- 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!