We looked at all of the most respected body paints on the market today and narrowed it to four.
All are USA-made and therefore meet FDA rules.
They are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and relatively easy to remove.
We list them from most expensive to least.
You can’t Die Mr. Bond …from the best body paints, even GOLD. The Smithsonian Magazine agrees.
For all the body paint products on this page:
- All water-based and easy to remove
- None require respirator: no fumes on this page
- FDA compliant so no ingredients of concern
- Need no special removers (water, some soap)
- Apply with sponge or brush
KEY RULE: always test in spots, just like any painting anywhere, this goes for even the best body paints (#1 and #2 on list).
Test. In. Spots.
Safety First: Thank you FDA
In the US, there are tough FDA rules for all body paint. They must be non-toxic, non-allergenic, and easy to remove. The downside is they may need more touch up than the more toxic types described just below. more susceptible to sweat. lighter colors may not give the greatest coverage, or crack when applied thickly.
All the paints here are water-based so they will start to dissolve in sweat. So? Avoid the direct sun and exercise, and you should be ok.
True sweat-proof paints are of course the best body paint but they are oil-based. If you want oil-based, have a look at ProAiir Hybrid. Can last 3 days! Expensive! Remove with baby oil or makeup remover.
Here are the best in order of quality (and cost).
“High pigment load”, means very good coverage so you don’t need much paint.
Each color is 1 oz: very generous, but you do pay for it.
- Free of paraben, gluten, and fragrance
- Nice storage case
- Glycerin-based so smooth for easy blending
- Easy to apply and remove
- Very nice medium sheen
- Almost vegan (the only non-vegan ingredient is the red carmine)
You get a large amount of the very best body paint we could find. It’s worth it if you really want control.
Smell: faint if any; maybe coconut/walnut
Top pick for the non-pro. Best value and best reputation on this page.
Five different palettes of 8 colors each at a competitive price. We read reviews from professional makeup artists and this bodypaint always comes up. You get 1/4 oz. per color.
These are a bit more expensive up front, but less expensive in the end.
By using high-quality ingredients it gives you a high pigment load, so you use less paint.
These are also easy to mix together…since they’re water-activated.
- Actually moisturizes skin
- Easy to apply and remove
- Dries down to a matte finish
- Is more long-lasting than others we looked at
They claim it is “sweat-proof”, but, you know, it’s water-based. Just sayin’.
The main ingredients are a blend of aloe and chamomile, glycerin, avocado oil, cocoa butter. Very nice.
Smell: slight chalky paint smell
Wow factor here. It’s an amazing look under black lighting (a good deal on bulbs here,) but it’s still great even in normal lighting.
- Very bright even in normal lighting
- Creamy texture
- Dries quickly
- A bit harder to apply than the above choices
Often used as an accent with other body paint.
Smell: faintly coconut
Marketed toward children: it’s not expensive, but it’s not a lot of paint. Probably best for a one-time party for one or two kids.
- Easy to apply body paint
- Gentle on the skin
- Can be blended
- Vegan, hypoallergenic,
- Free of gluten, paraben, nut, and fragrance
- Does not spread as well as higher-priced body paints above
Also, you may need rubbing alcohol to remove it, or just lots of warm water and soap. That’s a good thing as children bump each other.
Smell: like any face cream, somewhat fruity, like kid stuff
With all of these, it’s water. But to be a bit quicker, you can use dishwashing liquid. Just apply a bit of soap to the body paint, let it sit for a short time, then wipe it off with a damp rag.
If water is too slow as it can be with these best body paints, use baby oil or coconut oil in the shower, followed by some soap. Any slight staining fades quickly in a short time as you wash normally.
Ways to apply the best body paints
- a paintbrush
- a synthetic sponge
- a natural sea sponge
- an airbrush
Here is the best value in makeup brushes. Amazing price.
Even the best water-based body paints need touch-ups.
Beautiful Artwork with the Best Body Paints
French artist Yves Klein (1928 – 1962), who is today regarded as one of the key pioneers of Performance art.
The first modern appearance of the full body paint emerged in 1933 when famous cosmetic inventor Max Factor Sr. caused confusion and disturbance with their exhibition of naked model Sally Rand at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
Ah, the Bruce Willis years:
They used black makeup mixed with some pigment highlights on Charlize.
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