Ideas for making natural make-up?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Ladies, do you have any ideas for making your own natural BB (beauty balm)? Commercially sold beauty balm is a combo of moisturizer, tinted foundation, and sunscreen, in one step. I currently use a face-wash, grapeseed oil for moisture, then apply mineral powder foundation. Do you think think I could make my own mix? What should I store it in?



on July 20, 2012
at 10:29 PM

I make my own natural lotion and lip balm. Not sure of the consistency of the BB but you could thicken it with beeswax and buy some zinc oxide (Not nano or micronized) powder to add to the mineral powder for extra SPF. I just bought a pound of zinc oxide powder for less than $10 and it should last a few years. There are recipes for homemade lotions that you could add your minerals to, as well.



on July 20, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Thanks, maybe I'll try to make small batches :)



on July 20, 2012
at 09:14 PM

You could mix the grape seed oil with the minerals, or mix the minerals with coconut oil for an SPF of 4 from the oil plus whatever the minerals offer. An emulsified lotion made with those would result in less streaking from uneven powder distribution. Personally I would keep them separate because the powdered minerals will stay clean for much longer dry, mixing anything into a lotion will invite the growth of bacteria and result in shorter shelf life. If you do want to make your own lotion, the commercial preparations have a lot of preservatives, some of which can be ordered for home use.

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on July 21, 2012
at 12:20 AM

If you'd like to try making your own natural cosmetics, it's easy to do. Materials can be bought at TKB Trading (http://www.tkbtrading.com/), Coastal Scents, Brambleberry; and there are wonderful books that teach you how such as Recipes for Color Cosmetics, or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products. Great state of the art skin art ingredients can be bought at Skinactives.com as well.



on July 21, 2012
at 04:33 AM

Here's a company in the UK (I know the owners) that specializes in ingredients, etc for home-made organic cosmetics:




on July 21, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I would use coconut oil/100% cocoa butter on your skin, either soap, honey or just plain water to wash your face, and buy mineral pigments from online like others have suggested and try using that as your foundation/or just keep the foundation you have now. If you wear other makeup such as blush, cut open a beet, rub your finger on the flesh so you get the juice and blend on your cheeks(I've used this method and it looks like natural blushing of the skin). You can also use the beet for your lips as a lipstain, and then go over that with homemade lip balm made with oils and beeswax or 100% cocoa butter. Honestly I dont see a reason to blend it and make a mixture. I use oil on face first then apply my mineral foundation. I think that mixing would waste alot of mineral foundation and you'd end up with a muddy/cakey face.

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