Face paints thickened with cornstarch pose a hazard for kids who have adverse reactions to corn products. Though corn allergies are rare, asthma often causes a sensitivity to substances containing corn. However, a corn sensitivity shouldn't make a kid miss out on face painting fun altogether when a recipe mixed with an alternative thickener, in this case flour, will work just as well.
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Things you need
- Muffin tin, or small containers
- Solid vegetable shortening
- Food colouring (several colours)
Get out a muffin tin, or set out small containers, for each colour of face paint you plan to make.
In each small container, mix 1 tbs. shortening and 1 tsp flour.
Add food colouring to each container, one drop at a time. The addition of only one drop will create a lighter colour, whereas more drops will intensify the colour. You may also wish to create new colours by mixing different shades of food colouring.
Apply paint to faces with brushes or with a finger.
Remove the face paint with warm water and soap. Dry clean faces with a soft towel.
Tips and warnings
- For a simple white base or pale-faced look good for costumes like vampires, cover a child's face in cold cream and powder the face with baby powder. Make sure he doesn't breathe it in.
- If a child begins to experience an allergic reaction, stop painting and help wash her face immediately.
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