How to Make a White Face Paint Without Glycerin

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Buying face paint can become costly, especially around Halloween, when you may need a variety of colors. You can create your own white face paint without using glycerin a few different ways, all of which use ingredients that you may have in your home. Making your own face paint is a really quick process; you should be able to make white or a variety of colors within three to five minutes. You can use this face paint as a base for vampire, ghoul, clown, mime or whatever other costume you'd like.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • Container

  • Cornstarch

  • Cold cream

  • Flour

  • Light corn syrup

  • Water

  • Shortening

  • Vaseline

White Face Paint Using Cold Cream

Step 1

Mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon of cold cream in a small bowl or container until it blends into a paste.

Step 2

Add 1/2 teaspoon of water and stir.

Step 3

Cover and store at room temperature until you're ready to use.

White FacePaint Using Shortening

Step 1

Place 2 tablespoons shortening, 1 teaspoon of flour and 5 teaspoons of cornstarch in a bowl. Mix until the mixture is smooth.

Step 2

Add a small dab of Vaseline and mix.

Step 3

Store covered at room temperature until you're ready to use.

White Face Paint Using Flour

Step 1

Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of flour in your bowl.

Step 2

Mix 1/4 cup light corn syrup with 1-2 teaspoons water until the cornstarch has reached a thinner, more liquid consistency.

Step 3

Gradually add the cornstarch and flour mixture to the corn syrup, whisking until the it's become a smooth, glossy paste. Store covered at room temperature until you're ready to use.


All of these face paints will wash off with soap and water. To create colored face paint, gradually add drops of food coloring until you get your desired color. If the flour face paint remains sticky after drying, dust it with a bit more flour.