home made cosmetics

Home Made Cosmetics

Over the last couple years, I have created many homemade beauty products, including homemade lip scrub, exfoliating face scrubs and shea body butter.  These recipes are healthy, great for my skin and body, and they have saved me a ton of money.  Not to mention, I am now exposed to fewer toxins since I ditched the commercial stuff.  

Did you know that you can make your own home made cosmetics?  There are several home made cosmetics recipes that can help you build your arsenal of beauty supplies to look and feel great! 

Homemade Foundation 

What you need: 

  • Arrowroot powder (you could sub cornstartch, but it is not quite as good) 
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder

Add a cup of arrowroot powder to a bowl, and slowly add in cinnamon and cocoa powder, until you come up with a suitable color that matches your complexion.  Apply to a clean, moisturized face with a good mineral powder brush. 

Don’t want to make it?

If you don’t want to make your own, I highly recommend Alima Pure (natural, cruelty-free, and light weight), or Korres (talc-free, natural, and works great).  

Homemade Mascara

What you need: 

In a small mason jar or glass bowl, add coconut oil, aloe vera gel, beeswax and vitamin e oil. Add 1-2″ of water to a small saucepan, and place jar or bowl into the water.  Bring to a boil, and allow to warm until completely melted.  Remove from heat and add activated charcoal and stir until mixed well. 

Pour into a small baggie, and push down to a corner.  Cut a small tip on the bag, and pipe into a mascara tube.  

Homemade Blush

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp Beet Root Powder
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot Powder
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground Ginger
  • 5 drops of Essential oils

Combine beet root powder and arrowroot powder.  You can play around with the amounts of each to find a desired shade of blush.  Add in a sprinkle or two of nutmeg and ginger for shine and a little different shade of color.  Add in essential oil to help the blush adhere to your skin. 

Natural Eyeliner* 

  • Activated charcoal 
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Oil 

For a black eyeliner, add a pinch of activated charcoal in with coconut oil.  For a brown eyeliner, add cocoa powder to coconut oil.  Apply with an eyeliner brush.  

*Be sure to be extra careful when applying products around your eyes.  Make sure you don’t get any products into your eyes, or you may cause damage. 

Have you ever made your own home made cosmetics? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!

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27 Responses to Home Made Cosmetics

  1. TAZ says:

    Hi, I found your post on making natural makeup very interesting.
    Question? ?? Where can I get the charcoal? & is this charcoal like for Barbara q? ? I know the question sound dumb, but to think we can use this for eyeliner is strange.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Taz,

      You can pick it up from amazon (http://amzn.to/2dvCD1T) or buy it at a health store. They come in capsules. And yes, it is similar to the bbq charcoal, except activated charcoal is made with non-toxic ingredients and is processed a little differently. 🙂

  2. Shadora says:

    Do you use fractionated coconut oil or regular coconut oil? Super excited!

  3. Jamie says:

    Hi, I am wondering what the shelf life is for each of these cosmetics? I am wondering, I am not an everyday make-up wearer and don’t want to end up wasting it!

  4. Tracey says:

    Sorry ignore my question I didn’t read it properly!

  5. Tracey says:

    Hi what is the instructions for the eyeliner? Thanks.

  6. Elena Sifuentes says:

    As a sneaky teen we weren’t allowed to use make up so I used to apply the chalk for the cue stick you know that blue stuff hahaha wiped it off before I came home but I wouldn’t recommend anyone try that. I did used to take my mother’s discarded lipsticks and add Vaseline mix it up and it made a pretty sheer gloss.

  7. Hayley says:

    I’m really excited to try the foundation recipe! Say you wanted a liquid foundation, would you recommend just adding coconut oil or something similar?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Hayley,

      I have never tried making it into a liquid foundation, but I would be interested to hear how that works. If you try it, let me know 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    I would like to try the mascara. It sounds fun. How much vitamin E oil should I use? Since common vitamin E oils are soy based, would grapeseed or olive oil work as a replacement?

  9. Monika says:

    hi thank u for the recipe!! I tried the blush recipe but i find that the beetroot powder does not stick to the skin. it ends up rolling into granules. beetroot powder was bought from Holland and Barrett (UK) and is very fine. I don’t know what i am doing wrong. any suggestions?

  10. Christine says:

    Hi, I would like to try making these. IS THERE anywhere else i can buy them besides amazon?

  11. Wendi says:

    Where do you buy these ingredients from? Sure wish this information was available 30 years ago, when I discovered I was allergic to al the fun girly stuff…

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Wendi,

      I buy most of my products on Amazon, or at my local market or health store. Mountain Rose Herbs sells a lot of high-quality herbal ingredients, which can be a bit pricier than Amazon, but their products are very nice.


  12. Colene M says:

    Would it clog your pores more than other mineral based makeup?

  13. Roberta Cross says:

    I tries the powdered foundation and was very pleased. I had cornstarch on hand and worked just fine. I like the mineral makeup but the cost is too much for me.

  14. shiloh says:

    what a great idea! i hope to make the mascara and exfoliating scrub. thanks for the hints!

  15. Alexis F says:

    I am considering making my own make up now that I’ve seen how easy it is! Thanks for the info =)

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