DIY makeup to save the splurge!

  • 08 Sep - 14 Sep, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

If your makeup haul splurge has reached an alarmingly high count, abort mission shop-it-all and head to your kitchen. DIY skin products have been trending for a while now and everyone is up for it. But have you considered replacing your actual beauty makeup products with the natural DIY ones? Yes, give your expensive makeup products a run for the money with these amazing, fool-proof makeup ‘recipes’.

Important question; why should you do this?

Answer: To save some moolah and to avoid the toxins in commercial beauty products.
Read on!

Natural Foundation


2 tsp of argan oil or

jajoba oil

1 tsp of Shea butter

1/2 tsp. emulsifying wax

1 tablespoon aloe gel

1 tsp witch hazel

1-4 tsp non-nano zinc oxide

1/4-1/2 tsp cocoa powder

1//2-1 tsp mica powder of choice

1/2 tsp clay of choice (if using)


Melt the Shea butter, argan oil and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted. Add aloe gel and witch hazel, whisk until smooth. Turn the heat off. Slowly, start adding colors, starting with zinc and clays until desired coverage is reached. It will still be too pale at this point. Add mica powders and cocoa powder, a tiny pinch at a time until desired colour is reached. Dip the tip of a spoon into the mixture and let cool for a few seconds. Test the color and coverage on your forehead to make sure you’ve achieved the right tone for your skin. Spoon the mixture into a container and let cool.

Homemade Mascara


1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp shea butter

1 1/2 tsp beeswax

2 tsp jojoba oil

2 capsules activated charcoal

2 drops Vitamin E oil a few drops of lavenderessential oil


In a double boiler, melt the first 4 ingredients. Once melted, remove from heat and add in the charcoal and Vitamin E. Pour the mixture in a plastic bag and allow to cool enough to touch. Cut a small corner off plastic bag and use it like a cake decorator to pipe the mixture into the empty mascara tube. Apply your homemade mascara as you would your regular mascara and smile to yourself, as no more chemicals on those lashes!

Homemade Foundation Powder


1/4 cup arrowroot flour starch similar to corn starch (a thickening agent),

without GMOs.

2 tbl sp unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp bentonite clay/ kaolin clay


Mix all your ingredients in a non-metallic bowl (bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal bowl), starting with the arrowroot as your base. Add each ingredient, adding the cocoa powder slowly, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired shade. Whisk together. The amount you use of each ingredient will greatly depend on your skin complexion. Test the color by placing a small amount on your face (or arm) with your finger or a brush. It may take a little tweaking the first time to make the perfect shade for your complexion.

Store your foundation powder in a small container and use a dry sponge or brush to apply. 

Homemade Bronzer


1 Tbs. cinnamon powder

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp nutmeg powder

2 tsp arrowroot powder

15 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil

*If you prefer a loose powder, leave out the essential oils.


Adjust the levels of ingredients to your shade and mix well in a small bowl, breaking up any clumps until it’s smooth. Place the powder in a clean, empty compact and pack it in firmly. Here is the science behind it: Cinnamon provides the glow, cocoa gives depth and darkness while nutmeg gives a sun-kissed brown tint. Essential oil keeps it the concoction together and thickens it.

Cream Blush and Lip Tint


1 tsp rose mica powder

1 tsp cacao powder or cocoa powder, depending on what you have on hand

2 1/4 tsp Shea butter


Combine ingredients using a mortar and pestle or small bowl and a fork. Transfer to a 1/2 ounce tin for storage.

Warning: Always do a test patch before trying on the DIYs. Double check if you are not allergic to any ingredients used.