Homemade Natural Makeup Recipes

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I get a lot of questions about natural makeup options, and this was definitely one of the tougher things for me to find natural alternatives for. In college, I practically collected makeup, and had endless tubes and compacts that never even got half used.

While there are some good natural alternatives that you can buy (see list below), the cheapest, easiest and most natural way is to just make your own, and you might have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already!

Natural Skin Care

What you do to your skin before you use makeup is just as important as the makeup you use and there are some great natural options for skin care.

I absolutely love the oil cleansing method, which leaves skin very soft and smooth by using natural oils to balance the skin. I typically use the oil cleansing method at night and wash my face with raw honey if needed in the morning. You can also use a natural sugar scrub (equal parts sugar and natural oil) or natural microdermabrasion (baking soda) to make skin look younger.

With proper skin care, the skin will be naturally healthy and you won’t even need to wear makeup most of the time. Most days, I skip the makeup altogether, but  when I do wear it, these are the recipes I use:

Natural Foundation

Homemade Option: At the recommendation of a friend who had used cocoa powder for natural bronzer, I started experimenting with natural foundation options, and came up with a recipe similar to a mineral make-up.

I start with a base of arrowroot powder and zinc oxide (can also use cornstarch, but arrowroot works better) and then slowly add in cocoa powder and finely ground cinnamon powder until you get a shade close to your skin tone. You can then store in a jar or old powder container and use a brush to apply. It took me a few tries of mixing to get the color correct for my skin tone, but most days, a quick brush of this is all I need. I later discovered that adding gold mica powder gave it an even smoother texture and made skin radiant.

Here’s my recipe:

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Homemade Natural Makeup Recipes
Homemade mineral makeup with natural ingredients like zinc oxide, arrowroot, cocoa powder, cinnamon and other natural colors and pigments.
  1. Mix all ingredients to get desired color and coverage.
  2. Zinc oxide will give coverage and matte finish.
  3. Colored mica powders, natural clays and cocoa powder will give color. Start slowly and add as needed, testing on inner-arm as you go to find your shade.
  4. Store in a small glass jar with a lid.
If you prefer, just arrowroot powder (or white cosmetic clay), cocoa powder, and (optional) cinnamon powder can be used. This will create a great and completely natural/edible foundation but it will not stay as long as a powder containing zinc oxide and mica. I personally feel safe using zinc oxide on my skin (non nano and uncoated) but if you don't, just stick to the arrowroot version.
There is a lot of variation in this recipe… creating homemade makeup is more of an art than a science and your exact color and base combinations will depend on the amount of coverage and color you want. Zinc oxide as a base will create a makeup very similar to store bought mineral makeups and adding mica powder will give skin a natural “glow.”

If you don’t have or aren’t comfortable with those ingredients, a simple mix of arrowroot and a small amount of cocoa powder and cinnamon will work really well but won’t offer as much coverage.

If you prefer a liquid foundation, check out this tutorial.

Pre-made Options: If making makeup isn’t your thing but you still want some natural options, there are a few good choices. No commercial choice is as natural as the homemade options, but they are a tremendous improvement over any conventional options! Jane Iredale is the best brand I’ve found and they offer some great options for mineral powder, liquid foundation, pressed powder and more.

Natural Bronzer/Blush

Simplest Homemade Option: Similar to above, natural bronzer and blush can be easily made with a base of arrowroot and by adding more cocoa powder and cinnamon to get a darker shade. I’ve also tried powdering dried beet root (in the dehydrator) or dried hibiscus flowers to add a pink tone which works well as long as you can very finely powder them. Store in a shaker make-up container or an old compact.

Boutique Homemade Option: For a slightly more customizable and longer lasting homemade option, use zinc oxide powder (non nano and uncoated) as a base and add cocoa powder and a red or pink hued mica powder to get the desired color.

Commercial Options: For natural blush, I love Aubrey Organic Silken Blush or Jane Iredale blushes.

Natural Eye Liner and Shadow

Homemade Options:Always be careful when using any products, even natural ones, near the eyes. I mix up several colors of eye shadow using cocoa powder (brown shades) Spirulina (green shades) and arrowroot (light shades). My favorite is just cocoa powder with a tiny bit of arrowroot mixed in for smoothness.

For eye-liner, I either use a tiny bit of cocoa powder mixed with coconut oil, or a tiny dab or activated charcoal and whipped shea butter. Be careful not to get either one in the eye. I store the eye shadow in an old powdered eye shadow container and apply with my finger or a very slightly damp brush.

To make a smoother eyeliner, I mix equal parts of coconut oil and shea butter (about 1/2 ounce of each) and add about 1/2 tsp of activated charcoal to make a black eyeliner that is thicker. You can also do this with cocoa powder for a brown hue.

Commercial Options: Jane Iredale offers a few options for natural eye-liner.

Natural Mascara

Homemade Option: I don’t wear mascara most days, but when I want a natural option, it is an easy one to make. In a small bowl, I just mix a few drops of Aloe Vera Gel from Mountain Rose Herbs, a couple drops of Vitamin E oil, and a pinch of activated charcoal (not very precise… I know). I mix it up as I use it, though you could also make and store in an old mascara container or in a small jar and just clean the mascara wand between uses. I brush it on with a clean mascara brush, or even a used Bass Toothbrush from OraWellness.

Boutique homemade option: If you want to take the time to make a fancier recipe, my homemade mascara uses black mineral powder for amazing thickness and length.

Commercial Options: The two natural ones I’ve tried and love are Organic Wear and Jane Iredale.

Supplements for Skin Care

I’m firmly convinced that what you put into your body is just as important, if not more so, than what you put on it when it comes to skin health. I used to have terrible acne and since changing my diet (removing dairy) and supplements, I don’t break out at all and my past scars have healed. The supplements that seemed to have made the biggest difference in skin health for me are:

  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil- for the Vitamins A, D and K, Omega-3s and Antioxidants, all which are great for the skin.
  • Gelatin – Which is a pre-cursor for collagen and has made my hair, skin and nails noticeably stronger and smoother (great for cellulite too).
  • Magnesium- An anti-inflammatory and lacking in many people’s diets. Topical Magnesium Oil seems to be the most effective for skin health.

Ever made any your own makeup? What is the toughest thing to find natural versions of for you? Let me know below! 

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Reader Comments

    • Kimberly says

      Love the mascara and have started making almost all of my makeup. But don’t have a recipe for eye pencil…..anybody have recipes for this????

      • Esther says

        for eye pencil just use the powder and apply it with a small flat/narrow eyebrow brush (wet the tip a little before dipping it in the powder).

  1. Cathy says

    Haven’t tried making makeup yet…am interested but more so in a liquid tinted moisturizer or light foundation.  My skin is healthy and looks nice for the most part after several months of oil cleansing, but my cheeks tend toward redness, so if I’m in a situation where I want to look my best, I like to tone that down a bit.  I use Ecco Bella mascara, and Almay liquid eyeliner…though I like the idea of homemade, I don’t think I want to give up the ease of applying a liquid eyeliner with the accompanying brush.

    • Nicolette says

      I’ve never tried it but I bet that you could use similar methods with tinted moisturizer by adding the cocoa powder and cinnamon to your favorite moisturizer. 

    • Kim says

      I just mixed the dry ingredients with my coconut butter and it’s perfect!! I had to use probably around 1/2 cup of CB but it is now better than my Loriel foundation. Works perfectly!!

      • Amie says

        I tried a recipe using shea butter, coco butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil, coco powder and cinnamon and its extremely moisturizing and fair in tone. I probably could have added more coco or cinnamon but mental notes for the next batch. I really enjoy my liquid version if not just for the long lasting daily moisturizing effects.

        Maybe I’ll add some tea tree too for acne control too. What do you guys think?

        • kim says

          I just tossed everything together and mixed it until it became the consistency that I wanted. THen I matched it with my regular makeup.

  2. maria says

    Just saw this from a friend on fb. Love it! all great stuff, and I love how you plugged for Norwex, I am a consultant myself :) Keep up the great tips! I’m excited to try the microdermabrasion! 

  3. Melanie says

    I just made some!  I actually love it.  My daughter and her friend tried it, too.  I like that the cornstarch (fresh out of arrowroot) absorbed any shine!  Thanks! I can’t wait to try the other tips.

