Makeup can be expensive, wasteful, an enabler and crutch of insecurities, toxic, and time-consuming. But it can also be easy, fresh, natural, balancing and healthy.
The past 6 or so months I’ve been using this DIY face powder. It’s not my original idea, much smarter people figured this out way before me. But the goal of this blog to be an encyclopedia of environmentally friendly, DIY, low consumerism insights, ideas and inspiration. This face powder is perfect to use solo for light coverage, or in junction with liquid foundation for heavier coverage. I feel that it balances natural fluctuations of skin tone on the face instead of just covering up everything. I am a firm believer in less is more. This doubles as my bronzer (not shimmery kind). I strive for zero waste. I have goals of demolishing societal beauty and rewriting my definition of beauty starting with Beauty vs Makeup, trust me theres a difference. So to conclude, I am an eco-freak (I seriously want to coin that term<—-I don’t even know what that means), which makes this DIY perfect for my fellow frugals.
DIY All Natural Face Foundation Powder Makeup with Pressed Option Made From Common Household Items.
(bought them all in bulk stored in mason jars)
1/4 cup Arrowroot powder
1-4+ tablespoons cocoa powder (1.5-2 tablespoons for light/medium)
Optional Ingredients (these are estimates)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
To press half the recipe 10-20 drops Other Oils (oil you like for your face) Jojoba, grape seed, fractioned coconut, almond, argon oil etc.
1-3 drops essential oils (optional)
Rubbing alcohol or vodka in a spray bottle
Start with a base of 1/4 cup arrowroot powder. Mix/sift/whisk in cocoa powder 1/2-1 tablespoon at a time until desired shade (aka test it on your face to see if color matches). Add ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for added warmth and yellow tones. This all depends on your skin tone and shade and so therefore optional. Best to start with a little and add more if needed. But if you add too much of something slowly stir in more arrowroot powder, no biggie.
For pressed method
Drops other oil and essentials oil in and stir. Pack down. Spritz powder with 1-3 sprays with rubbing alcohol or vodka press down with a spoon, fingers or lid of some sort until packed down. It might take a couple rounds of oil and spray and packing since the powder is dry. It gets a little messy but you don’t want it too wet so slow and steady. Have patience. Eventually it packs down (about 1/3 as much as the powder). It may look darker and uneven color in some spots, that’s okay! Let it harden/evaporate overnight with the lid off and use as normal the next day.
How to use
Skip pressing if you like loose powder. Dip brush and tap off excess. Brush it on your face gently before and after liquid foundation. Or after DIY Tinted Daily Sunscreen to soak up the oils for a natural SPF-kind of day- look. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool place. I.E a make up bag in a drawer in the bathroom.
- I like the press method, it’s not as messy as powder to apply. Mine broke apart and clumped up a bit towards the end but still works fine when I rub my brush on it to get the powder (I guess I could sift it..too much effort). See photo below
- I use little mason jars or a cardboard container that was the packaging for the blush I use. check out Zero Waste Makeup vs Beauty I give some reviews of products.
- Other liquids for spritzing could be witch hazel, vinegar, aloe juice, rose water etc but I’ve only used rubbing alcohol- worth a try though, let me know how it goes!
- This supply lasted me about 6 months, so frugal? um yes
- Test on a small patch of skin to make sure your not sensitive to any ingredients
- No I don’t smell like chocolate during the day but yes you may smell the ingredients when applying it
- My skin felt happier and healthier once I ditched my store crap and switched to this, my wallet loved me and I think the earth loved me a tad. Traditional powder foundations can contain harmful chemicals/plastic as well as the cultivation of the minerals to produce them can harm the environment. See resource link. and The Dirty Dozen, cosmetics to avoid
- Don’t throw away your old stuff, use it all if you like and properly dispose of containers. Posts coming in June on disposal, alternatives and reasoning about makeup during my Month of Zero Makeup Challenge, contact me to join.
- Yes this isn’t literally zero waste, rubbing alcohol usually only comes in recyclable plastic and some oils are hard to find in bulk, but we do what we can right?
- Shout out to all my sisters, God’s daughters are meant for greatness now go have a great week & weekend!
Disclaimer: I am not a professional aesthetician, dermatologist, shade artist, herbalist or cosmetologist and have zero responsibility when it comes to your face or life. It’s nice that way for both of us.