I Make My Own Halloween Face Paint. No, Really.
I wouldn’t say having a kid with asthma has a whole lot of advantages. Plus, I’m less a silver lining kind of woman than I am a glass-is-half-nothing-because-it-is-bone-dry one. Every so often, though, I do step out of my cloud of pessimism and Why My Kid? mode to feel a bit of gratitude for lessons learned through parenting my Asthma Girl.
Yeah, I have grown in this experience. I have learned and I keep on learning.
Actually, I’m being sincere. My family has practiced green living for quite some time, and it’s all because of Asthma Girl. You see, when her health was so poor I did everything possible to eliminate toxins that would come into contact with her. By necessity, that meant everyone in our family had to go green. We made the switch to organic and whole foods, all-natural DIY household cleaners, heavy recycling, and the like. No one knows precisely what causes asthma, although researchers have a few good ideas. I figured, though, that exposure to toxins certainly can’t help her asthma, or the rest of my family’s health.
That’s why I do things like mix up my own face paint for the girls’ Halloween costumes. Yes, it’s kind of a crunchy granola mom thing to do and yes, face paint is listed as “non-toxic.” But “non-toxic” does not equal “natural,” and it’s easy to do. Plus messy, so the girls love helping. Plus cheaper and more customizable. Check it out.
White Face Makeup
2 tbsp. shortening
5 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. white flour
Mix together, and add a few drops of natural food coloring for other colors. Use Vaseline under the makeup because the food coloring in it will stain skin and clothing.
Add a few drops of natural red food coloring to chocolate syrup.
Mix glitter into pure aloe vera gel for instant body glitter.
See? What’s easier than that?