  4. says

    Love this!!  I had never thought to make my own (edible) makeup until recently, and this is just the push I need.  Can’t wait to mix them up and give ‘em a try.  Thanks :)

  5. says

    Thanks for all the great tips! I’ve played around with cocoa powder as a bronzer though I’ve never thought about using it as a foundation as well! Should definitely try that. I have a
    whole bunch of mineral makeup raw material at home but I often find
    that iron oxides are kind of tedious to use since they require a lot of
    grinding before they can be used and also it’s quite difficult to find
    the perfect shade by mixing yellow, blue and red. Eyeshadow and blush,
    however, are super easy to make with mineral ingredients if using micas,
    since they don’t need any grinding, you just mix it up with a base (I’m
    sure arrowroot would be great for this as well!)

    • Lani says

      What are micas? Where do you get them? I want to do a very pale porcelain foundation and some white eye shadow for some acting I’m doing. Any suggestions on how to get the right tints and with what?

  6. says

    When you use the micro fiber clothes, do you just use water with them?  How many times can you use a cloth before it has to be washed?

    I like to make my own lotion. I get cocoa butter with jojoba oil from the health food store, then I blend it with my immersion blender with some organic extra virgin olive oil until it becomes mousse-like. I store it in the jar the cocoa butter came in. I also like to mix the same olive oil with some unbleached organic sugar (which I’m not going to eat now) and exfoliate my entire body with it. I like to do olive oil massages on my face as a way to relax, too.

  7. amy says

    I have Pure Tapioca Flour….is that the same as arrowroot or would it work the same?? I have read in some places it is interchangable. Thanks!!!I am LOVING your site.

      • amy says

        Just wanted to let you know that I tried the tapioca flour in my deodorant in place of the arrowroot and it worked great. I am in amazement how well the deodorant works!!! I just used coconut oil, baking soda and tapioca flour with a little lavender. I ordered some beeswax and cocoa butter and plan to try your bar recipe next!!

        I did try the makeup….I will have to “play” around a little more with it to get the right color. Thanks again for sharing all your natural ideas and recipes!!!!

        • Donna says

          I prefer shea butter over the cocoa butter, as there is very little smell, and it doesn’t interfere with the lavender and sage smell I want.

  8. says

    Have to try these!  I so rarely wear makeup that it’s just not worthwhile for me to buy it anymore, especially the mascara/eye liner and the more natural products I’d buy nowadays.  This I can make on the spot and be sure it’s not expired/icky.

  9. Charity Adams says

    I’ve been anxiously waiting for this post. Just one question. Have you found cinnamon to produce a burning sensation at all?

    I really appreciate the time you take and your willingness to share!

  10. Jewel says

    Great ideas for making make-up from natural ingredients!
    Interested in the microfiber products for cleansing, too…. but the links are not working.

  11. Sue says

    I love the idea of making my own makeup! Thank you for the great tips.
    I was also interested in adding gelatin to my routine, but am a bit unsure if I should take it orally or apply it topically. What do you recommend? Thank you for your help :-)

  12. Delilah says

    Thank you!
    I have been using makeup for years, I love makeup! I don’t even leave the house without a little eyeliner or something (I know, crazy addiction). So, recently I’ve realized how bad all my eyeshadows and eyeliners and concealers are for me ( ._.) and these recipes are ammaazziing!
    Oh and I tried mixing the foundation to make it a more liquid base… the lotion mixed with cocoa made it a bit darker shade so just watch out for that :)

  13. says

    I was totally wondering how to make a  natural eye shadow.  I never thought of using cocoa.  Great idea.  I’ve seen other recipes that use clay but don’t want that near my face because of the high content of silica and aluminum that is in clay.  Thanks for sharing.

    • Tracy MacAuley says

      Certain clays are very good for your skin, just make sure it’s cosmetic grade clay. They actually draw toxins out of the skin/body. Kaolin, bentonite, fullers earth are all great clays for the skin.

  14. says

    I am THRILLED to find this post!!! I’m all about putting food on my face (I wash my face with honey, use an apple cider vinegar toner, and moisturize with coconut oil.) Can’t wait to make my own makeup! 

    • says

      It is a tough one to make. I’ve just dabbed on a tiny amount of plain arrowroot before and then applied the rest as normal to cover it and that worked pretty well.

    • Donna says

      I have done tons of reading on this, as I want this too. I get the impression you can only do this with mineral makeup. You use something thick like shea butter, with just a tiny bit of beeswax, and melt. Then you add the makeup powder, and let it sit to set firm. This is the best natural concealer I can see online yet. I haven’t tried it, but the vids look convincing that they would work.

  15. Jan E says

    I clicked your link for the gelatin and noticed that Amazon also offers NOW brand gelatin, 5# for $42.  Your Kosher brand does not say it is from grass fed beef, so what’s the difference do you think?

    • says

      I emailed several companies and the great lakes brand was the only one that said they were grass-fed cows. I saw the Now brand too, but wasn’t able to verify that one. Still would get the health benefits though…

      • Donna says

        Wellness Mama. I found out that grass fed only cows can still be purchased from farms that fed them animal parts. Very uncool to mislead us like this, and to have such a loop hole! The ONLY gelatin you can use safely (and not worry about Mad Cows, and the likes) is organic gelatin.

    • Donna says

      I found out that grass fed only cows can still be purchased from farms that fed them animal parts. Very uncool to mislead us like this, and to have such a loop hole! The ONLY gelatin you can use safely (and not worry about Mad Cows, and the likes) is organic gelatin. I was so turned off by the sly behavior and practices, that I am still avoiding gelatin as a whole since 1997.

      • Yaya says

        About gelatin; it can be beef, pork or vegan ( from seaweed). The one you would want is the vegan. NOW foods carries it in 5# bulk. It’s great to make your own gummi candies. Recipes are online.

        • Bee says

          You can make your own gelatin – boil the bones of your chicken and make stock – throw in veggies and a little apple cider vinegar. If you cook the bones down long enough, the minerals seep out into the stock and when you refrigerate it, it will be jelly-like. Very very good for you. We make stock every week. Keeps for 5-7 days refrigerated. Longer if you boil again. Freezer for months. Cook with it – soups, stews, poach eggs in it, use it as liquid for brown rice or quinoa. Chicken “gelletin” stock is gold!

  16. Las says

    Oh, wow! This is amazing! I haven’t tried using makeup with natural ingredients yet and it’s thrilling to try this one. Are there many brands established out there now who makes these?

  17. Leah says

     thank you so much for posting this! i just made some of the loose powder and it works (and smells) wonderfully!

  18. Nicole Ruskell says

    Fantastic information! I have often thought of making more own ‘mineral makeup’, but was never sure what would or wouldn’t be an irritant.  I have more yellow tones in my skin, and I wonder if a tiny pinch of tumeric would cause skin irritation?  Or, maybe a super fine corn or chickpea flour would do the trick?  Any thoughts?

      • Donna says

        The tumeric burns me a bit, as does the cinnamon. Funny, I can use benzoyl peroxide like there’s no tomorrow. Feels like water, but the spices in the natural makeup burn. Go figure….. I was thinking carob powder might work too, as I think even the cocoa burned my eyelid a bit when I applied with water.

    • Kim says

      I’ve seen Youtube videos where folks use turmeric to introduce yellow tones – just need to introduce it in tiny quantities till you get it right as it is a strong yellow. I might be remembering it wrong but I thought I’d seen one where spirulina was used in tiny measures to correct redness

  19. Forlo says

    Hi, im wondering about these microfiber cloths youve been mentioning.  So  you wash just with the cloth and water?  No soap?  Twice a day?  Then do you wash the cloths in a washing machine or just rinse in the sink?

  20. Tara says

    I really liked the idea of natural make-up, so went straight to the lab (otherwise also known as the kitchen :)). I found my color; however, I find that it’s hard to make it stick.. and the oil seems to make it blotchy or clumpy. Is there a secret trick? 

    Love Tara 

  21. Kim says

    So far, I really like this. I rarely feel like I have to reapply during the day, and I don’t get shiny! The smell is a little strong at first, but that goes away (until I sweat during my afternoon workout). I do worry somewhat about inhaling the powder (it irritates my nose a bit, but it does help if I use a tissue after applying the powder).

  22. Carrie says

    Wow, Katie! Last night while browsing through your posts I found this one and couldn’t believe I had missed it! Over the last year and a half or so I’ve slowly been making little adjustments here and there to make my home more natural. I hadn’t even thought about my makeup though! I’ve been using Almay’s smart shade, and I really liked it simply because of how minimal the coverage was and how easily it blended in with my skin. However, the price tag is not a favorite of mine, not to mention the ingredient list! So, as I’m running very low, I decided to try out your recipe for natural powder foundation.

