When I was in high school, the drama department was a big part of my life. Because of that, I ended up in my late teens/early twenties with a makeup collection that could rival that of any makeup artist. From primers to highlighters, creams to powders and everything in between; you name it, I probably had it in about thirty different shades and a few different textures. I never really cared about what went on my face; I cared even less about researching what kind of damage the ingredients in the things I used almost every day could actually do long term.
Flash forward a few years, a couple of moves, and a whole lot of purging later and my makeup collection has dwindled down significantly. I’m now a lot less ignorant about the damage that those so called ‘beauty products’ can end up causing in the long run. Once I found out that I could make my own makeup using natural products and could control exactly what was being absorbed by my skin, I was sold. Do I miss some of the crazy colours I used to have at my disposal all the time? Sometimes, but the difference that using all natural makeup on my skin has made is enough to convince me to never go back.
I could write this entire post on why commercially available makeup is bad for you, but there are definitely enough of those types of articles floating around. Instead, we’re going to focus on teaching you how to make your own makeup products so that your skin can be naturally flawless as opposed to cakey and fake-looking. By the time you’re finished reading this article, you should be able to make yourself look like a million bucks without having to spend near that amount.
Everyone has their own routine when it comes to the order in which we put our makeup on, but at the end of the day we all end up using pretty much the same products. This list should have just about everything you need, but don’t feel like you need to make and use it all – Just tailor it to your own unique needs (after all, individuality is important.
Starting at the beginning with primer and working our way to bronzer, here’s what you’ll need to get that healthy glow naturally.
You wouldn’t paint a room in your house without first priming it, so why should your face be any different? Not only does using primer in the beginning of your makeup application make your face look flawless when you’re finished, it also helps it stay looking that way all day long. Add that to its skin evening and oil absorption capabilities and you’ve got yourself a product you really shouldn’t skip. Here’s a few different recipes you can try out until you find the one that works best for you.
This is the recipe I make and use myself. There are only three ingredients included and it’s an absolute cinch to put together.
It also doubles as a moisturizer and smooths out the ‘canvas’ for applying foundation, blusher and other face makeup products, but you can use it even on its own for a natural, radiant glow.
What You’ll Need: Aloe Vera (I get mine from a plant; use the gel if you don’t have one), coconut oil, mineral powder.
Recipe via: Bustle
This one has a few more ingredients, but as long as you’re mixing natural products into it as opposed to chemically laden ones, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work equally well (although I can’t say for sure because I’ve never tried it myself).
If you do, please let me know what it’s like in the comments section).
What You’ll Need: Sunscreen (optional), aloe vera gel, liquid foundation, loose (mineral) powder, a moisturizer that works for your type of skin.
Recipe via: Beauty Tips 4 Her
This one I found to be pretty neat. Even if it is a little scientific (and maybe a little intimidating), I think I might give this a shot the next time I run out of primer.
Ascorbic acid has a ton of benefits because of its antioxidants, but I’d imagine that citric acid would also work if that’s more up your alley (that’s the one I’ll likely use).
What You’ll Need: Vegetable glycerin, water, ascorbic acid, powdered vitamin E (optional), citric acid (optional).
Recipe via: Fix Lovely
Personally, I don’t usually wear foundation unless it’s a special occasion because I find that it looks fake regardless of how little I use (other people say they can’t tell, but I guess I’m just used to looking more natural). However, if you do wear foundation to keep your skin safe from the elements or to make your pores look smaller, here are a few natural recipes to try out (including the one I use on the rare times I wear it)
This is the one I keep on hand for the rare occurrences I end up wearing it. I find that the coverage is smooth and even (even if I’m applying it at ugly hours of the morning while I’m still half asleep), and the addition of sunscreen makes me a happy camper.
As I’ve gotten older, all those hours I spent laying in the sun have started to show through.
What You’ll Need: Almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, vitamin E, zinc oxide, cocoa powder, cinnamon.
Recipe via: Scratch Mommy
I chose to add this one to the list because it lists a ton of different oils you can try out. Oil is great for your skin; knowing which oil works best for you can be a little bit of trial and error.
Using just two ingredients (with an optional third), you can have a flawless finish made with all natural ingredients.
What You’ll Need: Mineral powder, oil (almond, jojoba, coconut, olive, etc.), essential oil (optional).
Recipe via: Beauty Tips 4 Her
This one promises to give you more of an airbrushed look. It has a lot more ingredients and looks to be more time-consuming than the previous ones I posted, but in looking at the ingredients I think this might just be worth the time.
You can skip the first five ingredients and just use an all-natural moisturizer if you’d like and trade the others for mineral powder you already have, but that kind of takes the fun out of DIY, doesn’t it?
