How to make easy homemade face paint for Halloween, using corn syrup (1986)

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Here’s how to make homemade face paint the ’80s way! The step-by-step recipe below uses everyday corn syrup and tissue paper to make a non-toxic, homemade face paint you can use for Halloween or a school play!

How to turn your angel into a tiger with Karo Syrup

You can create a lot of fun faces this Halloween. It’s easy with Karo syrup and a little imagination.

Just mix 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon flour. Gradually stir in 1/4 cup Karo light corn syrup and 1/4 cup water.

Set aside 1/4 cup of the mixture. Divide the remaining mixture into 3 small cups, adding 1/2 teaspoon food color for each desired color.

Safe homemade makeup for Halloween, made with corn syrup

See also: Remember these vintage Paas Halloween makeup kits from the ’80s?

How to make non-toxic homemade face paint for a tiger costume: 

1. Apply the untinted mixture fo face. Avoid eyelids and the area around eyes.

2. Cover with one-ply white tissue. Apply more untinted mixture. Let dry 15 minutes.

3. Mix red and yellow food color to make orange mixture. Paint on cheeks, forehead.

4. Mix red and green to make black. Add tiger markings.

Wash off with water.

For a devil Halloween costume: Repeat steps 1 & 2 above. Then use black mixture for mustache and eyebrows, red for devilish cheeks.

For a clown Halloween makeup: Repeat steps 1 & 2 above. Then paint colorful mouth, cheeks and eyebrows.

Directions how to make corn syrup makeup for Halloween

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