    I basically used a 1/4 teaspoon to measure out cocoa powder and arrowroot powder (Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot starch/four is actually what I used) until I had a color close to my skin shade. I ended up using 2 parts arrowroot powder to 1 part cocoa powder, and I have pretty fair/ pink skin. As soon as I applied it, I couldn’t even believe how good it looked! It gives just as much coverage as the Almay product did, only it’s probably 1/20th the price and completely natural!! I have a ton of arrowroot powder left over, so I’m anxious to try making blush now!

  23. Regina says

    i know i saw a recipe for homemade hair spray but I have looked all day and can not find it. Would someone please help me. I just found this sight yesterday and I can’t seam to get away from it. Everything is so interesting. I have made one recipe for the laundry detergent and I am going to try it. Some one had already gave me a simple one and I tried it and like it. Gonna try the other recipes too, but would love to have the HairSpray one Thanks Regina Smithville TN

    • says

      Hi! To get my makeup to stay, I use coconut oil. Wellnessmama advises it’s use as a moisturizer, which after about 2 weeks of switching over to oil cleansing and homemade products, made my skin glow. Yay! So what I do is put on the oil, let it soak in for about 10-15 minutes, and then, while I’m still tacky–perfectly moist, but not greasy or oily, I put on the makeup/bronzer. Works like a charm. If your oil has soaked in all the way, then take a tiny but more and rub it into your skin. I always have to wait a few minutes to keep my brushes from getting oily. This is literally one of my favorite things. I started using the dry shampoo for brown hair and it’s basically the same recipe as my bronzer. The best part is that my shampoo mixture is the right color for my bronzer ( I also add a little cinnamon for a slightly reddish brown earthy tone)– so one jar does double duty. Good luck!

  24. Savannah Freeman says

    I tried this with arrowroot and was very pleased! The coverage is comparable to the mineral makeup I use, so I will now be saving lots of money making my own. I read on another site that cocoa=depth/darkness, and cinnamon=glow. That was helpful in finding the right tint for my skin. Thanks for your beauty recipes :)

  25. Loll says

    Hi Katie, I’ve just found your blog and wanted to let you know how wonderful it is! (If you didn’t know already, which you should, it’s that fantastic) I’ve been searching for a natural make-up solution as I’m cutting out all toxins and currently walking around with a naked face rife with eczema, so I need a little something to counter-act the redness and tp stop people asking if I’ve been out in the sun… I was wondering, would rice flour be a good replacement for arrowroot powder? I look forward to your posts!

  26. Audrey says

    Is it okay to use activated charcoal that close to your eyes? (re: mascara) It’s a very strong detoxifyer from my experience. If there aren’t any problems with it, though, it sounds fantastic! I’d love to have a healthier solution to mascara. By the way, what is the reasoning behind the vitamin E and aloe mix? For consistencies sake or for health benefits or…? I’m curious because I love making health stuff like this (I make my own shampoos, conditioners, scrubs etc) and so I’m very interested in the theory behind it:)

    Also, does arrowroot work well as a concealer?

    Thanks for the post!

    • says

      I’ve never had any trouble with it being on my eyes like that. The Vitamin E and Aloe are more for a consistency… if just aloe, it tends to flake off, and if just Vitamin E, it tends to smudge… I haven’t tried arrowroot as a concealer, but it might work…

  27. Megan says

    I tried the foundation – arrowroot powder, cocoa powder and ground cinnamon – plus a version with essential oil. Both varieties look and smell lovely, but when applied they powder goes everywhere and doesn’t really cover. Any suggestions?

    • says

      I’ve been trying to figure this out for another reader too. I haven’t had any trouble on my own skin… I”m wondering if it is a skin type thing or a variation in the brand of ingredients..

    • Charmaine Jones says

      i found the same thing happened… and i definitely don’t have dry skin. might have to try mixing it with lotion? any ideas?

    • Elizabeth says

      I recently bought a powdered make-up at a store and they told me the trick to making it stick to your face is to apply in circles. Don’t just brush it on.

    • says

      I would try coconut oil before the powders. Doesn’t take much…a very tiny bit will cover your whole face. I’m gonna try it too. I’m tired of my red face. Healthy or no…it’s not pretty. lol.

  28. Galin says

    For the mascara I put one capsule of activated charcoal and a little bit of vitamin e oil into my basically empty mascara tube that I was keeping because I really liked the brush applicator and it seems to work great! I plan on wearing it all day tomorrow and through my workout to see how it holds up :) If this works great tomorrow, then it is good bye crappy chemical mascara! Next up eyeliner! 

  29. Jacque says

    Wow! I am impressed with this! Since I didn’t have any arrowroot powder or cornstarch, I used ground ginger instead and it worked great. I used 1/4 tsp ginger, 3/4 tsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and a couple drops of Lemongrass essential oil. It blended in very well. I also used the cinnamon as a bronze/blush. :) Haha, and I love the smell!

  30. says

    Alright, two days on the face powder (got a fairly good match on the first try – it helps to be pasty pale I guess! I just made a “blush” and its all rather amazing! I will never spend money on cosmetics again. Except for my Burts Bees and only unti Katie gives me a recipe for tinted lip balm ;)

  31. LoLo says

    Just checked ingredients for Aubrey organics foundation. It does have iron oxides which typically include zinc and titanium oxide.. Just telling you in case anyone has an allergy to iron oxides.
    Ingredients: Silk powder, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, tapioca starch*, lauroyl lysine, cinnamomum zeylanicum bark powder, aloe barbadensis leaf, oryza sativa (rice) starch, tocopherol, iron oxides, silica.
    Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent Base Foundation Natural Porcelain Beige

  32. Simchah Fastow says

    I made the foundation and got a good color. But when I brushed it on my face, my skin started to tingle, probably from the cinnamon. For a woman of a certain age (mine), tingling can lead to hot flashes. Could you recommend something less exciting to use than cinnamon please?

    • Donna says

      Maybe you could try goldenseal powder. I bought it once, and I recall it staining my fingers really yellow. Just a pinch of this might give you the warmth you are needing for glow. I used turmeric for the yellow with the cocoa, and the first 3 days it tingled, but now I feel nothing. Read it is helpful for acne and inflammation, but I don’t think my skin could handle cinnamon either. When you mix the brown/yellow together you get a shocking identical color to a buff beige foundation makeup. Goldenseal also has healing properties, as well as beet powder (that’s reddish pink of course), but I have only had luck with beet powder by dehydrating them myself (skinless), and then grinding them down to a silky fine powder dust in a coffee bean grinder for about 18 minutes (don’t let the powder get hot, do it in increments). You could add a pinch of this for glow too. I add it to lanolin or shea butter for my lip stain (raw honey for lip gloss – that taste amazing btw). I discovered when making homemade makeup, gotta get some tools for success.

  33. says

    I made the foundation using arrowroot, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and also used ginger to even out the color. I find the cinnamon part likes to come off my face and wondered would adding a couple drops of essential oil make it stick to my face better?

    While it does even out my skin tone, it doesn’t cover up the red zits or red spots. I use a cover-up or concealer but wanted to get away from that. Have you looked into making your own concealer or cover-up? I can’t find any DIY recipes online and wondered if you had been messing around with it yet?

  34. nicole says

    you said you added gelatin as a supplement, its a poweder correct? or does it come in another form….my nails are so weak I need to find something to help

  35. Stefa folle says

    I love your blog, love the toothpaste recipe and the load of info you have here!
    I was just desapointed w/the eye liner recipe. I just wish it would work! love the idea to use coconut oil and cocoa powder but it just doesn’t stay on, smears and comes right off.
    I like brown eye liner so I don’t think i want to give charcoal a try!

  36. Ester says

    Thanks for all the great tips! I have been wanting to make my own makeup for years! Love your site! I already made the lip gloss and it came out great! I will order some lip tubes. Thanks! Ester

    • mahar says

      You have to be very careful with Turmeric as it stains and those stains are very hard to come off…think of mustard stains. As I read the article, I too was thinking of those of us with yellow undertone. There’s got to be something else like some sort of a flower powder that can give the yellow without permanently staining clothes or anything else it would come in contact with. Although I’ve used saffron for cooking never but don’t know it’s staining power.