What You’ll Need: Shea butter, argan oil, aloe vera gel, witch hazel, vegetable based emulsifying wax, kaolin/earth/bentonite clay, mica powder, cocoa, powder, zinc oxide powder.
Recipe via: Wellness Mama
Some ladies just aren’t a fan of the pore-clogging feel of liquid foundation and choose to opt for powder foundations instead. Powder foundations are (obviously) slightly lighter, but some people would argue that they don’t offer the same level of cover that their liquid counterparts do. Either way, here’s how you can make your own.
Most of the things that you’ll need to make this powder foundation can be found in your kitchen if you’re into clean eating.
Also, this recipe is budget-friendly, as opposed to most commercial foundation powders, and even the organic store-bought alternatives, which are even more expensive.
What You’ll Need: Arrowroot flour/starch, cocoa or cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, bentonite clay, vitamin E, lavender essential oil.
Recipe via: Live Simply
This one has a whole lot less ingredients in it and uses cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder. While it might be a lot cheaper to make than the precious one, I’m skeptical as to how well it would work for coverage.
Nevertheless, here’s the recipe; please let me know how it works out if you try it.
What You’ll Need: Cornstarch, cocoa powder.
Recipe via: My Crazy Blessed Life
Most women use their concealer to cover up old scars or fresh pimples that pop up for whatever reason, though some use it to help hide dark under eye circles. Either way, most concealers that you find in the drug store to little more than clog more pores and cause more pimples to that you have to go out and buy more concealer. Smart marketing, sure; but we’re smarter than that, aren’t we ladies?
This concealer will not only hide your trouble spots, it’ll even help heal your skin! It has a ton of ingredients and will probably be a pretty big initial investment, but the amount you’ll be able to make will be worth more than if you were to go out and buy concealer.
What You’ll Need: Beexwax, capuacu butter, cocoa butter, seabuckthorn oil, rosehip oil, vitamin E, magnesium stearate (optional), titanium dioxide (water soluble), mica, clay, yellow/red/brown/green oxide.
Recipe via: Humble Bee and Me
I only ever use concealer to cover atrocious red spots on my face when I need to go out somewhere, so green concealer is the only type I keep around.
If you haven’t tried it before, you’re definitely going to want to make this – It covers up red like you wouldn’t believe (just don’t use it on those dark circles under your eyes)!
What You’ll Need: Zinc oxide, rice powder, green/yellow/black/red oxide, cumin oil, mango butter, beeswax, tea tree essential oil, vitamin E.
Recipe via: Inspire Beauty Tips
I was blessed with high cheek bones, a lot of women weren’t; blush and bronzer allow us to create angles on out face that aren’t necessarily always there. By making your own, you’ll probably notice that your skin has a more natural ‘glow-y’ feel (I know I do anyway).
This tutorial shows you how to make multiple different shades of blush so that you can easily make one to suit your own skin colour.
Bonus: If all you’re looking for is a bright pink, you’ll only be using one ingredient.
What You’ll Need: Beet root powder, arrowroot flour (optional), cocoa powder (optional), ginger (optional).
Recipe via: Free People
If you don’t want to cook/smell beets for hours on end (I can’t blame you), this two-ingredient recipe is using dried raspberries instead. You should be able to find them at Costco.
This recipe is perfect for beginners, but you should know that besides the ingredients for the recipe, you’ll need a coffee grinder or a food processor to turn those dried raspberries into a fine powder.
What You’ll Need: Freeze dried raspberries, arrowroot powder.
Recipe via: The Clean Dish
This is what I use personally, and if you’re a fan of bronzer I seriously suggest that you consider giving this natural alternative a try.
Not only does it feel great on your skin, but it can be tweaked as little or as much as you’d like to make the colour your own.
What You’ll Need: cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, arrowroot powder, lavender or rosemary essential oil.
Recipe via: Thank Your Body
If you prefer to wear your bronzer in oil form, this is a recipe that is sure to help you achieve that bronzed, dewy glow without leaving you looking like an escaped oompa loompa.
It also works wonders if you have dry skin, since coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer.
What You’ll Need: Fractionated coconut oil, raw shea butter, silver and bronze mica (cosmetic grade).
Recipe via: Blooming In Bedlam
We can use it to make our eyes pop dramatically or we can use it to just make it look like we’re more than barely away. Truth be told, eyeliner is the only makeup product that I haven’t been able to find a DIY I like for yet. I haven’t tried either of these recipes yet though; I intend to, and I hope that at least one of them works out.
This one only uses two ingredients; I’d imagine that the success of this one really depends on how good your brush is and how steady you’re able to hold your hand. If you’re someone that’s been keeping up with us, you probably already have what you need on hand.
