Halloween is around the corner, and our family is ready! We’ve thrifted some fun pieces to repurpose for our Goldilocks and the Three Bears costumes, and we’ve also come up with this great recipe for all natural costume makeup and face paint. Ok, ok, so I may not be the best costume makeup artist, but the paints do work really well!!
A few notes before we start DIY’ing:
In its first form, the makeup will make a perfect base or foundation that will blend in nicely using fingers or a makeup sponge. With a little bit of water added, it takes on an amazing face paint form that is much more conducive to painting designs or details with a small brush.
If you’ve made homemade makeup or beauty products before, you will recognize a few of these ingredients. That’s the beauty of natural beauty — investing in just a few ingredients will enable you to create an array of products!
Side note: I strongly recommend you try out the Earth Mama Angel Baby goods that I will link to for this recipe. After receiving some of their products at Shiftcon and The Healthy Child Healthy World Gala, I have officially fallen head over heels. Their products are very pure and natural, and all have many uses! You might also want to check out the DIY baby wipes tutorial I did with them!
DIY NATURAL FACEPAINT & COSTUME MAKEUP
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 3 Tbsp Arrowroot powder (buy here) or non-gmo cornstarch
- 3 Tbsp natural lotion (I recommend Angel Baby Lotion, which you can buy directly from the Earth Mama Angel Baby site or on Amazon)
- 1-1.5 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (buy here) or another natural skincare oil. I really like Angel Baby Oil by Earth Mama Angel Baby which includes jojoba in its formula (buy here or on Amazon). Sweet Almond oil would also be a good option.
- 4 Tbsp Non-nano Zinc Oxide, and more for making white (buy on Amazon). This is a very important ingredient that should be used for all colors, even black. Don’t skip it!
- Activated Charcoal to make black paint (buy here). I like to buy it in capsule form as it seems a bit less messy to me.
- Natural, plant-based dyes. I used the Spring pack by Color Garden.
Add arrowroot powder, natural lotion, oil, and zinc oxide (not pictured) into a bowl. Mix well.
Divide the mixture into 6-8 portions. Now comes the fun part… making colors!!!!
Pour contents of two activated charcoal capsules into one of the sections. Stir.
Add an extra 1/4 tsp zinc oxide to one of the sections. This amount works perfectly when the recipe has been portioned into 8. If you did less sections than that, you may need to add a bit more, but go slowly. Zinc oxide is great for adding coverage, but if you go with too much then it won’t blend very easily or stay well on the skin.
Use natural dyes or ones that you make at home from food scraps or herbs.
Very important note: Natural dyes are sensitive to light and will start to change colors after a day or more. My pink (based on beet juice) started changing after only 8 hours! I conducted a little test and found that Zinc Oxide seems to speed up the color changing process for my red-based colors whether I used natural liquid dye or beet root powder.
My point here is that you might want to wait to add color until right before you plan on using the paints. The black, white, and “uncolored” sections could be made in advance though, if stored in an airtight container.
AS A BASE/FOUNDATION
The recipe will create a thick cream that blends well as a foundation or base for awesome costume makeup! It can be used on the face or body. I’ve had the best luck using my fingertips to get a real smooth application, but a makeup sponge could also be used. The key is to not use too much of it or you will have a lumpy, clumpy mess! Just like regular foundation, you want full coverage without it being cakey. (Our youtube video shows how easily this makeup will blend into the skin.)
AS A FACE PAINT
If you are wanting to create details or designs, the best option is to scoop out a very small amount of paint to mix with a few drops of water. It can then be applied with a small brush. The more water you add, the thinner and more translucent the paint will become.
EITHER WAY, USE POWDER TO SET
If you are going through all the trouble of creating a unique and extreme look with costume makeup, you don’t want to chance rubbing it off an hour into your night! Be sure to set your look by using arrowroot powder or non-gmo cornstarch and a big makeup brush. (Demonstrated in our youtube video.)
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