How to Make Homemade Face Paint

ArtHearty Staff Oct 27, 2018
Why spend a fortune on store-bought face paint when you can prepare non-toxic paint colors right at home? Read on to know the instructions on how to make homemade face paint.
Be it Halloween or a costume party, without face paint, a party seems incomplete without it. The face is painted according to the character that person is dressing up as.
So, whether you plan to dress up as a fairy, witch, tiger, ghost, vampire, etc., you can easily prepare non-toxic face paint from items found in your pantry. It's an easier and less-expensive alternative to purchasing paint colors from craft stores.
Now, instead of beating around the bush, let's get to the steps to prepare homemade face paint. Here we go..

Easy Face Paint Recipes

You can prepare the following recipes and store the paint in small mason jars. This way, when you're applying the paint on yourself or helping someone else, you will have easy access to the colors. Also, apply the colors with your fingers, soft paintbrushes, or cotton balls and swabs.

Paint Recipe #1

Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Vaseline
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • Food coloring, your choice
  • Styrofoam plate
Directions
In the Styrofoam plate, combine all the ingredients one by one, except the food color. With a paintbrush or toothbrush, stir everything neatly. Once the mixture is ready, without any lumps, add food color (one drop at a time). Keep stirring the mixture while adding the food color. Once you get the desired color, stop adding color and use the batch.

Paint Recipe #2

Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cold cream
  • Food coloring, your choice
  • Styrofoam plate
Directions
In the Styrofoam plate, combine cornstarch with water. With a paintbrush or toothbrush, stir the mixture thoroughly. Once it is ready, without any lumps, add the cold cream and food coloring (one drop at a time). Keep stirring the mixture as you add the food coloring. Once you get the desired color, stop adding more color and use the batch.

Paint Recipe #3

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • Food coloring, your choice
  • Styrofoam plate
Directions
In the Styrofoam plate, combine cornstarch, flour, corn syrup, and water together. With a paintbrush or toothbrush, stir the mixture thoroughly. Once it is ready, without any lumps, add the food color (one drop at a time). Keep stirring the mixture as you add the food coloring. Once you get the desired color, stop adding color and use the batch.

Paint Recipe #4

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon Vaseline
  • ¼ cup water
  • Food coloring, your choice
  • Styrofoam plate
Directions
In the Styrofoam plate, combine cornstarch, flour, Vaseline and water. With a paintbrush or toothbrush, stir the mixture thoroughly. Once it is ready, without any lumps, add the food coloring (one drop at a time). Keep stirring the mixture as you add the food coloring. Once you get the desired color, stop adding more color and use the batch.

Paint Colors Using Real Food

Following are some specific ingredients to make particular colors respectively:

Yellow - Turmeric powder
Purple - Blueberry purée
Orange - Carrot juice
Brown - Chocolate sauce
Dark Green Spirulina powder
Pink Strawberry purée
Black Squid ink

If you don't wish to use food coloring in any of these recipes, just review the information provided here for color options.
As you can see, there are many foods that can be added to the recipes mentioned and get the color you're looking for. However, it is essential to know that these paint colors are not supposed to be eaten.
If a child or whoever is wearing the paint is allergic to any of the ingredients mentioned and/or the recipes, do not include it while preparing the paint. To verify that the kids are not allergic to any of the ingredients, do a small test on their hands.
Apart from the paint colors, you can also add body glitter to any of these paint colors. It's really simple! All you have to do is add glitter to aloe vera gel to get clear glitter mixture. Or, you can also add the glitter to any of the recipes mentioned here.
Most of the ingredients mentioned in the recipes can be easily found in your pantry. With only a few minutes to spare to prepare the paint colors, the only thing you need to spend time on is painting the face.