Homemade Natural Makeup

Beauty isn’t only skin deep. It comes from the inside and out! It’s worth investigating most beauty products considering the abysmal lack of regulations in the US concerning ingredients. I use ewg.org/skindeep to find information on specific chemicals used. For those of us who have sensitive skin, are on a tight budget, or both, sometimes we’re limited in our options. Below are some easy recipes for making your own beauty products. Remember, they have a more limited shelf-life than their counterparts that often use harsh preservatives.

Natural Foundation

2 TBSP zinc oxide (can sub arrowroot, but it does have less coverage)

1 TBSP arrowroot powder (optional)

For oily skin: 1 tsp of translucent mica powder 

For color shade: add the below slowly and test on the inner arm to find your shade.

1 tsp gold mica dust

½ - 1 tsp natural clay powder (white, green, or grey, depending on your preferences)

Up to 1 tsp finely ground cocoa powder (for the desired color)

Directions: mix all ingredients together. Store in a small glass jar with a lid. 

Natural Bronzer/Blush

Use the natural foundation base to start. Add more cocoa powder and cinnamon to get a darker shade or ginger for a lighter one. For blush, you can add dried beetroot powder, dried hibiscus, madder root, or pink mica powder to get the shade you’re looking for. 

Natural Eye Liner

½ oz of coconut oil

½ oz of shea butter

½ tsp of activated charcoal (for black) or cocoa powder (for brown)

Mix all of the above ingredients and store them in an old eye shadow container or similar. Apply with a slightly damp brush. 

Natural Eye Shadow


¼ tsp arrowroot powder

½ tsp bentonite clay (optional)


Rose - ½ tsp rose clay

Green - ¾ tsp spirulina powder

Cocoa - ½ tsp cocoa powder
Gold - ¾ tsp turmeric powder

Shimmer: 1 pinch of mica powder

Directions: mix all ingredients, place in an empty eyeshadow tray, and store in a cool, dry place. 

Natural Mascara

¼ tsp black mineral powder (you can use activated charcoal, it just won’t be as full or thick) or cocoa powder for brown 

¼ tsp bentonite clay
⅛ tsp vegetable glycerin

¼ Aloe vera gel

Directions: mix all ingredients in a small bowl until completely smooth. Add more aloe vera gel if needed to get a smooth consistency. Scoop into a medicine jar. Use a mascara brush to dip and apply as normal. Remove with a washcloth, warm water, or olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover. 

Comments (1)

  • Victoria on Mar 12, 2024

    I enjoy the natural makeup recipes . I hope you have more in the future. Thanks

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