Homemade Face Paint Recipe

 photo IMG_0715_zpsf1450913.jpgThis is a partial post- I am writing a full post with details about why I am posting this... and it will hopefully be up in a few minutes. But since I wanted this post to be google searchable, I am leaving this recipe as a separate blog post, and just linking to this recipe from the other post.

This is how you make homemade face paint.
Is it super healthy? No. It has chemicals in it. It has lotion in it. But... it's cheapskate. And made with things most people already have around the house. And for once in a million years that I am using face paint, yes, I don't mind tremendously using these chemicals which are "officially" safe by FDA standards, even if I wouldn't usually use it.
And if you have chemical free versions of the things below, you can certainly use them instead of the standard ingredients, but that'll up the price.

I've included how to make green face paint, to get a nice alien green (see- I'm already alluding to my next blog post...), but you can use whatever color food colorings you want to make your face paint whatever colors you desire.

Homemade Face Paint Recipe

3 tablespoons lotion/hand cream
9 tablespoons potat/corn/tapioca starch
7 drops blue food coloring
10 drops yellow food coloring
1 tablespoon water

1. Mix the lotion and most of the starch together, then add the food coloring. Mix well.

2. If you find it is too runny, add a little more starch until you get a good spreadable consistency. If it is too dry, add a little water.

3. Apply with your finger or a paint brush to the skin.

4. Let dry.

5. This washes off pretty easily.

I can't promise you that you'll have the same results exactly as you would with store bought face paint, but it is still lots of fun and works well.

Are you or your kids face paint fans? Would you ever make something like this from scratch, or just buy store bought? If you've made homemade face paint, how did you make yours?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. I would totally make this for halloween! thanks!

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