It always happens- last minute your child changes their mind about their Halloween costume or has a malfunction and needs to find something else. While running out to the store is an option, there is a simpler answer and an easy fix sitting right in your home cabinet. You can make some simple homemade face paint with just a few items you most likely have around the house!
Creating some DIY homemade face paint is actually pretty simple and the best part is that only costs a few dollars to make a bunch of different colors for multiple creative costume ideas.
Make Your Own DIY Homemade Face Paint
By making your own face paint you can be assured of the ingredients so no allergies are aggravated and it allows your child to be anything they wish! Turn them into a scary monster, a joyful pirate, a creepy skeleton or a wicked witch in a breeze.
I love this recipe because its more moisturizing than others and doesn’t crack from dryness.
If you have time to grab natural food dye from the store, that’s ideal. The best we have found are from McCormicks and have no artificial dyes, etc. We use this brand for all out baking as well.
You can pick some at your local grocery store or on Amazon. The colors are very pretty and come from natural sources.
To make white home made face paint you don’t need any coloring at all and to make back I combine all the colors until you get some dark shades of grey and then black. Check out the recipe below.
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp. water
- 1/2 tsp. cold cream *Oil of Olay works best or any thick "cold cream"
- Food coloring (variety of colors)
- Sm. containers (one for each color paint)
- Sm. paintbrush
- Stir together the cornstarch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir. Add food coloring, one drop at a time until you get the desired color. Experiment with different colors. Paint on with a paint brush. Store in covered containers.
- If you have problems getting the face paint off, you can use a little bit of olive oil to wipe off all the paint.
Food-Based Natural Dyes
If you don’t have dye around and there isn’t time to grab some or you would just prefer a totally natural face paint, you can give the foods below a try. Just note that some of these foods used for dyes can stain your face so its good to mix it a bit with some of the lotion and cornstarch mixture so it can be washed off easier.
- Red: cheery juice.
- Orange: carrot juice or carrot juice mixed with some turmeric.
- Yellow: turmeric.
- Green: puréed spinach or avocado with a squirt of lemon juice.
- Blue: puréed and strained blackberries or blueberries.
- Purple: beet root boiled or cooked and then puréed
- Brown: cocoa powder.
- Black: charcoal powder.
You can also mix these dyes with flour and a little oil to make a paste for a different type of consistency.
How to Apply Face Paint
Apply your new homemade face paint using face sponges or paint brushes which are ideal for creating details. This paint recipe will dry creating a smudge-free cake-free look. Dab the sponge into the paint for an all over look and feel and then draw in details with a paint brush, q-tip or makeup brush.
If you are applying a base color- like white for a skeleton, you can add a few drops of water to the paint for a smoother application. Then you can layer on the rest of paints.
And as with any new makeup, rub a bit of the face paint on skin to check for a reaction before applying to the entire face.
Face Paint Designs
Once you’ve made your paint, it’s time to get started! You can take a look online for super cool Halloween inspirations or just wing it and create whatever you feel like. Draw on just the face or go all out and create an all inclusive body suit using the face paint. The history of Halloween encourages all to dress up in costume and reach out to neighbors.
If you are trying to create a really impress design design you should use a generous amount of paint or multiple layers to get an extra vibrant color. Here are a few paint design ideas to inspire you!
The Cool Ghost
How adorable is this sweet ghost face? You just need a few colors here to make a cute Halloween costume perfect for any one. Make it creepy, make it funny, make it scary with some simple face paint designs. This is a great way to use the homemade face paint for your kid and makes for a nice easy clean up after the evening is done.
The Cute Princess of Love
Ok so I tried this one on my niece using raspberry stain and covering heart shaped stickers! She was so excited afterward!! This design here is a bit more elaborate but shows a really cute way to make a heart princess or cute doll or luv bug!
The Dark Skeleton
This makeup job is so cool. I love the 3-D liquid look which is just strategically placed face paint!! This would require a lot of black homemade face paint but if you are looking for something really intricate and unique, this is it.
The Grumpy Kitty
Ok who doesn’t love the grumpy kitty? We do! And this fun kitty is perfect for little ones who will be doing more eating than tricking! One thing that can tough for kids is to not touch their face after its been freshly painted but if you have a design that’s on just half the face, it makes it easier to manage.
The Spider Inside
This simple face paint look is super creepy but realistic and fun. You can make it even more scary by creating a dark eye as well. We love that this is just a few quick colors and gives the whole perception of a spider coming out from your peeper. Great for a quick idea if you are limited on time or forgot to grab an outfit but still want to be festive.
The Cheshire Cat
All we can say is wow here!! This is so incredible we couldn’t pass it up. Using scotch tape will help you to get those sharp lines and geometric look easier. The mouth is the most amazing piece and really brings this character to life. If your kid isn’t into cats, the same mouth can be used for a creepy monster.
We hope these looks and simple homemade face paint recipe give you some great ideas you can make in a jiffy for this Halloween. Creating your own paint is an affordable and fun way to celebrate Halloween without the toxins of store-bought face paint. Because this paint is made from natural ingredients, it is easier to wash out with soap and water, which makes it great for younger kids or those with sensitive skin.
No matter the look you are going for this season, with homemade face paints you can be anything you want in a short amount if time!