It doesn’t give a dramatic look, but more of a smoked out effect – which is not all bad, since often harsh lines can make wrinkles, dark circles and other imperfections stand out even more.
What You’ll Need: Activated charcoal and a carrier oil.
Recipe via: Red and Honey
This one uses coconut oil and aloe vera gel as kind of a base, which I feel might help the liner stay on your face better and longer. This will probably be the one I try making next time I need some.
What You’ll Need: cocoa powder or activated charcoal, aloe vera, coconut oil.
Recipe via: The Coconut Mama
I use my bronzer as eye shadow personally, but some people prefer to have a little more colour on their eyelids.
I’m only going to include this one recipe because it tells you how to make a whole bunch of different colours.
What You’ll Need: Arrowroot powder, shea butter, nutmeg, allspice, turmeric, dried beet powder, cocoa powder.
Recipes via: Thank Your Body
Every woman has that one makeup item that they would take with them to a stranded desert island if they were only allowed to have one. Mascara is mine. It gives your eyes a definitive look that no other makeup product can.
Making your own mascara not only makes your lashes feel better, it’s pretty much guanteed not to clump if you make sure that you mix it properly.
What You’ll Need: coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, aloe vera, activated charcoal.
Recipe via: A Blossoming Life
This recipe uses bentonite clay, and most resembles the one I personally use (I also add aloe gel).
I find that the clay helps the mascara stay on my lashes better and helps with the smudge-factor that a lot of DIY mascaras seem to have.
What You’ll Need: Activated charcoal, bentonite clay.
Recipe via: Body Unburdened
I know a lot of women that would choose their lipstick as their one ‘desert island’ grab, but most lip sticks/stains/tints end up leaving your lips dry and flaky. Making your own allows you to have the exact colour you desire while still having kissably smooth lips.
This is a perfectly basic recipe that gives you lots and lots of room for customization.
If you want some pretty shades of pink and purple you can swap the mica for beetroot powder (or mix both) – just make sure to add only small amounts until you get the desired color. It’s powerful stuff!
What You’ll Need: coconut oil, cocoa and shea butter, beeswax, essential oil, mica powder.
Recipe via: Wellness Mama
If full on lipstick isn’t your thing, try this recipe to get soft lips with just a hint of colour.
Bonus: There’s actually two recipes for balm and one for lipstick included in this link and a variety of coloring options so you can achieve at least some of your favorite shades.
What You’ll Need: Beeswax, shea butter, sweet almond oil, essential oil, optional colour boosters.
Recipe via: Simple Life Mom
I like this recipe because it uses fresh berries to get the staining effect. It’s also very easy to make, but do remember those fresh berries don’t have a long shelf life so make small batches which you can use fast. Keeping this in the fridge is also a good idea.
I’d replace the olive oil with coconut oil for a lighter feel, or with castor oil if you want a thicker composition, but feel free to go with whatever you happen to have on hand.
What You’ll Need: Berries, pomegranate seeds, EVOO
Recipe via: Feminiya
This recipe gives you a whole lot of freedom as well – Either tint the colour to suit your preferences or leave it plain and just enjoy the gloss.
The quantities are enough to fill two lip gloss tubes, which you can easily find at local beauty supply stores.
What You’ll Need: white beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, castor oil, vitamin E, essential oil (optional), mineral pigment or a plant based coloring (optional).
Recipe via: Sara Titus
Once you’re all made up, you want to make sure that the makeup you’ve spent so much time applying is going to stay put all day long. That’s where setting spray comes in.
There are four different recipes for setting spray included in this link, so I’m only going to include the one. Even if you don’t wear makeup, I seriously suggest you try the rosewater on a daily basis – Your skin will seriously thank you for it!
Recipes via: Indian Beauty Spot
And there you have it! All the makeup products you need, done naturally.
Things To Keep In Mind
All natural makeup is an incredibly fun endeavour and it can end up saving you A TON of money if you’re someone that has an extensive collection (especially if it’s organic ‘natural’ makeup – That stuff’s crazy expensive!), but it can also be a pain if you don’t know what to expect.
Everyone is different, and everyone’s skin is going to react differently; there’s a good chance that you’re going to have to play with the recipes a little bit before you find what works best for you. Your skin type, person preferences, environmental factors (temperature, humidity, etc.) and even your ingredients could make all the difference in the world (some brands just hold up better than others). Experimentation is half the fun though! Once you figure out what you like and what you don’t, you’ll absolutely LOVE making your own makeup as much as I do (at least I hope you will).
Have you ever tried making your own makeup? We’d love to hear about your experience with the experimentation of it all – Let us know what you thought of the whole process in the comments section below.
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