Easy DIY Halloween Face Paint
It’s actually starting to feel like October, even here. The weather channel says this morning’s cool and windy air will warm back up to the mid-70′s in time for Halloween, but today feels like trick-or-treating weather. Last year, I posted these instructions for making your own costume face paint, something I started doing at the same time that I pursued eco-friendliness elsewhere in my life, first to help my asthmatic daughter and then to lighten my own tread on the Earth and protect the rest of this family.
What’s wrong with conventional face paint, even if it’s hypoallergenic? The same thing that’s wrong with the rest of the cosmetics and fragrance industry. It’s full of chemical preservatives and other synthetics I don’t want on my girls’ faces. Plus, while face paint doesn’t actually trigger AG’s asthma, I do have to be careful about what I put on her 6 year-old sister’s sensitive, eczema-prone skin. Check out these methods for making eco-friendlier face paint. It’s easier than you think:
2 tbsp. shortening
5 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. white flour
Mix together, and add a few drops of natural food coloring for other colors. So far, we’ve only used white here, so I’m not sure how well natural food colorings work or if they stain skin and clothing the way conventional food colorings will. You could test the mixture on a hand or arm first, and I’ve heard a thin layer of olive oil under the makeup may prevent face staining.
Add a few drops of natural red food coloring to chocolate syrup.
Mix glitter into pure aloe vera gel for instant body glitter.
(Yeah, I know glitter isn’t the most eco-friendly substance in the world. But Halloween is serious business in this house, so I make an exception. Plus, at least this mixture avoids parabens and petroleum by-products.)
Somewhat-daily Halloween link:
Barack O’ Lanterns
No explanation necessary.