When you look your best, you feel it on every level. Your confidence is boosted, you radiate joy, and you are ready to take on the world. What if you could feel like that everyday without the hefty cost of cosmetics? Skip the chemicals and treat your skin with the respect it deserves. Your body is your temple and you only have one. These natural makeup projects are super affordable, fun to make, and are completely non-toxic.
15. Mineral powder
Do you love the coverage and feel of mineral powders, but not the price tag? We’ve got you covered. Customize your own mineral powder for the fraction of the cost! Never again will you have to struggle to find your color in a store. Best of all, most of the ingredients are already in your pantry!
You’ll need arrowroot flour, which can be bought at a health food store or at an Asian market, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vitamin E oil, lavender oil, and bentonite clay. You can find bentonite clay online for roughly $10. But don’t worry, that’s for a whole pound of it! Do not use a metallic bowl to mix, as bentonite clay should not come into contact with metal.
Start with the foundation ingredients. Use 1/4 cup of arrowroot, two teaspoons of bentonite clay, 10 drops of vitamin E, and 12 drops of lavender oil. Then, add pigments a little at a time until you are content with the skin tone.
14. Berry blush
You know how makeup sometimes has added scents and flavors that are completely unnatural? Well, what if you had makeup that smelled great and was even safe to eat? You can with this two-ingredient blush!
All you need is 1 or 2 teaspoons of arrowroot flour and 4 teaspoons of raspberry powder. You can purchase dried raspberry powder online or you can just use freeze-dried raspberries. To do that, just put them in a coffee grinder and process until a fine powder is formed. In a small bowl, mix your two ingredients and store in an airtight container. Ta-da, all done!
13. Cocoa contour
This recipe is very similar to the natural mineral makeup tutorial above. You can easily save even more money if you buy in bulk and use the same ingredients for both recipes. You can even save time by making them together and seeing how the colors complement each other.
All you need is cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, and an essential oil of your choice. You don’t need a compact case if you choose to not add the oil. Any container with a lid will work fine.
You’ll need a base of 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon each of cocoa and nutmeg, 2 teaspoons of arrowroot starch, and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Adjust the recipe to your desired darkness.
12. Nature’s eyeliner
Gel liners may look super fancy, but a good quality one can be a bit pricey and chances are that it’s hardly natural. Instead, opt for this three-ingredient natural eyeliner. These ingredients will actually help keep your skin hydrated and healthy. It’s also super affordable and can be stored in any cute container with a tight lid.
All you’ll need is 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, and one or two capsules of activated charcoal. You can purchase that online or at a health food store in the supplement section. If you want a more natural-looking brown instead of black, use half a teaspoon of cocoa powder instead. Mix all the ingredients together and store in a dark, cool place.
11. Cheap pencil liner
If you want an even cheaper option, buy a pack of non-toxic colored pencils. You’ll have a myriad of color options for your eyes and lips, all for the price of one quality liner! All you need to do is dip the tip of the pencil in water and apply. You can either carry around a container or do it the easy way, which is to reapply using a bathroom sink. After all, almost every restaurant, bar, and shop has a bathroom.
10. Coconut charcoal mascara
Have you ever accidentally poked yourself in the eye with your mascara wand? It hurts, right?! Well, imagine what chemicals are floating around in your eye after that episode. Don’t worry, there’s a better way. You can make your own natural mascara with many of the same ingredients as the natural eyeliner gel! It’s almost like a two for one deal!
You’ll need 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon of grated beeswax, 1 or 2 capsules of activated charcoal, and a clean mascara container. If you live in warm climates, you can double the amount of beeswax for a more waterproof finish.
9. DIY BB cream
There are many recipes out there for bb cream on the web; however, most of them are not nearly as easy as this one by Canvas and Cashmere. To make her bb cream, she mixed her favorite moisturizer, sunscreen, and face powder that she had made herself. To make the powder, you can use the recipe mentioned earlier in this article, or follow her recipe instead. She used 1/3 cup of cornstarch, 1 or 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a bowl for mixing, and a spoon. You can use arrowroot powder if you want to stay away from genetically modified ingredients. Adding a little shimmer at the end will also help give your skin an extra glow.
8. Natural chapstick
Here’s a fun, safe project you can share with the whole family! Do you get chapped lips often? Are you constantly going through tube after tube of lip balm? Well, make your own in bulk and customize each for different seasons, events, and just because you want to.
You’ll need 1/4 cup each of coconut oil and shea butter, enough beeswax to prepare 3/4 cup of total lip balm, a few drops of your favorite food grade essential oils, and powdered herbs or fruit for added color. Melt the oils in the microwave or in a double boiler and pour into cute, little containers.
Make your lips minty fresh or taste like vanilla. The options are endless! Use beet root powder, alkanet root powder, or dried raspberry powder to add some color naturally without an icky flavor or questionable ingredients.
7. Sunless tanning cream
Want a tan without the burn? Save your skin by soaking it in these tanning lotions instead. Not only are they natural, but they’re filled with ingredients that can actually improve your skin! Best of all, these each require only two ingredients.
