Halloween Special for Kids and Parents
All About Novelty Makeup
Painting your face can be a big part of the fun on Halloween and lots of other special occasions. Most of the time people do this without a problem, but not always. Here are some pointers to help keep your fun from leaving you with a rash, swollen eyelids, or other grief.
Painting Your Face: Special Effects Without After-effects!
Additives: The "FDA OK" (Or, A Little Detective Work Won't Hurt)
Luckily, you don't have to. The law says that color additives have to be approved by FDA for use in cosmetics, and that includes the just-for-fun kind that people use on Halloween. It also includes theatrical makeup.
Plus, FDA has to decide how they may be used, based on safety information. A color that's OK on your tough fingernails or your hair may not be OK on your skin. Colors that are OK for most of your skin may not be OK near your eyes.
How do you know which ones are OK to use, and where? Do some detective work and check two places:
For That Ghoulish Glow
Luminescent colors: These colors glow in the dark. In August 2000, FDA approved luminescent zinc sulfide for limited cosmetic use. It's the only luminescent color approved for cosmetic use, and it's not for every day and not for near your eyes. You can recognize it by its whitish-yellowish-greenish glow.
When the Party's Over...
How you take the stuff off is as important as how you put it on. Remove it the way the label says. If it says to remove it with cold cream, use cold cream. If it says to remove it with soap and water, use soap and water. If it says to remove it with eye makeup remover, use eye makeup remover. You get the picture. The same goes for removing glue, like the stuff that holds on fake beards.
And remember, the skin around your eyes is delicate. Remove makeup gently.
Now, go have a good time, and a safe one.
But Just in Case...
Office of Cosmetics and ColorsFor more about your skin, and how to protect it, please visit Focus On Skin.
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Federal Drug Administration, (www.FDA.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 10/11/2002
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