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A face painter uses water-based FDA compliant face paints at the New MexicoState Fair. Image source: Kob4 Eyewitness News

A face painter uses water-based FDA compliant face paints at the New MexicoState Fair. Image source: Kob4 Eyewitness News

A FACE painter at the New Mexico State Fair was temporarily shut down after safety concerns surfaced with the paint used on childrens’ faces.

KOB4 Eyewitness News reported fair officials moved in to shut down the stall when the face painter was found to be using acrylic or craft paints.

KOB4 reports:

“Acrylic paint contains heavy metals…lead, nickel…it also contains formaldehyde,” said Linda Bazan, a mother who reported the vendor to fair officials.

“In doing a little more research, we don’t feel completely comfortable with it either,” said Erin Thompson, with the New Mexico State Fair.

“So we’ve advised him whatever products he’s going to use should be up to the highest standards…to be FDA-approved.”

There is no state law in New Mexico regulating face-painters like there is for tattoo artists, so the vendor hasn’t done anything illegal.

But parents told KOB they were relieved the State Fair shut him down.

“I’m glad they did, because she’s real sensitive to chemicals and perfumes, and if she would have went there, it would have been traumatic for her,” Bazan said.

Andrea Gomez, the owner of Fierce Faces, another face-painting shop that does use FDA-approved paint, says it’s up to parents to ask what kind of paint an artist is using.

“Our skin can have reactions to the chemicals that are in acrylic paint, and all the FDA-approved paint is water-based paint that is safe for the face and body,” said Gomez.

Read the full story here: www.kob.com/article/stories/s3565953.shtml#.VB4y8mNuqNb

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