DIY Natural Makeup

How to make your own foundation and blush using powdered herbs and spices.

You can easily make your own natural powder foundation and blush using just a few simple ingredients. Since the precise skin tone of each face varies from person to person, experimentation is the key to success.

 

Base Powder

 

Whether you're making foundation, blush or eye shadow powders, your base formula starts with a tablespoon or two of organic arrowroot powder. Arrowroot is a powdered root starch that is used on the commerical food industry as a stabilizer and thickening agent. It is also commonly used as the base of natural body powders. It is white in color and has a very light, smooth texture that glides easily over the skin.

 

Now you're going to tint your base powder to match your own skin tone as closely as possible. This isn't an exact science, so plan to start out making a small amount and continue blending in other ingredients until you hit on the right combination and amount. Tip: Write the formula down for future use!

 

For Color

 

To tint your foundation powder, mix in a little of one or more of the following powdered spices with your base powder until the color desired is achieved:

 

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cocoa Powder

Muira Puama Bark

Sassafras Bark

Cardamom Powder

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Powder

 

For Blush

 

To make your own powdered blush, start with your base powder of arrowroot and add a little of one or more of the following powdered herbs until the desired shade is achieved:

 

Hibiscus Flowers

Beet Root

Alkanet

Maqui Berry

 

For Eye Shadow

 

To make your own powdered blush, start with your base powder of arrowroot and add a little of one or more of the following powdered botanicals until the desired shade is achieved:

 

For Brown Shades

Cocoa Powder

Cape Aloe Powder (green-brown)

Sassafras Bark

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Powder

Schisandra Berry Powder

 

For Green Shades

Spirulina

Spinach Powder

Sage (very light green)

 

Light Shades & Highlighter

 

Marshmallow Root Powder

Lecithin Powder (light golden hue)

 

 

Helpful Hints

 

If you want your foundation to have a built-in SPF, add a bit of micronized zinc oxide (available from Amazon.com and various other online sources).

 

If you want to create a compact powder instead of a loose powder, add a few drops (that's drops) of sweet almond oil to the mix and press it into a tin or compact.

 

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