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Homemade Halloween Face Paint

Save money and make face paint with edible items you probably already have!

Before you head to a costume shop to buy a makeup kit, raid the pantry and try these recipes for foundation colors and special effects.

Basic Foundation

  • 10 teaspoons (3 Tablespoons + 1 tsp.) cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons white flour
  • 5 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/8 teaspoon food coloring or fresh juices
  • 1/4 teaspoon glycerin (available at cake decorating and craft stores)

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and flour. Stir in vegetable shortening. Add any food coloring you would like. Stir in the glycerin; mixing until well combined.

Use your fingers or a makeup sponge to apply face paint. Use small brushes or your fingertips for detailed designs.

    Special Effects Goop

    • 1 ounce gelatin (plain or flavored, depending on desired color)
    • 2 tablespoons boiling water
    • Mix-ins as needed: couscous, paprika, colored sugar
    • 4 tablespoons corn syrup

    In a small bowl or cup combine gelatin and water. Mix and let set 3 minutes.

      Time to Experiment

      Warts, blisters, and skin growths. Before the gelatin sets completely, make moles or blisters by dripping the liquid gelatin onto a ceramic plate and letting it set completely. When set, carefully peel the formations off of the plate. Stick them onto your child's body and face by using a drop of corn syrup as adhesive.

      Add color and blood.Use a spoon, popsicle stick, or other makeup applicators (including your hands) to apply the partially-set gelatin to your child's body and face. The gelatin will drip or clot depending on the degree of set it has reached. If the gelatin sets before you're ready, reheat it briefly in the top of a double-boiler or in a microwave for approximately 10 seconds on high until it thins out and the process begins again. Let cool to a safe temperature, then use a spoon to drip semi-liquid red gelatin over scars, scabs or out of wounds. After 3 to 5 minutes, the gelatin will set in very realistic-looking drips. If the gelatin doesn't set, let it sit another minute and try again.

      More gooey, slimy, stretchy effects. Let the gelatin set about 5 minutes. Stretch or grab gobs of the almost-set gelatin and string it or glop it as you desire. Attach to skin with corn syrup.

      Texture. Stirring in mix-ins adds texture to the effects. Sprinkling colored sugar into the unset gelatin will make grainy textured effects, while sprinkling couscous or paprika on top of the globs once they've begun to set will make some wounds look scabbed over.

        Get ready for Halloween tricks and treats!

          Oct. 20, 2009 6:09 pm
          this is cool
          Oct. 21, 2009 12:15 pm
          Since I'm really trying to save some $$$ this year with 3 kids to shop costumes for...this sounds GREAT...I hope it turns out good!
          Oct. 25, 2009 10:18 am
          Wow! I really wounder if I caould use this on my 3 yr old and 4 month old? since this is all natural based and easy to do ill try it!
          Oct. 1, 2010 3:10 am
          Way cool!
          Oct. 2, 2010 1:54 pm
          WARNING!!!!!!!!! Food coloring can cause face, hands and clothing staining...especially reds.
          Oct. 5, 2010 4:05 pm
          hhhhmmmmmm....... worth a try... does it stain clothes or the face?
          Oct. 12, 2010 8:44 pm
          I am a little worried that it will stain the skin...?
          Renee D. M. 
          Oct. 20, 2010 6:45 am
          What does the glycerin do?
          Oct. 21, 2010 10:29 am
          the glycerine acts as a binder and a smoother. much like in other everyday products it is in. do a practice run first to see if it stains badly. adjust amount of food coloring accordingly. another tip for stained skin; try a 1/4 cup lemon juice to 1/2 cup of salt and scrub the stained area. adjust amounts down if you don't need that much. this lemon/salt mixture melts quickly so use immediately. do NOT put around eye area. :)
          Oct. 21, 2010 12:00 pm
          hmmm. I wonder if it attracts bugs.
          Oct. 26, 2010 7:27 am
          I'm guessing the food coloring would stain the skin. It may provide a protective barrier if you moisturize the area first. I would still expect the skin to absorb a little color though.
          Oct. 27, 2010 4:02 pm
          This sounds way cool I might try this on my kids
          Molly S. 
          Oct. 14, 2013 3:23 pm
          A little gooey. Needed to add more cornstarch and flour for better consistency...
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