Make-up and beauty enhancements have been utilized by men and women since ancient times and across most cultures. Natural colorants have been used to enhance facial features and draw attention to eyes, lips, cheeks, and even enhance overall skin shading. Mother Nature has provided humans with ample colors in a huge palate that can be utilized to make naturally based cosmetics.
In today’s world filled with social media telling women to use this product or that beauty product loaded with unknown toxins it’s nice to be able to hone some skills and learn to make your own make-up and take control of the ingredients that you put on your face. Making natural cosmetics is easy and fun. It’s a great way to look good, enhance your natural beauty and not put a bunch of chemicals on your skin. It’s a lot easier than you would imagine. It’s time to return to a more natural way that won’t harm you and may even provide healing and wellness benefits.
Clays, beeswaxes, oils, and minerals like mica when combined in various ways are wonderful natural substitutes to more commercial beauty products that may actually be toxic to you. There are ranges in colors from black to white and every color you can imagine in between. So regardless of what your natural skin tone is from quite fair to quite dark, there are natural colors that you can use to make your own products.
Clays run the majority of color gamut. Any basic cosmetic recipe can have a clay as a base for color and be really healthy for you. However there are other products like beet root powder or hibiscus flower powder that are beautiful reds. Sandalwood powder provides colors ranging from reds to oranges. If you like to have a sparkle or shine to your make-up you can simply add a natural mica powder. These also come in amazing ranges from penalized whites to sparkly soft colors to bronzes, coppers, and golds. The beauty of it is that it is all non-toxic and won’t harm your skin. There are many shades of blacks and brown clays or really any other color that you can use to make everything from eyeliners to mascaras.
The DIY health product industry has jumped on the band wagon and are providing consumers a wide range of packaging choices that allow making your own products a breeze. You can easily find, lip stick, lip balm, and mascara containers with brushes, small pots from shadows or blushes. It is limited only by your imagination.
Here is a list of possible ingredients to make your products from:
**Buy all organic materials to keep it natural. It may cost more, but the overall cost compared with regular cosmetics is so much less and your skin will thank you.**
Clays (full range of colors including black and white)
Micas (full range of colors including metallics and iridescent)
Red Hibiscus Powder (reds)
Red Beet Root Powder (reds to bright pinks)
Sandalwood Powder (reds to oranges)
Sea Weed Powder (Spirulina, etc) (greens)
Spinach Powder (greens)
Activated Charcoal (black)
Cocoa Powder (brown)
Cinnamon Powders (browns)
Organic cornstarch (thickener)
Here’s a link to an article on Carrier Oils:
Vitamin E oil (preservative, skin enhancing)
Castor Oil (skin enhancing)
Coconut oil (solid at room temperature, antibacterial)
Aloe Vera Gel
Butters, (Shea, Mango, Cocoa)
- 2 teaspoons of pure Aloe Vera gel.
- ¼ teaspoon of activated charcoal
- 1/8 of a teaspoon of bentonite clay or cosmetic clay. This helps the mascara dry after applied to the lashes
- 2 drops of vitamin E oil
- 1 drop of castor oil
- Empty mascara tube.
- ¼ teaspoon black mineral powder
- ¼ teaspoon of bentonite clay
- 1/8 teaspoon ( approx. 4 drops) vegetable glycerin
- ¼ teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, ( more if needed)
- 4 drops of lavender oil (antibacterial)
- 1 drop of vitamin E oil
- 1 drop of castor oil
Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth and consistent.
To fill the tube, you can use a small syringe, then transfer the mixture into the mascara tube by pushing the plunger. Clean up any excess mixture.
TIP: Powder lashes with arrowroot or organic cornstarch first to thicken and lengthen even more. This works with a lash curler but it’s better to curl them first so they don’t clump.
- Decide if you want a cream or a dry powder blush
- Select container that is most appropriate for your type of blush
- Select colored clay you wish to make blush from
- Select colored mica you wish to add if you want a sparkly blush
- Blend together clays and/ or other natural powdered colorant
Cream blushes have longer staying power and are bolder, more versatile than a powdered blush. Use a little at a time, it will go much further than you think. Use can use a natural pre-made moisturizer for the base and add colors and pigments as needed.
- 1 teaspoon of Shea butter
- 1/2 tsp emulsifying wax
- 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel
- 1 tablespoon of natural pre-made lotion(in place of first 3 ingredients)
- ½ – 1 teaspoon color powder
- ½ – 1 teaspoon mica powders of choice
- ½ teaspoon arrowroot powder
- ½ teaspoon organic brown Powder (or any)
- ½ teaspoon red powder ( or any)
You can experiment with different base colors or materials. See what you like and what works for your skin tone. Try a blend of a brown like a cocoa powder with a red like hibiscus flower to get the right color tone for your skin. Most blushes are combinations of reds and brown variations.
For powdered blushes omit the “wet” ingredients and look for a storage jar that has a sieve insert in it. Also you will want to select an organic brush to apply it.
Melt the Shea butter and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted.
Add the aloe and whisk until completely incorporated and smooth.
Turn heat off.
Slowly, start adding colors.
Add mica powders and cocoa powder a tiny pinch at a time until desired color is reached.
