Don't be frightened by Halloween face paint
- Don't use anything on the face that isn't intended for skin.
- If face paint has a bad smell, it could be a sign of contamination or bacteria. Throw it away.
- Some face paints have pictures showing people wearing them near their eyes even though the labels say "not for use near eyes." Believe the label, not the picture.
- Try a dab of the face paint on an arm a few days before wearing to check for allergic reactions.
- Check to make sure any colors in the face paint are FDA-approved by looking at the Summary of Color Additives on the FDA's website. If there's a color in your makeup that isn't on the list, don't use it.
- Be careful with fluorescent ("neon" or "day-glow") and luminescent ("glow-in-the-dark") colors. None of them are for use near the eyes.
- Don't sleep with face paint on; wearing it too long may irritate the skin or cause it to flake off and get in the eyes.
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