Up until recently I suggested PAX, a mixture of acrylic paint and pros-aide, as a skin-safe body paint specifically when using Liquitex acrylic paint. This was based off a variety of sources that recommended it for use on skin including cosplayers, makeup artists in forums, published sources and a SFX makeup wiki. Some of these sources specified that Liquitex was the only skin-safe acrylic paint option and the MSDS mostly supported that. Even the pros-aide adhesive website recommended PAX for use on skin! While I do my best to post accurate information, and promote safety, there is always misinformation and room for human error.
Last month I recommended PAX in a post and I had several people message me that PAX was not safe for use on skin. I would like to thank them all for bringing it to my attention, especially arkadycosplay who pointed it out first. Some of those who messaged me were qualified SFX makeup artists and I really did value their feedback, but it was important for me to get responses from the companies themselves. So I e-mailed both Liquitex and Pros-Aide to see if I could get an official response.
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Liquitex’s Response / Pros Aide’s Response / Apology / Cosplay Tutorial’s Next Steps / Thanks
Liquitex does not recommend their products be used on skin. This disputes the claims that PAX is safe on skin, or safe on skin if Liquitex acrylic paint is used. PAX body paint is not recommended as an option for body painting and Cosplay Tutorial will not recommend it any further.