Foster your own DIY makeup powered by our earth

Plant-based ingredients for your natural & zero waste makeup 

Have you ever attempted to create your own DIY makeup? Mother Nature provides us with the most beautiful ingredients to align our skin routine with healthier elements, the ones powered by plants. Here are some awesome recipes for DIY mascara, lipstick, powder, eyebrow gel and blush.

For a good reason, many people have become interested in creating their own DIY makeup. There is no secret that greenwashing is ahead of the laundryman to the beauty industry’s dirty goods, and the deception seems to come incredibly ‘natural.’ 

First and foremost, the biggest flaw in the trade itself is that there really is no definition a company has to follow in terms of what truly is botanical. One prime example is how they can play hooky by using a ‘claims ingredient.’ This impurity allows the brand to technically use or create a standard formula, and just add a few drops of flora for it to be the poster child of the product. It most likely won’t curate any benefits the way a pure extract would without other harsh chemicals and even conscious production.

I find that the best alternative to avoid such taciturn gambits is to create my own goods like makeup. I mean, who doesn’t love being in control of where you are sourcing your ingredients and how much of it works with your body’s flow? Plus, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming as this treatise will prove that intense background checks on companies are probably less enjoyable.

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DIY Powder

When it comes to many facets of life, creating a base is always a good idea. 

To start, all you need is 1 tsp of arrowroot powder for darker skin or 1 tbsp for lighter skin. You can then mix in small amounts of cocoa powder or nutmeg to achieve the desired shade. If you’re looking for a more compact texture, add at least 5 drops of jojoba, olive, or almond oil. 

As a side note, a lot of recipes have cinnamon as an alternative. However, it can actually be quite irritating to one’s skin. Nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce redness, pigmentation, and help stubborn scars become lighter. The benefits of nutmeg are quite similar to cocoa powder as well.

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Photo credit: Our Oily House

DIY Blush

Now, let’s add a little pop of color to your face. 

Depending on your tone, you can either gradually use ½ tsp of beetroot for a lighter pink or ½ tsp of hibiscus powder for purple undertones to 2 ounces of rose clay powder. The only thing left to do is to of course place it in a container with a closed lid and shake!

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Photo credit: Pronounce Skincare

DIY Lipstick

There are two efficient ways to create a juicy lip. This depends on how much free space you have in your day.

If you’re in a complete rush, you can simply add a little bit of cocoa butter and a few mashed blackberries to your finger. But if you have some extra time, pull out 1 tsp of candelilla or carnauba wax, 2 tsp of cocoa butter, and 1 tsp of sweet almond oil in a pot on low heat. 

After it’s harmoniously blended together, add ¼ teaspoon of alkanet root or beetroot powder for a pink / red hue and or  ¼ teaspoon of cocoa powder for a brown/nude hue. You can add an optional pinch of turmeric to help get the shade you would like.

When it’s cooled, place 5 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil in with the mix before setting it in the tubes or pots.

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Photo credit: A Life Adjacent

DIY Mascara 

One of my favourite parts about this DIY is how it can be a great time to reduce and reuse by employing an older mascara bottle and wand if you have one handy. 

But first, mix ¼ tsp of black mineral powder, ¼ tsp of bentonite clay, ⅛ tsp of coconut oil, ¼ tsp of 100% pure aloe vera gel, and 5 drops of lavender, cedarwood, or rosemary essential oil in a small bowl until it’s completely smooth. 

I would suggest using a medicine dropper to stream it into your tube instead of right from the bowl to ensure an easy clean up after.

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Photo credit: Les Trappeuses


DIY Eyebrow Gel

We all know a good brow can change a face completely, and this filler trick will change your routine completely too. 

Before you begin, decide if you would like to create a clear gel or with colour. The primary base consists of 1 tsp of 100% pure aloe vera gel and ¼ or ⅛ (depending on the consistency you like) of vitamin E oil. You can totally leave it at just that, or slowly add 1 tsp of cocoa powder and  ⅛ tsp of activated charcoal to reach the tint you’re looking to achieve. 

Eyebrows are one of the most prominent features on our face, and shaping them can transform the entire look of our face. But with so many shapes and styles to choose from, finding the perfect eyebrow shape can be difficult. Whether you want arched brows or straight ones, thicker or thinner, this brow tint kit will help you choose the right eyebrow shape that flatters your face shape and adds depth and dimension to your eyes. 

So say goodbye to over-tweezed or mismatched eyebrows, get ready to rock a perfectly-shaped pair, and check out this article for choosing the right eyebrow shape. 

And if you don’t have time to make your own, you can always go with an at-home eyebrow tint, like this Instant Eyebrow Tint from Godefroy. This tint is vegan, curated with plant-based ingredients, and 100% cruelty-free; perfect for sensitive skin.

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Photo credit: Will Frolic For Food

Remember to store it in a sealed container in the fridge when it’s complete.

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I hope through this experience you truly feel closer to mother earth. It’s wild to think that we actually share 99% of the same DNA as plants. I guess we really are… one

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