All you need can be found at home: baby lotion, cornflour, food colouring and small containers.
1. Put baby lotion in small containers
2. Add a few drops of food colouring to each container
3. Slowly add cornflour until desired consistency. Add more cornflour for a pastier paint and less for a more pliable texture.
As food colouring can leave a temporary tinge on the skin (it washes off after a few days), some prefer to use washable water colours. You can also purchase face paint at an art supplies or party supplies store.
Many websites, including FacePaint.com, www.facepaint.com provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a look. If you are a visual learner, don’t miss out Face Paintify on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/user/FacePaintify
What happens when you are stuck at home due to heavy rain and can’t get to the River Safari to see the beloved pandas? Paint one up! Here’s a video on how.
Let the children paint your face too. Encourage them to use brushes, Cutips (cotton buds) or even fingers. You may end up looking like a zebra instead of a panda. But, who cares? What’s important is that you bond over a literally face-to-face activity.
If you’re more into super heroes than super endangered animals, turn your children into Spiderman.
How to Face Paint by Megan Atwood is available at Singapore’s Public Libraries.
Face Paintify on Youtube