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Monday, July 5, 2010

Homemade Face Painting

Brookey has gotten her face painted a dozen or so times at birthday parties, fairs, carnivals, etc. She ALWAYS loves it, so why not do it at home?! It costs virtually nothing, since most of the materials you probably have on hand. Have fun painting your little one! And let them have a chance to paint YOU, too...don't worry, the "paint" is washable with soap and water!!

Homemade Face Paint Recipe

Bowl or small container(s)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 face cream/cold cream/heavy lotion (white--i used Aveeno Baby Lotion)
1/2 teaspoon water
Food coloring
Small paintbrushes

Mix cornstarch and cream together until smooth. Add water and stir. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color. Apply with small paintbrushes and wash off with soap and water. You can store the "paint" in small containers or jars. Baby food jars or those Gerber baby food containers work well. I have to tell you that I got a: "You're the best mom ever!" with this activity. Let that be your motivation! ENJOY!


  1. This is a great idea! Will tuck it away for future use as Jilly is not quite into this, yet. But I know she will be, soon!

  2. I've got a wee girl who has been pestering me to do face painting, but I keep forgetting to buy any. This would be PERFECT! Thank you so much!!!

  3. It's my little girls 2nd birthday in 2 weeks and I wanted to do face painting but am trying to keep a pretty tight budget. This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. This won't stain faces if you add too much food coloring?

  5. How much face cream was that? It just says "1/2". Thanks!

  6. Food coloring is definitely not safe for use on the skin. Please consider spending the $10 on a cheap, FDA compliant kit of face paints from your local Walmart or Target. Just because you can ingest it doesn't make it safe or comfortable for use on sensitive little faces. You wouldn't rub a jalepeno on your face just because you are safe to eat it, would you?

  7. It's kinda logic that a jalapeno will hurt your skin, it hurts your mouth too... I like the facepaint idea, it's easier to make and besides, if kids eat cake, they get the icing on their faces anyway (which has foodcolouring in, oh no)

  8. I, too, agree...as a professional face painter, you want to use ONLY ingredients on the skin that are made FOR THE SKIN. Just because you can eat something doesn't make it for the skin. The stomach acids work on whatever you eat. There are no stomach acids that work on paint that is put onto the skin. Please consider using a REAL face paint when painting kids. It's not that expensive and the results you will get are MUCH better. It shouldn't be streaky like the picture above.

  9. Does anyone know if Target sells them? If so, what brand are they?

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