Many inexpensive beauty products created by big businesses are full of cancer-causing chemicals and hormone disruptors. Making your own beauty products is an all-natural process with almost no negative side effects. Making these products rather than buying them also allows customization of each recipe, reduction of our environmental impact. Also, buying fewer ingredients to make multiple things allows you to buy a lot of these things in bulk. Lastly, this hack will save a lot of our money.
Below are some tried and tested methods of making your own basic makeup items.
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated soap
- 1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
- 3 drops almond oil (can substitute for coconut or any oil you like)
- 1/8 teaspoon purified water
- Place your finely grated soap into a heatproof dish and warm it on the stove.
- As the soap warms up add the water
- Add the activated charcoal and oil.
- Mix together with a wooden skewer
- Pour into your designated container. Let it set.
To use: wet your mascara wand with a drop of water from the tap. Rub across your mascara and apply to your lashes as you would a normal mascara. The mascara dries quickly and there is no flaking.
- Arrowroot powder – arrowroot is a starch and is a common corn-free/gluten-free alternative to cornstarch. Arrowroot is used as the base of this blush. It can also be added if you need to lighten up your blush.
- Beetroot powder – beetroot powder is dried up and crushed beets. Beets have amazing colors and thus beetroot powder is perfect for giving this natural blush that pink color.
- Cocoa powder – cocoa powder is used when you want your blush to have a more brown tone. It is also beneficial for your skin as it contains antioxidants that help heal your skin.
These are some commonly used ingredients however, you can play around with your blush and try other ingredients such as ginger (yellow/gold tones), cinnamon (golden brown tones), alkanet root (magenta tones), turmeric (orange tones).
- Place your preferred combination of these ingredients into a small mason jar.
- Stir well until completely mixed.
- If you find you aren’t getting your blush to mix well enough, you can place all the ingredients into a clean coffee grinder.
- Test on the back of your hand to see if you’ve made your desired shade. Tweak as necessary.
- 4 capsules of activated charcoal
- A few drops of distilled water
- Empty eyeshadow tin
- In a small container place 4 capsules of activated charcoal and add 2 drops of water and stir,
- Continue to add water a drop or two at a time and stir until the charcoal starts to clump.
- Slowly add the mixture to an empty and clean eyeshadow tin and press down with your fingers until smooth.
- If you want the homemade eyeliner to be smooth in the eyeshadow container, take a spoon and rub it against the top pressing down.
Ingredients depend on the color of your skin.
- Cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- Cocoa powder
- French green clay
- Bentonite clay
- In a small, nonmetallic bowl, add about 1 tbs cornstarch.
- Depending on your skin color, start mixing in small amounts of the other ingredients until you get your perfect match.
- To figure out if you match your skin tone, just dip your finger in the powder, rub it on the back of your hand, and go outside to see if it blends. If it doesn’t, then add more ingredients and try again.
- Place in a clean jar.
To use homemade foundation: gently tap a foundation brush in loose powder, tap off any extra powder back into the jar, and apply in a circular motion, just like any loose powder foundation.
Lip colors can be made with multiple ingredients and combinations, you can choose your base and color according to your taste. There are some basic combinations.
- Beet and Coconut oil
This is such a good and healthy formula because it doesn’t use any chemicals at all, just extract the color by heating the beet in coconut oil and let cool.
- Kool-Aid and Vaseline
We all know how awesome Kool-Aid is at staining, it’s used widely in DIYs like hair coloring and even creating stained clothes. This lip stain requires heating Vaseline and incorporating Kool-Aid with it to create a petroleum-based lip stain.
- Food color and water
Very easy to make and pretty convenient, no heat necessary, just mix in a few drops of food color to about 3 tablespoons of water and you’re good to go. This mixture is not thick and will take a while longer to dry.
Consider your crash course in how to make your own products complete. This will make you more sustainable, eco-friendly, self-reliant, and a good citizen.