  37. Becca says

    I have two questions. First, will it clog my pores to use these food items onto my skin? Second, I am a natural redhead, so I have very fair skin. Is there something I could add to the arrowroot powder that wil make it a bit darker?

    Thanks for your help! I am excited to try this out!

  38. Liliana Rose says

    “With proper skin care, the skin will be naturally healthy and you won’t even need to wear makeup most of the time.” As much as I would love for this to be true, it never will be. Even on a totally clean diet with ‘perfect’ skin care, many of us are just genetically inclined toward imperfect skin. The rest of the article is wonderful, though. I love making my own makeup.

  39. moogie says

    I love love love this! Your blog has been such a blessing to me. I have been looking for makeup without toxins and even paid heftily to buy some a few months ago. These recipes work better than the makeup I paid so much for. THANK YOU!!!
    PS I used grapeseed oil as a base for the powder & it works great.

  40. Bella says

    a while back in my health class there was a hair dresser that came in to talk about all the chemicals that go into your body because of make-up and other various daily use products. this threw me into a bit of a natural health kick. so since then i have been scouring the internet for natural makeup options because i am actually alergic to eyeliner but you site is the firs one with a large quantity of items that i can easily make my self at home good job :) . but i was wondering two things which would be how would you get an eyeshadow to have a purple tint and have you figured out a diy concealer yet

    • says

      I was wondering about the blue hues too. Thinkin’ I’m gonna try drying some blueberries for the blue and some dark purple grapes for the purple. A coffee grinder works very well for making it into a fine powder.

  41. says

    How do you feel about mineral makeup that only contains minerals? I have been using Everyday Minerals and I really like it. Between using it and changing my diet, my skin looks really clear and healthy. I mostly just use the makeup to cover some of the redness in my cheeks. My mom says it’s just that I have lots of capillaries close to the skin and it means I’m healthy, but it still makes people ask me if I’m ok because they think I’m overheating or something.

    • Mary Anne says

      Kirsten – Hi! I know it’s been a while since you’ve posted, but about the redness in your cheeks; I have heard so many people say their moderate to severe Rocasea completely cleared up once they tried an elimination diet (example: AIP). The usual suspects are certain nuts, caffeine, eggs, nightshades, tomatoes, and/or dairy. It doesn’t sound like yours is real bothersome, but if you are interested in giving it a whirl, look into some Auto-Immune Protocol diets. PaleoMom is a great resource. Take care! :-)

  42. Michaela Scales says

    My new years resolution was to get my skin cleared up, and I already drink tons of water and go sugar/gluten free, sticking to a “paleo” diet. I now cleanse my face with olive oil, and moisturize with a milk/lemon juice mixture twice a day, and at least once a day I cover my face in a “honey mask.” I’ve been getting mediocre results, so I decided to totally cut my makeup (foundation, concealer, eye makeup, the works) cold turkey…but I needed something to even my skin tone-the cornstarch/ginger/cocoa/cinnamon worked well, when I could keep it on. I have found the key is to rub a dab of olive oil all over my face just before applying the powder-it “sets” it in place, and my face smells so good! Thank you for the wonderful makeup ideas :-) I’m on the road to beautiful, healthy skin!

    • Aisha says

      Michaela, i would recommend using the OCM method for cleansing your skin. Oil Cleansing Method. 20-30% castor oil (this is key) and 70-80% carrier oil like sunflower, oil or coconut. I use sunflower oil because it’s light, the olive oil is just too heavy. Make your mixture and before bed rub a quarter size of it on your face for 2-5 minutes, then take a steaming hot towel and put over your face, this open’s up your pores and the oil mixture goes in deeper to clean the impurities. Then wash the towel out and run it under hot water to get it steamy again and lay over your face once again, do the towel thing 3-5 times and then wipe your face with it to remove the remaining oil. Then moisturize with a your own mixture of organic shea butter and coconut oil. I make a face cream using shea butter, coconut oil (liquefy them over heat) then when it’s cooled down a bit I add a few drops of my lavender essential, rosehip and rosemary essential oils. Sometimes I also add jasmine essential oil to smell extra yummy. The essential oils are optional but the ones I mentioned are super good for evening out skin, wrinkles and acne!

  43. Amaris Vanegas says

    i know how to make natural mascara an easier way no offence. just mix charcoal and aloe vera gel and your done it dries quickly though. But it gives a natural look. Oh and thanks I m 13 and my mom doesn’t let me wear makeup but when i showed her this she let me . Thankyou so much.

  44. indica says

    Maybe someone can help…I started running out of powder so I was stoked to find out that I could make my own powder/foundation with stuff I had readily available in my kitchen…I don’t know if it is my new regimine of olive oil as moisturizer or if it is the powder mixture, but I have what feels like a rash along my chin bone. The first day I tried the powder my skin burned. I’m somewhat fair skinned so I was nervous about using too much cocoa powder and I think I may have done too much cinnamon by accident. I think this may have created the burn along my chin bone. I wish I could come up with something to give it a reddish undertone since my skin has a pinker tone to it, but I think my powder is still too light and perhaps too much cinnamon. Any suggestions?

      • indica says

        I actually hadn’t ever hear of achiote, but I did consider paprika until I started thinking that if cinnamon burns my skin perhaps paprika wasn’t a good option. On the other hand I did figure out that my powder concoction was lacking a LOT of cocoa powder. Now it’s wonderful. Reminds me of mineral make up. I wonder if I could get a colored powder from hibiscus flowers. That would be a pretty pink.

  45. johana says


    I read a couple of post with a similar recipe using nutmeg as well as cinnamon and cocoa powder. Do you think is safe for everyday use? also I found it very coarse and grainy and when I apply it the powder goes everywhere and its a little drying on my skin. Any ideas for a tinted moisturizer instead?


  46. Dena Barnes says

    well, i’m nursing a baby whose system can’t handle even dairy that I’M ingesting…so I can’t take the FCLO you suggested. Any other possibilities you’d recommend?

  47. Serenity says

    Try Sappho Cosmetics. Their stuff is so non toxic and amazing ingredients are in the foundations. The coverage is like nothing I’ve ever seen.

  48. Aisha says

    I have some mineral powder that is a smidgen too dark for my pale skin, besides I don’t really need foundation…so I took your advice and made a blush with it adding cinnamon and nutmeg! Worked like magic and my skin smells sooooo yummy!

  49. Victoria says

    How do you get the coconut oil and cocoa butter eye shadow smooth? The cocoa butter is hard. :? Do you melt it?

  50. says

    Stopped coloring my hair! I now brew super strong black tea (I have brown hair) and pour it on my head. Initially I had to do this several times for a week to make sure the grey got covered, now I maintain it once or twice a week. Do it over a basin and save the tea (in the fridge) for next time. When you need to make more, make sure you use the old tea in the new brewing.

    • malini says

      I STRONGLY SUPPORT the black tea option! I’ve been doing it for years. Also, black tea is a great astringent for the skin. I also find it’s a very relieving toner after shaving, epilating, or waxing.

  51. Lauren says

    Hi I used arrowroot powder, cocoa powder and olive oil to make a liquid foundation. It’s turned out really well. For anyone who wants to try it, I put a few tsp olive oil in first, then a few tsp of the arrowroot and added the tiniest bit of cocoa powder, until I got the colour I wanted. Then I kept adding a tsp of arrowroot and mixing in, until I got the consistency I wanted :).

  52. Alyssa says

    I tried the foundation recipe and also added powdered slippery elm and maca root to help with getting the right tone. Then I used the extra foundation and just added paprika (since I already had it in my kitchen) and it worked great for a blush/bronzer. Can’t wait to try more DIY’s from your site!

  53. Sha says


    Hoping someone can help me out.

    I need to make a natural white (or close to white) powder in place of the traditional red tilak dot women wear in India.

    They wear red kumkum powder:

    1 part tumeric

    1 part slaked like/hydrated lime/calcium hydroxide

    A little water.

    It makes a red powder that can be applied to the forehead and lasts a long time.

    So I need to make a natural white equivalent of that basically – any natural ingredients allowed.

    Any ideas?


    • malini says

      For some reason, when you add lemon juice to turmeric, it turns it red. That might work. Also, if you mix slippery elm powder with hibiscus and rosehip powder in water, it accentuates the red.

      Or you might try beet powder with blueberry powder with a bit of turmeric.

