Homemade Face Paint for Halloween and Kids Parties can save you time and money! Every year it’s the same thing. You go out and buy your child a costume, accessories, wigs, face paints, etc., or you spend countless hours searching for an inexpensive entertainer for your child’s birthday party. After it’s all said and done you’ve spent a pretty penny on your child’s new look for the night or the party entertainment. So why not try to save a few bucks in the process, right?
You can skip hiring somebody for your child’s party, or buying face paint for Halloween that ends up being tossed out anyways and learn a few simple face paint designs and do it yourself! Here is a recipe for a simple homemade face paint that you can make from what you already have in the kitchen. Plus, some added tips and ideas for making scars, warts and wounds. I used this face paint recipe for a pre-school festival that had a face painting table and it worked out great!
Simple Homemade Face Paint
1/2c cold cream
1/2c cold water
asst. colors food coloring or coloring gel*
small jar or containers for each color
medium jar for clean water
Bar of Soap
paint pallet or paper plate to mix colors
make-up sponge for blending
You first want to gather a separate container for each color (I use baby food jars.) and stirring sticks, or paint brush for each and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine cornstarch, cream and water. stir thoroughly. Next pour into jars and add food coloring until desired color is reached. Leave one jar white and save left over paint from bowl as you will need a lot of it! *If you want to help keep from staining little faces and more color options like orange and black, you can use coloring gel that is made for cake icing and it will stain less and the colors will be richer. It does cost more than traditional food coloring drops, but it goes a long way too. Once you have your colors mixed to your liking, you are ready to start painting!! Keep a glass of clean water, bar of soap, and paper towels next to you so that you can rinse and clean your brushes as needed.
If you want to add a little sparkle to your face creations then you can dab some fine non-metallic glitter (fairy dust) on lightly with your finger. The girls are especially fond of this. Also, try using some eyeshadows for more colors and sparkle! For Halloween, you can use bread (crust removed) softened with water, and a small amount of Elmer’s school glue, mix until it forms a thick doughy paste and make scars, warts and wounds. Let the bread dry for a few min. before painting over. I use this method every year at Halloween for my boys that always seem to want to be something scary and bloody like, zombies!
If you will be painting a lot of little faces at a party, a helpful tip is to try painting faces ahead of time! Practice on a piece of paper or use a human guinea pig for your trial and errors. Then figure which designs you are good at and make a list. You can have the kids choose from your list so that you don’t spend time on trying how to figure out each one along the way!
According to an article on face painting written by Philadelphia Tivoli, a professional face painter, some of the most popular face painting designs are:
Girls – fantasy, princess, butterfly and fairy
Boys – Spider, Tribal, Monster, and skull.
There are a lot of designs for face painting on the Internet. One of my favorite resources for designs and useful tips is face-painting-fun.com.They offer everything from tips and tricks, to designs, and supplies. This is just one of the many websites that offer many great ideas. Take a ride on the Internet highway and find your own favorite site!
Safety Tips to Keep in Mind for Face Painting:
You should not use metallic craft glitter for face painting. Use a polyester glitter and should be no more than .008 microns in size.
Don’t paint over sores or acne if you are painting faces for the public. (at your discretion) Offer to paint their arm instead or use a q-tip on affected areas and throw away.
Alcohol can actually promote bacteria growth in brushes. Use a bar soap and water. Ivory or Lever 2000 work well. Rub brush on bar soap then rinse well in jar of clean water after each use.
Between each person, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer. For your health and theirs.
Avoid getting paint to close to the eyes, mouth and nostrils. As these are where bacteria like to hang out. I suggest using a tossable q-tip for these areas as well.