DIY: Make Your Own Natural, Chemical-Free Makeup!

The world is embracing natural, earth-friendly food and other products. Makeup has been slowly joining the movement, but often the “natural” claims are dubious at best.  Minimal control and oversight is applied to the makeup industry, leaving the door open for dangerous chemicals to sneak their way onto your skin and into your body. Many of the worst chemicals don’t even have to be on the label and don’t have to be tested! If that wasn’t outrageous enough, a lot of brands still test makeup on animals.

The best way to protect your health is to control the ingredients. Following are some natural makeup recipes for DIY eyeliner, blush, foundation, bronzer, and four colours of eye shadow. Do it yourself to avoid chemicals and be radiantly healthy. Make sure you buy organic versions of each ingredient if available. Test for allergies or irritation, especially around your eyes.

DIY Foundation Powder

Arrowroot or Cornstarch is your base.
Montmorillonite/Bentonite Clay
Green Clay
You’ll have to add small amounts of each until you match your skin tone.  To balance skin tones, focus on French Green Clay for rosy skin, Ginger for olive skin and cocoa & cinnamon for darker skin tones.

Homemade Bronzer Recipe

Arrowroot Powder or Corn Starch
Mix small amounts of Cocoa and Cinnamon into the Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch until the bronzer is a shade or two darker than your skin tone or the foundation powder your made. Apply lightly along the top of your forehead, on your temples and under your cheekbones (blending upwards).

DIY Blush Recipe

Arrowroot Powder or Corn Starch
Hibiscus Powder
Beetroot Powder

Add Hibiscus and/or Beetroot powder to Arrowroot or Cornstarch until you reach the desired blush shade.  Dip a brush into the mixture, tap off excess powder and apply to your cheekbones.

Eye Shadow Recipe in Four Shades

Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
Shea Butter
Beetroot Powder
DIY Mauve Eye Shadow: 1/2 tsp Arrowroot or Cornstarch, 3/4 tsp Allspice, 3/4 tsp Beetroot powder, 1/4 tsp Cocoa, and 1/2-3/4 tsp Shea Butter.
DIY Light Pink Eye Shadow: 1/2 tsp Arrowroot or Cornstarch, 1/2 tsp Beetroot powder, 1/8 tsp Cocoa, and 1/2-3/4 tsp Shea Butter.
DIY Brown Eye Shadow: 1/2 tsp Arrowroot or Cornstarch, 3/4-1 tsp Cocoa, and 1/2-3/4 tsp Shea Butter.
DIY Gold Eye Shadow: 1/2 tsp Arrowroot or Cornstarch, 3/4 tsp Nutmeg, 1/4-1/2 tsp Turmeric, and 1/2-3/4 tsp Shea Butter.
Add spice powders to the Arrowroot or Cornstarch. Mix with Shea Butter for a creamy shadow. Apply to eyelids using a small brush & blend.

Easy Natural Eyeliner

Dab an eyeliner brush into activated charcoal, tap off excess and apply to lash line.

How to Store Homemade Makeup

Store homemade makeup in an airtight container if possible. Remember there are no preservatives (YAY!) so you’ll need to keep moisture out and watch for spoilage.

Make Your Own Chemical-Free Makeup Infographic

{Infographic: Northwest Pharmacy}

??? Have you tried making your own makeup? Do you have recipes to share? Please comment below.

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Amy White

It can get messy but natural makeup even feels better on your face so it’s worth doiong!


There’s so much you can do with common stuff you have around the house. I haven’t tried making my own makeup yet but I was thinking it would be a great gift for my teen girls and also protect them from chemicals. It’s so much fun to see them getting into all of that stuff. It takes me back to my youth. Thanks for the idea.