The Horror-ble Thing About Halloween makeup - and a Natural DIY face paint recipe

The Horror-ible Thing About Halloween Makeup & A Natural DIY Recipe

This post was contributed by Donna Fountaine of  First 5 Faves.


Halloween face paints can be pretty scary, and so can some of the ingredients that are in them.

Several years ago The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead and other toxic heavy metals like nickel, cobalt and chromium in several of the most popular face paints on the market. Some of these face paints were labeled as “non-toxic “ and “hypoallergenic” but contained the highest levels of some of these heavy metals.

“Natural” face paints may seem like a safer option, but most of the natural face paints available contain synthetic preservatives. When shopping for face paints, try to find products without formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers, fragrances, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, synthetic colors and synthetic preservatives because these ingredients can be irritating, toxic and/or carcinogenic.

One great option is making face paints at home because they are quick and easy and can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Here is an all natural, DIY Halloween face paint recipe that you can be sure to feel good about knowing there are no nasty ingredients in them!


All Natural DIY Halloween Face Paint
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A quick and easy natural DIY Halloween face paint recipe that kids will love and can be washed off quickly and easily with warm water and soap.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 3 tsp arrowroot starch
  2. Badger Diaper Cream
  3. 3 tsp of either of these natural food colorings,
  4. Le Petit Matisse Natural Food Coloring
  5. India Tree Natural Food Coloring
  6. Or make your own food coloring,
  7. Three bowls,
  8. Spoon
  9. Small storage containers
  1. Combine 3 tsp arrowroot starch and 3 tsp diaper cream in a small bowl and stir to combine,
  2. Divide mixture equally into three bowls,
  3. Add desired food coloring to each bowl and stir to combine,
  4. Transfer to storage containers and use a soft brush to apply to face or body.


If making your own homemade face paint is too much work, another great option is buying one of the few brands that offer natural Halloween face paints that are free of lead, heavy metals, parabens, bismuth, carmine, and fragrances. Le Petit Matisse is one brand that carries safer natural face paint options. Another great brand is Elegant Minerals, which can be found in Primal Kidz Mag’s Shop section. 


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Donna, First Five Faves and Primal Recipe testerDonna Fountaine is a wife, a mom, and a Primal Recipe tester on her personal blog. She discovered the Paleo diet in early 2015, when she began researching ingredients and reading labels more closely. During the first few months of her family’s transition to a primal diet, Donna decided to read the ingredients in their personal care and household products because she wanted to be sure that what her family was using on their bodies and in their home was just as healthy as what they were eating. When she discovered synthetic preservatives, questionable ingredients, and known carcinogens in their “all natural,” “organic,” and “eco-friendly” products she vowed to always read the ingredients first. Donna then decided to start First 5 Faves to help educate families with young children about the importance of age appropriate, non-toxic and eco-friendly products. You can also find her testing Paleo recipes from her favorite Paleo bloggers at Primal Recipe Tester.

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