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DIY Makeup – Homemade Loose Face Powder

02/11/2014 - 16 comments

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.

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  • Reply mary 06/23/2014 at 12:04 am

    could regular flour work for this? i don’t have arrowroot powder in my kitchen lol:)

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 06/23/2014 at 8:10 am

      I have read that cornstarch may work but not regular flour. Maybe it’s just too heavy?

  • Reply Kelley 06/06/2014 at 6:41 pm

    EVERYTHIING is made of chemicals. Water is a chemical. You want to avoid chemicals that are unhealthy, and peppermint oil is a chemical that can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Just because something is “natural” doesn’t make it healthy or safe. That said, this recipe, without the peppermint oil, sounds liike it is worth trying.

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 06/08/2014 at 9:52 am

      Of course everything is made of chemicals, but when we reference household and beauty products it’s a lot easier to say “chemicals” than “the fake things made in a lab that can be harming you.”

      The average person is not a scientist and you have to present things in a way they understand. A lot of people get up in arms defending “chemicals” as natural but it’s an intellectual discussion that confuses most people. It’s part of the natural living vernacular and is not going to make people avoid water.

      As far as irritations or allergic reactions go, just about anything can cause that. I have a contact allergy to coconut. That doesn’t mean it’s not safe or that it should be removed from all products. It means that something happened in my body that causes an immune response.

      Obviously some things that grow out of the ground are naturally toxic to humans, but the fact is that our culture has an increased use of lab created and manipulated substances (chemistry) and at the same time allergies and sensitivities to natural substances has increased.

      The bottom line is that we have added chemistry to our products and despite modern medical advances, our health declines.

    • Reply mary 06/23/2014 at 12:02 am

      i use peppermint oil and lemon juice on my face everyday. yes for some people it can cause irritation some it doesn’t. but bare in ind peppermint is particularly POTENT in general,( you can tell by the smell and taste) so you may be just a bit more sensitive than others. you could use lavender or orange in yours although anything citrus-y will have a stronger acidity and therefore may be harsher on your skin. (im not a chemist just a girl with alot of free time and a curious mind and my info is based on tons of other peoples experiences and my own reearch.)

  • Reply Jennifer @TheRebelChick 02/25/2014 at 4:25 pm

    I had no idea you could make your own face powder! The one I am using now is made from rice, but now I want one made with cocoa! LOL!

    • Reply Donna 06/03/2014 at 3:23 pm

      Arrowroot powder and cocoa is all over the internet, and has been since at least 2010, although I saw this suggestion using corn starch back in 2008. Some even add in a bit of turmeric powder (which is also good for your skin, helps with inflammation and acne). Start searching for DIY makeup, or powder. You will get a huge range of incredibly creative women! I use a mix of white Kaolin clay with tapioca (works better than Arrowroot for this combo). I tint using cocoa because it’s high in Vit. E and anti oxidants, and doesn’t dry out (which brown oxide fails to deliver), and just a wee pinch of turmeric to help with pimples, then I turn to yellow iron oxide and just a sprinkle of red iron oxide to finish it out to a perfect shade. I even make concealer with this using beeswax and sunflower oil. Yeah I know it’s like putting dirt on your face, but then we women pay money to go to mud baths, or have mud facials. I even make my toothpaste out of bentonite calcium clay. It’s all dirt, but at least it comes from the earth and not a science lab!

  • Reply Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity 02/16/2014 at 12:40 pm

    My daughter is 5 and always trying to wear my makeup. I need to make her some of this and keep a small container for her. She can put it on and it’s not bad for her.

  • Reply Africa Archield - Joy Strategist 02/14/2014 at 11:24 am

    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!

  • Reply Nichol 02/12/2014 at 8:15 pm

    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;)

  • Reply Sara Phillips 02/12/2014 at 7:31 am

    I am mostly not a make-up wearer. If I put anything on, it’s mascara.

    I want to see a picture of you with this powder on!

  • Reply Karen 02/12/2014 at 7:09 am

    Where are the before and after pictures?

  • Reply trisha 02/11/2014 at 7:14 pm

    Before and after picture?

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) 02/11/2014 at 10:46 am

    Wow, who knew it was so easy to make at home? And at least you know exactly what’s in it and that it wasn’t tested on any animals!