Is There a Waterproof Face Paint? Dallas Moms Want to Know!

It’s summer, here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Our summers are HOT in this part of the country, and one question we always get from our clients is about waterproof face painting. 


I’m a mom, and although my daughter is grown now, I distinctly remember the days when I wished that the face paint I just applied for the afternoon would stay on until we got home. The need for a waterproof solution makes complete sense in theory, but there are a few caveats.


Face Paint and Water
Fun Time Entertainment, Inc. has specific airbrush face painters who use a special makeup that is marketed as sweat-proof and waterproof. However, if you touch the makeup while it is wet…it WILL smear. Is this false advertising? Not exactly. When we are face or body painting actors or models, they are professionals. They are disciplined enough to keep their hands off of their faces when they are sweating or around water. Kids are an entirely different ball game. It’s unrealistic to expect a little one to keep their hands off of their face.


The average person (child or no) touches their face many times a day. Dr. Mark Nicas PhD, MPH, CIH Director, Industrial Hygiene Program at the Berkeley School of Public Health in his article, “A study quantifying the hand-to-face contact rate and its potential application to predicting respiratory tract infection“, states: “The average total [facial] contact rate per hour was 15.7 [per individual].” ¹  In our entertainer experience, when you add oppressive heat, face paint and children into the equation…the statistics definitely go up! (We love those little ones!)


Fun Face Paint Options and Alternatives!

The best thing to do when you are planning an outdoor party in the Texas heat…is the same thing we recommend for every party. Plan ahead, and when your event day gets here – ENJOY making memories! Here are a few creative, yet viable options to choose from:


Face Painting: We have been in this business a long time, and face painting is always the top choice when it comes to face or body art at parties. If you choose face painting for your gathering, you can set up a simple photo station RIGHT NEXT to the face painting section to SNAP those perfect pictures before the newly painted kids run amok in the heat! One mom this year had two Polaroid-style cameras set up for parents to use so that they could have an immediate picture as well as cell phone pictures. It was cute! (The backdrop can be as simple as a sheet or as fancy as a backdrop from a party store. It’s up to you!)


Glitter Tattoos: THIS IS THE BEST POOL OPTION. Even though most children prefer face painting, they still love to get glitter tattoos! Glitter tattoos are exactly what they sound like. They are tattoos for the arm or leg…or back (generally not the face) that will stay for 3-5 days! These actually do stay on in the water and are the sturdiest summer option. Not only that, but our artists have designs that will interest almost everyone at your event, so leave time for some of the adults, too!



Airbrush Tattoos: Another pool option. Definitely sweat-proof, and for the most part, are waterproof as discussed above, airbrush tattoos should not be rubbed when they are wet in the pool or the bathtub. These are a CLEAR crowd favorite. Kids and adults love getting these tattoos, and usually line up for more than one! (This is the fastest option. If you have a big crowd of fun parents and kids…this is for you!)


If you have any other questions about the kind of makeup we use or options for your party – feel free to call us! You can reach us at 214-886-4243. We truly look forward to hearing from you!



1. A study quantifying the hand-to-face contact rate and its potential application to predicting respiratory tract infection.

Nicas M1Best D.
J Occup Environ Hyg. 2008 Jun;5(6):347-52. doi: 10.1080/15459620802003896.

PMID: 18357546