FAQ Face Painting
(This is a guide only, it is up to you to do your research and decide what is best for you).
TRAINING FOR FACE PAINTING
If you are taking up face painting you would be wise to take a basic training course. You DO NOT need to pay hundreds of pounds for a course. Contact the Face Painting Association and they have many experienced face painters who do courses for beginners at a reasonable rate. Also mix with other experienced painters at Jams and Events to pick up tips and tricks. You Tube also has lots of videos that will help you learn. You do not need to pay a lot of money just to get a certificate.
WHAT SHOULD I USE TO REMOVE FACE PAINT?
The best method for removing face paints is good old fashioned plain soap and water. Make sure you use an old towel as even when you think you have removed the paint you will find it comes off on your towel.Baby wipes and other such products to remove paints should be avoided as sometimes a reaction can occur with the chemicals in the wipe.
MY FACE PAINT HAS GONE ALL MUSHY
Some face paints don't like the heat in a hot summer. Some brands are more susceptible than others. To help prevent them getting gloopy you can put them in a cool bag with freezer blocks. Not a perfect solution, but does help keep them cool.
MY FACE PAINT IS LEAKING LIQUID
Some colours of paint when kept for a while may leak colour, particularly yellows and greens. This is normal and either wipe alway the leaky deposit or a some people have suggested prick holes in the paint and allow it to sink back in.
MY FACE PAINT HAS GONE SMELLY WHEN I TRIED TO REMOVE IT
There can often be a smell of rotten eggs if paints have been removed or cleaned up with wet wipes. Wet wipes are not designed for removing face paint. It is best to use soap and water.
MY FACE PAINT HAS A BAD SMELL WHEN I REMOVE THE LID
Sometimes the smell of the basic raw ingredients starts to come through. If you paint is new and unspoilt it is likely this is what you can smell. Sometimes perfumes are used to disguise the smell of the ingredients.
MY NEW PAINT HAS A CRACK IN THE PAINT
This can happen to the paint with temperature changes and once the paint is started being used and water added it will be fine.
MY PAINT IS FAR TOO SOFT
This can happen sometimes with temperature changes or too much water. Remove the lid and keep somewhere warm and they should return to their normal state.
MY DIAMOND FX OR TAG HAS GONE GLOOPY
This can happen when too much water has been used. These paints are designed to be used with only a little water. If you have allowed the paint to get too wet it will go gloopy and the only way of really getting it back is to allow it to dry out. The other option is some people have put it in the microwave, but as we've not tried this ourselves I couldn't say how well this works or whether it affects the paint.
Also be aware that if these paints become very, very wet it can allow bacteria to grow which may cause a skin reaction when painting.
MY DIAMOND FX AND TAG POTS HAVE A GAP AT THE BOTTOM
This is so that you can screw 90 g pots and 45 g pots together and make them stack. You cannot do this with the 32 g pots.
ARE DIAMOND FX AND TAG THE SAME PAINT?
Diamond FX and TAG are basically the same paint. It is purely down to personal preference as to which paint is preferred. Some people will swear by TAG and some will swear by Diamond FX.
WILL FACE PAINT RUN IF IT GETS WET?
All cake face paints are water based and are NOT WATERPROOF. This means they will wash off when you sweat, get rained on or similar. THEY ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR PHOTO SHOOTS IN SWIMMING POOLS OR THE SEA.
It appears some insurance companies in the UK are insisting on only paints with the CE mark be used. If you take out one of these policies the only paints you can use are MiKim FX, Snazaroo, Global Body Art and Cameleon. This in our opinion is an over reaction by insurers and you are better to look for a policy from one of the brokers who frequently cover face painters such as Rees Astley or Blackfriars.