Stained your practice head for face painting? Soap and scrubbing didn’t help? Don’t worry, there’s still hope!
Practice heads are used by face painters to practice on when they don’t have any willing humans to paint on. Due to the high pigmentation of some of the brands of face paint they can be hard/near impossible to clean.
Lucy Jayne from Australia said that “from the very first time I tried one strokes on it – it’s been stained green, then I tried dark blue batman faces and again – stained worse.”
“I tried 99% alcohol with magic sponges, normal eucalytpus oil, nail polish remover, makeup remover, ajax – nothing worked – until another painter told me about this. I’m so glad she did!”
The solution (drum roll please): Water Soluble Eucalyptus Oil Solution and a Microfibre Sponge (like the Magic Eraser Sponge/Gala Rub Out Sponge).
As you can see in Lucy’s photo the head was stained with dark colors, but the right side had been treated with the water soluble eucalyptus oil solution and a magic eraser sponge and it looks brand new!!
Before painting your practice head some recommend you spray it with hair spray, to prevent staining. Also try to wash the head as soon as possible after painting it to get the best results.
If you’d like your own practice head, we recommend the Mehron Practice Head.
The practice head by Mehron featured right is similar to a mannequin head, and an excellent way to practice face painting designs. Head is made of a soft plastic and allows the paint to flow on the skin smooth.
This professional quality, practice head is the ideal learning tool to perfect face painting basics, practice specific techniques, test new makeup products and create your own unique designs.
Guaranteed to hold still, not rub his or her eyes and never run out of patience 🙂
Do you have any tips for cleaning practice heads? Have you tried Lucy’s solution?
If you are tired of cleaning your practice head you could also buy one of our face painting practice boards which are much easier to clean.