DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Homemade Makeup Recipe

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

This is very cheap to make, so you may want to give it a try before the big night to make sure you and your child are happy with the result.  The children will feel the makeup (it isn't uncomfortable -- it feels much like wearing normal makeup does) but some children don't like the feeling of something on their face and will rub at it incessantly, making a big mess of it.  This advice holds for homemade AND store bought Halloween makeup.  Also, children with sensitive skin will want to do a small patch test to make sure there are no reactions (some children are allergic to food coloring).

FAKE BLOOD  (an idea from a viewer from New Zealand)

a tablespoon of tomato sauce and a couple of drops of red food colouring mixed together makes ideal blood as it is edible but leaves a little stain that doesn't cause to much concern.



Mix the first two ingredients.  One batch is enough to cover a child's face -- the recipe can easily be doubled.

To make different colors, divide the white makeup into small portions on old margarine container lids.  Add drops of food coloring (a bit at a time) and stir with a plastic spoon or popsicle stick.

Apply makeup to the skin using fingers, cotton balls, makeup sponges or even clean paint brushes.

After applying makeup pat the skin gently with baby powder (use cotton balls or makeup sponges).

Ideas for using different colors:

A butterfly or fairy can have their face colored whatever the child's favorite color is (match the wings).







Skin Color:

Why use this instead of mom's makeup?

Feel free to supplement with mom's makeup, but here are a few reasons why the homemade batch is often better:


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