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How to make the best homemade face paint for kids

Fun homemade face painting recipes to make at home for kids birthday parties. 

Making your own face paint is a cheap and fun for kids birthday parties or costumes.  These are our favorite homemade face paint recipes. 

Tip:  Mix up a small batch days before the party to see which Face Paint recipe you like the best.  Then mix up enough for all the guests the day of the party.

Add food coloring one or two drops at a time until you reach the desired color.


Tips for Homemade Face Paint

1.  After mixing together all of the below recipes:
Place 1 or 2 tablespoons of the mix into small ziploc bags.  Add a few drops of washable paint to the bag and seal.  Mix the facepaint mixture with the paint until smooth. Add more paint a little at a time if needed to obtain the perfect color.

After all the colors are mixed cut a small hole at the bottom corner of the bag and pipe into plastic containers.

2. To make the face paint go on smoother add a few drops of water to the paints before applying.

3. Add shimmer to the colors to make them sparkle.

Face Paint Recipe #1
1 tsp. corn starch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
Food Coloring

Stir starch and cold cream together until they blended together.   Add the water and stir.  Add food coloring and mix well.  Make a separate batch for each color you want to use.  Use small paint brushes or a sponge for larger areas to paint on party guests faces.  Remove this make your own facepaint recipe with soap and water or a baby wipe.  


Face Paint #2

3/4 Cup Karo light corn syrup
1/4 Cup Water
3 TBLS Cornstarch
1 TBLS Flour
Food Coloring or washable paint

Divide into smaller jars and add food coloring.  Mix in extra cornstarch if mixture is too thin.


Face Paint Recipe #3
2 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Face Cold Cream
1 tsp Water
Food Coloring

Mix all ingredients except the food coloring.  Then add in food coloring one drop at a time until you reach the color you want.


Clown Makeup
2 TBLS Shortening (like Crisco)
5 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Flour
1/4 tsp Vaseline
Food Coloring

Mix together shortening, cornstarch and flour in a small bowl.  Mix in the Vaseline.  Separate into small bowls if you want more then 1 color and mix in food coloring one drop at a time.  Apply to face with a sponge.  For details thin the mixture with a little water and use a small brush.

Easy Facepaint Recipe
Equal parts:
Cornstarch and Lotion (for faces)

1/3 tsp oil (vegetable, corn or coconut)
Washable paint in different colors
Bowl for mixing
small ziploc bags
Individual containers for storing

Mix the cornstarch and lotion together in equal amounts (1/2 cup to 1/2 cup).

Add the oil a little at a time and mix well. Mix in enough oil for the consistancy to be smooth, but not watery. 

We are always looking for the best homemade recipes to make your own facepaint for kids.  If you have a favorite please share with us!

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