Homemade White Face Paint

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Store-bought white face paint, commonly sold during the Halloween season, often contains chemicals that can cause irritation or skin rashes on those with sensitive skin. If you have had problems with reactions to makeup in the past or if you are concerned about applying a possibly toxic substance to your child's face, mix up your own homemade face paint using common household ingredients.


Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable Shortening

  • Plastic Wrap

  • Liquid Glycerin

  • Cornstarch

  • Fork

  • Spoon

  • Small Container

Step 1

Measure 2 tsp. of white vegetable shortening and 2 tsp. of cornstarch into a small container.

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Step 2

Mash the ingredients together with a fork until the cornstarch has been mixed into the shortening.

Step 3

Stir two drops of liquid glycerin to the mixture with a spoon. Continue to stir in up to four more drops of glycerin to achieve the desired consistency of your homemade white face paint. Thick face paint may be difficult to apply while extremely thin face paint will drip off your face.

Step 4

Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap and store it in a cool, dry place until you are ready to apply the makeup.


Water may be substituted for the liquid glycerin, but the makeup will rub off and fade faster.

Look for liquid glycerin in drug stores.

Add two to three drops of food coloring to the mixture to make different colors of face paint.

Apply the face paint with a makeup sponge or a cotton ball.

If the face paint dries out and becomes thick or lumpy, stir in a few drops of glycerin to thin the face paint until it is spreadable again.