Halloween just may be the only time of the year when adults can get away with dressing up, whether that means tapping into your inner-Marilyn Monroe or going full-on ghoul. While you may be able to get away with simply dipping into your daily makeup bag to pull off a fairy princess look, more complicated costumes often involve the use of face paint. But going through a half of jar of cold cream to remove the stuff is the least of your worries. Studies suggest that even some face paints marked as “non-toxic” have traces of one or more heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, which are linked to learning disabilities, developmental issues, and various forms of cancer.
While it’s not like you’re wearing this type of cosmetic on the daily, there’s no sense in taking a risk. Especially when you’re trying to keep your skin healthy by eating right, exercising, getting enough rest, and taking BioSil supplements. With that in mind, here’s how to make your own non-toxic face paint recipe that will help you look spooky without subjecting yourself to any scary ingredients.
BASIC FACE PAINT (Dries flat)
- Corn flour
- Face lotion
- 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Washable paints or natural food coloring
- Small containers
- Small bowl
- Make a base for the face paints by mixing together equal parts corn flour and your go-to face moisturizer until it forms a thick mixture. Add the vegetable oil, prevent the paint from caking. The goal is achieve a smooth consistency without being too watery.
- Add a spoonful of the mixture to a small container and add a pea-sized amount of washable paint or natural food coloring. Keep in mind that using washable paint versus natural food coloring will give you solid colors that won’t stain clothes — or your face. Most are non-toxic and, when diluted, are safe to use on skin. Just remember to avoid using around the eye and mouth areas. In this case, use the natural food coloring.
- Continue adding color until you achieve the hue you’re looking for. Make sure you divide up the mixture so you can create multiple colors. For a bit of shimmer, sprinkle glitter eyeshadow into containers or swipe over finished face paint.
- Apply the paint using face sponges and/or lip brushes if you want to achieve details. Should the application process feel choppy, add a few drops of water to the paints. Allow the paint to thoroughly dry to avoid smudging.
GREASE PAINT (Stays shiny)
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 5 tablespoons corn (maize) starch/flour
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1/8 teaspoon vaseline
- Washable paint or natural food coloring
- This recipe makes enough product for one color, so you’ll have to repeat this process if you need more than one hue.
- Mix all the ingredients in a small dish until completely blended. Add enough drops of washable paint or natural food coloring until you’ve achieved the desired hue.
- Apply the paint using face sponges and/or lip brushes if you want to achieve details.