  54. says

    Several months ago I bacame a consultant for a small company in Colorado called Lemongrass Spa. I did this because all of their products are completely natural, no preservatives. For anyone that does not want to make their own make-up this may be an alturnative. The company also has soaps, shampoos,scrubs and various other items. If anyone is interested, I have a Facebook page Lanna’s Lemongrass Spa.

  55. Alicia A. Finney says

    Great article you’ve written! I just wanted to share some of my own thoughts and experiences with homemade makeup.

    Just now I attempted to make a small test batch of the cocoa powder-coconut oil eyeliner, and it just wouldn’t transfer color! What are the ratios you’ve used where you’ve had success? I wound up trying out the test batch of would-be eyeliner as bronzer, which I liked much more as it was quite subtle, however I noticed it tended to gather in larger pores and make them much more noticeable.

    Other than that, I’ve noticed that cocoa powder alone makes a wonderful loose, build-able brown eyeshadow. I haven’t had much success with adding cornstarch, it tends to clump to the skin and doesn’t do much for altering hues, what are your thoughts on this? Aside from the texture, how would you say arrowroot powder compares?

    One other question, how is the pigment staying power of the powdered hibiscus/beetroot for the blushes? Very curious about these.

    Thanks! :)

    • says

      Since writing, I’ve found that activated charcoal in water or oil works awesome as an eyeliner… arrowroot seems to be more finely powdered and I haven’t had any clumping with that or the beet/hibiscus…

  56. kval8 says

    I’m wondering if I can make a coffee tinted eye cream for the bags under my eyes? Aside from all the wonderful effects it can have, it even tints moisturizer the exact shade I desire! Do you think it is safe to wear?

  57. Lola says

    Does anyone know where I can purchase Arrowroot Powder in Orlando, FL? I’m staying with some friends for about a year and I’d really like to buy it somewhere here, not online. Thanks

  58. MaddieJetzer22 says

    In the mascara recipe what else can I use besides the activated charcoal (I don’t have any) I would love to make the switch to natural products but I don’t have most of the ingredients needed.

    P.S. love your sea salt spray just made it today and after searching for products to make my hair curly/wavy for years this has finally satisfied my standards (cheep, easy to use, effortless)

  59. Lauren Graves Cromwell says

    I have made homemade lip gloss and lipstick. For lip gloss, I used a guessed amount of petroleum jelly and 1 single packet of crystal light in any flavor with a Qtip. for an exfoliating treatment for the lips, apply immediately after mixing. For glossy look, let sit for at least 5 hours for the crystals to melt into the mixture.
    For lipstick, I chopped up a crayon (they are nontoxic), mixed it with cocoa butter or shea butter in a heat friendly bowl. Put water in a pan (not a pot) and put on the stove to simmer. Once simmering, place the bowl into the simmering water and watch the ingredients melt together. Stir often to mix completely. Apply when cooled.

  60. Kayla says

    I’m excited to try these remedies, thank you for the tips! But I do have one concern. My skin easily breaks out, and I haven’t used makeup on my skin all summer, so it’s pretty clear now. However, my skin has natural discoloration around my eyes as well as by my chin and mouth area, and I’m looking for a solution as to be able to make my skin look smooth and not blotchy, as well as not make me break out. Would this make me break out?

  61. Ande Ritchie says

    Thanks for this recipe! I just made some loose powder. Quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever made. It looks great! I’m just wondering though. I have oily skin. Am I going to have a cocoa oil slick on my skin with horribly clogged pores? (I also made your coconut sugar scrub which is what I use for cleansing and moisturize with coconut oil.)

  62. Brandy Lynne says

    The websites that you so generously share all of these all-natural healthy beauty remedies are just absolutely amazing. I have tried the banana, mayonnaise, sugar scrub and egg wash/mask. I am in love with all that I have tried so far. Thank you!!!

  63. Magan says

    Hi, I just made the face powder and the cocoa gives my skin a more purple tone. I have more yellow tones to my skin. I added nutmeg because the cinnamon would be too irritating to my acne prone skin but it doesnt do much as far as altering the color. My question is, what else can I use to give the powder more yellow tones and less purple?

  64. Liliana Elliot says

    Katie, I truly admire you for all f this wonderful knowledge!! You are amazing. Thank you for sharing all this wonderful beauty recipes, your family is quite lucky to have you. We are lucky for your site!! Thank you.

  65. Liliana Elliot says

    How do you make liquid foundation? I love the powder one that you have shown above! But, you can see my wrinkles a whole lot more. You have amazing recipes!! Thank you.

  66. Frances V. Soctomah says

    Hi, Katie! I’ve just recently “rediscovered” your site after looking for more ways to go natural when it comes to my beauty routine. I’m glad you mentioned the Norwex cloths in your post as I’ve been looking into purchasing some. I was wondering if you had compared them to the E Cloth? I’ve been looking at people’s comments and they keep saying that the E Cloth is just as good as Norwex, but cheaper. But they’re all talking about using it for general cleaning, not for your face. I was thinking because E Cloth is 1/200th the size of hair vs. Norwex at 1/100th, the E Cloth might be softer/better at picking up dirt than Norwex (even though the Norwex sounds amazing). Can you offer any input?

  67. Sylvie says

    I use Cover FX liquid foundation because they don’t use testing on animals nor animal product. I’ve never tried any powdered one. Have you thought of putting on either a little video or pictures of the steps and how it should look like? It would also be nice to see what it looks like on YOUR face.

    I’m also interested in making my mascara because none animal tested and animal product (including beewax, lanoline, etc.) mascara is not that easy to find and when you find you can only buy it online which doesn’t come cheap with the shipping fees. – Does it smuge or run easily (I never put some on the lower eye lashes)?

    – Pictures or video of the recipe (for texture, storage, etc) would be nice (as you can see I am very visual).
    – When you say to put it in the mascara container, is it like a paste (I remember my cousins using one they had to put a little water on the brush before rubbing it in the mascara to apply it) or it’s more liquid and you put it in a mascara tube (how?)

    Thanks :-)

  68. Lye says

    Hello. I’m new to making my own homemade products. On the skin care products are you suppose to use just one of the ingredients that’s listed?

  69. Terri says

    I tried the mascara recipe and it melted all over my face and I wasn’t doing anything active. I also did the eyeliner brown and black and they also melted on my face. So, I moved onto activated charcoal mixed with honey, melted it and poured into a repurposed mascara tube and it works WONDERFULLY! NO MELTING, NO EMBARRASSMENT!

    • Donna says

      Oh wow, I have never thought of that, but I do use raw honey for a great lip gloss (you need the firmer RAW honey for this). You should probably make daily fresh batches or at least every three days to be on the safe side for your eyes. I add dust like beetroot powder to my honey gloss for a tint. It is less sticky and gooky than some of the gross mineral oil based ones I used years ago, and it’s healthy for the skin! The industry sure does take advantage of we ladies.

      • Terri says

        Have you ever used Alkanet Root as a dye for your makeup? It shouldn’t be digested but you can put it on your lips and use it for blush. You want to powder it in a your mortar and pestle but you don’t have to. Then you put it in the oil of choice(remember this may go on your skin), if you don’t like the color just let it soak in the oil for a couple of days for a darker color. Add to your lipgloss after it has melted pop in the fridge to cool fast or let it sit for a couple of hours to cool. Then I just make a ton of it so I can use it for blush too. I like this because my dehydrator died so I can’t dehydrate my beets. Yes, they most certainly do take advantage and they put nasty ingredients in everything marketed to us! Yuck, no thank you!

        • Donna says

          I love the color Alkanet gives off, but I read it can cause birth defects, and can’t be applied to broken skin. Since I have chapped lips, and I occasionally pick a pimple I shy away from this particular pigment. If you are trying to get pregnant you should avoid using it, and hibiscus as well. Same issue – birth defects. Although I think hibiscus doesn’t tell you that you can’t put it on broken skin.
          I gave your honey and AC powder mascara a try this morning. Gave pretty good results, but it shockingly made my eyes feel sensitive, like they were near fumes or something. ??? Go figure. Natural mascara is the only cosmetic I have not been able to use thus far. I tried several recipes, and I think I might be sensitive to the AC powder itself. I still use commercial mascara made for sensitive eyes, but I just put it on the tips of my eyelashes, and so it never comes near my skin. I guess I can’t win-natural them all!!! Lol. Ho hum… :o)

          • Terri says

            You are rude and disrespectful. All of your interactions with me have been mean spirited. I no longer will accept your comments. Peace be with you.

