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Homemade Face Paint Recipes

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You don't have to wait for an event that features face painting to decorate your or your children's faces. This is a guide about homemade face paint recipes.


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August 16, 2010

To make face paint mix 1 tsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. cold cream, 1/2 tsp. cold water and add food coloring. Mix the ingredients well and paint away! This will wash off with cold cream.

By Monica from Cortez, CO


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January 10, 2008


  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. cold cream
  • 1- 2 drops food coloring


You can also use food coloring gels, food coloring from Wilton or any company that puts out food color gel, they are more concentrated than the liquids from grocery stores. I also add white food color, before adding the coloring, this makes a great base for all your colors. You can also keep these colors in an artist's palette for later use. These colors will stain the skin for about 24 hours, but it seems that some kids like to keep their fun faces for a little while. This recipe might stain the clothes also, so be sure to wear dark clothing or something that you don't care about getting dirty. These paints or food color paints will dry a little, but water will bring them back. I have had great results and a lot of fun, and I have made a lot of different colors without spending a lot of money. Enjoy!

Source: This recipe came from, I added the white food color to make it easy to use a paint brush with a little water, just like an artist!

By Mary from Atascadero, CA

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