Make-up Magic: How to Make Homemade Face Paint With Kids

Make your own face paint, and get messy!

Skip the store-bought face paints, and try this homemade face paint recipe that’s guaranteed to brighten-up any rainy afternoon or playdate.

Kids will love mixing up their own colorful make-up, and you’ll love the ability to adjust the quantity and colors to your needs.

Our tip:  Let the kids paint themselves!!  Sure mom is an artist, but really, the fun is in painting yourself!!

Really want to impress?!?  Add some glitter, or a little powdered eye shadow into the mix, for that extra BLING!  Or try adding a little cocoa powder for some brown face paint, the next time your child wants to dress-up as the dog!!  Too fun!

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Cornstarch and Cold Cream Face Paint Recipe


  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp cold cream
  • Food coloring


  • Get out 4 small bowls.
  • In each bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon water, and 1/2 teaspoon cold cream.
  • Choose 4 colors you would like to make, and add 2 drops of each color into one of the bowls.
    • Hint:  For white face paint, leave two bowls WITHOUT food coloring.  That way, you’ll have plenty of white for the base.
  • Mix well.

Now you’re ready to paint your face, and your child’s face!

Note:  Most brands of cold cream are safe for children, and cold cream actually forms a protective barrier on skin to protect delicate faces during cold weather. So paint your little one’s face next time it’s cold!!!!

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Flour and Shortening Face Paint Recipe

Here’s a face paint recipe without cold cream:

  • 1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 drop of food coloring
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