Switching out conventional skincare products for natural, chemical-free DIY alternatives is relatively simple and often times the organic version is even more effective than anything you can buy. Vitamin E, retinol, Shea butter, coconut oil— these basic ingredients can be combined at home to create something incredibly nourishing, resolving a whole host of skincare issues from wrinkles to acne. But when it comes to make up, finding natural and effective options that are on par with their store brand counterparts is a much more daunting task. DIY make up can be overwhelming, especially when you’re unsure if they’re even going to work.
Thankfully, over the past few years, the natural wellness and DIY beauty communities have worked hard to come up with easy, real life recipes that work for women who have careers, families, friends and hobbies; you don’t have to scour the internet for obscure ingredients and you don’t have to mix your foundation every morning, we promise! If you’ve been curious as to how to make your own make up but haven’t known where to start, we can tell you now: start here.
Most Common Ingredients for DIY Natural Make Up
If you’re feeling serious about making the switch from store bought to home made, you’ll want to stock up on some basic ingredients that you’ll find in almost all DIY natural make up recipes. They’re affordable, easy to find and are versatile enough that you’re probably already using most of them in other ways already.
- arrowroot powder
- mica powder
- bentonite clay
- cocoa powder
- mica powder
- activated charcoal
- beet root powder
- berry powder
- zinc oxide
- Vitamin E oil
- Shea butter
- coconut oil
- jojoba oil
- essential oils
- aloe vera gel
How to Make Your Own Foundation
The base of most DIY mineral make up foundations is a combination of arrowroot powder and cocoa powder, as is the case here. Arrowroot powder provides a clean, matte finish though is incredibly light on its own. You can customize your mineral make up by adding enough cocoa powder to match your skin tone.
In this particular version of DIY mineral make up, the author also used zinc oxide for the base SPF and ground cinnamon for coloring. Feel free to play with the proportions to suit your skin; this customization is especially helpful if you tan easily in the summer but become paler in the colder months.
Gold mica dust provides some subtle shimmer while the translucent mica powder keeps oiliness at bay.
How to Make Your Own Liquid Foundation
For something a bit more high coverage, try this liquid foundation from the same author. The liquid foundation is a bit more complex and calls for more ingredients but the payoff is big and well worth the time!
The base includes all our favorite nourishing butters and oils like Shea butter, Argan oil and aloe vera gel. It also calls for witch hazel for its toning properties and vegetable based emulsifying wax to give the mixture a nice consistency. For the coloring, you’ll want bentonite clay, mica powder (in the color of your choice), cocoa powder and zinc oxide powder for its SPF coverage.
As with any make up product you’re whipping up, be sure to add the pigmented ingredients in small increments until you reach your desired shade. It’s easy to add more but impossible to subtract it!
How to Make Your Own Bronzer
If you have ever done any baking in your life, you probably have all the ingredients for this simple DIY natural bronzer recipe sitting in your spice rack. You’ll need cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder and cornstarch to mix together.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to measuring these ingredients to find your perfect bronzed goddess shade. As with so many other make-up products, the tint of your bronzer will depend on your natural skin tone.
If you’d like to store your natural bronzer in a compact for easy application, the author suggests adding a few drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or rosemary would be nice here) to get the powder mixture to a thicker consistency that will hold in the compact. Otherwise, if you’d like to leave the essential oil out, you can store this in a small jar with a lid.
Homemade Self Tanner
To take that healthy, sun-kissed glow one step further, you can try this DIY recipe for an all-over self tanner. With organic black tea bags, vanilla extract and water, you can create a simple and safe self tanner.
Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize before applying to get your skin prepped and ready. The author suggests putting the tanner into a spray bottle and using your hands to rub it into your skin after you’ve sprayed it on your skin. You can add multiple layers and once you’ve let it dry and lived with it for awhile, you can also play with the proportions to make it darker or lighter according to your preferences and skin tone
Homemade Face Powder
For this particular recipe, you’ll want to use cacao powder, not cocoa powder to go with the arrowroot powder for the base. The zinc oxide acts as natural sunscreen and the Vitamin E helps moisturize and even acts as an anti-aging agent with all its antioxidant properties. Again, cinnamon and nutmeg provide the color; be sure to add each in small increments.
This author also strongly recommends using a spice grinder or coffee grinder to mix the powders so they are super fine. She also reminds that if you store it in a jar or tin that you don’t touch the product with dirty fingers or brushes which can lead to bacteria. Otherwise, a large batch of this powder should last you for quite a long while!
How to Make Your Own Blush
Get ready, beauty buffs— the Hippy Homemaker has provided you with quite the color spectrum of natural DIY blush options. With a simple base, you can customize the color of your blush with lots of different natural dyes.
