Did you know that 100% of the face paints tested by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics contained lead, a neurotoxin? (The Centers for Disease Control say there is no safe level of lead for children.) Fortunately it’s really easy to create face paint using supplies you likely already have at home!
This is something that I have gotten pretty good at since my daughter loves to have her face painted… we probably do it at least once a week! The recipe I use is below, and I like it because it’s really easy and you only need to make a little bit at a time.
Safe & Natural Face Paint Recipe
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp water to make paste
- 1/2 tsp Diaper rash cream (we recommend California Baby and Burt’s Bees)
- Colorful foods to make desired shades (or food coloring, see below)
Mix the first three ingredients together to make a thick white paste. Then, take a little bit of the base and mix with different foods to create your desired colors. We’ve had a lot of success with blackberries (pretty rose color), avocado (green) and hummus (orangey-brown). And have also heard that coffee/tea (browns, black), corn (yellowish color) and cherries (red) work well too. If you aren’t able to achieve the colors you want with food, or are just short on time or produce, you can always use food coloring. It’s not natural, but it’s still much, much safer than the store bought versions!
Check out our Green Halloween webcast to see some of the colors we’ve made and to get some additional ideas to create a more eco friendly Halloween. I talk about green Halloween costumes, like our make-your-own Mermaid Costume and Superhero Costume Kits, costume swaps, recycled ‘jack-o-lanterns’, and demonstrate the face paint recipe above.
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