        • Donna says

          Be careful with Alkanet root and Hibiscus for that matter, since both are linked to birth defects if you are pregnant, or trying to become so. I love the color of Alkanet, but this one also warns about not applying to broken skin, and since I have chapped lips, and the occasional breakout…..not an option for lip balms or blush.

  70. Nathan says

    FYI – Gelatin is the product of boiled animal connective tissues, bones and hooves then further refined by an acid extraction. Up your intake of foods high in calcium and Vit C for same results.

    • Donna says

      Lol, I’m not a big fan of gelatin either, unless I am making natural glue, or hair gel. Never goes internally with me.

  71. Kathryn Edmiston says

    i just purchased the fermented cod liver oil capsules from your link. how many do you take a day? i also purchased magnesium spray and gelatin! i have been LOVING your website and have so many things on my to-make list! after spending thousands of dollars on store-bought kombucha, i finally got the motivation from your website to brew my own this week! its fermenting in my kitchen right now! any way … back to the original question: how many pills? thanks for all the awesome information!

  72. leighton says

    thanks for the tips! i need some research for science fair! i will put you in the refrences.i promise. no plagourism

  73. Laurie says

    I have to say I am extremely happy with the recipes you’ve shared. The face powder works great and its the closest match to MY skin I’ve ever had. The eyeliner mixture of coconut oil and cocoa butter with activated charcoal is perfect. I keep it in a small jar and apply it with a toothpick. Gets the job done. Thanks a million for sharing!!

  74. medha chatterjee says

    hii im new here bt i love ur homemade lip balm tips bt u see i live in india and beeswax is nt available in the markets of the city i live in and im a vry busy person wid my daily work life… can u plz tell me if anythng else can be used as a subsidiary of beeswax?? plz hlp

  75. Whit says

    Thanks for all the great tips!! I use some homemade hair and body products. I hadn’t considered making my own makeup so am excited to see your post. I recently bit the expensive bullet and bought some “natural” makeup from the store. Luckily I haven’t opened it yet, so will be returning it.
    I saw some beetroot powder at the natural food store and thought that might be good to use in conjunction with the cocoa and arrowroot to add a red tint to my makeup. What do you think??

  76. Tracy says

    I always wear eyeliner on my waterline and am looking for a healthier alternative. Is it possible to use your recipe for the waterline? Thank you for helping people with your wonderful blog :) I am loving all of your posts.

  77. Jennifer Walsh says

    I agree with many other posters about the foundation powder. I mixed up a batch with arrowroot powder, cocoa, and cinnamon. I tried to use the color of some leftover commercial foundation powder that I know matches my skin color well. At first when I applied it, I had a hard time getting it to stick to my skin even when using a circular motion. I rinsed my face and then applied a light layer of avocado oil (I do not put coconut oil on my face for acne reasons). I let the oil sink in for a few minutes. When I reapplied, I found that the darker components of the foundation like the cocoa and cinnamon blotched together into areas of my skin – leaving my skin looking patchy in areas. I decided to give it another go. Third time around it seemed to generally stick to my skin better and be less blotchy. I have noticed that the cinnamon does seem to be irritating my skin a bit and my cheeks still look quite red – which is usually what I use foundation to get rid of. My next experiment is to try to make up a batch without the cinnamon and see how it goes – but it does make it smell great!

    • LisaD says

      I had the same problem. The orange and brown tones are too harsh for many people. Never thought about hibisucus – I will play with that next. I did find (in a Turkish grocery store) an item called Rosa Damascena. It is organic powdered rose petals from Bulgaria. It is a perfect pink shade and smells wonderful. I tried posting a link to the company that sells it, but my post gets rejected. The company is Florida Herb House. You can Google them to find their website and enter “pink rose powder” in the search. It is fine enough to be used alone as light blush or you can add the other colors to it. Have fun! And thanks to the Wellness Mama for her invaluable posts!

  78. Kathryn Baird says

    For lip shine and plump, you can mix avocado oil, a few drops of Vitamin E oil, 2 capsules of beet root powder, and three drops of cinnamon essential oil. Place in a small tube with a roller ball end and it makes a great lip gloss with a bit of a plumping effect. Your lips will love the ingredients too!

  79. Wendy says

    I tried making the foundation, but I definitely need some pink in there. The cinnamon and cocoa smell lovely, but it’s either too brown or too white. Since I don’t have a dehydrator, does anyone have any tips for adding a natural pink tone? And I would love to find a liquid foundation recipe!

  80. Sobela says

    This is a good idea but have light skin and tend to get a little red sometimes.
    So far have been having trouble lol but I’m not used to wearing powdered makeup either.
    Can anyone please give me some good tips for making the makeup work with light skin and in a wet form?
    Thanks and will be working on this because this is a great idea. ^_^

  81. Tonya says

    So… I made this makeup. One question. How much coverage is it supposed to have? I understand that a natural makeup would have a little less coverage than purchased makeup, but this makeup has NO coverage. I spent all night experimenting and mixing and layering and mixing, but it doesn’t even look like I am wearing anything, I can’t tell any difference…

  82. Suzie says

    I’m a little confused, I tried the cinnamon mix but it left small grains of cinnamon all over my face. For a test I put a small amount of dry skin cream and cinnamon combines very well and that didn’t even dissolve the grains. I even warmed the cream and still it had grains in it…..I used ground cinnamon but maybe it isn’t ground enough…could that be it?

    • Louise Andrews says

      Maybe use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder first. I’ve used both. Just let the dust settle before you open up the grinder!!

  83. Sarah says

    When I am all out of mascara I just mix up my eyeliner with some petroleum jelly or any type of oil-castor, almond, coconut, vitamin E, (etc.) after I mix it up I use my spoolie wand and apply it like mascara and it works great. To make sure I have no clumps I just mix it on my hand so it slightly melts together and has no clumps. Or you can just use a blow dryer to heat the stuff up. This makes my mascara totally clump free

  84. says

    Wow. This was such an informative article. Thank you so much for writing it.
    I have struggled with finding the right foundation for my skin as I am olive toned but fluctuate between light to medium darkness. I also struggle with having sensitive skin… seems like everything I have used (even Mineral Fusion which I am using right now) makes me break out! I am really excited to try the Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Foundation.
    For those of you worried about the practices of Aubrey Organics regarding their silkworms, worry not! I contacted their customer service department and the lady I spoke with did some hunting to make absolutely sure it’s cruelty free. She called me back to let me know that the silk they harvest from silkworms is only obtained AFTER the silkworm has chewed its way out of the cocoon and are off flying as the moths they were supposed to be. This would be referred to as “Ahimsa Silk”, Ahimsa meaning non-violence.
    She also mentioned that the collagen they use in other products (which I didn’t even know about) is also obtained from cows that is somehow in excess of what they need. They obtain it naturally without harming the cow in any way (and the people who house the cows are not harming or exploiting them either).

    I knew I liked their shampoo. I am SO excited to give this foundation a try. I’m hoping it’s the one I’ve always been searching for :)

  85. Tracy says

    Love your site. Just got finished playing in the kitchen ! Used a dab of raw unfiltered honey for base on face. Used Red Curry as I Have an olive skin tone, smelled like curry lol. Then I put on the cinnamon which really went well over the curry in more ways than one. But I got the perfect olive tone!!!. Then I used Cream of tartar and it acted exactly like the expensive mineral vail powder. My face looks awesome! Thanks

  86. Katrina says

    I LOVE your blog! Great formula. Thank you so much for sharing such great advice with the world! I actually have been enjoying using Delizioso Skincare’s 100% Natural Foundation. It is so smooth and is apparently dual action so it does good for your skin.

  87. rebecca says

    Have you ever made a concealer for dark circles under the eyes, my family has naturally dark under eye circles. I am fair skinned with red hair blue eyes and freckles. I just purchased some arrowroot powder to make the mineral powder

  88. Janelle says

    I am really glad you make this post. I have been looking for a natural foundation, liquid and mineral powder, but I am not sure the homemade is the way to go for me as I have a hard time matching my skin tone.
    I have been doing some research and came across the “100% Natural Origin CC Color + Correction Cream” at one of my local drug stores. I looked at the ingredients online (here is a link to the product and ingredients, https://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/bb-cc/06226.html ) and I was wondering if you or someone would be able to help me know whether or not this is in fact healthy for my skin. I am unfamiliar with a lot of the ingredients so I would really appreciate someone’s help!

