I’ve been experimenting with homemade makeup for years and have a powdered blush that I love and that works really well, but I’ve gotten several requests for a creme/liquid option. I was working on a liquid foundation recipe anyway so I decided to work on a creme blush as well.
Check out the original liquid foundation post for the specifics on how to customize this recipe to be thicker or thinner (or even oil free).
The benefit of a Crème blush is that it stays longer and can be much bolder and more versatile than powdered blush. A little goes a really long way. I also use a small amount to darken my natural foundation if I need to during the summer.
I typically use a makeup brush to apply this foundation but you can also easily use your fingers. The basic ingredients are the same as the liquid foundation recipe and there are two options for this recipe: the simple way or the DIY way.
- For a simpler version, use a natural pre-made moisturizer for the base and add colors and pigments as needed.
- The DIY way takes a little more time and five ingredients but allows more customization since you’re making the base lotion yourself.
If you prefer the simple option, these two lotions are both are rated as safe by the Environmental Working Group and they make a great base:
For the DIY version, you’ll need these ingredients for the base:
And these ingredients to add to the base for color:
- mica powder in color of choice (I used bronze and pearl red)
- organic cocoa powder
- OR natural mineral makeup in your color (in place of two ingredients above)
Creme Blush Ingredients
- 1 teaspoon of shea butter
- 1/2 tsp emulsifying wax
- 1 tablespoon aloe gel
- OR 1 tablespoon of natural pre-made lotion (in place of first 3 ingredients)
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon mica powders of choice
- OR 1-2 teaspoons of all-natural mineral powder in color of choice
Creme Blush Instructions
- If making the simple version… just mix the organic lotion and mineral powder (or mica powder and cocoa powder) to get the desired color and consistency.
- For the complete DIY:
- Melt the shea butter,and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted.
- Add the aloe and whisk until completely incorporated and smooth.
- Turn heat off.
- Slowly, start adding colors.
- Add mica powders and cocoa powder a tiny pinch at a time until desired color is reached.
- Dip the tip of a spoon into the mixture and let cool for a few seconds. Test the color and coverage on your cheek to make sure you’ve achieved the right tone for your skin.
- Spoon the mixture into the desired container and let cool.
- For a powdered version, check out this recipe and check out my other homemade makeup recipes here.
- Adding colors (mica powders and cocoa powder) to a pre-made lotion will create a very smooth blush/bronzer. Experiment with the colors until you get the desired shade. It will look much darker while making it that it will on skin.
- Making a homemade lotion as a base will give the most options for customizing but is also the most difficult. With the homemade one, adding more vegetable wax will make a thicker and longer lasting blush/bronzer while using more aloe will make a smoother and more subtle mix.
- Adding more reddish mica powders will give a more rose/pink hue like a blush while more cocoa powder or bronze mica will create a bronzer or more tan mixture.
Ever made your own makeup?