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25 October 2013

DIY Foundation Recipe Powder and Liquid

Earlier this week, I showed you how to make your own concealer. It uses foundation as a base, so you need to buy an organic foundation if you want an organic or natural product. There are many benefits to buying organic, but it can get pricey. Today, I will give you a DIY foundation recipe for liquid and for powder foundation. The best part? You can make it to match your skin tone perfectly!

I know that powder and liquid foundations work differently, so you may have a preference based on your skin tone, age, and skin concerns. I'll teach you how to make both kinds of foundation.


If you're not sure which formula to make, read more about the different types of foundation.

When you make your own foundation recipe, you know exactly what's in the product, and you can control the quality of ingredients.

It's also a lot cheaper to make your own foundation. Have you priced foundations lately? You can spend upwards of $30 to $40 on a few ounces!

If you make a lot of DIY recipes, then you probably already have all of the ingredients to make this. Even if you have to buy everything, you'll still spend less than one bottle of foundation, and you can make the recipe several times!

You might be tempted to just double or triple the recipe, but I don't suggest it. These recipes don't use preservatives. While there's no water in the recipes to grow creepy crawlies, you could introduce bacteria and germs when you use the product.

I recommend cleaning your makeup brushes weekly to prevent germs in your makeup. You can clean them with this DIY makeup brush cleaner or spray them with this DIY sanitizing makeup brush spray.

DIY Powder Foundation Recipe




Place 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or corn starch and 1 tablespoon green clay in a bowl.


Add nutmeg, cinnamon, or cocoa powder until you get the desired shade.


Write down which ingredients you used and how much of each one.

That's it!

I like to use powder sifter jars because they are easier to use I think. I always get too much product on my brush if I just use a jar.

Green clay is optional, but it works very well to hide redness. You can omit it if desired.

If you have large pores or oily skin, I highly recommend adding the green clay to absorb oil.

*Arrowroot powder vs corn starch?

Arrowroot is hard to find locally--I live in Amish country with bulk food stores on every street, and I still can't find it. UPDATE: I can now find it at a bulk food store! Cornstarch is found at any grocery store, so it may be an option for you.

Which is better? I get better results with arrowroot powder, but cornstarch does work. If you are going to make liquid foundation, I really recommend arrowroot powder. Cornstarch will work, but I do notice a bigger difference between the two when making liquid.

The processing methods are very different. If you are concerned about using chemicals on your body, read this article about the differences.

Read: Arrowroot benefits for beauty, hair, and skin.

DIY Liquid Foundation Recipe





In a double boiler, melt coconut oil while stirring.

If you are using the alternate recipe, melt the shea butter, argan oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E oil in a double boiler.


Add vitamin E oil if desired.


Place a tablespoon of powder foundation in a separate bowl.


Slowly add coconut oil or the other oil mixture and vitamin E oil until you reach the desired consistency. Add more oil for a lighter foundation and less for a heavy foundation.

I like to use a small jar with a lid for my liquid foundation since I apply it with a brush. I like this set because they are in different sizes.

Making concealer? Just add a small amount of oil to the powder for a concentrated formula.

Another way to make a liquid foundation that's easier to make and just takes a few minutes is to start with your favorite moisturizer and add cocoa powder to get the right shade.


You'll want to start with a natural moisturizer. My favorite is Derma E Hydrating Day Cream. It's organic, natural, and works wonderfully. It's in a jar, so it's easy to add the powder and stir. I'd recommend dividing it and tinting half of it, but it's up to you.


If you want to protect yourself from the sun, you can add non nano zinc oxide. I would use about 2-3 teaspoons per 2 tablespoons of foundation.


You can also add a drop or two of essential oils to either recipe. I recommend:

  • Carrot seed oil to smooth the skin and to promote cell regeneration.
  • Frankincense is anti-bacterial, so it's great for acne-prone skin. It acts as a toner to make pores appear smaller.
  • Lavender essential oil is said to help boost cellular turnover.
  • Geranium essential oil can help reduce oil production. It can also help soothe irritated skin.
  • Myrrh essential oil is said to help firm the skin and reduce the signs of aging.
  • Rose essential oil is a great oil for dry skin. It helps tone the skin and is said to promote healing.
  • Tea tree oil can help naturally kill germs, so use it if you have acne prone skin.
  • Ylang ylang essential oil can help reduce breakouts by controlling oil production. It's also help to boost skin elasticity.

