How to Remove Body Paint


Body paint is used in many different situations. Children's parties, sporting events, Halloween, family events, dances, art expos, theater performances and many other venues require the use of body paint. This paint is usually designed to stay on the skin even with rubbing and sweating. This makes it much harder to remove the paint at the end of the day. Many body paint manufacturers sell paint removal products that are safe for use on even the most sensitive skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Makeup remover
  • Paint cleansing cream or gel
  • Foaming cleanser
  • Cotton balls or cotton pads
  • Washcloth
  • Bar of soap
  • Cotton swabs
  • Olive oil
  • Milk
  • Cucumber

Commercial Cleaners

  • Squeeze a small amount of paint cleaning cream over a small section of your body. If your whole body is covered in body paint, then work in small sections. If it is just on your face, you can clean your face in two sections--first the face and then the eye area.

  • Rub the cleansing cream over the painted section. The paint should start to smear and the cream will turn the color of the paint. Rinse the area with warm water. Apply an additional cleansing coat if necessary.

  • Continue to apply cleanser in small sections until your entire body is mostly paint-free.

  • Get into the shower and turn the water on. Do not step under the shower head yet. Rub a foaming cleanser into a washcloth and rub over your entire body. The washcloth will remove any paint that is deep inside the skin.

  • Step under the shower head and cleanse your entire body with a bar of soap, just like you normally would. Towel off when finished.

  • Pour a small amount of makeup remover onto a cotton pad or cotton ball. Wipe the makeup remover over your entire face, avoiding the eye area for now.

  • Wipe the inside of the ears with makeup remover. Dip a cotton swab in makeup remover and use it to clean the inner sections of the ear that you cannot reach with your fingers.

  • Continue to apply makeup remover until the cotton pad starts to stay white.

  • Apply makeup remover to the eye area in the same manner. Wash your entire face with your normal facial regimen. Pat your skin dry, and moisturize.

  • Apply moisturizer to the rest of your body, especially if you plan to use body paint again in the near future. Well moistened skin provides a better canvas for body paint.

Homemade Cleaners

  • Peel a cucumber and cut it into thin circles. Place the cucumber in a small pot on the stove. Add a cup of milk. Heat the milk until it starts to simmer, stir to keep the milk from burning and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

  • Dip a cotton ball or soft cloth in the milky mixture and rub over the body paint. The body paint will come right off, leaving silky skin behind.

  • Place a few drops of olive oil onto a cotton ball and wipe over the eye area. Olive oil will not cause problems for even the most sensitive eyes and is an effective body paint remover.


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