You’ll need a natural lotion of your choice and either some black tea or cocoa powder, that’s all! Brew four bags of black tea and wait until it cools. Then, mix it with some white lotion until it forms a darker lotion. You can save time by simply mixing 1/3 cup of cocoa powder with 1/2 cup of lotion. This particular recipe will leave your skin smelling delicious!
6. Eye tattoo
Eye tattoos save a lot of time and take the guess work out of adulting and learning how to apply makeup. Trace a circle onto a piece of foam. Craft foam can be found at any craft store. Bend the foam circle in half. Using the crease as a guide, cut out semi-circles so that the foam will fit perfectly on your eyelid. Hold it up to your eye to ensure that it will fit. Apply your eyeshadow onto the foam and press it against your eye. This is perfect for the late riser. No longer do you have to rush out the door in the morning. Just prepare these the night before and you can do your makeup as you’re walking to the office.
5. Creamy eyeshadow
In the cold, winter months, your skin is more likely to dry out. Instead of powder eyeshadow, the moisture in creamy eye makeup can prevent your skin from being too dry. This DIY cream eyeshadow takes this whole concept to the next level. Instead of just preventing dry skin, these cream eyeshadows can actually help repair your skin. The secret is in the base ingredients: beeswax, shea butter, and jojoba oil.
You’ll need 2 teaspoons each of beeswax and shea butter, 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of glycerin, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, and 3 tablespoons of your favorite pigment powders. Scoop small amounts of your pigments and place onto a sheet of wax paper, stirring until you get the exact color you want. Once you’ve determined your perfect combination, mix the full three tablespoons onto the wax paper and set aside.
In a double boiler or microwave-safe container, melt the beeswax and shea butter. It’s best to heat it slowly, so you can turn the heat down to half power if you use the microwave. Once melted, remove the container from heat and add your jojoba oil, glycerin, and vitamin E oil. Now, pour your pigment combination into the container and stir until it is well combined.
Store in an airtight container and allow it to cool for 24 hours for it to set. It’s best to wait a day before using this creamy concoction, but with the skin benefits of all those natural oils, your skin will be thanking you for the wait.
4. Powder eyeshadow
Want to play with colors? Here is a safe recipe to make your own eyeshadow. You can use them as a powder shadow or you can add them to the lip balm or cream eyeshadow recipes for a natural pop of color.
The base is simply arrowroot flour and shea butter. Start by placing 1/4 of a teaspoon of arrowroot in a small bowl. You can always add more, so start with less. The more you add, the lighter the shade you will have. Now, add your colors. You can add cocoa powder for a dark shade; nutmeg for a lighter shade; beet powder for a rosy shade; dried raspberry powder for a redder shade; turmeric for an orange shade; or allspice for a brown shade.
Have fun mixing colors and finding your favorite combinations. Once you’ve found what you like, add 1/4 teaspoon of shea butter. If it’s not enough, add another 1/4 teaspoon. This will help the powder stick as opposed to flying out of the container every time you open it. Now, just stir and put in an air tight container.
3. Natural highlighter
Highlighter has become a modern-day staple for many women. Unfortunately, it’s a pricey expense to their already expensive makeup tab. Luckily, it’s so easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need.
Grab a small container and toothpick or spatula to stir your mixture. Squeeze some of your daily moisturizer into the container. Add a few scrapes of pearly white eyeshadow and a shimmery champagne colored eyeshadow into the container. Feel free to use a cheap one. Stir and apply. If you want it to stay on all day, add a drop of primer to the mix and stir again.
Speaking of primer, it is yet another modern necessity for women that shouldn’t cost much at all, yet does. Instead of spending money on something that may or may not match your skin tone and is full of questionable chemicals, make your own natural gel primer that really works!
All it takes is 3 tablespoons each of moisturizer and aloe vera gel, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of foundation, an empty lotion bottle, and something for stirring. Just mix it all together and store it to use as needed. It’s that simple!
1. Non-toxic limitless lipstick
Do you love to mix and match? Imagine having an entire rainbow of assorted colors to choose from! This recipe can be used as a multipurpose recipe for a cream blush, cream eyeshadow, lipstick, or tinted gloss. It’s so silky smooth and only takes two ingredients and a box of non-toxic crayons is one of them. The other ingredient is coconut oil. This adds moisture and allows the crayons to melt without burning, because coconut oil has a high temperature tolerance.
In a double boiler or microwave-safe container, melt a few pieces of crayons in two teaspoons of oil. Store in a cute little container and use a makeup brush to apply. You can also buy a lipstick tube and pour the mixture into it. The more coconut oil you add, the more moisture you’ll have and the less bold the color will be. This will make for a great lip tint! If you want bolder, brighter tints, then add more crayon chunks until the color comes out the way you want it.
Making your own makeup can be a lot of fun, save you a lot of money, and allow you the creative freedom to experiment with a wide array of colors. With these DIY projects, your imagination is the only limit!
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