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23 October 2013

DIY Concealer Recipe

How to make a natural concealer recipe to hide imperfections.

I like making my own makeup because I can get the exact shade that I want.  I can't tell you how many times I've bought a foundation or concealer that matched in the store only to get home and find that it's too light or too dark.

Making it myself also means that I control the ingredients.  I know exactly what's in the product, so I can keep out preservatives and other ingredients that I don't want.

Today, a friend asked me if I had a recipe for concealer.  I didn't, so here we are!

Now I know why she couldn't find one--they are hard to find!  I waded through pages and pages of the exact same recipe.  She was looking for something with a little more coverage, and she wanted something natural.

I haven't stumbled upon the best recipe ever, but I think I've found something that will help her out.

DIY Concealer Recipe


The most popular concealer recipes call for mixing your usual moisturizer with a drop or two of liquid foundation.  I do this as a DIY tinted moisturizer, and it works great for minor blemishes.  This will cover uneven skin tone very well, but it's not great for acne or scars.


If you want a thicker spot treatment, you can make it from your own liquid foundation.  The trick is to make the formula thicker by removing the water to increase the pigment concentration.

This is easy: Just place about a teaspoon of foundation in a small container and place in the fridge.  Do not put a lid on the container so the water can evaporate.  In about two or three days, you'll have a nice, thick concealer.

If you start with an organic liquid foundation like Ecco Bella or Bourjois Bio, your concealer will be organic as well.

Or use a DIY foundation recipe and use less coconut oil to make it thicker. 


Your under eye area is a little bit different because you want something that is actually a little lighter than your skin to highlight the area.  The zinc oxide in this recipe actually reflects light, which is a good thing for your under eye.




Melt the rosehip seed oil, argan oil, and shea butter in a double boiler.  Stir until melted completely then remove from heat.


Add the zinc oxide and aloe vera gel.  Mix well.


Slowly add cocoa powder or cacao powder until you get the desired color.  Pour into a container and let cool completely before using.


Use this concealer recipe on acne to help the spot heal while you conceal.




Heat shea butter, jojoba oil, and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until melted.  Stir often.


Remove from heat.  Add witch hazel and aloe.  Stir until smooth.


Add zinc oxide and green clay.  Stir well.


Add cocoa powder a little bit at a time until you get the right shade.  You want to make this a shade lighter than your skin tone.

To test, dip a spoon into it and let the product cool on the spoon.  Test it and add more cocoa as needed.

DIY Finishing Powder

DIY Foundation Recipe
DIY Setting Spray

22 October 2013

Makeup Expiration Dates: How Long Does Makeup Last?

Like food, makeup has an expiration date.  Makeup, especially liquid formulas, have preservatives that prevent mold and bacteria from growing.  If bacteria growing in your makeup touches your skin, it can cause acne and blackheads, so it's important to toss your makeup when it gets too hold.

How Long Does Makeup Last?

  • Some liquid foundations are good for 18 months, but it's best to use them for about a year before tossing them if they are oil-free.  
  • Powder blush is good for 2 years, but cream blush is only good for 1 year.  
  • Lipsticks are usually safe for two years.   
  • Only keep mascara for 3 months after you open it.  Since the product is applied so close to your eye, you can transfer bacteria from your eye to the tube and back to your eye again.  Toss before 3 months are up if the product starts to get dry.  Do not add water to wet it again.  
  • You can safely use an eye pencil for 2 years because you sharpen the point before each application.
  • Powder eyeshadow is generally safe for 2 years, but liquid will only last 1 year.  (If you get an eye infection, toss your makeup and buy a replacement to use once the infection clear.)

  • Keep your makeup brushes clean by washing them regularly.  
  • Write the date that you opened the product on the product or in a notebook.  
  • Keep lids closed tightly after use.
  • Store makeup in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Toss makeup right away if it becomes discolored or starts to have an odor.
Now that you know how long does makeup lasts, do you need to clean your makeup bag?