How to Dye Skin With Food Coloring

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Things You'll Need

  • Food coloring

  • Small bowl

  • Sponge

  • Airbrush

There are numerous reasons that you might have to dye your skin. Special occasion, holiday and boredom, are just a few. Using specialty dyes to color your skin can be quite expensive. Instead, try using food coloring. Food coloring will not permanently dye your skin, but the effects should last for at least a day, maybe more. When dying the skin with food coloring, avoid exposure to water as this will fade the food coloring or even wash some of it away.

Foam Application

Step 1

Clean and dry the skin thoroughly. The food coloring will not saturate moist skin. Do not add any moisturizers or creams.

Step 2

Pour the food coloring into small bowls. Remember to use separate bowls for each color, unless you are blending the food coloring to make new one. It will take a lot of food coloring to dye your skin. Purchasing the food coloring that comes in large containers will help offset the cost.

Step 3

Dip the head of the foam brush into the food coloring. Remove the brush and press it against the inside of the bowl. This will remove any excess coloring so that none gets wasted.

Step 4

Apply the food coloring directly to the skin. Brush or dab it on. Allow it to dry before applying any more coats.


Step 1

Add the food coloring to the airbrush machine's color cup. Remember to connect the compressor hose to the bottom of your spray gun before you begin.

Step 2

Push down on the trigger of the airbrush gun to make sure the air flows through freely. The trigger is located on the top of the airbrush gun. It it a little knob that moves down and back. When you are ready to paint your skin, push down and then pull back on the trigger. This will release the food coloring along with the air.

Step 3

Hold the airbrush gun about six inches from your skin while painting. To cover large areas, a back and forth motion works well.