While there’s an abundance of makeup products out on store shelves, many of them carry unnatural chemicals, dyes, and other ingredients. These products may apply beautifully, but the short-term pleasure isn’t entirely worth the long-term skin damage. Thankfully, you don’t have to go the store-bought makeup route—look in your pantry, and you’ll find ingredients to make your own organic skincare and natural makeup products. If you care about what’s going on your face, take a look the top pantry ingredients you can use to create your own cosmetic concoctions below:
Like many of the ingredients in this article, arrowroot powder is primarily for food. However, this powder is the key to mattifying oily skin. Arrowroot powder acts as a more sensitive alternative to talc powder, an ingredient common in baby powder, but a catalyst for skin breakouts. Arrowroot powder is perfect as a primer or finish.
Did you know? The main ingredient for a delicious chocolate cake is so versatile that you can use it in creating makeup products, specifically to add color. As another plus, cocoa powder works wonders on the skin. According to dermatologists, it’s packed with antioxidants that work to repair skin cells, prevent sun damage, fight acne, slow down aging, and more.
We all already know that aloe vera delivers a multitude of health and beauty benefits, so why not incorporate it when creating your makeup? On top of aloe vera’s several other magic tricks, this gel ultimately rids of dirt and toxins. It’s a holy grail for all things skin.
Many people are hesitant to apply oils anywhere near their face, but some oils are perfectly safe for the skin and won’t clog pores. In fact, they eliminate dirt while simultaneously moisturizing the surface. However, it’s important to remember that everyone’s skin reacts differently. Remember to patch test your skin with oils, and be cautious and prepared for any possible effects. Additionally, do your research on which specific oils are best; for instance, you don’t want to apply vegetable or canola oil on your skin!
Now that you know more about each of these natural makeup ingredients, check out the combinations you need to make your favorite products from scratch:
- Natural Foundation: Arrowroot powder, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, and Jojoba, olive, or almond oil
- Natural Mascara: Coconut oil, aloe vera, bees wax, and activated charcoal
- Natural Eyeliner: Coconut oil, aloe vera, activated charcoal or cocoa powder (depending on desired color)
- Natural Eyeshadow: Arrowroot powder, shea butter, and for color: cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried beet powder, turmeric, and allspice
- Natural Blush: Arrowroot powder, hibiscus powder, cinnamon
- Natural Lipstick: Bees wax, shea butter, coconut oil
- Natural Makeup Remover: Coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
Creating your own makeup isn’t necessarily easy, but in the end it’ll be worth it. It will take some time to achieve the right colors, textures, and formulas. It’s a matter of trial and error, and treating the entire experience as a fun, experimental art and science rather than a chore. Make sure to do more research online before starting; browse all of the do-it-yourself articles for expertise.
All in all, it’s the perfect time to change-up your beauty routine and give natural, homemade makeup a chance. Your wallet and skin will definitely thank you!
Author Bio: I’m Joanna, a travel enthusiast that’s always been obsessed with beauty. I grew up playing with eyeshadows and lipsticks, and now that I’m an adult, I spend my time exploring the world. I bring my makeup bag with me everywhere I go—from Puerto Rico to Japan. In addition to exploring the food and sights of new places, I love learning about their ways of beauty, too.