How to Make Grease Face Paint

Complete your clown costume with homemade face paint.
Complete your clown costume with homemade face paint. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plates
  • Spoon
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Food coloring
  • Colored pigment

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

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.

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

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


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