Hey everyone! Today I want to share a special recipe with you… a recipe that you won’t be eating! (Gasp!)
Yes, I will be sharing with you a recipe for your very own custom DIY homemade “mineral” foundation. Since my cancer scare last year, I’ve been very serious about eliminating toxins from my life as much as possible. And while I can’t really control what toxins I ingest through the air I breathe and the water I drink, I do have control over what I put on my skin.
The Problem with Makeup
I was terrified to learn that most makeup on the market is not regulated for carcinogenic ingredients. At all. Like, there are known carcinogens in your makeup right now and nobody is doing anything about it. Carcinogens aren’t the only offenders, either. There are ingredients that cause other type of toxicity, accumulate in your organ systems, cause endocrine disruption, irritation, and much more.
Don’t believe me? Look up your favorite makeup in EWG’s Skin Deep database to see how it ranks! But be forewarned… you might never want to put it on your face again.
Here’s the thing, ladies. We all (well, most of us) wear makeup every day, for many long hours. You can’t really blame us – it’s pretty much socially unacceptable not to wear makeup, and we are reminded of it every day. Magazines, commercials, billboards, and “concerned” co-workers who say “Wow you look tired today!” anytime you decide to go makeup-free – they all put us in a position where we kinda have to do it.
And I would have been fine with that, until I learned how much of a threat it is to my health.
Makeup is absorbed into your skin, and it’s effects are accumulated when you wear if for all of your adult life. There have been many studies that link hundreds of cosmetic ingredients to cancer, infertility, and asthma. No matter how “pretty” it makes you feel, it’s probably not worth it.
Isn’t it kinda twisted that women are made to feel “ugly” without it, and pressured by society to literally poison our bodies just to satisfy someone else’s unrealistic idea of what women should look like (/endrant)?
So anyways, after replacing most of my makeup with safer (but much more expensive) alternatives, I thought – maybe I should make my own makeup. With ingredients I know to be safe. Maybe I can save money that way. So lo and behold, I present to you my very first experiment in the DIY makeup world:
This baby was easy to make. And the best part? I could make it match my skin tone exactly, which has been a problem with most store-bought products due to my weird pale-olive skin tone that few manufacturers cater to.
Most of the ingredients for this foundation can already be found in your home, and whatever you don’t have on hand, you can order on Amazon (affiliate links below). Here’s what you will need:
I already had everything except for the bentonite clay, so it turned out to be a very cheap DIY for me to make. Plus, I only needed a little bit of each ingredient, so I will be able to make dozens more batches without having to buy anything else.
This is already proving to be a much more budget-friendly solution than buying overpriced, “non-toxic” products (which can still come with questionable ingredients, BTW).
Start with the base
I suggest you start with 2 tbsp of the arrowroot powder. This is your base. It’s got the perfect texture for a loose powder foundation, and it happens to be completely safe for your skin. Place it in a non-metal bowl and make sure to have a non-metal spoon or whisk to mix all your ingredients.
Add color and tone
Arrowroot powder is snow-white, so you will need to add quite a bit of color to it (unless you are Snow White). This is where the cacao powder, cinnamon, and ginger come in.
Take out a notepad and record exactly how much of each ingredient you added. This way, you will have a much easier time mixing this next time & getting the right color when you make a new batch!
You can start by adding cacao 1/2 tsp at a time, until you get to the right tone. I used an old mineral foundation for color comparison.
When you’ve reached the right tone, start working on your sub-tones. Cacao powder on its own will give the powder a very flat, cool (pinkish) sub-tone. Most people will need to add a few more colors to get a realistic skin color. Try adding some ginger for yellower tones and some cinnamon for warmer tones. Again, go 1/2 tsp at a time.
Add the goodies
Once you’ve reached the right color, add 1/4 tsp of bentonite clay to the mixture. It should not affect the color, but it adds some great healing properties to your foundation, making it actually beneficial for your skin!
Add a few drops of lavender. Lavender will make your face smell great, and it also helps reduce redness and heal blemishes.
Apply this natural foundation like you would any loose powder. I use a kabuki brush, dip it into the mixture and shake the excess off. Then I apply it over moisturizer (and a bit of concealer) using circular motions.
This natural foundation is definitely on the lighter side, but it does build up pretty well. I typically prefer medium coverage, so I will do several “layers” on my face. It doesn’t feel or look cakey, so that’s a plus. It has pretty good staying power and doesn’t disappear after a whole workday.
My skin is noticeably healthier after wearing this for a few weeks. What I mean by that is, I am no longer breaking out every day and there isn’t any redness. The lavender, cinnamon and bentonite clay have anti-inflammatory properties that probably have something to do with it. Or maybe it’s just the lack of toxic chemicals. Either way, I am very happy with the way this turned out!
Have you tried making your own foundation? What was your experience like? Share your tips below!
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