DIY Makeup – Homemade Loose Face Powder

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It’s a very rare occasion when I wear makeup.

Any makeup.

I think I’ve maybe worn it once since my wedding almost 14 years ago. It’s just never been a priority for me. It takes time to put on. It takes time to take off. And honestly I prefer the natural look.

Plus that way there is more time to put into doing my hair.

Actually I’m kidding, I don’t do my hair either.

Boy, on paper I sound like a hippie who doesn’t shower.

I promise you that I do shower.


I just don’t fuss over myself when I am done.

Now, some of my avoidance of makeup comes from laziness but a big part of it comes from the fact that I don’t put chemicals on my skin, but I do admit that I wouldn’t mind some powder to reduce the blinding glare off my face on those rare days when I am a bit too shiny. There are mineral makeups out there that are supposed to be safer for you but I could never bring myself to spend money on something I use so rarely.

I had read about people making their own powder but I was skeptical that it would really work.

And it didn’t.

Cause I accidentally used the wrong ingredient the first time. Mental note, tapioca flour is easily mistaken for arrowroot but is much fluffier. Made with arrowroot it actually turned out pretty good.

DIY Makeup – Homemade Loose Face Powder

DIY Makeup: Homemade Loose Powder - Safe, natural makeup made from ingredients you have in your kitchen.

What you need:

  • arrowroot
  • cocao powder (assuming you want it tinted)
  • peppermint essential oil (optional but divine)

What you do with it:

In a small bowl mix 4 tbsp arrowroot with 1 tsp cocao powder to test for color. Blend completely. Continue adding cocao powder until you reach the desired tint. I used 4 tsp and I have light skin but not pale. It seems to go on a bit lighter than it looks in the container. Next, if you want, you can add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil. It makes it smell really good and peppermint is good for your skin. If you have a more reddish complexion, you could try adding cinnamon for the right color as well.

You can place the powder in a small glass jar or other container.

A little bit goes a long way and it will go all over the place if you don’t apply it right. I actually had better luck with a powder puff instead of the brush because it allowed me to press the powder into it (I used the inside of the lid of my tin) and wipe it on rather than have it dust all over the place.

This is a great alternative to no makeup. It’s not exactly the same as store-bought cosmetics but it is safe for my skin and I could even eat it if I wanted to. It doesn’t last as long on my skin but it does take the shine away and evens out my complexion.

Homemade Makeup

Do you wear makeup? Are you one of those who won’t leave the house without it, or simply someone who wears it on special occasions?

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  1. says

    This is amazing and inventive! I avoid wearing makeup because I’m not sure what I’m putting on my face, but I make lots of videos, and need my complexion evened out. I’m going to whip this up before my next video shoot! Thanks!

  2. says

    Genius Kim, just genius. I too would love to see some pictures of this on! And wish I didn’t wear makeup so often but yeah I have major glare if I don’t;)

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