I did face painting just last weekend. The PTA provided me with a huge face paint set they found at big lots for six bucks. But, I've used tempera and cut it with baby lotion before with good results. One of my high school students used acrylic craft paint and baby lotion for face paint on a school dress up day. As for allergies, I had one kid last week whose face started to tingle within seconds of the paint touching her face. I pulled it right off with baby wipes. So even with face paint you might get allergies. Maybe you could put up a placard that lists the materials you use for the paint if you're worried about lawsuits.
One of my favorite face paintings is the full face butterfly wherein the nose is the body. Another is a full face Japanese dragon that winds around the face.
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On May 19, 2011, at 7:39 AM, Maggie White <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I would NEVER agree to face painting unless the school springs for real makeup. The chances are too high for some kid having an adverse reaction and you getting sued. Tempera paint, as we all know too well, can get moldy or just "old" and I wouldn't want it on my face.
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> On May 19, 2011, at 5:50 AM, Ann Parker wrote:
>> I've been "volunteered" to help with face painting on Saturday. Any helpful suggestions? I especially would like to have tips for my students who are assisting and running a second booth (middle school age kids).
>> And, do you think it is ok to use tempera paint with some dish detergent mixed in rather than face paint?
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