Make your own face paint

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Make your own face paint
Make your own face paint

Face painting is a fun, safe activity that many children enjoy. If your kid's birthday is approaching or you're getting ready for a neighborhood party, face painting is a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to entertain countless kids. Best of all, you don't have to go to the store to buy makeup. You can also make it yourself using some simple household remedies.


Simple cornstarch and lotion make-up

thinner; suitable for most matters. This recipe makes a single color

  • 1 tablespoon mild body lotion
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • food coloring

clown face paint

thicker; looks like a clown's face paint. This recipe makes a single color

  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 5 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon Vaseline
  • food coloring


Method 1 of 3: Making simple face paint from cornstarch and lotion

Pay attention:

These recipes use mild ingredients that should be safe for most children, but it is always a good idea to check that no one is allergic to the ingredients before use.

Make Your Own Face Paint Step 1
Make Your Own Face Paint Step 1

Step 1. In a bowl, mix cornstarch, lotion and water

Make-up consists of two parts: the base and the color. First you make a neutral base to which you can add any color. Stir until the mixture is smooth.

  • Cornstarch is actually a brand name. It is also called cornstarch.
  • Ideally you use a white lotion so that the color of the make-up does not change. If you don't have lotion, you can also use mild face cream, such as cooling ointment, shea butter, etc.

Step 2. If desired, add more of the ingredients to change the texture of the base

The above recipe should work in most cases. However, if you are not happy with the result, you can add more cornstarch to the mixture thicker and more lotion or water to mix thinner to make. You can know this for yourself.


Step 3. Spoon the base mixture into a small pot or container

When you are happy with the base mixture, spoon it into a small pot or container with a clean spoon. Ideally, you should use a pot or container that you have several copies of. If you make more colors, you can easily keep them all in their own jar or container.

  • An inexpensive and creative way to store face paint is in an egg carton. Put a little of the basic mixture in all the compartments so that they are half full. That way you won't spill when you add the colors.
  • Old baby food jars are also a good choice, as they are usually just the right size to hold face paint.

Step 4. Add food coloring

Add a few drops of the food coloring of your choice to the neutral base. Stir thoroughly to mix everything until the mixture is an even color. You may need to add a little more food coloring than you think is necessary. Keep in mind that you spread this makeup fairly thinly when applying.

  • Not sure how to make a certain color? Then read an article about mixing colors, which you can often find on paint and design sites, like this one. You can also use this wikiHow article on mixing colors.
  • If you'd rather not put food coloring from the store in your child's face paint, don't worry. There are a lot of natural ingredients that you can use to color your makeup. For more information, see the table at the bottom of the article.
Make Your Own Face Paint Step 5
Make Your Own Face Paint Step 5

Step 5. Make more of the base mixture and repeat the process

You can now just repeat the above steps to make different colors. Don't forget to put all colors in separate jars or trays so they don't get mixed up.

To apply the make-up, use a cotton swab or a small brush

Method 2 of 3: Make clown makeup


Step 1. Mix shortening with petroleum jelly and food coloring

This face paint is a lot thicker than the face paint above. This means that if you wait until the end to add the color, it can be difficult to mix the color with the makeup properly. Instead, add the food coloring directly to the wet ingredients. Blend until the mixture is smooth and an even color.


Step 2. Slowly add cornstarch and flour

Then add a little at a time of the powdered ingredients to the mixture. Meanwhile, stir so that the mixture gets an even color. When you're done, if you notice the color is too faded, just add more food coloring and keep stirring.

  • After mixing the shortening and the powdered ingredients, the mixture should be thick or even chalky. This is good, because this make-up, like clown make-up, must be thick enough to apply.
  • Remember that you should use a teaspoon of flour instead of a tablespoon for this recipe.

Step 3. Save the makeup as described above

When you're done making the face paint, you can store it in the same way as the liquid face paint above. Even now you can use an egg carton or old baby food jars to keep the colors apart.

Apply the make-up with an old makeup brush, a cotton swab or a light, clean sponge

Method 3 of 3: Using all-natural colors and dyes

This table shows some well-known ingredients that you can use in place of food coloring from the store. All ingredients are safe to apply to the skin, unless your child is allergic to them.

Natural alternatives to food coloring

Desired color Ingredients Remarks
Yellow Turmeric It may be a good idea to add a little extra moisture to allow for better application of this dry powder.
Red cranberry juice
Pink Pureed and sieved raspberries Push the pureed raspberries through a fine sieve or colander to remove the seeds.
Green Spirulina, spinach
Light green Avocado
Violet Blackberries Strain the blackberries in the same way as the raspberries to remove the pits.
Brown Cocoa powder, chocolate
Black squid ink


If you don't have anything else, you can also try making face paint with non-toxic watercolor pencils. Dip the crayons in warm water and apply the color to the face


  • The make-up you make with these recipes is non-toxic, but apply it carefully. It can sting if you get makeup in your eyes.
  • As mentioned above, it is all the time It is a good idea to ask if children are allergic to the ingredients before painting.

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