How to Color Liquid Latex

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Liquid latex can be used in a variety of different hobbies. It can be used to make latex gloves, body paint or molds. It is also commonly used in theatrical makeup to make fake skin. But if you do not use the proper coloring dye, your liquid latex may not mix well or may not dry completely, which can ruin what you're trying to make. Luckily, there is liquid latex pigment designed just to color liquid latex that can be purchased from arts and crafts stores or online.

Shake your container of liquid latex extremely well. Liquid latex separates in the container; if the liquid latex is not properly mixed before using, the latex may not dry properly.

Pour the liquid latex into a bowl large enough to hold all of the latex you intend to use.

Add 1/2 oz. of the liquid latex pigment for every quart of liquid latex. Working quickly, stir the pigment into the liquid latex.

Continue to add more pigment, if needed, to the liquid latex until the desired color is achieved.

Use the colored liquid latex as you normally would once the color is incorporated.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Liquid latex pigment
  • Spoon


  • Never put liquid latex anywhere on your body if you have sensitive skin or an allergy to latex. Liquid latex put on the skin of someone who's allergic to latex can be fatal.


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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.

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