Homemade Face Paints

Life is short so I am determined to let the kids have fun. Let them be kids as long as they can in a world that wants them to grow up way too fast. Yes, they are sheltered. Yes, they end the day looking like they crawled out of a mud hole. It’s good for them. Fall is rolling in and Halloween is coming, we plan on taking the kids to the Renaissance Festival. Sadly we can’t do most face paints. Too high a risk of affecting the allergies in the family so we decided to make our own homemade face paint with ingredients we know they do not react to.


These are simple to make and work perfectly without any reaction for our sensitive skin. Doesn’t Monkey the Cheetah look happy? We loved the lack of the cracking dryness feeling of these face paints so often found in store bought products.

What you need to make your own homemade face paints

  • Hypoallergenic lotion
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paper plate, paint tray, tubes, or containers for mixing and storing
  • Paint brushes

How to make your own homemade face paints

It’s simple really. Fill your choice of a container partially with lotion. Add a squirt of watercolor and mix. Yes, it is that simple. Then you are ready to paint. You can store these in an airtight container if you wish to make a large amount at once.

homemade face paints perfect for halloween

Have fun and see what designs you can make. This washes right off with a bit of soap and water so you can paint over and over. We are thinking the girls will be butterfly fairies and my son will be a knight for the festival. How I’m gonna pull all that off I do not know yet 😉

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  • Jeanette says:

    My son reacts to some face paint too I didn’t know that you could make your own! What a great idea!

  • Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, I had no idea it was that easy to make your own face paints. Looks like I will need to mix some up soon.

  • Tara says:

    I have always hated how dry my skin feels when wearing face paint. I never thought of making my own.

  • Meagan says:

    I had no idea it was so easy to make faceprint! My kids would love love love this!

  • Kathy says:

    I love that you can make your own face paint. My girls love when they get their face painted. I’ll have to make some of this soon and paint their faces. They’ll love it!

  • Cathi Crismon says:

    Oh my goodness! This is awesome! Every time we take our grandkids to amusement parks or the zoo they get their faces painted to the tune of $25 bucks a piece. Now I can do it myself! Thanks!!

  • Nancy @ whispered inspirations says:

    Great DIY idea! My youngest daughter loves getting her face painted! She’s going to love it that I know how to make face paint now! Thanks!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    I’ve never tried making face paint. I didn’t realize they were made with paint you can play with. That’s nice and simple!

  • Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This is a fantastic idea. I will have to get the supplies I need to do this with my friends little ones this weekend. They are going to love it.

  • Tammi Roy says:

    My love face painting. We had some makeup left over from last Halloween and the kids used it up over the summer.

  • gingermommyrants says:

    Face painting is always fun. I am excited to make my pwn with the kids. This will be perfect for Halloween.

  • Reesa Lewandowski says:

    I love this! Perfect for parties and the upcoming Halloween season.

  • Toni | BoulderLocavore.com says:

    Thank you so much for the idea! This will be perfect for my son’s next birthday party and for Halloween activity!

  • Jennifer says:

    I was part of a fundraising event and we had such a hard time finding face paint. If only I knew that I could just make it myself!

  • Claudia Krusch says:

    Love your DIY idea! My niece loves getting her face painted! She’s going to love your idea!

  • Liz Mays says:

    I’m going to have my daughter be a guinea pig and try this! It sounds like so much fun for Halloween.

  • Alicia says:

    Thanks for this! I can use this for Halloween when the kids go trick-or-treating. They never want to leave masks on so this way I can just paint their faces instead!

  • Jennifer says:

    I had no idea that it was so easy to make your own face paints! This is so easy that even I could do it and my kids LOVE having their face painted! I’m pinning this for Halloween…

  • Dawn gibson-thigpen says:

    this is so cute. i love all of your awesome ideas.