Two weeks ago I had a crazy unbearable reaction to some of the natural makeup that I had been using. I was trying a few new products that my skin was not taking to. Usually when my skin doesn’t like something my nose will start to continuously itch. This time my whole face went into an epic itch attack that pretty much lastest the entire day even after I washed my face. Not cute, not fun, and not what I need.
Of course I started looking into making more of my own cosmetics since wearing a bit of makeup for auditions in necessary. I already make my own foundation, which I’m working on reformulating, powder, and now blush. The DIY Beet Cheek Stain is a recipe that is circulating around the internet and so easy to do it is ridiculous. Not to mention this recipe also costs next to nothing.
What You Will Need:
Organic Red Beet
Using the double boiler method (for me a very sturdy thick glass jar in a pot of boiling water) place thin slices of the organic beet in 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin and allow it to boil for 20 minutes. I let mine boil for an extra 10 minutes to make the color extra pigmented. Finally strain the contents into a clean glass container for use. To apply put a drop into the palm of your hand. Using your finger tips pat into the apples of your cheeks in circular motions blending upward along your cheeks.
This cheek stain gives you a very natural flushed look. If you would like something more dramatic use the juice from the beet directly by cutting a slice of the organic beet and applying the color from the beet directly.
I found that using a slice of beet directly was also a great lip stain. I did find it easier to stain my cheeks all day long with this stain although my lips only stayed stained for a little while. (I’m wearing Zuzu Luxe lip liner in Port in this picture if you were wondering.) I usually use a combination of both a slice of organic beet and a drop of my DIY Beet Cheek Stain for the glow that the glycerin gives to achieve my desired look. I also used some of the stain as an eye shadow.
This honestly couldn’t be easier to make, is completely natural, and super inexpensive.
I’ve only been using this DIY Beet Cheek Stain for about a week and a half. I’m not exactly sure the shelf life, yet I added a few drops of essential oil anyway. There is no water in this product which is the ingredient that makes bacteria grow easily and always needs preservatives. I have yet to try beet root powder, but that is another option with a much longer shelf life in my opinion.
Make sure that your preparation tools are properly sanitized before making. So far I’ve had no problems with this and have greatly enjoyed it. It is almost too simple not to love.
Have you tried natural or homemade cosmetic stains before? What was your favorite?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)