Code Of Practice


The following guidelines are recommendations for the safe use of face painting products by face painters.

  • Only use face paint products that comply with EU & FDA regulations.
  • Check and read carefully the manufacturers recommendations on each product.
  • It is advisable to ask whether a child/adult has had their face painted before.
  • It is not recommended that children under the age of 2 are painted.
  • It is recommended that children aged 2 to 3 years have a small design on the cheek, hand or arm only
  • Children/adults with a cold sore, eczema, open cut, conjunctivitis and other infectious conditions should not be painted.
  • It is recommended that painters use a clean sponge for each face painted.
  • Change face painting water frequently.
  • Maintain a high standard of hygiene by keeping yourself and your kit clean as you work.
  • Be careful when using products near eyes.
  • Only use cosmetic grade glitter.
  • Ensure faces are clean.
  • Do not add disinfectant or any other hygiene product to face painting water. Professional face paints contain agents which act against yeast, mould and bacteria.
  • It is recommended that clients remove face paint with mild soap and water.
  • If you are face painting whether voluntarily or for payment it is recommended that you hold Public Liability Insurance. Do not assume you will be covered by the Public Liability Insurance of the client for whom you are working.
  • All FACE Members hold full Public Liability Insurance and are professional face painters of a high standard having passed a certification process to become a Member.
  • FACE Members professional standards are reviewed annually.