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If you are a stay-at-home mom, you have most likely discovered that there are just not enough hours in the day. If you’re an at-home mom currently nursing, you have also noticed that you never have enough hands available to get anything done! This is when it comes time to break out the one-hand wonders of activities. Face paint is an easy way to give your toddler some attention while holding your infant; and the best part is, you only need one hand!

Face paint can easily be purchased at most grocery or convenient stores, but it is also really fun, cheap, and easy to make at home. In fact, you probably already have the ingredients available in your medicine cabinet now.

Here is an excellent face paint recipe that requires little more than dumping the ingredients together:

Face Paint Ingredients:

* 2 tsp corn starch

* 1 tsp. water

* 1 tsp. cold cream

* 4 drops food coloring

Mix all the ingredients together and add as much food coloring as you like, until you get the desired shade. It’s always best to start off with less, because the dyes are not natural, and it is better to use less on the skin, rather than more.

If you want to go all-out and create some all-over makeup faces, try making a white base for the paints to sit on top of (basically like white clown makeup). Here is a great base recipe:

White Base Ingredients:

* 2 tsp white shortening

* 5 tsp corn starch

* 1 tsp white all purpose flour

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and you’re ready to go.

You may also need:

* Makeup sponges

* Paint brushes

* Big bowl of water for spills and rinsing brushes

* Egg carton or muffin tin to separate colors

Once you have your paints ready to go, set up a painting station with a few towels, all the utensils you care to use (i.e. paint brushes, sponges), and your bowl of water for quick spill cleanup. You can set up a mirror so your kids can paint their own faces, or you can paint their faces for them as a surprise.

To get really creative, try out some full-face designs, like a butterfly, dinosaur, or skull.

Author Bio

Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and best online schools. She welcomes your comments at her email: lopezjemima562 @ gmail.com.

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