Homemade Face Paint
Put on a happy face…Or a flowery one…Or a rabbity one…Whatever your kid wants!
- Small jars or containers with lids:Pick some up on your next drugstore run. Or if you have an infant at home, you can use recycled baby-food jars. You'll need one for each paint color.
- Food coloring
- Cold cream:Like your grandma used to use. Grab some Pond's from the drugstore.
- Water:From the tap, nothing fancy.
- Something to stir with:A chopstick or straw will work.
- Measuring spoons
- Newspaper or plastic tablecloth:These concoctions come right off the skin but they could stain your furniture. You want to keep that unfinished wood table pretty!
- Gather your ingredients and lay down your newspaper or plastic tablecloth.
- Help your child measure out 1 teaspoon of cornstarch into each container.
- Add ½ teaspoon of water to each.
- Mix ½ teaspoon of cold cream into each container.
- Add three drops of food coloring to each container.
- Stir it all up.
- Start painting! Ask your kid what he wants to be. A dragon? A lion? A linebacker? Channel that art class you took in college, or break out the vanity mirror and have junior take a stab at styling himself.
- When it's time for bed—or your child decides that he'd like to try being a frog rather than a tiger—simply wash off the face paint with soap and water and you'll have a clean canvas.
- Screw the lids on the containers when you're finished and save the makeup for later. As long as it doesn't dry out, it should last. Give it a try next time you run out of blush!
- Mix up some of this homemade makeup before your child's next birthday party and enlist an artistic family member to do face painting. The kids will line up for the chance to look like a princess or a peacock for an afternoon.