Painted Faces for Halloween

Create glorious painted faces this year with your kids. Much more fun than the usual masks!

By FamilyTime


Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Ghoulies and ghosts and witches, oh no! Kid’s love to have their face painted--and what better time to do so than Halloween!

Painted faces are more fun and less threatening than plastic masks. They also are safer, since plastic masks can distort peripheral vision.

Best of all, face painting fosters imagination.

Painting Faces
Before you begin, make sure your hands are clean and dry and the youngster’s face is clean and dry, too.

Using your fingertips, spread the base color over larger areas: the cheeks, brow, and chin. To make paint lines, designs, dots, eyebrows , and lips, rely on a small paintbrush or makeup brush.

The brush should be clean and dry before you start.

Orange-tinted paint is perfect for tigers, scarecrows, and jack-o-lanterns. Before using it, apply a thin line of white paint around the eyes, followed by a thicker line of black paint.

Continue with the black paint to make tiger stripes and jack-o-lantern eyes and mouths. Spread orange paint over the rest of the face. Paint vertical black lines on cheeks for a pumpkin, and black eyebrows and lashes for a scarecrow.

Smooth white face paint over the child’s entire face as a base of a vampire, clown, or ghost. Use your imagination and paint wild colors or ghoulish blood on top of the white base.

Always use non-toxic face paint. You can buy it in toy, craft, party, and costume shops. You can also make your own!

Homemade Face Paint
The kids can help you make this face paint. It doesn’t keep very long, but because it’s so easy to whip up, make it a few days before Halloween and practice. Make more on the big day.

Once your kids learn this formula, they may want to make face paint whenever they are in the mood for play acting or as a good way to have fun on rainy days.

Make several batches of face paint and tint each a different color. For ease, make them in small paper cups – a different color in each cup.

Face Paint
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cold cream
1 tablespoon water
A few drops of food coloring

Stir together the cornstarch and cold cream in a bowl or paper cup until well blended. Add the water a little at a time, still stirring.

To make white face paint, stop now.

To make colored face paint, add a few drops of food coloring until you achieve the desired color.

To make black face paint, add red, green, and blue food coloring and stir until the paint is very dark.

If you have access to black gel food coloring, use it for black face paint.

This recipe makes enough white face paint to cover a small face. If you need more, double or triple the recipe.

Homemade “Fake Blood”
Let’s face it: some kids like to look pretty gory on Halloween night. A little fake blood on a white vampire face goes a long way to pleasing young trick ‘r treaters.

Fake Blood
5 tablespoons cornstarch
½ bottle light corn syrup
1/3 - ½ cup very hot water
2 drops liquid soap
Red food coloring

Blue or green food coloring

Stir together the cornstarch and corn syrup until completely blended. Drizzle in the hot water, a little at a time, stirring constantly until you reach the desired consistency for blood.

Add the red food coloring and stir to blend. Add a few drops of blue or green food coloring to darken the red until you reach the desired deep red color.

Use an eye dropper, cotton swab, small paint brush or cotton-wrapped toothpick to apply fake blood.

Happy Halloween!