Halloween Makeup

October 30, 2012

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I made my own Halloween Makeup this year and thought I would share the instructions.

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.

Here are instructions for Face Paint and Face Makeup—as well as Fake Blood!

Face Paint

For each color, use 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon cold cream, 1/2 teaspoon water, and 1 to 2 drops food coloring. In a paper cup, mix the cornstarch and cold cream. Add the water and food coloring; stir. Use a paintbrush or cotton swab to apply paint. Remove with soap and water.

Face Makeup

In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon flour. Stir in 3/4 cup light corn syrup and 1/4 cup water until smooth. Divide mixture into 4 paper cups; add food coloring to 3 of them. For a makeover, use tissue paper torn lengthwise into 2-inch strips. Paint untinted mixture onto a section of the face. Place strips of tissue paper over it. Cover with more untinted mixture. Continue covering face, one area at a time. For warts, stick puffed wheat cereal to the untinted mixture; cover with tissue paper. When dry, use the color mixtures to paint the face. To remove, wet the face and peel tissue away. Wash with soap and water.

Fake Blood

Mix 1 cup corn syrup with 1 teaspoon red food coloring and a little water for thinning. Apply the blood to clothes or your body. Be aware that the food coloring can stain fabric.

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—and share Halloween photos in our ecard gallery!

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Catherine, our New Media Editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 2008. She edits content on both this Web site, Almanac.com, and the companion site to The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids publication, Almanac4kids.com. She also pens the Almanac Companion enewsletters and keeps up with readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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