Exploring freely with face paint is one of Rosie and Jewel's favorite activities. Sitting little ones in front of a mirror with paint gives them the chance to explore art in a very unique and FUN way. This homemade paint recipe is perfect for this type of free art exploration.
Homemade Face Paint Recipe
There are several other ways to make face paint, but after trying this homemade face paint recipe, which was originally shared as a guest post here on Growing a Jeweled Rose, it is our new favorite. This homemade face paint is really easy to make and has the perfect consistency for creating works of art on the skin.
Homemade face paint materials list (affiliate links provided)
- Lotion (any kind will work- scented is FUN)
- Corn Starch
- Food coloring or washable watercolors
Add the desired amount of lotion to small containers, one container for each color of paint you want to make. Then add a few drops of food coloring or washable watercolors to each container. Slowly add corn starch to the containers until you reach the desired consistency. Add more corn starch for a pastier paint and less for a more pliable paint texture.
You can use this paint to paint traditional face art on your children, or you can give it to kids so they can explore freely. If using the paint to make traditional face art you will want a face paint specific brush. I gave Rosie and Jewel q-tips to use for the free exploration, and they worked great!
Both girls always have so much fun with this activity
They painted their faces for quite a while and then moved on to painting self portraits on a reflective canvas. TOO FUN!
While Rosie and Jewel were just free painting, with the right consistency and brush you can make fabulous face art
We love this homemade Face Paint Recipe
Note- to avoid any staining you will want to use washable watercolors. We used food coloring, and it left the skin slightly tinged. It always washes off by days end though and, to me, is not a big deal or a bother.
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