White Face Paint Recipe

How to Make Homemade White Face Paint

You can make your own safe and natural Halloween face paint.
You can make your own safe and natural Halloween face paint. Rob Melnychuk, Getty Images

Many commercial face paints contain chemicals you don't want, such as heavy metals or allergens. Here is a recipe for a homemade white face paint you can make that uses natural, non-toxic ingredients.

White Face Paint Materials

You only need a few common household materials to make your own white face paint.

  • 2 tablespoons solid white shortening
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white flour
  • 3-5 drops glycerin

Make the Face Paint

  1. Mix the cornstarch and flour together.
  2. Use a fork to blend in the shortening.
  3. Slowly mix in the glycerin until you have a creamy mixture. If the mixture is too runny, add more flour or cornstarch.
  4. You can use this white face paint as it is or you can mix in a few drops of fruit juice or food coloring to attain any color you need. Be aware, adding coloring may result in a product which could stain your skin.
  5. Apply the face paint with a paintbrush or sponge, taking care to avoid getting it in the eyes.
  6. To remove this face paint, first use a tissue to remove as much face paint as possible. Then wash the face with soap and warm water.
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