Non Toxic DIY Makeup Recipes That Actually Work!

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Ever wonder how they make this stuff? Ever wonder what’s in makeup that may be harmful for your skin? Perhaps even just plain curiosity on how or why someone even came up with this stuff? You wear it on your skin all day, every day so don’t you want to know what’s going into these products. Natural skin care and makeup is on the rise so maybe it’s time you venture out and try to make your own makeup right at home. Replacing just one product is better than not making any changes at all.

Natural Foundation

Some women have tried cocoa powder (yummy!) as a natural bronzer but others have ventured beyond the known and tried out various ingredients to see what works best.

Start with a base of arrowroot powder and zinc oxide. Cornstarch also works but zinc oxide works better. Slowly add in some cocoa powder and finely ground cinnamon powder until you get a shade close to your skin tone. This can take some experimenting so start with small amounts and record ratios so that you can duplicate in larger quantities once you find the perfect shade. This can be stored in a jar or an old powder container and use your typical makeup application brushes to apply. Adding some gold mica powder gives this mixture an even smoother texture and makes skin radiant.

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  • 2 Tablespoons zinc oxide – non nano and uncoated(arrowroot can be used instead but you won’t get as much coverage);
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional);
  • 1 teaspoon gold mica dust
  • ½ – 1 tsp natural clay powder (optional) like White cosmetic clay, Fuller’s earth clay, and French green clay;
  • Up to 1 teaspoon finely ground cocoa powder or bronze mica powder (or both) to get desired color;
  • 1 teaspoon translucent mica powder to help control oily skin – optional.


  • Mix all ingredients to get desired color and coverage.
  • Zinc oxide will give coverage and matte finish.
  • Colored mica powders, natural clays, and cocoa powder will give color. Start slowly and add as needed. Test on inner arms until you find your shade.
  • Store in small glass jar with a lid.

Natural Macara

This one is pretty simple and straight forward. Obviously you’ll need to invest in some ingredients at the beginning which can cost you some money but you won’t have to spend very much beyond that on cosmetics for a while! When you decide to go natural there are investments because you are making things yourself, rather than purchasing pre-bought mixtures. The benefits far outweigh the negatives and once you start crafting your own makeup you’ll feel better for it!

In a small bowl mix a few drops of Aloe Vera Gel, a couple drops of Vitamin E oil, and a pinch of activated charcoal. This mix will have to be mastered by you once you see the consistency and coverage. There will be extra so simply mix it up as you use it or store in a small glass jar with a cleaned mascara wand (after every use). There are more complex recipes out there but this one is by far the simplest and most cost effective option.

Great Skin Care Products

While testing your makeup concoctions with trial and error, you’ll surely need to do some major skin care cleanup before going out or going to bed. We love these skin care products to help keep your skin healthy, refreshed, and conditioned.

Studio35 Beauty Witch Hazel Toner/Cleanser available in store at Walgreens

Equate Beauty Wipe Away The Day Cleansing Balm for $5.44 on

Equate Beauty AM Refreshing Facial Cleanser on for only $3.47!

We hope you enjoy this process and look forward to trying out your home made cosmetics! For more beauty tips & tricks visit The Savvy Beauty.