Homemade face paint without food coloring

Updated March 23, 2017

Creating homemade face paint is a fun and safe way to entertain children. Face painting is especially popular for kid's birthday parties and sleep overs. Most homemade face paint recipes instruct you to use food colouring or dye to add colour to your paint. However, these substances are not natural and may cause an adverse reaction in some children who are allergic to food dye. Luckily, there is a natural way to add colour to your homemade face paint using fruits and vegetables.

Measure out 3 tbsp of cornstarch, 1 tbsp of flour, 3/4 cup of light corn syrup and 1/4 cup of water into a bowl and mix until blended. These are the ingredients that will make up your basic face paint base. These measurements will yield about 3/4 to 1 cup of paint base.

Choose which colour(s) of paint you want to make and choose corresponding fruits or vegetables to use as your colouring. For example, if want to make red paint, choose cherries or raspberries. Blueberries will create a bluish purple colour. Peas can be used to create green and corn will produce a buttery yellow shade. You can also play with combinations of fruits and vegetables to create different shades. Avoid using peppers or highly acidic fruits that may burn or irritate a child's sensitive skin.

Place a portion of the base plus the fruit(s) and/or vegetable(s) you've chosen for a colour into your blender and blend on a medium to high setting for about a minute. Add more of your fruit or vegetable to get a darker colour if you choose. Once you are satisfied with the colour, empty your blender into a small plastic container and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Repeat adding some base plus the fruit/vegetable and blending for each colour you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring spoons and cup
  • Cornstarch
  • Flour
  • Light corn syrup
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Fruit and/or vegetables
  • Blender
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Krystal Wascher has been writing online content since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Thiel College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2009.