Do you avoid chemicals, but want to avoid paying for expensive natural cosmetics? Check out this list of kitchen pantry items you can use as non-toxic makeup.
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 my costmetics (and it saves money too).
Here are 11 of my favorite items that I like to keep on hand in the pantry for creating 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 chocolate lip gloss 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 face scrubs to exfoliate your skin to make applying cosmetics easier. Exfoliation is an important part of your pre-makeup routine!
For many people using a face scrub leaves your skin soft, moisturized and dewy, eliminating the need for most makeup.
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.
Nutmeg 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.
Add this to mica powder or cornstarch for eye shadow on its own or experiment with it by mixing with turmeric, nutmeg or cocoa to create a unique color.
11. Spirulina Powder
Similar to matcha green tea, spirulina can be used to make a nice green eyeshadow to give your face a bit of color. Green is also great for balancing the redness of acne.
As you can see, there are so many ingredients in your kitchen pantry that you can use in your beauty routine. Pull everything out of your pantry and start experimenting with homemade cosmetics… you’ll be surprised by how fun and easy it is!