As with the natural powders and mineral foundation recipes, these blush recipes all start with a base of arrowroot powder. From there, most include beet powder for a basic rosy color.
Otherwise, here is a short list of some of the natural powder dyes you can use to change the hue of your blush:
- turmeric powder
- berry powder
- hibiscus powder
- raw cacao powder
- alkanet root powder
DIY Cream Blush
You only need three ingredients for this awesome natural blush— plus, it also pulls double duty as a natural lip tint! Almond oil, Beeswax and pink or red mica powder (depending on your color preference) is all you need to make this one. You’ll melt it all together in a double boiler and then let it set in the container of your choice and you’re all set.
Homemade Eyeshadow Recipes
Similar to the blush recipe, this natural eyeshadow DIY is easily customizable to whatever shade you’re after just by changing out the colored powder. And, similar to basically all the recipes in this round-up, arrowroot powder acts as the base.
For a gray or black shadow, add activated charcoal to your base. For a dusty olive, use spirulina. Cocoa powder works for deep brown shadow while beet powder gives a lovely pale pink. For a nice neutral shade, try adding nutmeg.
Homemade Cream Eyeshadow Recipe
This recipe is similar to our first version but with one major key ingredient added: Shea butter. By mixing in this ultra moisturizing base, you can turn your powder shadow into a cream shadow. This will make your shadow look more pigmented, will help it stick and give it a nice sheen that makes it perfect for nighttime, especially if you’re using a darker dye like activated charcoal or cocoa powder.
How to Make Your Own Mascara
With only four ingredients, you can have a natural, super pigmented mascara— really! Activated charcoal gives this mascara its rich black color while guar gum acts as the thickener. Aloe vera helps give it a smooth, easily applicable texture. Bentonite clay allows the mascara to dry once you apply it. And there you have it!
Nourishing Seaweed Natural Mascara
This seaweed recipe is definitely for the natural DIY make up advanced class. Try this one once you’ve gained your DIY cosmetics confidence with some of our easier recipes. For this one, you’ll need activated charcoal, beeswax, Vitamin E and coconut oil like so many recipes, but this one calls for additional castor oil and bladderwrack powder which is a bit off the beaten path. Bladderwrack powder actually comes from seaweed and is super nourishing and gives a deep, dark color to the mascara. Pro tip: castor oil is said to help hair grow, so don’t be afraid to use this on its own on your eyebrow area or hairline for a little extra hair growth help!
DIY All Natural Eye Primer
To help keep these natural eyeshadows in place, try applying either aloe vera gel or milk of magnesium to your lids first. The aloe vera gel will help your shadow “stick” in place while the milk of magnesium is super matifying and will stop your shadow from slipping off your lids.
DIY Lipstick Recipes
Drugstore (and even high end!) brand lipsticks are oftentimes full of harmful chemicals, the scariest of which is lead. On the flip side, many natural and organic lipstick tend to run on the pricier side of things. If you’re looking for a safe ‘stick that won’t set you back thirty bucks, try on of these simple DIY lipstick recipes!
DIY Red Rose Lipstick
So many natural lip products are based in beeswax; it’s non-irritating, has a nice, solid consistency and holds both color and scent well.
Magnesium stearate is a natural anti caking agent that helps the lipstick “set up” and gives it a nice, smooth texture when applied.
For that deep, ruby color, Australian red reef clay is an awesome natural alternative to chemical dyes. You can also use it as a face mask or natural red hair dye!
There’s something so refreshing about a menthol flavored lip product; it instantly wakes you up and makes you feel more put together. Peppermint essential oil is perfect for that cooling burst in this DIY lipstick recipe!
DIY Tinted Lip Balm
If a siren red lipstick is too intense for your wash-and-go lifestyle but you’d still like a little color on your face, try one of these tinted lip balms.
Coconut oil, Vitamin E and jojoba oil make this balm super hydrating for even the most chapped lips and dry weather while beet root powder gives it a subtle red tint. Beeswax is the foundational ingredient here which we love for its nourishing properties and the awesome texture. This would also work as a nice cheek tint in a pinch too!
Confidence + DIY Cosmetics = Major Win
Skincare is a non-negotiable. You've got to take care of your skin— keeping it properly hydrated, nourished and protected. Make-up, on the other hand, is absolutely nothing that anyone should feel like they have to wear. It’s a total luxury that should be fun and serve to enhance your natural beauty. Confidence, a smile, and a swipe of natural lipstick and you’re good to go!
That’s why we think DIY natural mineral make up is the way to go. If you’re going to play, play safely! And what’s even more fun about all these at-home make up recipes is that they’re so easily customizable. You can create a new shade for yourself on a whim or give them as gifts to your bffs. Have fun and we can already tell you look beautiful!