEG-15 Dimethicone/IPDI Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf / Stem Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), BHT, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Calcium Carbonate, Fragrance (parfum), Coumarin, Limonene. May Contain [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake),CI 15850 (Red 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 47005 (Yellow 10), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77400 (Bronze Powder), CI 77400 (Copper Powder), CI 77019 (Mica)]. [source]

Additional information

All Mehron products are cruelty free and never tested on animals. All ingredients used in the manufacture of our products are also guaranteed to be cruelty free and animal safe. Many Mehron products [*and all used by Kaleidoscope] are vegan and do not contain meat, fish, or poultry ingredients. In addition to being vegetarian in composition, they also do not use other animal products or by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, or soaps derived from animal products. [source]

Downloadable Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

TAG Face & Body Paint

Quick allergen check-list

  • NO animal products including milk or eggs
  • NO peanuts, legumes, tree nuts, soy, or gluten
  • NO latex
  • NO lead, nickel, cobalt, chromium
  • NO fragrance

General Safety as listed by the manufacturer 

All TAG Face Painting products are made with Cosmetic grade, FDA approved ingredients. TAG face paints are hypoallergenic non-toxic and safe for skin. That said, you should not face paint near the eyes. Some products include perfume (Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexenecarboxaldehyde). Discontinue use if rash develops.

About TAG Neon Face Paints: Independent European tests have shown all TAGs Neon face paints to be safe. All neon paints have a special pigment that allows them to shine under the black light. The FDA have approved some of the colors for use on the skin (Neon White, Neon Blue, and Neon Violet). The FDA labels some neon colors as “special effects products”: Neon Pink, Neon Orange, Neon Yellow, and Neon Green. However no one has reported a problem. [source]

Ingredients List – Normal Paints

Paraffin wax, petrolatum, glycerin, calcium carbonate, stearyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, acacia senegal gum, dextrin, water. May contain: Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491), D&C Red 7 (CI5850;1), D&C Red 6 (CI15850), D&C Black 2 (CI77266), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI19140), FD&C Blue 1 and D&C Blue 4 (CI42090), Ultramarines (CI77007), Bismuth Oxy Cloride (CI77163). [source]

Ingredients List – UV Paints Only

Paraffin wax, petrolatum, glycerin, calcium carbonate, stearyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, acacia senegal gum, dextrin, water. May contain: Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491), D&C Red 7 (CI5850;1), D&C Red 6 (CI15850), D&C Black 2 (CI77266), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI19140), FD&C Blue 1 and D&C Blue 4 (CI42090), Ultramarines (CI77007), Bismuth Oxy Cloride (CI77163). Non Toxic Fluorescent Pigments. Conforms to to ASTM D-42236. [source]

Additional information

As per manufacturer, TAG Face Paints are vegan as they do not contain animal based ingredients and neither are they tested on animals. They are also free of gluten, nut based ingredients, parabens or perfume. [source]

Downloadable Safety Data Sheet (SDS)