    Thanks so much,

  89. Emma D says

    Hi there – I’m sorry if this has been asked before but I’m just starting to look into making my own natural skin makeup at home and am wondering about which ingredients are safe for acne prone skin. Could you tell me if you’ve found any of these to clog your pores:
    -arrowroot powder
    -cocoa powder
    -beet powder

    Thank you!! I am really interested in trying to make a liquid and trying to figure out what liquid ingredients would be good to add that aren’t oils, any suggestions?


  90. Noel says

    I found your natural makeup ideas very helpful and interesting. There are a couple of questions though, which I have. Would I be able to use any spice I choose other than cinnamon for blush/bronzer? I am allergic to cinnamon and really don’t wish to put it on my skin. I am also going gluten free, so all that I use must be gluten free. As to the mascara that you mentioned creating, does it stay on well, with no running or smudging? Thank you so much for being here and for all of your wonderful makeup ideas! I just found you last night and am having so much fun with your website!

    Take care,

  91. Alison says

    Thank you for this! My toddler and I just made some makeup for me today and I used organic corn starch (instead of arrowroot powder) and kelp powder (since I’m a bit red). Do you have any concerns about these additives?

    • Louise Andrews says

      If you do have concerns about kelp, you can try bentonite clay. It has a greenish tint and it seems to work well on my reddish issues!

  92. Gayle Jones says

    What where you doing when you realized that vodka worked? ;-)

    Thank you so much for this!!! I am a fair completed black woman. I tan easily and once I find a good shade, my color changes!

    I can do every shade for pennies! Yay!!!!!

  93. Gabrielle Shenouda says

    I’m a little confused.
    “For eye-liner, I either use a tiny bit of cocoa powder mixed with coconut oil, or a tiny dab or activated charcoal on a slightly damp brush. Be careful not to get either one in the eye. I store the eye shadow in an old powdered eye shadow container and apply with my finger or a very slightly damp brush.”
    So, I shouldn’t get the eye liner made with cocoa powder and coconut oil in my eyes? Is cocoa powder not safe in my eyes? I usually use eyeliner to tight line.

  94. Cindy Dolezal says

    Hi Katie, I make the natural foundation and love it. Working on an eyeshadow. I made a great one with just arrowroot and charcoal but Im a red head and I need another color. I haven’t been able to get the cocoa powder or cinnamon ground find enough to stick as an eyeshadow. It works great on my face as a foundation. How can I grind them more. I need it to be smooth like the arrowroot powder to stick to my eyelids.


  95. Jennifer says

    Hello wellness mama! I’m looking for natural sunscreens that can work well under make-up (pressed powder or liquid foundation) Please let me know if you have any suggestions, perhaps something I can find at a health or drug store. Or maybe something I can whip up? THanks!!

  96. Ann Marie says

    I am wondering about the best way to remove eye makeup? buying eye makeup remover is pricy and sometimes bothers my eyes.

  97. Lily says

    I bought the arrow root, cocoa, beet root, hibiscus flower etc….. Anyway, I made the foundation by sifting the arrowroot and cocoa together. I got a good match. I have these wonderful brushes I got with my bare minerals kit years ago so I used those to apply. It does not stick to my face. I promise you could walk by, blow in my face, and all my makeup will be removed. I am going to try to use the vodka method mentioned above and may even try mixing my powdered make up mixture with some Eucerine cream maybe. ???

    My face is extremely dry and I believe I have rosacia. (Fixing to see a dr, about that)… Was just wondering if you have anymore tips so all these products do not go to waste. Especially if you have anymore ideas on how to make this mixture STICK and stay on my face.

    Thank you!


  98. Mikay says

    Natural rice powder works great for a smooth oil free finish. It is mostly translucent, and may be too light for some complexions; just mix with a little bronzer or blush. Also a great natural-looking tanner can be made with an extra strong solution of black tea (orange pekoe, oolong etc.) fill spray bottle and mist on bare skin allow to dry. The more you use the deeper the tone. However it WILL stain clothing and linens so care should be used when/where applied. Again, works best on light-med complexions. Love the site! I’m making the pasta sauce now, for the first time. Smells wonderful!

  99. Danielle says

    Where does everyone buy their cocoa, cinnamon, dried beet root, dried hibiscus flowers, and activated charcoal from?

    Thank you!!!!
    I can’t wait to try this!!!!

  100. Megan says

    Hi There!

    I’m loving all of these recipes, and have recently started making a lot of my own stuff with amazing results. I’m interested in making some makeup, since I have unbelievably sensitive skin, but all of these recipes for foundation/powder have cinnamon and/or nutmeg and cloves…and I’m allergic to all of these! (I know – the absolute worst…especially around the holidays!) I was wondering if you had any ideas for powders with a similar colour that work as well as these do? I’ll have to do some more research!

  101. Erin says

    I’m having trouble getting a fine enough powder with the cinnamon and other ingredients. I get a gritty consistency to my makeup and it doesn’t stick to my face. Any suggestions?

  102. Kayti says

    Does it matter what kind of cocoa powder is use? I currently have one from trader joes but I’m not sure if I should use that for my face. What do you think Katie?

  103. Louise Andrews says

    If you mix it with arrowroot powder you can get a really nice shade, you just have to play with amounts. I use some bentonite in mine because my skin has a tendency to get red at times. I don’t think you’re supposed to use cocoa powder by itself.

  104. Lisa B says

    Hey everyone, in case you’re still waiting for Mama’s lipstick/lipgloss recipes, they are already posted as of Aug 2014 – just go to the beauty section – up top!

  105. Jane says

    What’s the shelf life of all these DIY natural makeup recipes???(mascara, foundation, blush, eyeshadow…) How should they all be stored??

  106. Molly McCurdy says

    Hello Katie! Love your site. I have followed the directions for powder but it’s much too lose and I feel like the particles are floating off into the air rather than staying on my face. Furthermore, this prohibits the powder from evenly covering and staying on the skin. Is this an instance where I need to add more vitamin E oil? Also, I tried the compact with rubbing alcohol and the powder became rock solid and wouldn’t budge. And, last question, where can you get fine enough beet or hibiscus powder? The ones I’ve used have just been too granular.

    Thank you!!

    Thank you!!

  107. Mary says

    I love these recipes and made the powdered foundation. Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with migraines and chocolate is a no-do. Therefore I’m assuming applying cocoa powder to my face may be a problem; does anyone know?

    • MIchelle says

      IMHO – I don’t think it would be an issue. My mom is unable to eat chocolate due to some heart condition – she can’t have any caffeine. She uses my homemade bronzer (with cocoa powder in it) with no ill effects.

      What about trying just a little bit of actual cocoa powder on your skin and testing it?

      I get migraines and I know chocolate can be a trigger, but I’m kind of doubting you would have enough seep into your skin to cause an issue.

      Hope that helps! Blessed be

  108. Vanessa says

    Hi Katie! This is a wonderful post :)

    I’ve just made my own recipe for activated charcoal mascara and it works wonderfully. But so many people I’ve noticed complaining on the interwebs about how activated charcoal shouldn’t go near our eyes because it could be an irritant.

    The most I’ve gathered is that it would irritate due to the gritty texture but I’ve found nothing pointing toward chemical irritation.

    So, I’m wondering. Why do you feel it’s safe in mascara?



  109. Tesla says

    Hi Katie, I love your posts.
    I have a question for you, I have found some recipes for natural lipstick around the web, and the most common coloring used that I have seen is beet root powder, and I was wondering if there may be some others that you would know of?

  110. MIchelle says

    Thank you so much for the tips. I have tried your bronzer (LOVE it) and am hoping to try to make your eyeshadow soon.

    I did want to give you a quick note though (I suspect you already know this, it is more for your readers). I feel most people that are looking for organic/healthy alternatives are usually concerned with animal cruelty and may even be vegetarian/vegan – like me. You have listed that you use gelatin (Gelatin – Which is a pre-cursor for collagen and has made my hair, skin and nails noticeably stronger and smoother (great for cellulite too) – while I’m VERY happy that you found it helped you, I’m wondering if you are aware that it is made from some really yucky things.

    This is information from wiki – Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, pigs, and fish.

    Now, as I mentioned, this may not be a concern for you but may be a concern for some of your readers who are vegan and/or only purchase cruelty free.

    Again, thank you so much for your amazing hints, ideas, recipes, etc. I am on your site often and love your tips.

