Are you trying to avoid chemicals in cosmetics, but don’t want to break the bank with expensive natural cosmetics? Check out this list of 11 pantry items you can use as makeup.
In my ongoing journey to cut out as many chemicals as I can from my family’s life, I don’t want to leave out any area of our life. From cleaners we use to what food items ends up in our pantry and everything in between, I am always looking for ways to swap out harmful chemicals and additives for more natural products.
One thing that most women use every day that is loaded with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, sulfates, parabens, petroleum and more is makeup. Often I go barefaced, but sometimes I like to add a little polish or color for special occasions.
My solution to this conundrum is to make my own makeup at home. This way I know exactly what is in it (and it saves money too).
Here are 11 of my favorite items that I like to keep on hand in the pantry for making my own makeup at home.
As long as you don’t have a sensitivity to corn, cornstarch is the perfect base for just about every cosmetic. It can be used to make powder foundation, blush, bronzer and eye shadow.
Of course, it is also a good basic ingredient for soothing irritated skin all over. Be sure to find a good quality organic non-GMO corn starch.
2. Cocoa Powder
Cocoa powder is ideal for making eye shadow as it is, or adding to cornstarch and adjusting the amount until you get your ideal bronzer shade. You might add some to your foundation or powder recipe for darker skin tones.
You can also use it in lip glosses and lip stains. It makes you smell heavenly too!
It can be used to get the proper shade for your skin in bronzers or use it as a pretty eyeshadow.
4. Matcha Green Tea Powder
I was digging in my pantry one day trying to come up with some ideas for DIY cosmetics and ran across a tin of matcha green tea powder.
I decided to smear some across my eyelids and, what do you know, it made a lovely subtle green shade. You can also use it as a natural dye for body scrubs, soaks and other items.
5. Coconut Oil
6. Granulated Sugar
While this can’t be used for makeup exactly, it can be used for scrubs to exfoliate your body and face. This leaves your skin soft, moisturized and dewy, eliminating the need for most makeup. Exfoliation is an important part of your pre-makeup routine!
Berries can be crushed and the juice applied as lip stain or blush directly (check for irritation or allergy in a small spot first or you can mix with coconut oil and vitamin e for a pot of lip stain on the go.
This is another spice like cinnamon that can be used for eye shadow or mixed into blush or bronzer to add a more brown shade to your mixture.
Turmeric can be added to your moisturizer for a bit of glow or used as eye shadow for a golden shade that is perfect for a night out on the town.
11. Spirulina Powder
What pantry items do you like to use as makeup?
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