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.


  • Step 1: Mix cream and cornstarch Mix the cold cream and cornstarch together.
  • TIP: Diaper cream or solid cooking shortening can also be used instead of cold cream.
  • Step 2: Stir with water Stir in the water and mix until you get a smooth texture.
  • Step 3: Add food coloring Add one drop of food coloring at a time until you get the desired color.
  • TIP: Stir with a Popsicle stick or plastic spoon for an easy clean-up.
  • Step 4: Start painting Start face painting. Apply the makeup with a small paintbrush, cotton ball, or your fingers.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Native American tribes made face paint from roots, berries, and tree bark to wear for spiritual purposes and sacred ceremonies.

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)

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