How to Make No Corn Starch Face Paints

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How to Make No Corn Starch Face Paints
Face paint can either add to a costume or stand on its own. (girl with painted face smiling image by E. S. Cavazos from

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
  • Flour
  • Food colouring (several colours)

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  1. 1

    Get out a muffin tin, or set out small containers, for each colour of face paint you plan to make.

  2. 2

    In each small container, mix 1 tbs. shortening and 1 tsp flour.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Apply paint to faces with brushes or with a finger.

  5. 5

    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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