Save Money with DIY Makeup

DIY MakeupLearning how to make your own makeup not only saves money, it saves your skin from the nasty chemicals so many cosmetics feature. There are numerous organic options available these days; however, learning to make your own foundation, lip gloss and eyeliner is pretty darn nifty. It’s also handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse that includes the total destruction of your makeup case.

Review the following recipes to get started:


If you’re a fan of mineral makeup, you’ll love this foundation recipe!


  • 2 tablespoon zinc oxide or arrowroot (zinc provides more coverage)
  • 1 teaspoon gold mica dust (for smoother, more radiant skin)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon natural clay powder
  • Up to 1 teaspoon finely ground cocoa powder OR bronze mica powder (or both) to achieve desired hue
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of translucent mica powder for really oily skin


Mix ingredients until you achieve the right color, and keep the stuff stored in a clean, small glass jar with a lid.

Blush and Lip Gloss

Use beets to create blush as well as lip gloss!


  • 1 teaspoon organic almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic beet root powder
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pure lanolin or shea butter


Add about 1 cup of water to a small saucepan and place a glass measuring cup inside the pan. Turn your stove on low heat. Place the shea butter or lanolin and almond oil inside the measuring cup. Stir until melted, then add the beet root powder. Stir until completely mixed. Strain the mixture if desired through muslin or other applicable fabric to remove any chunks, then place the lip gloss/blush in a small glass jar with a lid.


Want to make non-toxic eyeliner and help your peepers out? Try this recipe.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black eyeliner) or ½ teaspoon cocoa powder (for brown eyeliner)


Mix the ingredients thoroughly to create smokey eyeliner. As with the above options, store the mixture in a clean, airtight container. Be sure to use a clean brush when applying to avoid contamination.

Feel free to share DIY makeup tips in the comments section!

About the Author:


Kent Page McGroarty is a freelance lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in AZ Central Healthy Living, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, SF Gate Home and Garden, LIVESTRONG,, I Do Take, and many other online publications. Twitter: @KentsStuff.


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