How to Make Grease Face Paint

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper plates

  • Spoon

  • 2 tablespoons shortening

  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon flour

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Food coloring

  • Colored pigment

Complete your clown costume with homemade face paint.

Every clown needs a silly face to complete his costume. He paints on a big smile, eyebrows and uses a big red nose. Grease makeup achieves this look but can be costly at times. Using a few home ingredients to create your own colors of grease paint will save you time and money.


Step 1

Scoop out 2 even tbsp. of shortening onto a paper plate. Use more plates and ingredients to make more than one color paint.

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Step 2

Mix in 5 tsp. of cornstarch until it's blended. Add in 1 tsp. of flour and mix it up more. Add a dab or two of petroleum jelly and stir it around on the plate.

Step 3

Add a few drops of food coloring or powdered pigment and mix once more. Mix colors to create brighter and bolder shades.

Step 4

Apply the makeup with your fingers. Wash your hands and spoon to prevent any staining.


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