Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Powder Make-up

Okay, so It is shameful how little I've updated this blog! My old one I could get something up on at least once a week and that was in the middle of semesters! Oh well, I blame finals, vaccinations and a very bad cold, not to mention the general wanderlusting that goes along with summer and, wallah, you get two blog posts and a products page.

Well, that stops here ladies and gentlemen! My goal now is a reasonable post every week!

So to start that off right I want to do a tutorial about a favorite new hobby: homemade make-up. I have finally found a cost effective, skin pleasing and workable way to make powdered make-up. This recipe cuts out harmful chemical substances like Talc and synthetic preservatives found in most store bought altunatives but doesn't make you have to compromise things like your money or your beauty. 

 And it's super easy! Let's get started.

Step 1. Gather all your ingredients. You'll need the following:
 1)Arrowroot Powder
2) Coco powder (unsweetened)
3) Cinniamin
4) A container with a lid to keep out mostiure
5) Something to stir with. A spoon worked the best for me.

Step 2) Mix!! Decide how much make-up want to make.  Pour that much Arrowroot powder into your container. Then start adding small amounts of the coco powder and cinnamon until the pigment is close to your skin type. Use minimal amount of the cinnamon as it can irritate skin in large quantities, but you would need to be using upwards of a heaping tablespoon for that to happen. Mixing can take awhile since the powders don't seem to want to interact. Just keep smooshing them together with the flat of your spoon.

And that's it! It's that simple. Since Arrowroot, Coco Powder and Cinnamon are pretty cheap this is a very frugal option.

But wait! There's more!

Since I've been terrible about updating I'm going to expand on this tutorial and show you how to make the above powder into.....PRESSED POWDER. I know, it's exciting.

If you're like me when it comes to beauty regimes, than you probably end up throwing on powder while talking on the phone, while driving and eating. I don't even want to know how many dollars worth of loose powder my car seat has absorbed. So pressed powder and I are good friends. And again, this is easy!!

Step 1. Gather all your ingredients.
1) Two heaping spoonfuls of your powder
2) A mixing container
3) An old empty compact
4) Veggie Glycerin (Found in the first aid section of most stores. It's great for your skin!!)
5) Water
6) Optional: A few drops of Jojoba oil (Also great for skin! It's actually a liquid wax that will dry and help hold to powder together but if you don't have it, that's fine.)

Step 2. Mix!  Add about a 1/8th of a teaspoon glycerin into the mixture and a few drops Jojoba oil. Then add water, about  1/2 a teaspoon at a time, until you get a glue consistency.

Step 3. Pour into your empty compact. Leave to compact open, and on a level surface, for several days until the powder drys. This can take a few weeks based on the climate in which you live. It will look dark but with brush on dry and smooth!! (See black compact in top photo)

And that's it! Both are super easy.  Leave a comment and let me know who it works for you!

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