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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

DIY: Make Your Own Make-Up!

This is the post that I have been anticipating for a while. I probably over did it. My husband and I like to call it, The Chipotle Effect. Basically when you or someone else talks something up so much and then you finally see/try/taste it and you're kind of like, "Eh." while shrugging your shoulders. Or if you enjoy it, but it's not nearly as awesome as everyone has said. Well, I did that to myself I think.

But don't let that deter you right away! I'm going to do more research and see what I can add/take away to make this even better. It's too awesome to not work!

All you need is:

  • French Green Clay (I bought mine at Whole Foods)
  • Corn Starch
  • Cocoa Powder (optional for color)


And all you do is mix the three together! The original tutorial says to do 1 part clay to 1 part corn starch. Basically, if you use 1 Tablespoon of clay, use 1 Tablespoon of corn starch as well. The cocoa powder is optional but I wouldn't recommend using an equal 1 part as well. Add it in slowly to ensure you get the color you want.

Here's how it went for me.


I started small, with a 1/2 tsp of corn starch.


Then a 1/2 tsp of French green clay.


Then about 1/16 tsp of cocoa powder. 


 And this is what it looked like. A bit too green for me.


So I added more cocoa powder. 


Better. 


And more...


Then more corn starch to lighten it. 


Even better, but not quite. 


More of each! 


This was my final color. It's not what I was expecting but it doesn't look like that color on your face. It blends into your skin very well.


As you can see, I didn't make all that much. This old spice jar works perfectly, especially if I make more! 

Tips and hints:
  • This is more of a translucent powder than a powder foundation. 
  • French green clay is used widely for facial masks and is completely natural. It's full of important minerals for our bodies and skin. 
  • Corn starch acts as an oil absorber but it won't dry out your skin.
  • Some with sensitive skin may have reactions so be cautious if you have sensitive skin. I had no issues.
  • If you want, buy all organic ingredients. I just used what I had on hand. Even all organic you can buy the ingredients for less than $10. How many make up brands are THAT cheap??
  • Because it's a powder, you'll need to apply a moisturizer first in order for the powder to stick to your skin. I recommend using Alba Organics SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer. It's light, organic and I love it! (Not paid, just love the stuff.) 
  • One awesome benefit of this is you can simply add more cocoa powder for the summer months when you're more tan then make a lighter batch for winter! So awesome! 
  • It's gluten-free!! I know this is extremely important for many people. Before this, I didn't have any clue that make up could have gluten in it!
  • Even if it doesn't turn out right, you didn't waste hardly anything but time! French green clay is great for face masks so mix your leftovers with some water for a mini spa night. Treat yo'self! 


Conclusion: 

I haven't made one yet. I really didn't see a major difference with the make up. It also seemed to wipe off way too easily. I'm not giving up yet, though because I really want this to work. How cool would it be to make all of your own make up for pennies?? I'm glad I didn't buy the 1lb jar of green clay to start with, though! I'm going to do more research and see what I can find to improve upon this. I don't want to give it up yet! 

What's your favorite kind of make up? Do you go au-natural whenever possible? What's your best make up trick? If you've used this recipe before, any tips or tricks for me? 

Till next time,
Catherine

2 comments:

  1. Awesome! I've been itching to use clays and also to make my own makeup. This is a really cool recipe that I could see being especially great for eyeshadow, especially with a little micah powder mixed up. Cool stuff, lady! :)

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    1. Thanks! Let me know if you hear of any other good tips or tricks!

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