How to make white makeup with flour

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How to make white makeup with flour
This isn't the tidiest way to use flour as makeup. (Bec Parsons/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Flour might look like face powder but dusting it straight onto your face won’t produce a dramatic effect. You’ll look a bit dusty for a while and that’s about it. To get an unearthly ghost or clown look with a flour-based makeup, you need to put a tiny bit more work in. On the plus side, between your bathroom and your kitchen, you should already have all the ingredients.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Flour
  • Corn flour
  • Moisturiser

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  1. 1

    Spoon your flour into a bowl. If you have any, add cornflour, adding up to four times as much cornflour as ordinary flour -- it has a better texture and is a slightly brighter white. Both ordinary flour and corn flour are also fine when used by themselves.

  2. 2

    Add a dollop of the thickest moisturiser you have, perhaps a night cream, to the bowl. You’re creating a paste, not a powder.

  3. 3

    Work the moisturiser into the flour mixture until you have a stiff paste. Add more moisturiser as required and blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Stop once it’s smooth though -- if you work it too long, you’ll end up with a dough rather than a paste.

  4. 4

    Apply a fairly thick layer of the paste to your/your child’s face and neck for that ghostly look. Use the back of a spoon, not your fingers, to smooth it over. Your fingers might be fine for foundation, but this mixture is most definitely not of the same quality.

Tips and warnings

  • This paste washes off easily enough with plain water, although you might need to scrub a little -- a flannel or bath lily comes in handy.
  • If you want coloured rather than white face paint, add a tiny dot of food colouring to the mixture. Be careful, however, because food colouring can dye skin as well as everything else. It’s advisable to make a small amount of the mixture the day before and test on an inconspicuous area of skin, such as inside your elbow. If it does dye skin, you’ll probably need to splash out on ready-made face paints, unless you really want red, green or pink faces all round.
  • Water doesn’t make an effective substitute for moisturiser in this mixture -- it just creates a fast-drying and fast-caking glue.
  • Use the paste the same day -- it will go mouldy if kept, how quickly depends on the moisturiser.

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