5 Helpful Tricks for DIY Halloween Face Paint

Whether you’re going as a vampire or a zombie or you don’t know what you want to be for Halloween yet, we’ve got all the tips you need to figure out how to paint your face and even make your own all-natural fake blood and face paint.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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All Natural DIY Face Paint

Skip the store-bought face paint this year (along with those yucky chemicals) and make your own non-toxic paints! All you’ll need are a few common household items and food coloring: Combine 5 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 1 tablespoon flour, and a dollop of petroleum jelly. Split this mixture into several different containers, then add as much food coloring as you need to get the colors you want. You may want to use a gel food coloring instead of the regular liquid kind for a darker, more concentrated color.

DIY Fake Blood

Nothing says Halloween like chainsaw-inflicted gashes and lots of zombie fluids. Cook up your own fake blood this year by mixing cornstarch, red and blue food dye, and a little milk. Use a small paintbrush to work your bloody magic on faces, necks, limbs, and clothing.

How to Make Scratches and Bruises

Need to make some gory gashes? Check out this tutorial on how to make bruises, scratches, and cuts with makeup.

Last Minute Face Paint Ideas

So now you’ve got your face paints…but what are you going to paint? If you’re unsure about what you want to be for Halloween, check out this impressive YouTube playlist by makeup artist Melissa Bernard, which not only gives you more than 100 different ideas for ways to paint your face for Halloween, each one has one of her video tutorials to show you how to do it!

Easy Face Paint and Makeup Remover

Once the fun is over, get the paint off your or your kids’ face the easy, natural way! As we shared in our Halloween podcast, olive oil is a cheap and effective way to remove caked-on makeup or face paint. Just apply with a paper towel or wash cloth, then rise off. It will moisturize your face, too!

For more Halloween ideas from all over the internet, including ideas for food, check out our Halloween Pinterest board! And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook!

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.

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