Creating your own makeup isn’t as difficult as it sounds. There are simple and natural ingredients that you can use to make your own cosmetics. I recently purchased a matte mineral foundation from Bare Escentuals to use for my latest photo shoot. The overall finish was beautiful, yet I still had to adjust the color with iron oxides to match my complexion.
Going back to using my own DIY Cream Foundation with a simple DIY Transluscent Face Powder actually had better results than the store bought mineral makeup. The color was a perfect match still providing the flawless matte finish I love. My own DIY makeup is formulated specifically for my skin tone and blends seamlessly. You can read about my process of creating mineral makeup in Creating Mineral Makeup–Liquid or Powder, and see my exact foundation recipe in Minimalist Beauty’s Makeup Bag. Now back to making your own translucent face powder!
Raw Cacao (natural tint)
Carob Powder (natural tint)
Turmeric Root Powder (natural tint)
Last year I was using rice powder for translucent powder which is a great natural powder alternative. This year I’ve been enjoying the amazing results of arrowroot powder. Arrowroot powder is traditionally used for it’s thickening properties in cooking clear sauces, jellies, and also as a flour substitude in some recipes. For cosmetics it can also be used as a safe talc free alternative to baby powder.
There are a many ingredients that you can add to arrowroot powder to create a customized finishing powder specifically for your skin. Using arrowroot powder by itself may not be the very best option unless you have a very fair complexion. Both kaolin clay and rhassoul clay work very well for absorbing oil and keeping a matte finish. Adding a clay to your powder is especially important for combination and oily skin types. You could even use a bit of raw cacao powder, carob powder, or turmeric to give your DIY Transluscent Face Powder an all natural tint. Use turmeric very very sparingly as it can stain the skin and can dominate the overall color results.
For extremely fair complexions you can use the arrowroot powder as is adding a bit of clay if needed. If you have a light complexion with redness that you’d like to color correct, try adding a tiny bit of yellow iron oxide or turmeric powder. For tan to medium complexions try using sienna iron oxide or a tiny bit of raw cacao/carob powder and tiny bit of turmeric powder. For darker complexions mix a bit of sienna and/or brown iron oxides or more raw cacao/carob powder and even turmeric if you have yellow undertones. You can even add a bit of mica for glowing skin.
FYI… Talc is in many cosmetic formulations, and may cause irritation for sensitive or acne prone skin which is why simple natural alternatives are definitely better. The health concern with talc is that it may contain abestiform fibers/asbestos which is extremely toxic. Read about talc on the Cosmetic Database here and abestiform fibers here.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)