How Do You Make Homemade Face Paint?

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Make your own face paint to avoid exposing your skin to chemicals and allergens found in commercial products. A simple non-toxic recipe requires solid white shortening, cornstarch, white flour, glycerin and food coloring or fruit juice; you also need a paintbrush, tissue, soap and water. Simply blend the ingredients together until a creamy mixture is formed, add color and apply it to your face.

  1. Combine the ingredients

    Gather together solid white shortening, cornstarch, white flour and glycerin. Mix together 5 teaspoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of white flour until well-blended. Add 2 tablespoons of solid white shortening. Blend the shortening in with a fork.

  2. Mix in the glycerin

    Add three to five drops of glycerin to the shortening, cornstarch and flour mixture. Mix until you get a creamy texture.

  3. Add color

    If you want colored face paint, add a few drops of food coloring. Another way to color the paint is to use fruit juice. However, there is then a possibility that the colored face paint will stain your skin.

  4. Apply or remove the face paint

    Carefully apply the face paint using a paintbrush. Make sure to keep it away from the eyes. Remove the face paint using tissue and warm, soapy water.