How to Make Do-It-Yourself Glitter Face Paint

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How to Make Do-It-Yourself Glitter Face Paint
Use cosmetic glitter to add sparkle to face paint. (K-King Photography Media Co. Ltd/Lifesize/Getty Images)

When correctly applied, cosmetic glitter adds a glamorous, feminine touch to face paint without irritating the skin. Mixing glitter directly into paint, however, gives paint a gritty texture and masks the reflective surface of the glitter. For a sparkly, successful design, first apply the face paint, then add the glitter afterwards.

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Things you need

  • Make-up sponges
  • Make-up brushes
  • Face paint
  • 1 tsp cornstarch (for each colour)
  • 1/2 tsp cold cream (for each colour)
  • 1/2 tsp water (for each colour)
  • Food colouring
  • Filbert brush
  • Cosmetic grade glitter
  • Clear gel

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  1. 1

    Mix a batch of homemade face paint. To do this, combine the 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon water, 1/2 teaspoon cold cream and a few drops of food colouring for each colour. You can also purchase ready-made face paint at costume and Halloween stores in liquid, solid or crayon form.

  2. 2

    Apply a base coat of face paint with a make-up sponge. Use face paint crayons or a different sponge for each colour. Block the base coat in large shapes.

  3. 3

    Draw small details with make-up brushes, using a different brush for each colour.

  4. 4

    Dip a filbert brush or your finger into the cosmetic grade glitter. Cosmetic grade glitter is finer than craft glitter, and it won't irritate or abrade the skin.

  5. 5

    Dab glitter on your face wherever you want sparkle. To apply glitter to non-coloured areas, coat the target area with clear gel before brushing on glitter.

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