4. It’s Wasteful
Usually when I used wet wipes to clean a childs face before face painting, I really didn’t need the entire cloth. Most of the time it was a little food on the side of the mouth, or some boogers, and you don’t really use the entire cloth. But you can’t reuse that on someone else! Eww gross! So you have no choice but to toss it. What a waste. On top of that wet wipes are not that cheap.
(No really, don’t flush these things, even the ones that say they are ‘flush-able’. Just don’t.)
At the rate I was using them for just tiny clean ups, I was going through whole packs before I knew what hit me. But in the end I would rather paint on a clean face then have mustard bits end up in my even more pricey paints.
3. They Push The Color Into Your Pores
“You wanna know how I got these stains?”
So this makes them terrible for touch-ups too, or ‘do overs’. On the back of my business cards there are care and removal instructions, and it specifically says. “Don’t use wet wipes”.
2. Because: Science!
“Duh!” I thought to myself. As I had been doing this for years! When I switched to my new method (listed at the end of this article), holy smokes did everything sure improve! No more struggling to get the paint to stick and blend; which also meant I could work faster.
1. They Are Crazy Bad For The Skin
My Alternative Solution:
Get a little atomizer bottle and put water and a bit of hand/face soap in it. Not dish soap, not body wash, just plain Jane soap. The less fancy the better, because you don’t want to trigger any possible allergies in your clients, from added fragrances, or soaps that are made for washing dishes are not the best for this job. I use scrapings from Dove or Ivory soap because it’s they are the gentlest on skin and don’t leave an oily residue. The plainer the soap the better. I mix them with the water and they dissolve make my soapy water which I spray on to the paper towel.
As for the paper towel I use a double ply brand that has the ‘select a size’ sheets (I use Bounty Select-a-Size). I then cut those sheets into 3 squares. Roughly something like this.
the world will explode.”
– Safer for the skin
– Better for removing face paint
– Easier to paint over after cleaning
– Saves Space
– Better for correcting mistakes
– Creates less waste
– More environmentally friendly