DIY Bronzer with 2 Natural Ingredients

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Learn how to make and apply the best DIY Bronzer with two natural ingredients – cocoa powder and cornstarch – in this easy makeup recipe.

Add turmeric powder for a golden sheen that simulates a summer glow. Substitute one of the corn starch alternatives like arrowroot powder if you prefer to avoid corn.

You’ll need a big makeup brush and a container to keep the loose powder in. The photos show a 4 ounce jelly jar, but my preference is a half pint mason jar since the opening is big enough for a larger makeup brush.

Close up of large makeup brush dipped in homemade bronzer in a glass jelly jar on a wood table

How Make DIY Bronzer

Learn how to make a natural bronzer powder in this easy DIY makeup recipe.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 Jar


  • Cornstarch
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Ground turmeric - optional


  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Half pint mason jar
  • Large makeup brush


  • Start with a tablespoon of cornstarch and slowly add cocoa powder until you get a nice shade that will embellish your skin tone, then stir to mix well.
    Blue bowl with cocoa powder and cornstarch in it that is being mixed with a silver spoon to make bronzer powder
  • Test on a clean face or on the back of your hand, then continue to add more cocoa powder or corn starch until you get a shade that adds just a touch of a golden glow to your skin.
    To give your bronzer a more golden sheen, you can add in a bit of turmeric powder a little at a time until you get the right hue.
    Close up of DIY bronzer on large makeup brush with jar of more bronzer in background on wood table


To apply bronzer, dip your makeup brush in the bronzer powder and shake off any excess. Sweep it along your cheekbones then lightly around any place the sun would normally reach like your forehead, nose and temples. You can optionally sweep the brush along your jawline for more definition.
Next, you’ll want to blend the bronzer in so it looks more natural. Use small circles with a gentle touch of the brush to blend the lines for a smooth finish.
Large makeup brush dipped in DIY bronzer that is stored in a jelly jar set on a wood table

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