Homemade makeup may sound a little daunting, but I promise it’s actually simpler than you think! The biggest plus about homemade makeup is that the ingredients provide nourishment for your skin, rather than clogging it up with toxins. Plus, you get to customise the colours, textures and fragrances of your makeup! First stop? Blush. This is one of the easiest makeup recipes, and therefore the best place to start.
SUBSTITUTES YOU CAN ALSO USE
Hibiscus and beetroot powder are good substitutes for the acai berry powder, however these are more difficult to find in South Africa and are often more expensive. If you’d prefer a brown hue, cocoa powder works well too. Another option is to use mica powder. Or if you’re feeling really frugal, then you could always dehydrate berries and grind these into a powder, but I just don’t have time for that. However, if you do…please let me know how it goes!
These are the colours you can expect if you add the following to the bentonite clay base in the recipe below:
Lasted me about: 1 year (using occasionally)
Estimated shelf life: 2 years (stored in an airtight container away from moisture)
Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.
*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available prices I’ve personally found.
- No glittery shimmer like some of the synthetic blushes I’ve used before. Although, the matte look is pretty, so I wouldn’t say it’s much of a challenge.
- Unfortunately, DIY blush doesn’t have the staying power of other blushes – it wipes off more easily. Applying it to well-moisturised skin helps it stay put. Otherwise, you may want to look into buying a good organic blush, or making a cream blush (here is my recipe).
CHERRY ON TOP
I would always breakout on my cheeks after using synthetic blush bought from the store. However, this homemade blush keeps my skin as clear as a summer’s day.
- Acai berry powder: High in antioxidants which help keep the skin’s complexion radiant (buy here).
- Bentonite clay: Rich in minerals and detoxifies the skin by absorbing toxins beneath the skin (buy here).
Not sure where to find these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.
Please note: I have not been able to source mica powder locally, except from this wholesaler (i.e. It’s not available to the general public. They are a business-to-business supplier). The closest thing I’ve found which is available to the public is Inthusiam‘s powders which contains mica powder and other natural minerals, and it comes in a variety of colours. In the meantime, you will have to buy pure mica powder internationally from a website like Amazon. If you happen to find a local supplier, please let me know so I can share the details on my blog. I’d really appreciate it.
- 1 Tablespoon Bentonite clay
- Organic Acai Berry powder - Adjust according to your colour preference. I prefer a light pink blush, so I use about 1 tablespoon of acai berry powder.
- Makes approximately 30ml.
- Half a teaspoon, or even a pinch at a time add the acai berry powder to the bentonite clay until you have your desired colour.
- Store in an airtight container away from moisture (i.e. steamy bathrooms are a bad idea unless you know your jar is airtight. You don't want it to form clumps.)
- Acai Berry powder --> Cocoa powder (brown hue), Beetroot powder, Hibiscus powder.
- If you want a really strong colour, start with the Acai Berry powder as your base and lighten it accordingly by adding the bentonite mixture a little bit at a time.
Have you ever made your own makeup, and what did you start with?