August 27, 2010, Newsletter Issue #306: Homemade Halloween Makeup

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Don't let your pocketbook keep you from looking spectacular at this year's Halloween costume party. If you want to save money this Halloween by making your own face paint for your party costume, there are plenty of recipes for homemade face makeup on the Web. Here are a few, courtesy of

Homemade face makeup: you'll need 1 tsp corn starch, 1/2 tsp of water, 1/2 tsp of cold cream and food coloring. Stir together corn starch and cold cream until well blended. Add water, stir, then add food coloring. Apply to freshly washed face with fingertips and/or small paint brush. Washes off with soap and water.Homemade bruises: you will need powder eye shadows in the following colors - deep blue, charcoal or smoke gray and shimmery green powder. You will also need a makeup brush. Apply the deep blue shadow with a wet makeup brush. Use your fingertips to apply blots of charcoal gray and more blue. Blot the edges with the shimmery green. Smudge the "bruise" to complete.
Homemade blood: you will need 1/2 bottle of light corn syrup, very hot water, a squirt of liquid soap, red food coloring and blue or green food coloring (optional). Pour the corn syrup into a bowl and add the hot water sparingly as you stir to your desired consistency. Add a squirt of liquid soap to make it easier to clean up later. Tint with red food coloring. Adding a drop of blue or green food coloring will make the "blood" a darker color. Store in refrigerator until use. Smear as needed.

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