    Bright blessings to you and yours.
    Blessed Be,

  111. Lindsey James says

    Hi Katie!
    I’m having a hard time with eye shadows. I’ve tried several variations. My bronzed and foundation are great but the eye shadow just doesn’t seen to stay on my eyelids at all. Should I try bentonite clay? Any idea where I can find info on what might be safe and not safe near the eyes? Thanks!

  112. Emily says

    I found that the foundation (recipe followed exactly, with slight variations on organic cocoa powder to adjust for my skin tone) really irritated my skin! More so than my store-bought physicians-formula!
    I got massively red, lots of stinging! I thought maybe it was just my skin adjusting or allergies, but my test patches were completely fine, and I’ve never been allergic to any of the ingredients before.

    I broke out too, :( Sorry but back to store bought for me.

  113. Bonnie Lachance says

    I have never made my own makeup but i do make my own mud mask using cocoa poweder,baking soda, olive oil,a few drops of honey and a dash of vanilla and milk just to make it a muddy consitancy it smells good and leaves skin feeling refreshed love your ideas

  114. Chana says

    Been looking for this long time ago. Thanks for sharing:)
    I just wish you can be more specific with the recipes:(
    (The amounts of each ingredient )

  115. Katy says

    Hi Katie,

    I tried the powder/foundation recipe and the color looks nice, but I can’t seem to make it stay on my face, it’s very grainy and falls off:( I also mixed in some oils to pack it into a compact to try to get it to be like regular powder, but it didn’t really work, it just clumped up around the oil and didn’t really make the consistency I was going for, which wouldn’t be a big deal if I could somehow get it to stay on my face… I also mixed it with some more oil to use as cover-up to use for under my eyes, but the mixture just turned dark and clumped up and I couldn’t get it to spread or stay on my skin. A little bummed:( Any tips? Thanks.

  116. Nabi says

    Hi! Great information here – thanks! Your blog makes me so happy.

    I’m having a hard time making lipstick out of beet powder b/c it looks grainy and uneven on my lips. Thoughts?

    Also, I made lipstick out of non toxic crayola crayons, but not feeling completely comfortable with the safety. Thoughts? The color looked great and I used it as a blush too, but can’t figure out how they make their crayons and not sure if it makes sense to put on skin. Would love to hear your feedback!

  117. Claire says

    HI!! In your opinion is arrowroot powder better or rice powder better at absorbing oils?? Thank you please reply as i am ready to quit talc base powder and start the DIY life style…

  118. Taylor says

    I just attempted the homemade foundation and homemade bronzer. I’m tired of spending mass amounts of money for only a months worth of foundation, and I was hoping to find something that was nicer on my skin.
    But I noticed that the foundation was too powdery and the cinnamon still comes out grainy, almost like a face scrub… I have finely grained cinnamon powder that I used. I also used corn starch instead of arrowroot since that’s what I had around the house at the moment..
    Does the arrowroot powder hold nicer than the corn starch? And how did you get the cinnamon to act nicely when mixing? I will switch to coco powder next time I go to the grocery store. But I like the tanned glow that cinnamon gives off.

    • kim says

      I just mixed the powders with a homemade lotion made from Shea Butter, Coconut oil, Vit E and some other stuff that I can’t remember right now. It is wonderful. Best I’ve ever used. Gives my skin a sunkissed look instead of makeup. YOu can use any homemade lotion recipe.

  119. Amber says

    I have had eye issues for three days since using the recipe for the eye liner. I used activated charcoal, USDA organic coconut oil and cocoa butter. As Katie says, be careful around your eyes. I have had extremely red and painful eyes since applying the eye liner. I do not know if I had gotten it in my eyes or what.

    I do love the lip balm, lotion bars, hair spray, whipped body butter, natural hair color, etc from Katie. Just wanted to give you a heads-up about the eye make up if you have sensitivities like I do. I am disappointed because I really wanted it to work but I will take Katie’s suggestion for the natural eye makeup for purchase rather than trying to make my own again!

  120. Michelle says

    Hi Katie,
    First I’d like to say, “Thank You!!!!” for all your wonderful information. You are a blessing!
    And I do have a question on the homemade foundation makeup. I love the Arrowroot, however I was wondering if you had ever experimented with Diatomaceous Earth as a base for mineral makeup? I like the claim of manufactured ‘mineral makeups’ saying they improve the health of your skin and was hoping to do the same with homemade makeup. What do you think?

  121. Colleen says

    Hi Katie!
    Thank you so much for your amazing website! You are such a blessing to my family and I…I’ve been slowly switching over everything in our home to the natural way and your site has helped me tremendously! It’s a bit overwhelming, so I thank you so much for sharing your knowledge…it really makes it easier for me. I Have dry skin and want to try making the liquid foundation…I saw that you said use the powder recipe and add lotion to it. Can you recommend a lotion recipe please? Thank you!

  122. Mindy says

    I’m worried about using microfiber because I read it’s made using plastics and is not biodegradable. Can you give me your thoughts?

  123. Suzanne Nelson says

    anyone have a recipe for foundation for post-menopausal skin? im very dry and am begining to use natural everything.
    looking for shampoo face and body cleanser and make-up…

    Thank you

  124. Mary-Beth says

    I really love the natural make-ups I’m having problems with all the sparkles in all my makeup…. but I’m having trouble getting the coco and arrowroot mixes to stay on my eyelids…. any ideas?

  125. Bre says

    I have tried the homemade recipe a few times and am far from finding the right combination. In the mean time I would like to buy some Jane Iredale. But I am not convinced they don’t have nanoparticles in their formula. They don’t specifically state it on their website. Someone anonymously is saying on a blog that it doesn’t contain nano particles. But, I don’t really want to rely on that.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a mineral powder that doesn’t contain nano particles? Thanks in advance.

  126. Lee-Anne says

    Hello Kate,

    I am a long way off – South Africa.

    I am very interested in the powder foundation recipe that you have provided but cannot seem to get all the ingredients.

    The recipe suggests: white cosmetic clay, Fuller’s Clay and French Green Clay.

    Are all these clays required?

    Secondly, I cannot seem to get the Fuller’s- & white cosmetic clay. Would Bentonite clay work instead of these two
    I have also managed to find Kaolin clay, which is used in the cosmetic and pharamaceutical companies but the assistant there is unsure if the Kaolin clay would work.

    Could you please advise me.

    Thanking you<

    L xx

    • says

      Use of any of the clays is optional although I found that I got a better color shade using them (they contribute to the color, along with the cocoa powder). I introduced them into the foundation to get a shade that matched better, but you may find that it is not necessary for you. Be wary of using too much of anything that is grey in tone since it can give you an ashy cast.

  127. Lenah says

    I only had corn starch, cinnamon and cocoa powder (the color turned out good , but didn’t cover problem akin,) but my main concern was It was itchy on my skin and then I got a headache, even after I rinsed it off it still made my head hurt, next time I’ll use arrowroot, but just wondering about cocoa and cinnamon, can these give you a headache?

  128. Hamna says

    You can make lip gloss by mixing bee wax or fine quality candle about 1inch piece, 1 teaspoon of almond oil,1teaspoon of glycerine. Cook it in a pot for just a little time to get a perfect concistency you can add coco powder for brown colour or mashed rose petals for pink colour. If you want you can do a little unnatural by mixing old eye shaded for desiered colour.

  129. Laura says

    Katie! Just noticed a little comment at the end of this post- that you had horrible acne until you removed dairy from your diet- ME TOO!!! It was a very revolutionary thing when I realized that- had tried EVERYTHING. I hope others who struggle can know this too!

  130. Kimberly says

    I tried the eyeliner recipe with the coconut oil and activated charcoal and it is ok but smears a bit on my skin. I tried putting a but of wax with it and it is not very even not very black, very hit or miss on a good line. Anyone else have thoughts on a good recipe. I am now making all makeup that I use except for that one thing. I use it very not religiously since the coverage is not that great for me. Maybe it has something to do with living in Texas with the humidity.. Now sure. But I do love the mascara. That is my fav….works like a charm and that smell of lavender when you bat your eyes….love it.

  131. Katie says

    I don’t know if I missed it in the comments, but your link to zinc oxide goes to mica. I looked in your store under beauty but didn’t see it. Maybe I missed it? I was hoping to try your version of foundation, since I tried using just arrowroot powder and I need a little more coverage than I am getting with that. Thanks!

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