How to Make White Face Makeup

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Use white face paint in different makeup designs.
Use white face paint in different makeup designs. (Image: amoklv/iStock/Getty Images)

Whether you want to be a clown, a skeleton or a pale-skinned vampire, you need to start your transformation with white face paint. Greasepaint and water-soluble makeup are available in costume shops and many party or novelty stores. However, you can whip up your own supply of white face paint at home with a few basic ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • Glycerin

Measure 5 teaspoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of all-purpose white flour into a bowl. Stir until they're evenly combined.

Add 2 teaspoons of shortening to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until you create a smooth paste.

Add a drop of glycerin to the paste and stir until the glycerin is evenly distributed. Glycerin gives the makeup a creamier texture. If you're not satisfied with the consistency of the makeup, add another drop of glycerin and stir thoroughly. Your face paint is now ready to apply.

Tips & Warnings

  • For gluten-free face paint, use tapioca flour.
  • To give your makeup a smoother finish, pat with your fingers to even it out. Dust with cornstarch to set the makeup.
  • For colored makeup, add a drop of food coloring to a portion of your white face paint, then mix. Add more food coloring for bolder shades.
  • If you have leftover face paint or don't want to use it right away, store it in an air-tight container.
  • Glycerin is available in most drugstores and the pharmacy section of most supermarkets.

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