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Homemade Make-up: Foundation/ Bronzer/ Blush/ Eye Shadow

I've found that making my own makeup has not only saved me money, but also helped my skin. I like using a cleaned out or new spice container for my loose powders. You just simply shake once, open the lid and take your powder from the lid.

For Loose Powder-

Mix together then store in a spice jar, make-up container, or an old compact. 

Pressed Powder-

If you want to make it a more solid base so that only a little sticks to the brush, use a few drops of essential oil or rubbing alcohol to mix with the powder and push down in a compact. This will make it hard like a regular compact.

Creamy/ Liquid-

If you want a more creamy product, add some homemade or scent free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil. (I prefer coconut oil, I whip it with my little handheld mixer before adding. It makes for a much easier application). Store in jar with lid or pump.

You can also add this combination to some homemade or scent free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil to make a liquid foundation. (Use your personal preference on how thin you want your liquid foundation)

**KEEP THIS IN MIND- Cinnamon adds glow, cocoa adds depth and darkness, and nutmeg adds a sun-kissed brown. Cornstarch spreads it all out and lightens it.


~ This recipe is similar to a mineral make-up, though lighter, and smoother…
Start with a base of cornstarch (2tsp), then slowly add in cocoa powder (1Tbs),nutmeg (1tsp), and finely ground cinnamon powder (1tsp) until you get a shade close to your skin tone. You can then store in a jar or old powder container and use a brush to apply. It will most likely take a few tries of mixing to get the color correct for your skin tone.

You can also add this combination to some homemade or scent free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil to make a liquid foundation. (use your personal preference on how thin you want your liquid foundation)


 Similar to above, natural bronzer and blush can be easily made with a base of cornstarch and by adding more cocoa powder, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg to get a darker shade.

You can also try powdering dried beet root or dried flowers (hibiscus, rose, etc.) to add a pink tone which works well as long as you can very finely powder them.

**If you are one for a more creamy, or pressed, or liquid bronzer/blush, see above.

Eye Shadow

My personal favorite eye shadows are neutral, pressed powder. Using cocoa powder (brown shades), and cornstarch(light shades), BUT if you like all the colors of the rainbow- you can use dried food coloring in addition to your base (cornstarch).   My favorite is just cocoa powder with a tiny bit of Cornstarch mixed in for smoothness.

**If you are one for a more creamy eye shadow, see above.


  1. Hey Michelle! I just absoulutely ADORE your blog! It's amazing! I'm a huge fan of DIY... Especially when it comes to makeup. ^_^

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  4. Hi there, im having problems making the liquid foundation. I used a blend of benotite clay, cocoa and beet powder instead of corn starch but when I add jojobar the colour of the liquid consistency changes sdramatically and becomes a green tone colour. Is it the wrong oil I am using?

    1. Sooo SORRY! I just saw this! I haven't been on in a while, Unfortunately.

      When using Jojobar oil, keep in mind it has more of a yellowish tint, depending on your skin tone it may work for you. Beet powder is more Red, and the clay, while some may look more whitish, they turn more green when you use them.

  5. How much lotion should we use? I'm afraid I'm using too much because I barely get any coverage

    1. IN all Honesty- Honey, I just use trial and error. Make sure to just add a little at a time.

  6. Any ideas on how to turn a liquid foundation into a pressed powder?

    1. Liquid into Pressed? Yikes... Have you just poured it out? Into a compact to let it dry?

  7. I would suggest mixing it with some cornstarch. If it gets too light, you can always add a little cinnamon or Cocoa powder to darken it up. =)

  8. Hello! I was wondering if using these ingredients as make up means that you end up smelling like a lot of spices? :)

    1. Lol- But who doesn't like the smell of cinnamon or nutmeg?

  9. I made the powder but it doesn't seem to be staying on my face. I apply it and just gets EVERYWHERE except my face. I tried making it to a liquid/cream by mixing it with a gace cream (which is pretty watery when applied) but the cinnamon didn't take well with it. It came out grainy. What am I doing wrong here? I would really rather have the powder but I.I'm not sure if I'm even applying it correctly if it's getting all over the place. I tap the brush before putting it on so it's not that there's too much on the brush. Any ideas on how to help?

    1. What kind of brush are you using? When it comes to loose powder I always use a Stile Brush.

  10. Hi! Is the DIY eyeshadow only contains cocoa powder and cornstarch?

  11. How exactly do you make cocoa powder into a pressed form? I've tried but all that ends up when it is dry is a chocolate-looking pressed form that doesn't at all look like the original powder. I ended up putting a lot of rubbing alcohol in because it became really clumpy. Could this be the reason?


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