did you know that you can make your own makeup too and in the comfort of your own home?
In any shape, size, color and texture makeup has always been a part of our lives. It enhances our features and it has become an industry on its own. From the simplest makeup to the more intricate ones no one can deny the powers makeup can do for us.
Both cheap and expensive brands are sold in the market today. It caters to different skin types and color, one can get lost in the vast amounts of choices and materials that encompasses the whole process of doing your makeup, but did you know that you can make your own makeup too and in the comfort of your own home. Using ingredients that you can easily purchase or have in your pantry. Not only is this method cheaper you have the choice on how to do it, when to do it and what you put in it.
Most of us don’t check the label in our makeup since we are not actually familiar about it’s contents. But what is best for our skin should not be limited to what we see in the market. By making our own natural makeup we control what is put into our faces and we can use only the best quality ingredients that are all natural to give us a healthier skin.
The most commonly used ingredients in making natural makeup includes:
- Activated charcoal – charcoal that has been heated or otherwise treated to increase its adsorptive power.
- Cocoa powder– powder made of cocoa solids that is often used in baked goods or for hot chocolate.
- Nutmeg – seed of the nutmeg tree that can be ground into a powder and used as a spice. Nutmeg is wonderful for flavoring both sweet and savory dishes.
- Cinnamon – spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods.
- Hibiscus powder – comes from the crushed flower petals of the Hibiscus plant, Hibiscus sabdariffa
- Coconut oil – the fatty oil obtained from the coconut and used in candies and confections and in cosmetics.
- Beeswax – the wax secreted by bees to make honeycombs and used to make wood polishes and candles.
- Aloe vera – gelatinous substance obtained from a kind of aloe, used especially in cosmetics as an emollient and for the treatment of burns.
- Jojoba oil – the leathery-leaved evergreen shrub or small tree that produces these seeds, native chiefly to the southwestern US. It is grown to prevent desertification as well as for its seeds.
- Olive oil – an oil pressed from ripe olives, used in cooking, medicines and soap.
- Vitamin E – an antioxidant that occurs naturally in foods such as nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.
There are so many more ingredients you can use and what’s best about it is that you can easily purchase them. All ingredients as seen above are all natural and gentle to our skin. Since it is all-natural it is compatible in all skin types and are generally safe to use. Also, natural makeup does not contain any chemicals, wax or preservatives that can potentially harm our skin. By using these ingredients as a component in your homemade makeup your skin will have that extra care it deserves.
Storage of home made natural makeup is the same as store bought ones. But how you make your makeup from the start to finish dictates how long you can use it. You can preserve your products for less than a month or up to years this will all depend on the cleanliness of your workspace, the container you will be using and the ingredients you will be using. Before starting, make sure that everything you will be using are thoroughly cleaned or sanitized to avoid any possible contaminations this all matters with the containers you will be using. Containers that are dispensable are preferred. Make sure to check the labels of all your ingredients so that you will know the dates it was produced and the expiration dates.
To give us an example, here is one recipe from http://www.scratchmommy.com/smooth-finish-diy-organic-foundation-sunscreen/
Smooth Finish DIY Organic Foundation With Sunscreen
This recipe makes approximately 5oz of foundation
- 5oz Almond Oil
- 1oz Shea Butter
- .5oz Cocoa Butter
- .5oz Beeswax
- 1/8tsp Vitamin E oil
- .5oz Zinc Oxide
- Cocao Powder
- Cinnamon powder
- Kitchen scale
- Container for finished product
- Using your scale and the tare function, measure and combine the first five ingredients into the glass bowl into your double-boiler.
- DO NOT add the zinc oxide, cocoa powder, or cinnamon!
- Completely melt the first five ingredients, stirring occasionally with your whisk.
- Remove from heat and allow time to cool a bit (a few minutes…and wipe excess moisture off the outside of your bowl, too).
- Place your bowl back on the scale, hit tare, and add in spoonfuls of zinc oxide until you get to .5oz. This gives you approximately a 20 SPF coverage (as it’s approximately 10% of the total weight…read more about sunscreen here). Whisk to completely combine.
- Add 1/8tsp cinnamon; whisk to combine.
- Add cocoa powder a little at a time and whisk to get to the color you need…
- 1/2Tbsp cocoa powder is a light foundation
- 1/2Tbsp plus 1tsp is a medium foundation
- 1/2Tbsp plus 2tsp is a medium-dark foundation
- Simply start with 1/2Tbsp of cocoa powder, whisk to combine, check on your wrist for a color match, and add more cocoa powder (1/2tsp at a time) until you reach your perfect color
- Pour into your selected container and allow to cool.
Reference: http://thecoconutmama.com/homemade-natural-makeup-recipes/ http://www.thenewecologist.com/2010/05/top-7-advantages-of-using-natural-cosmetics/ http://www.makingcosmetics.com/FAQ-Making-Cosmetics_ep_52.html