So, everyone loves to dress up, but what fun is it to pretend to be Hello Kitty or a Zombie, if you cannot paint your face to match your costume? Before you head to the store to pick up a tube of Halloween make-up, there are some things you should know about what you’re getting ready to put all over you (and your child’s) face.   Lead is  often found in make-up,  even Halloween make-up intended for kids. Scientists have stated there is NO safe level of lead to expose our children to. 

Many times to enhance a costume you can use face paints. Your child might be able to tolerate them better if you first put a barrier on their skin. Many parents use Gloves in a Bottle, which keeps the coloring and other toxic ingredients from being absorbed into the skin.  A better option is to use natural colorings, such as those found in  all-natural cosmetics. Be sure to check the labels to be certain the products do not contain D & C dyes or Blue Lake Numbers.  

You can also make your own natural make-up if you can’t find one to purchase, and can use this base for almost any type of face paint design. It’s best to make it up right before you need it since it has no preservatives. You won’t want to store it for a long time. Refrigerate it if temperatures are warm in your area. You don’t want the coconut oil to melt in the heat. 

  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Coconut oil
  • Natural food coloring These food dyes come from plants and vegetables and are totally safe.

Mix the cornstarch and natural coconut oil together. Add one or two drops of natural food coloring. Be very careful not to add too much or it may stain your skin. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your face first. Then apply the natural Halloween makeup.

You can purchase Feingold accepted all-natural vampire make- up kits from  Amazon by clicking on the vampire picture or ordering from Elegant Minerals.