Your child doesn't need to use toxic face paints and other cosmetics this Halloween. Sometimes an awesome costume can stand alone. You can choose a colored wig for your child vs. actual hair color or try wearing a cool face mask add-on vs. make-up. You can even make some homemade, safe face paint. That said, not all parents have the time to whip up homemade supplies, plus some of us have little ones who are way into the glam look, which is fine, as long as you're aware that most face paints, cosmetics and nail colors aren’t safe for kids or very eco-friendly either. Luckily, for kids who like to go wild on Halloween, there are some safer spooky and sweet Halloween cosmetic options out there. Keep reading to see some of our favorite safe Halloween cosmetics for kids.
Lyra Face Paint Pencils
Lyra Face Paint Pencils are non-toxic face pencils that are dermatologically tested and free of lead neurotoxins and parabens (preservatives). Palm oil is the primary ingredient and there’s no need to dip them in water before use. These easy-to-use face paints are wood-wrapped, so they’re easy to hold and your hands stay clean while applying. Each set includes 6 colored face pencils: white, yellow, red, blue, green and black. For ages 3+.
Luna Star, formally Luna Organics, offers a wide array of make-up, perfect for Halloween or any other dress-up time. Each costume makeup kit scores well on Skin Deep and is made of natural, hypoallergenic materials that are easy to apply and easy to remove with mild soap and water. Luna Star’s costume cosmetic kits come in sweet and bright styles, such as Pixie Magic or Animal Medley, plus you can browse other make-up kit options such as Shining Stars, Fancy Fairies and more.
Keeki Non-Toxic Nail Polish Halloween Gift Packs
Keeki Pure and Simple offers many safe cosmetics for young kids, including a full line of non-toxic nail colors especially made to help your child celebrate Halloween. There’s the Candy Corn Gift Pack which includes Lemonade, Marshmallow and Orange Sorbet colors, the Franken-Keeki Gift Pack that comes with Sour Apple Slushie and Midnight Snack, and more to choose from. Or see more safe nail polish choice for kids.
Elegant Minerals Face Paint
Elegant Minerals offers 100% non-toxic and hypoallergenic vivid costume make-up kits plus some super bright Xtream eye shadow choices. This option is certified cruelty free, paraben-free, lead-free non-toxic Halloween costume makeup that’s made in the USA. Their cosmetics are also free from talc, bismuth, carmine, fragrances, artificial preservatives and other potential harmful ingredients. Each costume make-up kit comes with 5 face paint colors, a 5-piece applicator set, 1 small brush, 2 glitter bags, 1 211 Geisha White Oil- controlling powder (goes on clear) and 1 natural vegan facial bar sample, so you can wash your child up after the Halloween festivities have ended. Best of all, because Elegant Minerals offers great custom mix-and-match color kits (15 colors to choose from), you don’t have to buy make-up colors you don’t need.
Manic Panic Dye Hard
If your kid is into vivid Halloween hair color, you don’t have many choices. There’s simply not perfectly chemical-free hair dyes out there – seriously, anything that turns hair bright green or blue, can’t be entirely natural. You can choose a wig instead, but honestly, as someone who was into hair dye and piercings as a kid, it’d be pretty hypocritical of me to say, “NO hair dye EVER” to my own child. If your child is begging for hair dye this Halloween, the best choice, in my opinion is Manic Panic. Manic Panic isn’t totally green, but they have some perks, such as they test on people not animals and their products are made with some natural ingredients and they’re vegan. Plus, they’re very up-front about hair dye safety and offer tons of helpful hair dye safety tips at their website. For Halloween color, I suggest Dye Hard, Manic Panic’s temporary hair color choice, available in a shockingly cool array of colors.
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