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You can make skin dyes using common household items and, once you do, you can use them in myriad ways to express yourself. Body art -- washable tattoos and body painting -- can be, depending on your mood, subtle or over-the-top. Whatever your preference, there are a number of different recipes for making skin dyes.

Mix 1 tsp. cornstarch and 1/2 tsp. lotion in a jar or container. Blend the ingredients well with a spoon. Add 1/2 tsp. water. Stir. Add, one drop at a time, the food coloring or food dye of your choice; keep adding coloring until you have the shade you want. Stir again. Seal the of the lid of the container tightly.

Mix 1/2 cup mild lotion and 1/2 tsp. dishwashing liquid in a jar or container. Stir with a spoon. Slowly add powdered tempera paint in the color of your choice. Mix well. Close the lid tightly.

Melt beeswax in a pot on the stove. Once melted, turn the heat off. Add 1/4 cup castor oil and 2 tbsp. sesame oil to the beeswax. Stir. Add beet juice a little at a time, continuing to stir, until you get the shade of red you want. Pour the mixture into a jar or container and close the lid.

Put 2 tbsp.unscented lotion in a jar or container. Mash up 1/4 of an avocado with a fork until it's creamy. Add the avocado to the lotion to make a green skin dye.


In Step 5, instead of unscented lotion you can use fluoride-free toothpaste as the base for the skin dye.


Test the dye on a small area of skin first to see if you have an allergic reaction.