How to Make Face Paint

Kids will love to make and create designs with this homemade face paint. It is fun to do and easy to wash off.


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You Will Need

  • 1/2 tsp. cold cream
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • Food coloring
  • Equipment:
  • Small paintbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Covered container
  • Diaper cream (optional)
  • Solid cooking shortening (optional)
  • Popsicle sticks (optional)
  • Plastic spoons (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Mix cream and cornstarch

    Mix the cold cream and cornstarch together.

  2. Diaper cream or solid cooking shortening can also be used instead of cold cream.

  3. Step 2

    Stir with water

    Stir in the water and mix until you get a smooth texture.

  4. Step 3

    Add food coloring

    Add one drop of food coloring at a time until you get the desired color.

  5. Stir with a Popsicle stick or plastic spoon for an easy clean-up.

  6. Step 4

    Start painting

    Start face painting. Apply the makeup with a small paintbrush, cotton ball, or your fingers.

  7. Step 5

    Remove paint

    Remove face paint with soap and water. Store the extra paints in a covered container until the next painting party. Have fun and be creative.

  8. Native American tribes made face paint from roots, berries, and tree bark to wear for spiritual purposes and sacred ceremonies.