Rock your Halloween costume this year with super pigmented DIY face paint!
Halloween is right around the corner. Face paint is fun – but is it safe? Don’t take the risk with questionable storebought paints. Learn how to make your own homemade version in just six easy steps!
This unique homemade face paint doesn’t contain yucky ingredients like paraffin, petroleum or mineral oil. (It’s made without cornstarch, too! Most recipes contain cornstarch, which isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t always have the same results.)
Instead, this homemade recipe contains natural ingredients commonly found in quality skin care products, in addition to its bold and richly pigmented color. Not only does my Halloween face paint cover skin with just one coat, but it also blends beautifully.
Below is the basic recipe for both blank and white face paint. However, don’t feel limited simply by these two color choices! You can easily swap out the pigments I used for this recipe with another oxide or ultramarine pigment powder of your choice for a completely custom DIY look.
So whether you’re using this face paint in lip balm tubes for quick color sticks or in lip balm tins you can use with a brush, your Halloween makeup is sure to be as frightfully amazing as you want it to be! 😉
DIY Face Paint for Halloween
.1 oz. cera bellina wax
1/4 teaspoon candelilla wax, grated
.1 oz. kokum butter
1.25 oz. fractionated coconut oil
1.5 oz. pigment powder (see Step #4)
Using a measuring spoon, add 1/4 teaspoon of candelilla wax to a microwave-safe glass measuring cup.
Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the cera bellina wax, kokum butter and fractionated coconut oil. Combine in the glass dish with the candelilla wax.
Heat the ingredients in the microwave at 30% power until they have completely melted. (You can also use a double boiler.) Then carefully remove from the heat source taking care not to burn your hands.
In a separate container, weigh out the pigment powder. If you’d like to make black face paint, use 1.5 oz. of matte black oxide pigment powder. For white face paint, use 1.5 oz. of white oil soluble titanium dioxide. (Alternately, you can choose another lip/eye safe oxide or ultramarine pigment powder in your color of choice – pinks, purples, blues, greens, and basically endless choices.)
Slowly add the colorant to the glass dish with the melted waxes, oil and butter, mixing with a skewer or chopstick as you go until the pigment is evenly combined and the face paint is smooth and creamy.
Carefully pour the face paint mixture into your container(s) of choice, mixing well between each pour. Allow your makeup to cool completely before capping or screwing on the lids.
NOTE: I do not recommend any substitutions for the waxes called for in this recipe. These ingredients were carefully chosen based on their specific properties to help the face paint glide and blend easily – which is the tricky part of this DIY project!
Tips for Using Your Homemade Face Paint this Halloween:
Simply apply this recipe to your skin like you would with any face paint or makeup. Then set your makeup with a translucent finishing powder (here’s my homemade face powder recipe). Optionally, you can also dust glitter onto your face paint first, and then set it with a powder.
To remove your face paint:
- Massage a carrier oil (like coconut or sweet almond oil) into your skin to loosen up the makeup.
- Wash away with soap and water as usual.
Be aware that this DIY face paint may stain clothing, so use caution during application. Should staining occur, simply apply dish soap to the material, rub in and let set overnight prior to washing.
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Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. Find more of her homemade skin care and soap recipes at her blog, Soap Deli News. You can subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here for updates on future DIY projects and skin care recipes.
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