Halloween Makeup and Fake Blood

Face Painting


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Make our own Halloween Makeup out of pantry potions. Here’s recipes to paint your face, make fake blood, and more!

My son was trying to decide between Dracula and Frankenstein. The masks in the party stores were so expensive. Plus, he hates wearing masks because they block his vision and get very hot! He usually ends up taking the masks off. This is a great solution. Try it!

Paint Your Face!

For each paint color, you will need:

  • paper cup
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cold cream
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 1 to 2 drops food coloring
  • small paintbrush or cotton swab

Put the cornstarch and cold cream into a paper cup and mix until blended. Add the water and food coloring, then stir. 

Use a paintbrush or swab to apply the paint to your face. Remove with soap and water.

Do a Monster Makeover!

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 paper cups
  • 3 food colorings
  • tissue paper, torn lengthwise into 2-inch strips
  • puffed wheat cereal

In a bowl, mix together the cornstarch and 1 flour. Add the corn syrup and water and stir until smooth. Divide the mixture into 4 paper cups. Add one food coloring to each of three of the cups. Stir each one. Keep the fourth mixture untinted.

  • For “skin”: Paint some untinted mixture onto a section of your face. Place strips of tissues over it. Cover with more untinted mixture. Continue covering your face, one area at a time.
  • For “warts”: Stick puffed wheat cereal to the untinted mixture on your face and cover with tissue paper. 
  • For fun: When the mixture on your face is dry, use the colored mixtures to paint your face.

To remove, wet your face and peel the tissue away. Wash your face with soap and water.


Fake Blood

Bleed with fake blood! You will need:

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir to blend. Add water, a few drops at a time, if the mixture is too thick, then stir.

Apply the “blood” to your clothes and/or your body.  (Be aware that the food coloring can stain fabric, so wear old clothing.)

Have fun!  Kids love face painting, too, because they can part of the action and get creative.

If you have any great face-painting ideas, please post below!

~ By  Catherine Boeckmann

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