In Cosmetics Expire!! I explain the importance of cleaning out your cosmetic bag of old makeup and how long to keep each type of makeup to maintain healthy beautiful skin. I also have been on the search for years of quality natural cosmetics that give beautiful results without all the toxic chemicals. I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorite natural makeup products as well as my latest DIY formulas for liquid foundation and powder.
My favorite makeup look no matter what the cosmetic trend or the season will always be 60’s French style eyeliner. I’ve been in love with this look since my days of reading Seventeen Magazine in middle school. I always feel polished and put together with this simple yet practiced liner look. You can draw the eyeliner as thick or thin as you like and pretty much add mascara and go, yet I usually do add a bit of foundation and gloss along with it. Wear a nude lip color or gloss during the day, and spice it up at night with a bright and bold lip color if you choose.
So what’s in my makeup bag?
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Raven
This felt tip liquid liner always does the trick for a bold liner look. I was extremely pleased to have discovered this liner a few years ago at Whole Foods. It has great staying power. I don’t ever use it on the lower lash line as it isn’t waterproof and my eyes tend to water at times.
Zuzu Luxe Mascara in Black
This is a wonderful basic mascara without all the chemical ingredients. I no longer fall back on Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara with guilt, now that I have found Zuzu Luxe Mascara.
Alba Botanica Coconut Cream Clear Lip Gloss
I love love love this lip gloss! With 70% certified organic ingredients and the yummy coconut cream smell I am constantly using this one up and replacing it.
DIY Cream Foundation
I am still mastering my foundation formula. It seems to get better every time.
Here is my recipe thus far:
1.5-2.5 tbsp of Badger’s Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30
1 tsp sienna iron oxides
1 tsp yellow iron oxides
1/4 tsp brown iron oxides
1/4-1/2 tsp paradise tropic bronze mica
1 tsp rice powder
I notice that when I mix in more sunscreen (zinc oxide based) the color becomes more of a tan than the warm medium brown that I need. To create a beautiful foundation color for my mother I doubled the amount of brown iron oxide. This formula creates a seriously pigmented cream makeup which is why my next item is also in my makeup makeup bag. To read more on my formulation process go here.
This lotion is the perfect natural cosmetic luminizer. I don’t remember when luminizers came on to the cosmetic scene, but they certainly changed everything. Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion works wonders to create a beautiful luminous skin alone or under powder without looking like you covered your face in gold or pearl liquid. I recently began mixing a bit with my DIY Cream Foundation to create a lighter coverage foundation application and a more dewy look.
*This product does contain fragrance and therefore is no longer a product that I purchase. Do what you feel comfortable with when choosing cosmetics.
DIY Loose Powder
I feel in love with rice powder during all of my trial and error makeup creations. Rice powder is so soft and doesn’t look powdery on the skin. I mixed a pinch of sienna and yellow iron oxides with tablespoon of rice powder just to give it a sheer tint. You can add a bronze mica as well yet only a tiny bit. Check out the DIY Translucent Face Power too.
Mehru Herbal Lip Dye in Raisin Glaze
I enjoy products that last and last and this herbal lip dye is one of them. I also put a tiny bit on my cheeks for that flushed stain that has become so popular. Mehru Herbal Lip Dye comes in so many colors so there is plenty to choose from. I usually wear a sheer layer of Mehru Herbal Lip Dye over lip balm. You can also layer it for more of an intense color as well yet take time to apply it and exfoliate lips prior for perfection.
This was one of the most popular lip balms when I was in cosmetic retail. It was part of a holiday gift I received this year and I am happy to revisit this soothing lip product. It is unbelievably amazing!
*All of the cosmetic ingredients, except the sunscreen, for my DIY cosmetics were purchased at Coastal Scents.
Check out my updated makeup bag in My Beauty Regimen! What’s in your makeup bag?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)