Dip the tip of a spoon into the mixture and let cool for a few seconds. Test the color and coverage on your cheek to make sure you’ve achieved the right tone for your skin.
Spoon the mixture into the desired container and let cool.
Eye shadows can be interchanged with blushes. The differences will be in color choices rather than anything else. You can decide on cream or powdered shadows. As with all of the products, making smaller amounts and storing in airtight containers will be vital to keep bacteria down.
- Decide if you want a cream or a dry powder eye shadow
- Select container that is most appropriate for your type of shadow.
- Select colored clay you wish to make eye shadow from
- Select colored mica you wish to add if you want a sparkly shadow
- Blend together clays and/ or other natural powdered colorant
- ½ teaspoon arrow root
- ½ teaspoon colored material powder
- ½ teaspoon natural mica powder for shimmer
For powdered shadows omit the “wet” ingredients and look for a storage jar that has a sieve insert in it. Also you will want to select an organic brush to apply it.
For cream shadows follow the same instructions for the cream blushes.
Lipsticks / Lip Balms:
- 1 teaspoonbeeswax
- 1 teaspoonShea or other butter such as cocoa, mango or others.
- 1 teaspooncoconut oil
For Red Hues:
1/8 teaspoon TOTAL of beet root, hibiscus or sandalwood powders
For Brown/Tan Hues:
¼ teaspoon TOTAL (or more for color) of cocoa, cinnamon, turmeric powder or colored clays
For a more Matte texture:
¼ teaspoon clay
5 drops of your essential oil of choice (optional) peppermint or spearmint is nice
Add ½ teaspoon of a mica powder of your choice
Melt the beeswax, Shea butter, or other butter of your choice, and coconut oil in a glass double boiler.
It will melt quickly.
Remove from heat.
Add any optional ingredients like color or scent.
Pour into the lip stick container.
Fill just below the top as it will expand slightly as it cools.
Leave to cool for at least half an hour.
Store in a cool place (under 80 degrees) or it will soften.
2 teaspoons of Argan oil or jojoba oil
1 teaspoon of Shea butter
½ tsp emulsifying wax
1 tablespoon aloe gel
1 teaspoon witch hazel
3 tablespoons of natural pre-made lotion(in place of first 5 ingredients)
1-4 teaspoons non-nano zinc oxide (gives coverage and matte finish)
(Can use arrowroot powder instead if desired, but it will not offer quite as much coverage)
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional)
¼ – ½ tsp cocoa powder
½ -1 tsp mica powder of choice
½ -1 tsp clay of choice (if using)
1 teaspoon of a translucent mica can help for really oily skin
Colored mica powders, natural clays and cocoa powder will give color
Melt the Shea butter, Argan oil (or jojoba)and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted.
Add the aloe and witch hazel and whisk until completely incorporated and smooth.
Turn heat off.
Add zinc and clays (if using)
Add cocoa powder a tiny pinch at a time until desired color is reached. You will want this to be lighter than your skin tone so it blends and lightens. If it is too dark, it will leave dark spots on the skin.
Dip the tip of a spoon into the mixture and let cool for a few seconds. Test the color and coverage on your forehead and inner arm to make sure you’ve achieved the right tone for your skin and the amount of coverage you want.
Store in a small glass jar with a lid.
Note: You can use just arrowroot powder or a white cosmetic clay, cocoa powder, and/ or cinnamon powder, but it won’t last like one that has zinc oxide and mica or have the same coverage.
Zinc oxide as a base will make a similar product to store bought mineral make-up. Mica powder gives skin a nice shimmer.
Natural Concealer / Highlighter:
Follow the above recipe.
Adding more zinc oxide powder will offer more coverage and adding less will create a thinner coverage that is better for highlighting. Experiment by adding small amounts at first to find your desired coverage. Find the desired coverage first by adding zinc/clays and then adding cocoa to get the desired shade for skin. For really dark skin tones, not as much zinc will be needed and more cocoa can be added. A mineral powder in the color of your skin tone can also help match the color more easily.
Bronzers are lovely for adding a sun-kissed look to your face without spending time tanning and risking wrinkles or skin cancer. I live in the desert so things like skin cancer are really in the forefront of the mind when I think about my daily routine, however, I still want to look good and there’s nothing sexier than a little sun kiss.
Bronzers are easy to make and even easier to apply with an organic brush. You can top off a make up look on your face or even powder your legs and arms or décolleté.
Mica powder or powders of your choice, (try blending bronze, copper, or gold colors for a really beautiful blend.)
Colored powders of your choice, clays, cocoa powder, cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon of your colored powders in any blend combination you desire
¾ tablespoon of your mica powders in any blend combination you desire
Store in an air tight container with a sieve attachment.
Make up remover:
A basic recipe for an all natural make-up remover is:
1 tsp of oil like almond
¼ tsp of castor oil,
5 drops of lavender oil
1 cup of natural witch hazel
Add ingredients to a mason jar with a secure lid.
Shake well to mix ingredients.
Fill jar with all natural cotton roundettes.
Shake again to coat and soak through all of the cotton roundettes.
Store in a cool dark dry place.
Use as needed.
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