How to Make Black Under Eyes

Written by jennifer eblin
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Football players wear black greasepaint under their eyes to block out the harsh glare from the sun. If the sun gets in their eyes, they risk missing a vital catch or throwing the ball to the wrong player. Black paint under the eyes is a must for a football costume, but you may experience skin irritation with commercial products. There's a simple recipe to make your own black paint for under the eyes.

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Things you need

  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. cold cream
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • 1 tsp water
  • Food colouring
  • Face soap

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  1. 1

    Combine the cornstarch and cold cream in a small bowl. Mix vigorously with a whisk or fork until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.

  2. 2

    Add the water to the mixture. Stir quickly until the cornstarch dissolves in the water and the mixture has a smooth consistency.

  3. 3

    Pour a few drops of food colouring into the mixture to make the face paint black. Mix a drop of red food colouring, a drop of blue food colouring and a drop of yellow food colouring to make black. Keep stirring until the colours blend into the face paint and the mixture becomes completely black, without any patches of other colours.

  4. 4

    Apply the black under the eyes with your hands or a soft cloth. Dip your fingers into the mixture and gently swipe under the eye. Repeat on the other eye.

  5. 5

    Remove the face paint with face soap, which is more mild than hand soap, and water. Alternatively, remove the face paint with a small dab of cold cream and rinse away the excess cream.

Tips and warnings

  • Black food colouring is available from baking supply shops, but the dark hue may stain your skin.

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