How to Make Nontoxic White Costume Makeup at Home

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How to Make Nontoxic White Costume Makeup at Home
Protect sensitive skin by using homemade nontoxic white costume make-up. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Make your own facepaint or costume make-up at home and not only will you save money and a trip to the store, you'll know exactly what you are putting on your skin. Homemade white costume make-up is ideal for many different types of applications and can be made using kitchen ingredients. You can be sure that the make-up is safe if you craft it in your own kitchen from nontoxic ingredients.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1/8 cup shortening (either stick or scooped form)
  • 1/4 cup cornflour
  • 1/8 cup white flour
  • Liquid glycerine (optional)

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  1. 1

    Pour the cornstarch and white flour into the bowl and stir with the spoon to blend.

  2. 2

    Add the shortening and stir to blend. The mixture will form a smooth paste.

  3. 3

    Dip your finger in the mixture and spread it on the back of your hand. If the make-up has the right coverage, then proceed. If the make-up is too sheer, add an extra teaspoon of flour. If the mixture is too opaque, add an extra teaspoon of shortening.

  4. 4

    Add two or three drops of glycerine if desired and stir with the spoon. The glycerine will make the make-up glide on smoothly and extend the drying time. This step is optional.

Tips and warnings

  • Add food colouring a drop at a time to the white mixture to create tinted make-up.
  • Make make-up in advance and store in the refrigerator overnight if you are pressed for time on Halloween.
  • Liquid glycerine can be found in the bath section of drug or big box stores and is nontoxic and safe for all skin types.
  • Don't use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

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