Sometimes, after you’ve seen more . . .
Than your fair share of frog gonads filled with eggs, you just might begin to feel a bit paranoid. You may find yourself making your own shampoo because, yeah, you happen to think future generations of men should get to have descended testicles and stuff (thanks a lot, parabens!)
You may stop by the market to pick up parmesan for these healthy chicken nuggets and realize the store is out of organic, grab your smart phone and Google the country of origin on every available package until you find one that’s banned GMO’s (it’s Switzerland, if you couldn’t find it).
Then one day, in the hullabaloo of a local fair, you might decide to let go for just a moment. When the hubs mentions there’s face painting you chirp, “Let’s do it!”
Sure, you’re doing the equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and singing “LA! LA! LAAAAA!” as your inner self reads you the riot act. You will not google it. You will not wipe them down immediately. You. will. CHILL.
And then when you get home. . .
You will tuck your littles into bed, crack open your laptop for a little Facebook fix only to immediately come across an article by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reporting that 10 out of 10 face paints tested positive for lead and 6 out of 10 tested positive for other toxic heavy metals (source).
Well, at least now you have a good reason to have a little fun at home with these easy DIY face paints! They’re safe enough to eat, though I can’t say they taste very good. 🙂
DIY Face Paint
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch (preferably nom-GMO) or arrowroot powder
- 1/4 teaspoon refined white flour (yes I had to go buy some!) plus extra for dusting the face so that it is not ooey gooey
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon water
- Natural food coloring
- Activated charcoal if black face paint is desired (see notes for how to make white base makeup)
- Mix flour and cornstarch/arrowroot together in a small bowl
- Add honey and water
- Divide mixture into several cups, then add a few drops of food coloring to each cup until it has reached the color intensity you desire
- Paint your design (have fun and smile!), then wait for it to set. This should take 15-30 minutes.
- Once set, take a makeup brush and dust a little white flour over your face to create a matte finish. This is optional – we didn’t do it – but I did test it to make sure it would prevent smearing in little ones who are likely to touch their faces.
A Few Notes . . .
These paints are more like a thick gloss than watercolors.
My “blue” from India Tree was really more of a green. I could never get a true blue out of it. Also, for dark brown/black mix a smidge of all the colors together and added a little activated charcoal. It’s very non-toxic (you can actually find capsules of it in the supplement aisle because it’s used for detoxing.)
Some colors (like yellow and pink) will not show up well without white base makeup. To whip up your own, mix non-toxic lotion with a little non-nano zinc oxide, or buy some organic diaper cream at the store that contains non-nano zinc. (Wondering what the heck non-nano zinc is? This article may help). Wait until the mixture dries before applying other paints.
And finally, here’s a little color chart you might find helpful:
Yellow + Blue = Green
Blue + Red = Purple
Red + Yellow = Orange
Pink = Just a couple drops of red.