All natural DIY cosmetics. This has been an interesting challenge. Some things work, some do not. But I am committed to giving this a true test for 30 days. It's now day 5 and I have been using my apron for more than cooking up food! Below are the things I'm using and a few comments on how I like them - or don't like them. Several of the items have a link to the websites I got the recipe from so you can check them out too. If you know of a great makeup recipe please comment!!!! I am all about experimenting right now. And check back as I will update it if I find better alternatives or more recipes I like.
So I found this recipe and I thought "this is awesome!" But it turns out that I am NOT a fan of coconut oil on my face. This may be for other people and I'm sure it works, but it made my already somewhat oily skin even more oily. And it did not cover any imperfections. I tried adding more cornstarch than the recipe called for and it helped a lot. My face was much less oily looking but again, it didn't cover any zits. It did give my face a nice glow and the color was great.
This is a test on my wrist. It doesn't stay that oily looking you just have to blend, blend, blend!
This is a trial and error type of thing to get the color you like. Mix together corn starch, cocoa powder, and cinnamon until you get the right color.
I mixed and mixed until I got it similar to the remaining chunks of an old compact powder.
I put mine in an empty small seasonings container and use a brush to apply it like normal loose powder.
Ok it takes guts to post a bare it all face pic! Here is the before and after using my concealer and loose powder. Not bad!
Mascara and Eyeliner
A few weeks ago I posted about a mascara and eyeliner recipe. I LOVE the mascara. It works great and is even water proof-ish as I wear it to my Aqua Zumba classes and it doesn't run down my face! The eyeliner is another story. After it has sat for a while in its little case it turned kind of thin. I don't use it anymore as it is too runny. If anyone has a better recipe to try please comment!!! I might have to break down and go buy a natural eyeliner. I'm not ready to do that just yet though so I'll keep looking for a good recipe.
This one was just me experimenting. I found some recipes that used corn starch and food coloring or cinnamon. I decided to try mixing corn starch with all sorts of spices to try to make a completely natural eye color. (I want to stay away from food coloring if possible!) I had read that adding some alcohol to your home made powder will help you press it into a compact but I didn't have any. I used almond extract instead which is mostly alcohol and it smells fantastic. I successfully compacted it into a case but it cracked after one day and crumbled. I'm going to try it again and leave it loose. I think my 44 cent contact lens cases will work perfectly.
Upper left - corn starch and a small amount of cinnamon
Upper right - just cinnamon
Lower left - corn starch and "kohl" powder (see this post)
Lower right - corn starch and sage
Blush, Tinted Lip Balm, and pinkish eye colors coming soon!
*update - check out THIS POST for more tips on coloring blush and lip balm
Currently I am experimenting with dehydrated strawberries and dried hibiscus flowers for a red tint. We'll see how that turns out after tomorrow!