If you’ve never looked at the ingredients in your makeup, the list of excessively long names would shock you. While many of us don’t understand what these ingredients actually are, we do know that such a long list of ingredients for something that goes onto our skin is no good. In fact, there are many harmful chemicals that reside in common foundations that may be linked to cancer, infertility, or other diseases.
To play it safe, you can try making your own powder foundation at home. This way, you know exactly what is in your makeup, and you can make sure it always matched your skin just right!
- 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch. Cornstarch is cheaper, but most people prefer the consistency of arrowroot for this recipe.
- Almond oil, essential oil, or glycerin
All of these additions are optional, but feel free to use as many as you want:
- Finely-ground cinnamon is best for warm tones
- Bentonite clay is used for cool skin tones
- French green clay will minimize redness
Take 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder/cornstarch; blend together well. Add more cocoa if you desire a darker color, and more arrowroot/cornstarch to lighten the shade. Add warm and cool tones as desired. Cinnamon and nutmeg are excellent options for getting the powder to the correct color for your skin.
This recipe as followed will give you a very, very loose powder. To add some weight to the powder, add a small amount of oil to your mixture. The more oil you add, the more the mixture will become a pressed powder. If you do add oil, try to find one that is best for your skin type; for example, tea tree oil is excellent for acne-prone skin.
How to Use
Since this is completely natural, you will need to use a different technique when applying this makeup. Use a kabuki or foundation brush and use light strokes; layer on until coverage is satisfactory. Reapply throughout the day as needed.
This is such a cheap and easy recipe for a completely natural face powder, and there’s really no reason not to try it. Have fun playing around with the cocoa powder and spices until you get just the right shade. Since these ingredients are so easy to work with, you can even make different recipes to match your skin’s needs on a daily basis.