A lesson to all who are brave enough to let small children give them ‘makeovers’: Check what products they’re using.
We’d also advise clearing the house of any scissors, unless you want a dodgy haircut. Learn from Leanne Short, 35, whose face was dyed red for two days after her daughter switched face paint for lip stain during a makeover.
Nine-year-old Rosie had begged her mum to let her transform her face for Halloween. Rosie planned to turn Leanne into a clown, but when she noticed how well the red ‘paint’ she was using was working, she decided to turn her mum into a lobster. But that ‘face paint’ Rosie was using was in fact a red lip stain.
Leanne realised something was wrong when her skin began to tingle. Leanne’s daughter Rosie had covered her mum’s face in red lip stain (Picture: Kennedy News and Media) ‘It was a genuine mistake – I think,’ said Leanne.
‘The other items she used are just sticks of face paint wax and she just picked up the lip stain. ‘She said to me “can I decorate you and see what you’d look like for Halloween”? We’ve got some Halloween makeup pens and various bits and I said yes.
‘It was actually a lipstick I’d got in Primark, a red lip stain, and it was in my makeup bag. ‘I don’t know if it fell out of my makeup bag into the other stuff but she picked it up. She said “oh I’ll make you red”.
‘She had said she was giving me clown lips to turn me into a clown but then she said “I’ll do the whole face”. ‘I just sat there and she said do a selfie.
She’d done it on my lips and I was thinking it was looking terrible because I was in my pyjamas. It took two days to fade (Picture: Kennedy News and Media) ‘She was really proud, which is why in the selfies she’s got her thumbs up and things.
I was just thinking “I’m glad you’re happy”. ‘That Halloween stuff just washes off but when it started tingling and burning and that’s when I realised it wasn’t right. I was just thinking “oh no”.
‘I said show me that Halloween stuff you’re using. And that’s when I realised it was lip stain.’ Leanne says her bathroom looked like a ‘murder scene’ as she tried to scrub the red stain off her face, using water, makeup remover, baking soda, and even vinegar to get her skin clear. Nothing Leanne tried worked, and she ended up having to spend two days with a red tinged face.
‘She thought it was hilarious,’ said Leanne. ‘She just said “you’re going to have to take me to school looking like that, I’m so embarrassed”. But she did that to me! She thought it was so funny.