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Derivan Face & Body Paint is a safe non-toxic paint for use on the face and body over a barrier cream.

Face paint packs are available in either 5 fluro colours or 5 standard colours in the 40ml containers.

It is designed as a drama and theatre paint which can also be used for fetes, fairs, children's parties and wherever face and/or body painting is required. Derivan Face & Body paint is made to the highest standards and conforms to all government regulations and requirements.

Derivan Face and Body Paint has been formulated as a safe, non-toxic paint which conforms to Australian and European Community cosmetic regulations and Australian standard 1647.3.


It is advisable to use Derivan Face and Body Paint over a "barrier" or hand cream on the face. Do not use on persons with sensitive skin or skin conditions. Do not apply to open wounds. Avoid contact with eyes, nasal passages, mouth or other orifices as abrasive irritation may occur.

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Using a clean palette knife or other utensil, remove as much paint from the container as necessary for the session and replace lid. DO NOT RETURN UNUSED DERIVAN FACE AND BODY PAINT TO THE CONTAINER. Place on a palette or other clean non-porous surface. Mix the required secondary or tertiary colours on this palette.

Apply a barrier cream or hand cream to the skin before painting: this will make it even easier to remove Derivan Face and Body Paint from the skin.

Apply Derivan Face and Body Paint with a soft brush, sponge, cotton wool or cosmetic dabber.

It is strongly advisable, if painting more than one face, to use a disposable applicator such as cotton wool and discard after each person - be careful not to re-immerse the applicator in the paint.

Do not apply the barrier cream or Derivan Face and Body Paint too close to the eyes as both contain solid particles which may irritate the eyes.

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The face paint will wash off with soap and water. Avoid getting the face paint on clothing as even though it will not stain the skin, it may stain some fabrics.

Colour Mixing

All the colours may be intermixed to form bright secondary and tertiary colours.

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Clean Up

Keep all brushes and utensils wet while working. Avoid letting them dry out as the face paint is much easier to remove from brushes while wet. Wash all utensils, brushes and hands with soap and water to clean up.



Removal of paints stains

Derivan Face & Body Paint is formulated to be easily removed from clothing. However, old clothing should be worn as some fabrics may stain. Derivan Face & Body Paint is formulated using pigments rather than dyes as dyes tend to stain much more readily.

With the thumb and forefinger of each hand slowly work the stain in a rolling action thereby releasing the paint and colour into the soapy water. Change the water as necessary and repeat washing action. DO NOT USE HOT WATER. Some stubborn stains may need to be soaked overnight. Derivan Face & Body Paint is formulated so that it will swell up and release when submerged in soapy water. Other methods of cleaning will generally only act to drive the stain in deeper. Do not boil, dry-clean or use chemical solvents or thinners. Do not iron over a stain. Do not machine wash. Keep stained garments separate from other washing.


Derivan Face & Body Paint is available in 40ml and selected colours in 250ml jars.

Packs of 5 colours in either standard or fluoro.


Acrylics as Facepaint (from Steven Patterson, General Manager)

There has recently been several posts (some old some new) that say that "acrylics" or artists paints are dangerous to use on the skin and that they are carcinogenic, that is, they cause cancer. This is not true, although some artist acrylics may contain pigments that may possibly be carcinogenic, it is the pigment that is the nasty part not the acrylic.  However, these pigments will usually have more obvious health warnings on them than a cigarette packet, so it will not be hard to work out which are the bad ones.

The chance that one of colours may be carcinogenic is not the only reason not to use artist paints on the skin however. The reason that artist acrylics should not be used on the skin is the same reason that anything else that is not a cosmetic should not be used on the skin. Only cosmetic products made to cosmetic standards (or other therapeutic goods that are designed to go on the skin) are made using materials that are proven to be safe on the skin and can be used for pro-longed periods without any side effects.

For Matisse Derivan products, if they are labelled non-toxic then that’s what they are, however, being non-toxic does not mean that they are meant to be eaten or for that matter go on the skin. They are designed to be safe for their intended use and if a person happens to consume a small amount ‘accidentally’ or get some on their skin ‘the average person’ will have no reaction.  You should keep in mind that there are people who are not ‘average’ and are hyper-sensitive to some things and they may find that the paints cause them irritation or even to become quite ill, and this can happen with many different things - even something as humble as a peanut can be quite literally life threatening to some people. With that said I can't remember a complaint about our product (and I have been here since 1983). So non-toxic does not equal cosmetic.

Acrylics are not necessarily dangerous (many acrylics are approved and used in cosmetics worldwide) however it is certainly wrong to use an artist acrylic as a face paint. Only paints such as the Derivan Face & Body Paint or Tim Gratton’s Body & Face Paints that are cosmetics should be used.


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The Derivan Face & Body Paint Toolkit is an excellent start up set for anyone who is lookitoolkitng to earn a little extra cash at fetes or markets, or anywhere where you need to paint a lot of faces. In addition to 5 great colours, it has everything needed to start including brushes, sponges, and sequins. An inspirational book with a considerable number of face painting ideas and techniques allows artists to develop their face painting repertoire.


Starter SetIntroducing the new Derivan Face & Body Starter Set which includes 5 colours, an applicator sponge and two paint brushes to allow you to start painting faces straight away. Packaged in a convenient hang sell box, the inserts also include two simple face painting projects with step by step images, and a useful colour mixing guide.

If you would like more information about stocking these new sets, please contact David on (02) 9736 2022 or via email on dm@matisse.com.au.







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