How to Make Face Paint


Howl bout making your own face paint for Halloween?  All you need are some common household ingredients and you can make it yourself face paint.  Keep this idea in mind for an added flare to your child’s birthday party, showing some school spirit or at your next sporting event.

Clown Make-up

2 tablespoons shortening
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon flour
Dab of Vaseline
Optional:  Add food coloring for various colors.

 * Mix in a paper bowl or on a paper plate.

Face Paint Mix #1

1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cold cream
1/2 teaspoon water
food coloring (variety of colors)

Mix cornstarch, cold cream and water together in a bowl, until well blended.  Add food coloring, one drop at a time until you get your desired color.

 * The face paint looks darker in the bowl, but once applied to the skin it will appear lighter, so you may want to add more drops of food coloring.


Face Paint Mix #2

3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup Karo light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon food coloring (add more drops as desired)

Mix cornstarch and flour together in a bowl.  Gradually stir in Karo light corn syrup and water until smooth.  Divide mixture into individual containers, and tint each one with the food coloring you desire.


Fake Blood

1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup
1/4 cup cold water
red food coloring


blue food coloring  (will make the blood look a darker red)

In a glass measuring cup, add 1 tablespoon corn starch and pour in corn syrup, a little at a time to prevent getting lumpy.  Mix well until all of the corn syrup has been mixed in.  Add ¼ cup of cold water and mix.  Add red food coloring until you get the desired color of redness.  Place cup in the microwave for approximately 2 minutes on high.  (you just want this mix to barely boil.)  Stir and let it cool.
Warts, scabs, blisters and other skin wounds

* This can only be done by experimenting with the gelatin.  Not meant to look perfect.

1 ounce gelatin (plain or flavored, depending on desired color effect)
2 tablespoons boiling water
colored sugar, couscous, and parika (add in as needed)
4 tablespoons light corn syrup

In a small bowl or cup combine gelatin and water.  Before the gelatin sets completely, make warts, scabs or blisters by dripping the liquid gelatin onto a ceramic plate and letting it set completely.  Once set, carefully peel the formations off of the plate and place them onto your child’s body or face.  Use the corn syrup as your adhesive.  If the gelatin sets before you are ready, reheat it in a microwave for approximately 10 seconds or until it starts to thin.  After 3 – 5 minutes, the gelatin will set.  If the gelatin does not set, let it sit for a minute or so longer and try the process again.

Optional:  To create texture.

  1. Stretch or grab gobs of the almost set gelatin and string it or glop it as desired.  Attach to your skin with corn syrup.
  2. Sprinkle some colored sugar into the unset gelatin.  (This will make a grainy texture).  Sprinkle couscous or paprika on top of the string or glop of gelatin once they’ve begun to set and this will create some wounds that look scabbed over.



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