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Frightfully Frugal: DIY Halloween Face Paint

Face painting is one of the most economic options when it comes to Halloween costumes. Designs can be minimalist or intricate. The only limit is the imagination.

Mixing up face paint is a great project to do with children. Let them help customize colors before the face painting fun begins.

It’s easy to make face paint at home, and it’s a major money-saver. Follow this simple and safe recipe to make face paint at home:


  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cold cream
  • Food coloring in assorted colors


Blend the cold cream, corn starch and water until smooth. Gradually add the food coloring, and stir until distributed evenly and the desired shade is achieved. Repeat, using a different color of food coloring, until you have a rainbow of shades. Cupcake liners placed in a cupcake tin make it easy to use as a painter’s palette and makes clean up even easier!

Use disposable makeup wedges to apply and cotton swabs or craft paint bushes for fine lines and designs that require more control. The homemade face paints should rinse away easily with soap and water.

This has been a guest post by Tavonne from New York, NY
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5 thoughts on “Frightfully Frugal: DIY Halloween Face Paint”

  1. leannaC says:

    Well I let the kids try this last night, it was kinda runny so I added more corn starch but it didn’t go on very smoothly, at any rate it was fun for them to have buterfly face paint for about 30 mins but the part about it washing off easily with soap and water, WRONG, the food coloring (I used Mcormicks liquid like I use for easter eggs and frosting) stained their skin. The yellow came off almost completely, but the Green, Blue and Reds stained. I’m hoping it will wear off by tomorrow night before school on monday. Any ideas how to remove it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Cold cream is like Ponds or make up remover cream. You can get it at Family dollar very inexpensively for the off brand.

    • sandra says:

      Can it be any facial cream?

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know. I just know the off band at Family Dollar is only about $1.50. It is in a white jar with a green lid and it is sold in the same area as the ponds cold cream.

  3. April says:

    Am I the only dummy that doesn’t know what is meant by “cold cream”? :-)